National Science Week - science events for everyone
During the week, it seemed that everyone was involved in a science activity somewhere.
To tie in with Spring into Science, which the BA launched back in January with the Woodland Trust, around 150 people helped create a map of the UK in London showing how far spring had reached. Initial results from Spring into Science have shown that the bumble bee has become confused by the increasingly mild winters and the earliest recorded sighting of the bumble bee this “season” was on 23rd December in Isleworth, Middlesex.
In Scotland, the ever popular egg races captured the nation’s imagination, with over 160 schools and more than 30 clubs building towers using spaghetti and mini-marshmallows. Elsewhere north of the Border, there were beer-tastings, skeleton digs, Beckham-like goal-scoring, city-centre science strolls, shopping mall electronics workshops, chances to make raisin lava lamps and play with custard...
At Nottingham Trent University in the East Midlands, Regional Officer Phil Brown helped local children stake a claim to a world record, building 200 individual glycine molecules which they then assembled into a 20 meter-long polyglycine molecule. This model was possibly the longest molecular model ever built, eclipsing the previous record-holding DNA model by a good seven metres!
Elsewhere, our Regional Officers and Branches organised quizzes with the Women’s Institute in Middlesbrough/ the ever-popular North West Science Discovery Day (formerly NW Baysday), a musical play called “Big Bang” in Merseyside and the Thames Valley Branch held a discussion event on smart cards, and in particular the topical issue of biometric ID cards.
Our Northumbria Branch organized a lecture on the Rolls Royce Trent engine programme, whilst the Wessex Branch put on a guided walk along the Jurassic Shore. In our Eastern region, Regional Officer Sue Allenby and SETPOINT Hertfordshire brought science (and a melting snowman!) to thousands of young people in school activities with activities including “Circus and Me and my Senses”.