“It’s the science lady!”
This week I spent two days at a local primary school as part of British Science Week 2016. For the first day I ran a mobile DNA workshop visiting all the KS2 classes (ages 7-11). We extracted DNA from strawberries. Their existing knowledge and ideas surrounding DNA was both impressive and amusing; I asked them where we keep our DNA:
“In little pots”
Such a lovely way to describe cells! They had a preformed idea of what the DNA would look like and were quite surprised that the resulting white goop didn’t quite resemble my model!
Can I have your job?
The second day I spent visiting each EYFS and KS1 (ages 4-7) class with a germ and hand-washing workshop. I also got them to design and draw their own bacteria using our collection of GIANTmicrobes as inspiration.
Q: Where do bacteria live? A: “In Australia and Poland”
My favorite part of the week was answering their questions such as “what is your most recent discovery?” and “can you make a potion that makes people invisible?”. Hopefully I managed to inspire the next generation of scientists despite revealing that in fact, no; I cannot make an invisibility potion.
P.S. I am exhausted!