Splashing around for science
In just over two days time the Anturus #ExpeditionSevern will start. Huw James is one of the scientists involved in the project which links a real life expedition of the river Severn with Redmoor schools’ science and geography departments. Huw and the team have already set challenges for the students, looking at the calorie intake the explorers will need and how best to keep their food dry.
Throughout the trip, more challenges and real life data will be used to bring the two school departments together and inspire the young people involved. The projects the students are undertaking will also lead to a CREST Award
We are going to receive 3 reports from the project – one from a scientist involved, one from a student and one from a teacher.
To kick us off, Huw tells us a bit more about the project and how teachers can get involved.
Adventure is a primal urge driven by curiosity but curiosity also drives science, engineering, technology and much more. The Anturus Education project visits scientifically interesting locations to collect media, data, and develop simple hands on resources to inspire the next generation through science and adventure.
Last year we embarked on our first education expedition taking a team down to the most active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna. All of the 30+ hours of hands on resources/experiments and over 60 videos related to the resources, are all still online to access at www.anturus.org/etna. This year we’re taking to the water. The team will head from the source of the river Severn in the Cambrian Mountains, down the river for 220 miles on Stand Up Paddleboards. We’ll paddle the course of Britain’s longest river over 2 weeks with Education as the number one focus.
We’re making #Ecology, #Geography and #Science strands for #ExpeditionSevern as well as the #SevernLive strand and a Photo and video Repository of helpful photos and videos for educators. An exciting addition this time round is we’re working with the Redmoor Academy to develop experiments with the students that we can test on the water. In essence, it’s a collaboration between a field team and a lab team, the schools being the lab team. We’ve had visits in the real world and over Skype and its turned into a proper partnership. We plan to collect data and samples for them on the expedition for them to work on and generate results which they can then use in their CREST projects and presentations. We hope to use this amazing relationship as a platform for future ones and bring more collaborative real world data to CREST…
So how can you get involved? Schools can Follow us, Tweet us, leave Facebook messages, add us to your circles on Google+ and apply for a Skype in the Classroom call all whilst we are on the expedition!