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Wild about Plants

Friday 18th May is the first international “Fascination of Plants Day”, and Sheffield Uni are joining this jamboree with a festival of plant science for school kids. Our teams of researchers and students have developed Wild about Plants in partnership with Y9 after-school clubs at King Edwards and King Ecgberts secondary schools in Sheffield. The emphasis has been on having a bit of fun, whilst demonstrating some cool things that plants do: focusing on photosynthesis, transpiration, pollination and defence. We’ve put together a diverse range of hands-on activities for the event, and on the day will run these for Y5s visiting from Westways primary school in Sheffield, and St Dominics and Holy Cross primary schools in Barnsley. Other activities on the day include a “match the product to the plant” treasure hunt, a “design and make your own seed” workshop, and a Project Sunshine photovoltaic verses photosynthesis show-down. We’re excited about the day ahead of us, and looking forward to having fun with our visitors. Photos of the day will appear on Colin’s twitter feed (@sheffieldplants) and in a future post. Watch this space …

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