I used these lovely resources from E-bug with my regular science club (aged 7-11) this week. We discussed different types of microorganisms (fungi, bacteria and viruses) and then everyone designed their own microorganism and modelled it with plasticine. They gave it a name and described what kind of microorganism it was and whether it was harmful or beneficial. Some described in great detail how their microorganism functioned.
For example the Pinchater carali can “Spray a spray that can slightly corrupt body functions. Hairs can sense passing objects and send signals to shut it’s pincers/suction cup”.
Another one, the Nemesius “creates itchiness, headaches and brain aches. If the bulb organs are removed it cannot multiply. It has to eat about 7 individual viruses to multiply. It has to eat at least 3 a day or it cannot multiply for a week. It dies by overeating viruses but it will eat a virus it sees no matter how many viruses it has already eaten (max virus intake a day = 13). It squeezes and rotates its tail to move.”
What fantastic creativity!
I’ve been working with a group of year 5 & 6 girls from 5 primary schools in County Durham to train them as science ambassadors for their schools. We held a second training day for them at NETPark last week. Here’s a selection of things they want to find out about – I think we have a group of bright, inquisitive future scientists on our hands 🙂