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Great to see these science ambassadors sharing their skills with others πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ”¬πŸ”­πŸŒ—ClevesCross Science Ambassadors already to share the fun and their learning at the school's open day. #ogdentrust #LorraineCoghill #DocReSearch #originaldrpete #_BusinessDurham ...

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2 days ago

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I had a lovely day today working with Year 1 and 2 children in the sunshine πŸ™‚KS1 had fantastic fun with our chair of governors and resident Science expert, Jenny, today. They donned white lab coats and used natural dyes from ingredients such as red cabbage and coffee to paint. They also added acid and alkali solutions to see how they would react! ...

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4 days ago

Dr ReSearch

Fantastic squishy circuit creations with some year 4s this afternoon 😁 ...

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3 months ago

Dr ReSearch

I had a great afternoon hearing about the Women of Tyneside project today. I was invited to speak about the Inventor in Residence programme I did last year at the Discovery museum and also about some of the gender balance work I do with the Institute of Physics. The quote I'm holding is from a 13 year old who took part in the Women of Tyneside project. You can see some of more quotes on their twitter feed @WomenofTynside Women of Tyneside . #InternationalWomensDay ...

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Investigating microorganisms

I used these lovely resources fromΒ E-bugΒ 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”.

Pinchater carali

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!


Light festival

My after-school science club made some beautiful lanterns for their installation at the school’s light festival.

3D shapes made into lit up presents and ink chromatography folded into lanterns.

Science Ambassadors

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 πŸ™‚20160925_140427