One week ago today, we went live and have been blown away by the support and feedback from everyone. New members have been joining daily and have loved meeting them at both our free Educator CPD Events in the last week. With one more to go this month (link at the end) we are celebrating with a brand-new blog.
My Science Club is all about providing a space where there are no limits for the young people taking part and providing the educator with the very best support possible to run the best club in school!
- no limits on imagination
- no limits on inspiring curiosity
- no limits on children’s potential
- no limits on innovation
- no limits on inquisitiveness
- no limits on learning
One of our co-founders, Paul, recently shared a lovely thread on twitter (@Glazgow) recently about the joys of playing and discovery and we thought it would make a brilliant blog!
A short #upcloseandpersonal thread for @My_ScienceClub:
My kids were playing in the mud kitchen and noticed that there was lots of movement in a tub of stagnant water.
On closer inspection we found it was absolutely full of larvae wriggling around. So I showed them how to use a pipette to suck up the larvae and isolate them in a single drop of water in a petri dish.
This is why you have to isolate them…the speed they move at is incredible and makes studying them impossible. I have made a short video using a macro lens on my phone camera and added it to our YouTube channel
We started off using the macro lens to have a look. There was a huge size difference between different individuals at different stages of development. Dr Google helped identify them as mosquito larvae which are common in stagnant water.
Then we got out the digital microscope…here’s a comparison of the detail you can get with the macro lens vs the microscope. Both tools are very useful in different ways. The macro lens allows you to get an overall picture and the microscope lets you see more detail
Here are the #upcloseandpersonal microscope images showing the head, segmented body developing and the tail. The detail you can see with a cheap digital microscope is amazing.
As well as the mosquito larvae we found this one… We think it’s a fly larvae of some sort. This is the macro photo…
Under the microscope a lot more detail becomes apparent… The development of a segmented tail and a compound eye is clear to see.
Looks like wings developing in there too!
You can find lots more #upcloseandpersonal images in our free resources tab
Bryony and Paul
Founders and creators of My Science Club