Junior Trip to UCLan Science Festival
On the 30th June, Years 4 and 5 set out in the morning to go to the Lancashire Science Festival. When we got there, we made our way to a huge lecture theatre where we met Blowfish, the famous heavy metal marine biologist, and he lectured us on the following;
Jelly fish; we learnt about Box Jelly Fish, Irukandji Jelly Fish and the Lion’s Mane Jelly Fish.
Cuttlefish; cuttlefish can change their colour and skin texture in a blink of an eye.
Starfish; if a starfish loses an arm in an accident, it can grow a new one from the place the past arm had been and the arm which had fallen off would grow a clone of the starfish!
And... SHARKS! Sharks come in all shapes and sizes including the Hammerhead shark and the Black Dogfish shark. The biggest female Porbeagle shark was seen off the coast of Devon!
After experiencing Blowfish’s amazing presentation we had lunch and moved on to chemistry. If I were asked to summarize chemistry in three words, they would be beautiful, breathtaking and enjoyable! We saw some amazing chemical reactions (which means they are irreversible) from different chemicals and saw different stages of fire through colour; for example when the flame is blue it normally shows it is at its hottest point -about 1500oc- and the lowest temperature would be yellow or a light orange.
After a fun chemistry talk we headed outside to a huge tent (also known as a marquee) where there were lots of activities to make your brain whirl! We enjoyed a stall where you put all the plastic internal organs in the body, a stall where you could try different types of bugs in chocolate, and a stall where you could look at the constellations and the different stars in the sky as if it was night, and there were lots more fascinating stalls to visit.
In our last activity we were given a question sheet before the lesson had started. We were learning about how animals evolved to live in their habitats; the hot desert animals are usually long and large so it is easier to lose heat, and the Arctic animals are usually as small and round as they can be so do not lose heat. After that we were set the task of making an animal using Minecraft blocks, (which personally was very difficult). Once we had made our animals, we saw we had a wide range from elephants to snakes.
After a long and exhausting day we were driven home in the coach. We thank Mr Hodgkinson, Mr Briers, Mrs Hine and Mrs Blinston for a memorable trip.
By Jessica 5H