|Briitish science week is a ten-day celebration|
of science technology, engineering and maths.
How do you make a four-day British Science Week event, which already includes over 700 primary school children and 1000 members of the public, even easier? Just add another day and 70 secondary school children.
The BGS has participated in British Science Week (BSW), or National Science and Engineering Week as it was previously known, since it began in 1994. In previous years, our schools event has been aimed at KS2 children in years 5 and 6. This year we added a ‘geohazard day’ aimed at year 9 and 10 children from three local secondary schools. Split into groups, the students each took part in four, one-hour sessions, on volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and tsunami disaster response mapping.
|A volcano is about to erupt and you are responsible|
for evacuating an island community, what would you do?
|Drop, cover and hold on to a slinky?|
|Making disaster response maps with the British Cartographic Society,|
aided by expert GIS staff from the BGS .
|Measuring the angle of slope failure with our home-made clinometer.|
British Science Week 2017
Thanks to everyone who took part in the event, in particular the BGS staff and British Cartographic staff whose enthusiasm helped make the event such a success. We hope that we can repeat the event for British Science Week 2017.