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Stapleford Primary OpenPlant Project


SAW is working with OpenPlant researchers ( ) from the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and Cambridge University on a range of activities to communicate their work and provide opportunities for discussion with society around applications for synthetic biology.  Our most recent project delivered by scientists Carlos Lugo and Marielle Vigouroux working with artist Chris Hann and writer Mike O'Driscoll took place with teacher Emma Wright's Year 6 class at Stapleford Primary in Cambridgeshire.  The project focused on action potentials, the seemingly unconscious beating of the heart, the firing of neurons in the brain and the rapid closing of a Venus flytrap plant.  A collection of stunning images were used and the project produced some wonderful outputs.

Some comments from the children and teacher;

"I enjoyed doing the science where I had sensors stuck to my arm, then I would tense my muscles to make the lights go red!"

"I enjoyed the images of neurons and recreating them with dye, the result was rather satisfying.  It was also fun doing the poetry".

"The SAW day was fantastic. Throughout the day the children were all engaged with the variety of activities. The children also learnt a lot from the subject specialists that showed their subjects in a new light. Equally the children and teachers a like picked up hints and tips that could be used in the classroom again. I would highly recommend this for anyone".  

Emma Wright, year 6 teacher.