Plant Doctors will be at Hethersett VC Junior School, Norwich

16 May 2014

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On the 13th June, BSPP Outreach will be heading to Hethersett VC Junior School near Norwich to run our outreach activities with 60 year 6 school children. 

We're looking forward to running a range of activities, including the Plant Doctors where children will be donning lab coats to investigate what type of disease their plant patients have.

We'll be using microscopes to explore the fascinating world of plant fungi and viruses and working out how to spot the symptoms of plant disease.

The children will also be using arts and crafts to create their own plant pathogens, the deadlier the better! Their models will be judged for creativity and scientific accuracy by our special guest Dr Mark Banfield, Project Leader at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

Finally we'll be using cameras and smart phones to find evidence of real life plant pathogens in the surrounding area. We'll then have a go at writing a report on everything we've discovered during the day.

Dr Mark Banfied said:

'The BSPP has taken a leading role in raising the profile of plant diseases and Plant Doctors in the eyes of the general public in the UK through a variety of Outreach activities and events. I look forward to contributing to this excellent initiative and hope to enthuse school children about plant sciences, in the hope that they will grow up remembering how plant diseases impact their world.'

Julie Osbourne (Hethersett VC Junior School Science Coordinator) said:

'We are incredibly fortunate that the BSPP Outreach team will visit our school on June 13th. It will undoubtedly be a fun learning experience that I am sure the Year 6 pupils will remember for many years to come. Their view of the world of plants, even career aspirations, could be changed by this one experience.'


We're keen to get lots of Norwich PhD students and researchers on board, so if you would like to volunteer to help, please get in touch.