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Marty Jopson Minbeast Safari

Over 5000 primary pupils from 60 schools across Yorkshire joined @theGSAL for @MartyJopson Mini Beast Safari Show on Wed 9 June 2021 which was broadcast live from one of GSAL's biology labs! Thank you @Pudsey_Primrose Friends of Pudsey Primrose Hill Oatlands Primary School Alwoodley Primary School Immaculate Heart of St Mary's @ihomcps1 for sharing your pictures. We witnessed all sorts under the microscope from head lice to woodlice to blood! Thank you to all the teachers and pupils for taking part in this inspiring morning of science.

Aims

To share excellent and engaging curriculum-related content with primary schools in the local area.

The need arose when in-person events as part of our outreach programme had to be cancelled. We could reach even more pupils virtually.

Critical factors of success - attendance, feedback from teachers and pupils collected immediately after the session. 

Immediate beneficiaries: 5000+ pupils and teachers who attended; recording of the show also shared with database of primary schools afterwards so the content can be viewed by those schools who missed it (via GSAL Presents page on GSAL's website). Primary schools expressed an interest to be involved in future virtual 'classroom' events both in science or other subjects.

Background

The need arose when in-person events as part of our outreach programme had to be cancelled. We could reach even more pupils virtually.

Working closely with Marty Jopson and videographer, Simon Kirk, GSAL events team created this series of virtual events involving scientists such as Marty and authors.  Each virtual show has grown in audience size.  First show took place in November 2020. This one was our fourth.

Resources

For this show Marty used his microscope and special camera. Simon Kirk used two cameras and the show was broadcast via the Zoom webinar platform.  Schools joined from their classrooms using teacher's/school computer and classroom white screen. Teachers watched it with their pupils and submitted their questions for Marty live using the ineractive Q&A function on Zoom. Financial contribution from GSAL was £1025 (£720 - Marty's fee and £325 - Simon Kirk's fee) plus Zoom webinar licence (£187 per month).

Impact

Positive thank you emails from schools by email, photos showig children engaging with the show tweeted and sent in and many classes continued with work on minibeasts after the show. Quantitative - audience attendance 5000 (160+ classes) and over 50 schools.  Over 100 questions asked during the session shows active participation.

Pupil Involvement

Year 3 to 6.

3 independent primary schools (incl. GSAL); 3% of audience.

97% audience from state primary schools.

Frequency

Ongoing. Due to the success of virtual outreach events and the number of children that we can engage with them we will continue even after the pandemic.