Tag Archives: SAW Trust

Fun with fungi

Fun with fungi

It’s the biggest organism on the planet, essential for plant health and is used to brew beer and make medicines. It’s also delicious on toast. It’s fungi. While we enjoy the peak season for mushroom foraging in woodlands and field margins, scientists, artists and culinary experts are coming together to give families a flavour of [...]

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Dr Jenni Rant takes science and “eternal rainbows” to China

John Innes Centre; science teaching, SAW Trust, plant science, Dr Jenni Rant, Norfolk Shanghai Schools Partnership

  A project that has already benefited 70 schools and 3000 children across the UK has been showcased in Shanghai’s Xuhui district by Dr Jenni Rant. The SAW (Science, Art and Writing) project was started by JIC’s Professor Anne Osbourn during her sabbatical in 2006. It encourages children to discover new and exciting ways of looking [...]

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The Science Art and Writing (SAW) Trust – from outreach to social enterprise

Dr Jenni Rant is transforming an outreach programme based at the John Innes Centre into a self-sustaining social enterprise. The SAW Trust, founded in 2005 by Professor Anne Osbourn from the John Innes Centre, specialises in bringing together scientists, artists and writers to collaborate on science-themed projects delivered in schools.  Over 3500 children in the [...]

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Muddy good show

Visitors to the 2012 Royal Norfolk Show got a real understanding of the importance of soil to farming thanks to a muddy good collaboration between agriculturalists, scientists and artists. The Centre for Contemporary Agriculture commissioned Dr Jenni Rant of the Science, Art and Writing Trust to produce a series of children’s activities based on the theme [...]

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Science, Art and Writing

Science, Art and Writing

A new book is being published by the SAW Trust, presenting art and writing inspired by science from the John Innes Centre and Institute of Food Research. Science, Art and Writing (SAW) is a UK-based science education initiative that breaks down traditional barriers between science and the arts. SAW uses themes and images from science [...]

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Taking the phobia out of learning science

Taking the phobia out of learning science

Whilst the number of pupils taking science subjects decreases each year, the need for a scientifically literate workforce has never been greater. Anne Osbourn of the John Innes Centre argues that a fresh approach is needed to enthuse and inspire young people and stimulate their natural curiosity about the world around them. During the week [...]

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