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Fascination of Plants Day 2013 celebrated at the John Innes Centre with interactive schools events

Fascination of Plants Day 2013 celebrated at the John Innes Centre with interactive schools events

For the second consecutive year, the John Innes Centre celebrated Fascination of Plants Day 2013, with events on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May. 350 children from 13 Norfolk schools attended over the two days, taking part in the worldwide celebration of plant science and agriculture, with hands on activities and presentations. Visiting school children [...]

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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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Science Camp inspires the next generation

The John Innes Centre recently hosted a Science Camp for Year 10 students from across Norfolk. 12 students were selected to take part in the 4 day camp, which mixed working in the centre’s labs with other science-based activities. Making use of the Chris Lamb training lab students learnt to use a pipette, extract DNA [...]

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Fascination of Plants Day

The first International Fascination of Plants Day was celebrated at JIC with over 550 children from 23 Norfolk schools. The Blue Peter gardener and plant fanatic Chris Collins was on hand to share his own fascination of plants, and there was a huge range of activities that brought home the amazing versatility of plants, and [...]

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Sowing the seeds for a fascination of plants

The John Innes Centre and the Teacher Scientist Network are celebrating National Science and Engineering Week by planting a seed of interest in plant biology in Norfolk schools. In fact they are planting over 40,000 seeds, as they are ensuring every Norfolk school gets 100 wheat seeds to help inspire a fascination of plants in [...]

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National Science and Engineering Week at the John Innes Centre

As part of National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW), the next generation of scientists will be pitching their ideas to a public audience as part of a Showcase of Young Science. JIC PhD student Philippa Borrill will talk about how dying leaves help wheat plants fill their grains, whilst Weslee Glenn will explain how he [...]

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Science & Art in Box

Science & Art in Box

GCSE art students from Hethersett High School and scientists from the John Innes Centre were asked to consider the question “How will GM (Genetic Modification) influence the future of our planet?” Their visual responses are contained in a series of boxes that will be on display at JIC following a successful viewing at the Hethersett [...]

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Pupils ‘tripling’ their chances of success in science

Pupils ‘tripling’ their chances of success in science

The Teacher Scientist Network (TSN), which is based at the John Innes Centre, will host an exciting science fair for almost 400 high school pupils from across Eastern Norfolk with leading research scientists tempting them to aim for careers in science and technology. The aim of the day is to encourage Year 8 & 9 [...]

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