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Dr M speaking at London’s Garden Museum Summer Science Showcase

On Tues 25 June science teachers have been invited to explore London’s Garden Museum learning zone, and find out about the plant science resources and activities they can offer at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

The aim is to inspire young people to get involved with plant science within a fascinating and unique museum setting on the banks of the river Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

SPEAKERS’ SCHEDULE
5pm: Caitlin McMillan, London CLC
This hands-on session will look at how a variety of digital technologies can be used to support learning in Science. Part of London CLC’s Tech Pathways London project, helping educators to support young people in developing the digital skills they need to succeed in the modern workforce.

5.30pm: Dr. Alison Foster – Chemical Elements of Plant Growth
2019 has been declared by the UN as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. It is 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev discovered the Periodic System leading to the unifying scientific concept of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. This talk will cover the role of macronutrients and micronutrients (all of which are chemical elements) in healthy plant growth and touch on the potential to use plants as bioremediation tools to remove toxic heavy metals from contaminated soils.

6.00pm-6.15pm: Break
6.15pm: Dr. Jonathan Mitchley (Dr. M), Associate Professor University of Reading
A botanist and plant ecologist involved in both academic research and industry, bringing plant diversity into the classroom. Passionate to communicate his love and understanding of plants in the landscape to pupils.

6.45pm: Harriet Gendall and Caroline Cornish, Kew Mobile Museum
Discussing the educational uses of biocultural collections, within the context of Kew’s Economic Botany Collection. They will also share their recent experiences of facilitating two London-based schools in developing their own classroom museums (with a focus on learning from plant-based objects) as part of the Mobile Museum project. A collaborative research initiative between Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Holloway, University of London.

7.15pm: Drinks, light refreshment, after-hours tour of the Sackler garden, the Garden Museum and Medieval Tower
About the Garden Museum
The Garden Museum is housed in the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth. The Museum contains the burial place of John Tradescant, the first great gardener and plant hunter in British History. In order to preserve his tomb, Rosemary Nicholson founded the Museum in 1977. The

Museum explores and celebrates British gardening through its collections, temporary exhibitions, events and garden visits. Visitors will enjoy the permanent collection of paintings, tools and ephemera and historic artefacts, all providing a glimpse into our love affair with gardens.

Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or architecture, the Museum has something for you.

 

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