British Science Week 2021
Posted: February 4th, 2021
During British Science week, week beginning 8th March, under the theme of ‘Innovating for the future’, we propose to run activities across the week for Year 7 around the subject of Hydroponics.
Over the week, they will be introduced to the concept of hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient-rich water), consider the importance, implications and innovation of hydroponics as a gardening and farming technique for the future (sharing stories of successful hydroponic systems and variation – for example the extensive system set up underground in Liverpool). Pupils will consider current world-wide farming techniques, nutrition, the nutrient make-up of the water, the pH of the water and look at the life cycle of plants. They will think about the design of a system to transport water, taking into consideration, for example the colour and type of tubing and why this may be important.
They will then make their own personal hydroponics system before they will have a go at designing their own full-size system on paper before constructing a system for the school.
We have been fortunate enough to be successful in our bid for a grant from British Science Week to pay for the construction of the school system thanks to the hard work of Mrs Eaves, our Science technician.
In preparation for this week could I ask that, where possible, your child collects the following pieces of equipment. This will allow them to construct their own system at home if we have not returned to school by this date.
- 2l pop bottle (empty and washed out)
- Cotton wool or cotton pads to grow seeds on
- 4 pieces of kitchen roll
- Seeds such as cress