Having recently returned from a trip to the Peruvian Amazon, the founder, Deepesh Patel, has become intent on demonstrating to young children across the country that biology goes far beyond laboratories, formulae and, as he puts it, “wearing white lab coats.” Despite having traveled to one of Earth’s most diverse ecosystems, Deepesh suggests that it was actually when a young pupil from County Durham told him he had inspired her to pursue sciences onto further education at college which gave him the motivation to set up the project.
"Rainforest Uncovered" will take place on two dates in July in South London, and both events look set to be packed full of interactive, informative and fun-filled, science-based workshops. Delivered by an assortment of some of the most engaging and effective biology communicators in the UK, the days will consist of a variety of different activities. These will range from extracting chemicals from rainforest plants to test for their medicinal properties, through debating the likely fate of the Amazon's native peoples, to making synthetic rubber out of household items and establishing the eating patterns of live crickets. Whilst fun, these activities will provide ample problem-solving opportunities for the pupils, and will aim to challenge their established ideas and perspectives throughout the day.
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