SCAN is an Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales project, which helps schools promote Education for Sustainable Development.
Planting and measuring
All the bulbs are now tucked safely into the soil! Over 6,000 in total were planted across the UK by the Super Scientists that have begun keeping weather records to investigate climate change.
The weather on the week of planting was very wet but despite this the pupils got outside and enjoyed gardening. The pupils created labels for their plants and adopted them and will care for them until they flower next spring. See some of the pictures sent in from schools.
Last week schools began keeping weather records. They are learning how to record temperatures and measure rainfall. They then upload these records to our website using their ICT skills. So far, I’ve received fifty four records - which is amazing! Keep up the good work bulb buddies!
I'd like to say a special hello to Isaac from Lancashire who visited Cardiff Museum over half term and popped in to say hello. Unfortunately, I was working planting our new Urban Meadow and so missed Isaac but I did get the lovely note. Sorry I missed you Isaac - hope you enjoyed your visit to Cardiff.
Your comments - my answers:
SS Philip and James CE Primary School: We're not sure our laminated labels will survive the winter so we wrote our names on the lollypop sticks and on the side of the pots in case the pictures fall off. Any other advice welcome! Here are some comments from the children: "I really liked comparing the size of the bulbs." "I enjoyed seeing the pointy part of the daffodil peeping through the compost." "Putting the soil in and getting my hands messy was the best bit". "It was really cool." Prof.P: Glad you enjoyed planting. Keeping the tags on the labels is tricky. I think what you have done is great. Some schools use a permanent white marker pen to write on the pots.
Kilmaron Special School: This year we have planted our bulbs in 4 different places to see if they grow better at the front of the school or at the back. We have planted some in the bulbs in a new bed and some in old beds to see if the soil makes a difference. Prof P: Great investigative skills Kilmaron - please let us know if you see any changes and if they are as you predict?
Glyncollen Primary School: Our bulbs are in good condition. We enjoyed planting them and can't wait to see them grow. Prof.P: Glad the bulbs are doing well and that you are enjoying the project again at Glyncollen.
Greyfriars RC Primary School: I am really enjoying it thank you for last year. I'm loving the bulbs mine are called Earl and Willum. Prof.P: I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed and are continuing to this year at Greyfriars.
Ladywell Primary School: We are really enjoying looking after the bulbs. We will be a few days behind everyone else as unfortunately they were knocked down and we had to replant the bulbs. We are thankful that you gave us more bulbs because they were destroyed. We are also thankful for including us in the project. Prof.P: Glad you got the bulbs and more importantly that you haven't given up!
Bleasdale CE Primary School: We have been scaring away the slugs! Prof.P: Many gardeners will be very interested to know how you are doing this Bleasdale. Let me know.
Raglan VC Primary: We removed lots of fallen leaves from the top of the pots. No watering required this week.
Ysgol Bro Eirwg: Ar ddydd Mercher cafon ni 19cm o law, sef 190mm - mae'r siart dim ond yn mynd i 100mm! Hefyd ar ddydd Gwener cafon ni 11cm o law, sef 110mm, yr un broblem gyda'r siart! Diolch Athro.Ardd: Llawer iawn o glaw! Wnai newid y furflen we - diolch.
Woodplumpton St. Anne's Primary School: It's interesting to see the difference between the highest and the lowest temperatures in one week. We are very excited to be taking part in the project. We want to know what will happen. Prof.P: Hopefully in the spring you will have some beautiful flowers!
Culross Primary School: We are going to send our weather reports on Monday’s. On Friday the rainfall was 10 mm because it was hailstones on Thursday evening. Prof.P: Wow hailstones already! We had some in Cardiff too - I got soaked!
Burscough Bridge Methodist School: There was a high amount of rainfall this week and due to the weather conditions over Wednesday night the gauges tipped and lost the contents. Prof.P: I use a big lump of clay to help keep my rain gauge in place but most days it should be fine in the soil.
The big plant
Just five days now until the big planting week which will take place all over the UK as part of the Spring Bulbs for Schools investigation! I do hope the weather is kind to us!
Six and a half thousand pupils will plant bulbs as the 1st step in this exciting climate investigation.
English and Welsh schools will be planting on the 21st of October and Scottish schools on the 25th.
To all of you planting:
- Remember to make your labels before you plant!
- Please read this before Planting your bulbs to ensure a fair-test!
- Please send me or Tweet me pictures of your class planting to use in this blog.
My Twitter account is www.twitter.com/professor_plant
Good luck bulb buddies!
An experiment of bulbous proportions!
Hi! I'm Professor Plant and I'd like to welcome the six and a half thousand young scientists across the UK that are taking part in the Spring Bulb for Schools Investigation this year!
Twelve thousand bulbs will be planted and monitored as part of this long term climate investigation being co-ordinated at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. If there was a world record for the most people planting bulbs simultaneously, (in several locations) we could smash it!
All the bulbs have been counted up by our fantastic volunteers (see the pics) and are steadily being delivered to the 150 schools across the country. I'd like to welcome each an every pupil and teacher who will be working on this project!
- Take a look at the map to see where the bulbs are being sent across the UK
- If you haven't already received my letter please follow this link
- Before each bulb is planted, each pupil must also adopt their bulb and promise to care for it. If you want to know how see this link
If you are wondering where the bulbs came from and how they got to your school - please read then read on y friend Baby Bulb is going to explain:
"My bulb buddies and I come from a nursery plantation in Manorbier, near Tenby in Wales, it's called 'Springfields'. We didn't spring from the fields, but we were picked and loaded onto a van ready to go to our new homes. At first I was a little afraid, but then when I met Professor Plant at the Museum I understood that I would be cared for by a nice young person and that I have an important job to do. We have all been selected to help us understand how the weather can affect when my friends and I make flowers. My parents before me grew here too, Springfields have been growing us 'Tenby Daffodils' for about 25 years, and we are one of the two daffodils that are native to the British Isles".
Just a few weeks until planting now! I can't wait!
Rhondda Super Scientists
Williamstown Primary School pupils, in the Rhondda Valleys, were awarded first place amongst the sixty three Welsh schools taking part in the Museum's Spring Bulbs for Schools investigation this year.
The class of Super Scientists won a fun-packed nature trip to St Fagans: National History Museum where they were awarded certificates. As part of the day trip they studied newts, looked for mini-beasts, watched bats and built giant nests in the woodland!
Professor Plant: ''They all had a great day and should be very proud of how they represented their school. The standard was very high this year, the schools are getting better and better at recording and logging their data. Williamstown did extremely well with their recording and really got involved in the project from the start last November until the end in the spring - which came very late this year!"
Alison Hall, Teacher at Williamstown Primary: "The pupils said it was the best day out they had ever had - they loved viewing the bat roost in particular! In terms of the investigation, the children have have loved the whole process from planting and recording to measuring and waiting for the first bloom to appear. It has been great for improving their science, numeracy and ICT skills. We are now really enthused about nature and the environment and are keen to set-up more outdoor investigations in our school grounds".
If you would like to take part in this project next term - please complete the on-line application form: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/1738/
To see our teacher evaluation report - follow this link: https://scan.wufoo.com/reports/spring-bulbs-for-schools-evaluation-report/
As you can see from the evaluation question below the project is very cross-curricular:
Spring Bulb for Schools: Results 2005-2013
The ‘Spring Bulbs for Schools’ project allows 1000s of schools scientists to work with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales to investigate and understand climate change.
Since October 2005, school scientists have been keeping weather records and noting when their flowers open, as part of a long-term study looking at the effects of temperature on spring bulbs.
Certificates have now been sent out to all the 3,979 pupils that completed the project this year.
See Professor Plant's reports or download the spreadsheet to study the trends for yourself!
- Make graphs & frequency charts or calculate the mean.
- See if the flowers opened late in schools that recorded cold weather.
See how temperature, sunshine and rainfall affect the average flowering dates.
Look for trends between different locations.
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Daffodil Drawing Competition 2013
I announced the Winners and Runners Up of the Daffodil Drawing Competition a couple of weeks ago, and now their fantastic drawings are now up on our website for you all to see!
In this competition I was looking for botanical illustrations – these are pictures of plants drawn in a scientific way. This means I was looking for beautiful pictures but they also needed to have clear labels to show the different parts of the Daffodil.
1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive a bird watching kit with mini binoculars. Runners Up will receive flower seeds for the garden.
Click here to view this year’s Winners and Runners Up.
SS Philip and James School Garden
Professor Plant’s Promise: Late flowers won’t get left behind
Hi Super Scientists,
4116 of you have helped with the Spring Bulbs investigation this year – which is truly FANTASTIC! I am very, very busy this week getting your certificates ready to send out to you!
But for some of you the investigation is not over yet… your flowers are still not open.
What do you do if your flowers have not yet opened?
Please keep sending in flower data! If your flowers have not opened and you would like to carry on with your investigation then please do! When they open you can still record the flowering date and plant height on our website.
So why have a deadline?
I have to write a special report every year that gives a summary of all the data sent in so far. I need to write that report now. All records sent in before the deadline will be included in this years report.
What happens to records sent in after the deadline?
Records sent in after the deadline will be added to our database and will be included in next years report. All the records that you send are very important and will help the investigation to be more accurate in the future. I promise you that your data will not be lost or wasted.
Who are the people in the photo??
I would like to introduce you to Nick and Pat Bean who own the farm, Springfields Fresh Produce, where your daffodil bulbs come from! These are pictures of them in a field of Tenby daffodils that they have grown on their farm.
Whose has sent in flowers records for the first time?
Thank you to the following schools for sending in their flower records: Gladestry C.I.W. School, Williamstown Primary, St Athan Primary, Ysgol Hiraddug and Bwlchgwyn CP School in Wales, Hawthornden Primary School, Ladybank Primary School, Tynewater Primary School and Torbain Primary School in Scotland, and Larkrise Primary School, Britannia Community Primary School and Thorneyholme RC Primary School in England.
Well done too to all the schools that keep sending in more and more flower records to make our investigation more accurate!
Super Scientist Awards 2013
Eighty five schools across the UK will be awarded Super Scientist Certificates from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales this year, in recognition of their contribution to the Spring Bulbs – Climate Change Investigation!
Huge Congratulations to all these schools! They are listed below, is your school listed?
Over twice as many schools took part in the Investigation as last year, which is fantastic news! It’s wonderful to have so many of you helping with this really important study.
Thank you to every one of the 4116 pupils who helped this year! Thank you for working so hard planting, observing, measuring and recording - you really are Super Scientists! Each one of you will receive a certificate and Super Scientist pencil, these will be sent to your school around the middle of May.
Many thanks to the Edina Trust for funding this project and helping to make this all happen.
Super Scientist Winners 2013
Well done to our three winners for sending in the most weather data! Each will receive a class trip of fun-packed nature activities.
- SS Philip and James Primary School in England
- Williamstown Primary School in Wales
- Wormit Primary School in Scotland
Each school will receive a gift voucher to purchase lovely things for your gardening projects.
- Balcurvie Primary School in Scotland
- Sofrydd Primary School in Wales
- Stanford in the Vale Primary School in England
Each school will receive certificates, pencils, flower seeds and herb seeds.
- Balmerino Primary School
- Blaenycwm Primary School
- Britannia Community Primary School
- Coed-y-Lan Primary School
- Coppull Parish Primary School
- Dunbog Primary School
- Freuchie Primary School
- Glyncollen Primary School
- Henllys CIW Primary School
- Oakfield Primary School
- St Athan Primary School
- St Joseph's RC Primary School (Penarth)
- St Roberts Roman Cathlic Primary School
- Torbain Primary School
- Tynewater Primary School
- Westwood CP School
- Ysgol Gynradd Talybont
- Ysgol Nant y Coed
- Ysgol y Ffridd
Schools with special recognition
Each school will receive, certificates, pencils and flower seeds.
- Brynhyfryd Junior School
- Bwlchgwyn CP School
- Darran Park Primary
- Gladestry CIW School
- Greyfriars RC Primary School
- Hawthornden Primary School
- Kilmaron Special School
- Lakeside Primary School
- Llangan Primary School
- Magor Church in Wales Primary School
- Milford Haven Junior School
- Newburgh Primary School
- Newport Primary School
- Rhydypenau Primary School
- Rogiet Primary School
- St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Wales)
- St Mary's RC Primary School (England)
- Stepping Stones Short Stay School
- Thorneyholme RC Primary School
- Ysgol Bodafon
- Ysgol Bryn Garth
- Ysgol Clocaenog
- Ysgol Deganwy
- Ysgol Hiraddug
- Ysgol Porth y Felin
Schools to be awarded certificates
Each school will receive Super Scientist Certificates and pencils.
- Archbishop Hutton's Primary School
- Auchtertool Primary School
- Cadoxton Primary School
- Christchurch CP School
- Duloch Primary School
- Eyton Church in Wales Primary School
- Freckleton CE Primary School
- Fulwood and Cadley Primary School
- Harwell Primary School
- Holy Family RC Primary School
- Hywel Da Primary School
- Ladybank Primary School
- Ladygrove Park Primary School
- LasswadePrimary School
- Lever House Primary School
- Manor Primary School
- Medlar with Wesham CE Primary School
- Nether Kellet Primary School
- Northbourne CE Primary School
- Park Primary School
- RAF Benson Primary School
- Rishton Methodist Primary School
- Sherwood Primary School
- St John's Catholic Primary School
- St Nicholas Primary School
- Stepaside CP School
- Tor View Community Special School
- Weeton Primary School
- Windale Primary School
- Ysgol Capelulo
- Ysgol Gymunedol Dolwyddelan
- Ysgol Iau Hen Golwyn
- Ysgol Morfa Rhianedd
- Ysgol Pencae
Well done, you have all done an AMAZING job.
Daffodil Drawing Competition 2013
Congratulations to the following pupils who produced some excellent botanical drawings! 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive a bird watching kit with mini binoculars.
- 1st: Oliver – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
- 2nd: Sam – St Joseph's RC Primary School (Penarth)
- 3rd: Daniel (age 6) – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
All will receive flower seeds for your garden.
- Etward? (age 6) – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
- Finlay (age 7) – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
- Jemima – St Joseph's RC Primary School (Penarth)
- Joe – St Joseph's RC Primary School (Penarth)
- Joshua – St Joseph's RC Primary School (Penarth)
- Joshua (age 7) – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
- Larson (age 11) – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
- Leo – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
- Nathan – St Joseph's RC Primary School (Penarth)
- William (age 5) – Stanford in the Vale Primary School
Please send your flower records
The extended deadline for flower records is Friday 19 April – that is this Friday bulb buddies! Please remember to send me your records on the website.
Remember to check the bulb-blog next week as I will be announcing the Competition winners!! Winners for the Flower Drawing Competition and the Win a Nature-Activity Trip will be announced on Monday 22 April.
Whose flowers have opened this week?
Lakeside Primary, Ysgol Bryn Garth, Christchurch CP School and Rhydypenau Primary School in Wales, Manor Primary School and Coppull Parish Primary School in England and Wormit Primary School in Scotlandhave all sent in flower records. Well done and thank you to these schools!
There has been a lot in the news recently about the cold and snow, and how late flowering is this year. Did you know it was the coldest March in the UK in over 50 years? And guess what? March was colder than the winter months of December, January and February! No wonder some of our flowers are late to open this year.
In March The Guardian reported that plants are late to bud and flower this year, especially in Scotland, and that hibernating animals like bats, frogs and lizards woke up then went back into hibernation because it was too cold!
Unfortunately, cold weather can lead to an increase in local air pollution. This is because we generate more pollution by using more heating, but also because when the air is cold and still, pollution particles build up in the atmosphere rather than evaporating or being blown away.