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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.
     
Many Thanks

Professor Plant

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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.

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/3956/

Many thanks,

Prof P

 

 

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!

Many thanks,

Prof P

Thank you to SS Philip and James School for these great photos.

Your garden looks lovely!

Many thanks,

Prof P

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

Runners Up

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

Highly commended

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

Runners Up

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

Many Thanks

Professor Plant