Now that the summer holidays have started, (“thank goodness” I hear you all shout!), why not make the most of your free time to get to grips with some Science, using this 6 weeks, 6 things to…guide?

So, without any further delay, let’s get started with 6 weeks, 6 things to…

…Read

  1. Vaxxers (ISBN: 9781529369854) is the story behind the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine, written by the two people on the research team.
  2. A Galaxy of her own (ISBN: 9781780898360) tells the stories of the many fascinating women who have contributed to the space industry, from Ada Lovelace in the 19th Century to the female astronauts of the International Space Station).
  3. Kay’s Anatomy (ISBN: ‎ 978-0241452929) is a complete guide to the total weirdness that is the insides of the human body and how it works!
  4. Limitless (ISBN: 978-178746596) is the autobiography of British astronaut, Time Peake, telling the story of his journey from small, child in Chichester to the International Space Station, via the Army Air Corps.
  5. 100 Things to know about saving the planet (ISBN: 9781474981835) gives readers hints, tips and facts about ways to behave in a more environmentally-friendly manner, answering many questions, including “How could plastic-eating bacteria help reduce waste?” and “How do woolly sweaters help penguins in peril?” along the way.
  6. The world’s most pointless animals: or are they? (ISBN: 9780711262393) is an illustrated book of fascinating facts about some of the strangest animals on planet Earth!

…Try

  1. Observe the Perseid meter shower: Late July to mid-August see the Earth’s orbit cross the patch of debris left by comet 109P Swift/Tuttle, which leads to a display of meteors, or shooting stars, the peak of which will occur between the 12th and 13th August this year, with up to 150 meteors an hour.  Find out more at https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/perseid-meteor-shower-guide-uk-when-where-to-see?
  2. Balloon-powered cars: Why not build a balloon-powered car (a guide can be found here: https://safeshare.tv/x/RStgV8mA-gA) and race against your friends?
  3. Grow something: It’s not too late to plant some seeds to get some flowers or even vegetables later in the year, although if you want to grow your own pumpkins for Halloween this year, you’ll have to get some seedlings, (https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/vegetable-seeds-to-sow-in-july/).
  4. Count some butterflies: The Big Butterfly Count is taking place between 16th July and 8th August to gather data to help assess the health of the environment.  You don’t need any specialised equipment, just your eyes and an app on your phone.  More information can be found at https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org
  5. Join a beach clean: Each year ton upon ton of rubbish ends up in the seas and oceans: it then ends up on the beaches. Why not spend a couple of hours volunteering to help clear rubbish away from a beach near you? It doesn’t have to be a local one – you could join a beach clean if you are having a staycation somewhere in the UK this summer! (https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/join-a-beach-clean/)
  6. Treat yourself to some homemade ice cream: Why not try making your own ice cream? Just perfect for a hot summer day! (https://safeshare.tv/x/ss60f407fb24822)

…Visit

  1. Centre for Life, Newcastle: This Science Centre was closed for a long time during the Covid-19 Pandemic, but as with everything else that is opening back up, it is now welcoming visitors back 7 days a week, with a new live show and lLego creations, there is something for everyone.  Tickets must be booked in advance. (https://www.life.org.uk/visit).
  2. White Scar Cave: The longest show-cave in England where you can see how nature has worked to create beautiful stalagmites, stalactites and underground waterfalls.  Ideal when its a hot day outside! (https://whitescarcave.co.uk)
  3. Mother Shipton’s Cave: Known as England’s oldest tourist attraction, the cave was the birthplace of a prophetess and home to the famous petrifying well – it really does turn objects to stone! (https://www.mothershipton.co.uk)
  4. Cragside: The first home in Britain to be lit by hydroelectricity. (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside)
  5. Thorpe Perrow: An arboretum with a mammal and bird of prey centre, where you can find out about different types of tree, see the collection of eagles, owls and hawks and even feed some wallabies! (https://thorpperrow.com)
  6. Yorkshire Wildlife Park: Learn about many different animals from across the world, including polar bears, tigers and giraffes! With talks from the keepers and a chance to walk through the lemur enclosure, everyone will find their new favourite! (https://www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com)

If you use any of our recommendations, we’d love to see some pictures – email us at: lefthandedlemon@hurworth.swiftacademies.org.uk

Whatever you do over the summer holidays, we hope you have a great time and are ready and refreshed for coming back to school in September.

Until next time, Keep calm & apply some Science!