Over the past week I’ve been working in collaboration with our secondary and post 16 science co-ordinator Emily Robinson and my good friend and colleague from the Photon Science Institute Mark Dickinson. Between us, we’ve been delivering some A-Level Study Day sessions based around our frog research – and it’s been great fun for all involved. Sessions have allowed students to get to learn all about how animals use colour, which has included investigating our natural history and live specimens in the museum and also spending time in Physics labs.
Following a morning sessions in the Museum, where the pupils got to learn all about the frogs and had an introduction to the physics behind the colour of animals, the afternoons were spent in Mark’s Lab where the pupils used hi-tech spectrometers, Infra-red cameras, and thermal imaging equipment. Through this they have been able to learn how the use of thermal imaging and spectrometry equipment helps us understand reptile thermoregulation and the optical properties of amphibian skin.
The collaboration draws on the expertise and resources of both our departments, and this week we had students visit us from Whalley Range Girls School in Manchester and Blue Coats School in Oldham (pictured here in the thermal image with our royal python!).
We hope everyone from the schools enjoyed their visit and would like to say a big thank you to all the demonstrators who helped on the days.
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