New elective, new Green Tech meeting, and new t-shirts!!

Today was a busy day for Cheryl and I. We ran–along with Victoria–a brand new elective at Boclair Academy. I was inspired by the idea of approaching the garden as a multi-sensory space. So we had the pupils collect objects in the garden that stimulated each of their senses. It was fun–and the sun showed up for us!

We then headed to the University of Glasgow, where we ran our second Green Tech Meeting. The purpose of this meeting with Geographical and Earth Sciences students was to prepare them for working with enthusiastic–and sometimes difficult to manage–school pupils. I then gave an exciting (well I thought so) presentation on soil. The purpose was to understand the science behind soil as a teeming ecosystem – populated by worms, nemotodes, fungi, and bacteria. All of these organisms directly contribute to the health of a plant, such as the symbiotic relationships made by mycorrhiza and Rhizobium. Nature, we learn, is not made of discrete objects but a rich tapestry of relationships. And preserving these relationships is vital to the health of our planet.

After these two mini lectures, Cheryl ran a workshop on creating birdfeeders from plastic bottles, and I had my students get their hands dirty with soil and planting peas!

This caterpillar crashed the party. One slang term for this critter was apparently: Hairy Granny.

Finally, you’ll notice I was wearing our brand new t-shirt design!

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