Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge
In December 2007 three local schools were invited to Lancaster Environment Centre to learn more about the science of climate change.
In conjunction with Setpoint Lancashire's 'Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge' initiative groups of Year 8 pupils from Settlebeck High School (Sedbergh), Wellfield Business and Enterprise College (Leyland), and Queen Elizabeth School (Kirkby Lonsdale) heard talks from leading scientists involved in environmental research, as well getting hands on experience of experimenting on plants and insects. The groups first visited the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), where Rob MacKenzie and Steve Lane from LEC demonstrated how they could assess the quality of water sources by identifying which insects were living in and on the water.
The pupils then moved to LEC's Plant Eco-Physiology Laboratories where Prof. Bill Davies talked them through the mechanisms controlling plant responses to changes in climate.
In the greenhouses and labs they were able to experiment by taking thermal images of healthy and drought stressed plants. Most of the apparatus used by the pupils to determine stress levels are not available in any school laboratory and using this equipment was even a new experience for many of the accompanying science teachers.
Lin Chen and Rosalia Garcia Teijeiro who are both PhD students in the lab then assisted the pupils as they visualised plant stomata under microscopes.
The day ended with the pupils having a thermal image of the entire class taken to display in their classrooms. Each pupil also received a sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica) to take away for further study.
Sun 10 February 2008
Students and staff this week witnessed a significant development in the construction of two new super-labs providing teaching space for more than 200 students.
Wed 26 November 2014
Lancaster University and resident company The REACH Centre have been recognised for their outstanding track-record of working together at a prestigious award ceremony.
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Wed 12 November 2014
On 24th October, forty teachers from across the South Lakes area visited the Faculty of Science and Technology, as part of a partnership between Lancaster University, Research Council UK, and the South Lakes Federation.
Thu 06 November 2014
Peter Hodgson, who has just successfully defended his PhD, has now rounded off the achievement with the award of an EPSRC Doctoral Prize by the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Thu 30 October 2014