National Insect Week returns in 2022
The Great Bug Hunt 2016
Winning schools announced.
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‘WOW! So many facts and figures, presented in a fascinating way. Insects forever! (David Bellamy OBE)
The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced! The competition, brought to you by the Association for Science Education and the Royal Entomological Society, takes science learning out of the classroom and brings it to life outdoors.
The winning entries were judged during National Insect Week 2016 by Dr Luke Tilley from the RES and Rebecca Dixon-Watmough from the ASE on 28th June.
Children taking part in the competition had spent their time exploring habitats before recording their observations and researching the insects. Photos, pictures, poems, graphs and songs were all used to creatively show-off the little things that run the world, insects.
‘The Great Bug Hunt competition is a brilliant way of bringing science to life for children and shows you can go on a journey of discovery in your own backyard. Not only does the competition do a great job of capturing children’s imagination, it also fits in well with the science curriculum. Using the natural environment when teaching is an important part of science education and something the ASE strongly advocates through its Outdoor Science Working Group (Marianne Cutler, ASE Professional Development (Projects) Lead).
First prize of a school ‘bug day’ from the RES went to Year 4 at Wickham Market Primary School in Wickham Market, Suffolk.
The winners from each age prize category were:
Years 1 and 2 - St James CofE, Weybridge, Surrey
Years 3 and 4 - Swaffield Primary School, Wandsworth, London
Years 5 and 6 - Manor Farm Junior School, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire
The prizewinning day will take place in October 2016, with presentations by Dr Luke Tilley from the Royal Entomological Society and the three other winners will receive certificates and insect goodies.
“The children have thoroughly enjoyed The Great Bug Hunt and were enthralled with the diversity of bugs they found. “They were able to use the experience to further their knowledge of habitats and organisms around them.
“They are now all thoroughly immersed in the world of bugs and are still keen to find even more bugs in our school grounds.
“It also gave them a great understanding of how to handle and look after creatures in their care and we are going to use our terrariums to keep even more bugs to study. “
“Thank you to everyone at The Great Bug Hunt and we can’t wait to enter again next year.” (Marianne Cutler)
The Great Bug Hunt competition
The Great Bug Hunt is an annual competition from the Association of Science Education and the Royal Entomological Society. It’s a fun way to introduce children to the world of insects and entomology. Visit the ‘Competitions’ section on www.schoolscience.co.uk. Details about the Great Bug Hunt 2017 will appear in the pages of future issues of Education in Science, as well as on the ASE and schoolscience websites.
The Association for Science Education
The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. As the professional body for all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education, the ASE provides a national network supported by a dedicated staff team. Members include teachers, technicians and advisers. The Association plays a significant role in promoting excellence in teaching and learning of science in schools and colleges. www.ase.org.uk
Royal Entomological Society
The Royal Entomological Society (RES) is one of the oldest entomological societies in the world. Many eminent scientists of the past, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, have been fellows. The Society organises regular meetings for insect scientists, as well as hosting international symposia and events for the public. It publishes journals and books as well as identification guides. It has fellows and members all over the world. The aim of the Society is “the improvement and diffusion of entomological science”. www.royensoc.co.uk for more details
National Insect Week 2016 (20-26 June)
National insect week is a biennual event organised by the Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects. It is supported by a large number of partner organisations across the UK with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. Over 500 events took place nationwide, supported by online activities and learning resources. Find out more at www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk. Follow National Insect Week on Twitter at @insectweek or on Facebook at /nationalinsectweek
There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.