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10/03/2022 Citizen science Education and outreach

British Science Week 2022

It's British Science Week - a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths with the theme 'Growth'.

Sarah Langford

Education Writer

It’s British Science Week between 11-20 March, and across schools, learning centres, communities and homes there will be an explosion of science activities and learning taking place. This celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths is an annual event, engaging audiences throughout the UK. Last year over 500,000 participants took part.

This year’s theme of ‘Growth’ instantly brought to mind the rocky terrain of Galapagos shores and the daily fight for survival plants endure to grow in this harsh environment. Alongside these plants marine iguanas bask on volcanic black rocks, flattening their bodies to absorb the sun’s warmth, faces directed towards its rays.

Recent drone footage of marine iguana colonies taken from a field survey around the northern and western islands, illustrate how advances in scientific technology have enabled us to capture snapshots of the lives of many animals we could only have previously dreamed of.

Three scientists are sitting on a boat, launching a drone © Andrea Varela

Advances in scientific technology have enabled us to capture snapshots of the lives of many animals we could only have previously dreamed of – learn more this British Science Week © Andrea Varela

Such advances have led to a growth in knowledge and understanding for both scientist and citizen, informing conservation strategies and providing opportunities for communities worldwide to engage in scientific programmes or ‘Citizen Science.’

GCT’s Citizen Science Portal supports a number of projects including ‘Iguanas from Above,’ which allows individuals and communities to participate in ‘real science’ by counting iguanas in a series of drone images to provide an accurate picture of the status of this threatened species.

Drone image of lot's of iguanas on a sandy beach © Dr Amy MacLeod

These amazing drone images feature in the project ‘Iguanas from Above’ – getting involved in Citizen Science is a great activity for British Science Week © Dr Amy MacLeod

The Discovering Galapagos teacher zone hosts a wide range of activities suitable for primary and secondary aged students based on the unique partnerships we have with scientists across the archipelago. The Giant Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme (GTMEP) explores the fascinating world of the Galapagos giant tortoise and how tracking technology allows us to gain insight into the movements of these gentle giants on their annual migrations. From land to sea, scientists track ocean giants to help answer questions of their mysterious lives.

Tagging a Giant Tortoise © Christian Ziegler

Learn more about giant tortoise tagging this British Science Week © Christian Ziegler

The resources to compliment our book, Marti the Hammerhead Shark: A Galapagos Journey, explore the science of tracking marine species as they journey on their annual migrations, and how gaining knowledge of their movements is key to protecting their future. You can also buy a copy of the storybook from our shop.

A diver measuring the size of a whale shark © Jonathan Green

This British Science Week learn about how scientists measure a whale shark © Jonathan Green

This British Science Week join our growing community of ‘Discovering Galapagos’ explorers to discover more about the wildlife and scientific endeavours on these Enchanted Isles.

All our resources can be used for individual or group learning and are suitable for most ages. They can be all used in the classroom or at home by a teacher, parent, or guardian.

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