Lab_13 Irchester and Dovecote Meetup

This week the Lab_13 Dovecote (in Nottingham) management team visited us to share ideas and tell us about how they run their lab, and we told them about how we run ours. Dovecote Lab_13ers were full of questions about our lab and were eager to tell us what they like about our lab_13.


As soon as they arrived, at 11.30am, we had a quick drink and snack and introduced ourselves.We held an open committee meeting then so they could see we run our own meetings and how we give each other feedback and jobs.

Then, we put a mix of us and Dovecote at different stations. This was Ashton’s idea – to have “circus” of discussion tables where we told each other about different things, ideas and what works and doesn’t work for Lab_13. We stayed at the table for 10-15minutes before moving to the next one. The stations was: “Blogging”, “Student-led Committee Meetings”, “Running Lab_13 Events”and “Any Other Questions”. We kept some fun colourful minutes of each discussion! We learnt that in Irchester each member of the team has a different job every week but Dovecote have a certain person for a certain job. We like to let all the years into the lab but Dovecote only let year 3s and up and they have a certain amount of people at a time unlike us.  Irchester committee members must leave after two long terms but Dovecote can stay on committee until they leave the school.

20131126_121546We had a part were we could ask Bryson or  Miss Hogan any questions.   Their answers were very different due to one being a scientist and one being an inventor and also our Lab_13s are very different. Miss Hogan is with us all week while Bryson is only in school Tuesday and Wednesdays. We might go visit them after Christmas to see what their Lab_13 is like.  It was good to have another Lab_13 committees’ opinion on how we work.

Kieran and Ashton

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