Irchester’s Stick Insects, and The Crunch!



Wellcome Trust has started a project called The Crunch, it is about food production and where our food comes from. They asked Irchester to test out the lesson plans, as the Wellcome Trust knows what a good school for science we are! So we have tested the resources and thinks that they are a fab set, with loads of kit including everything needed for everybody in class to grow their own tomatoes!  We are very happy that our school was asked to test the project. We told the Wellcome Trust the result of the experiment and urge all other primary schools to look out for these FREE resources next year!


Some of the kit in the sets being given out by the Wellcome Trust for The Crunch project, starting next year.



We have some sad news to tell you. Lab_13’s last adult stick insect died, they normally live for about a year so it was very old for a sick insect! It was called Sir Terry Dancelot 2.0. So now all the stick insects we have are baby ones, there are 14 of them. Luckily before the summer holiday, we started saving some of the eggs, because we knew the stick insects were getting old. We ended up with more eggs hatching than planned, and finding tiny baby stick insects all over the lab! Our babies are now growing up really quickly; some of them are nearly fully grown already. How many can you spot hiding in the photo?




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Lab_13 is a space in a school managed by pupils for pupils to conduct their own research and experiments driven by their curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm, and under the watchful supervision of a Scientist in Residence (not a teacher!!).
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