Gillespie news: Dan Green and Mission Mosquito



Carole giving her talk at CultureShock, an event put on by the BSA to encourage scientists and artists to work together (photo by Jess Wade)

Special Guest Assembly

At a recent science event where Carole gave a talk about Lab_13 she talked about how we, the Lab_13 committee, helped to judge the Royal Society’s science book competition. We thought that the Rebel Science book by Dan Green should have won, but it didn’t. After the event, Carole got approached by a mysterious man. She didn’t realise who he was, but soon he revealed who he was: Dan Green! He was a man on a mission, to be the greatest author of children’s science books in all of the Universe! And he agreed to come to our school to be a special guest of the old Lab_13 committee’s assembly.


The old Lab_13 committee are ready to interview Dan Green during our assembly

There’s only one thing the old committee wanted to do: interrogate him to find out everything about his books and being an author. We found out that as a child he loved science and book writing. His second name is Green and his first name is Dan. We discovered that for the past years his favourite scientist has been Madame Curie because she was the first person to ever get TWO Nobel prizes – in Physics and Chemistry.


Dan wrote us a special message in our copy of Rebel Science. We will Dan Green, we will!


Lucy and Matt, the entomologists who brought their mosquitoes and taught us about them

Mission: Mosquito

Yesterday everyone in Y5 took part in a workshop run by scientists who work at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I was most surprised by the close-up picture of a pupa. I thought it looked disgusting. What I really liked was watching the real pupa specimens because they were doing front flips. The most important thing we learnt to do is to avoid or prevent mosquitoes from biting you because you might get Malaria or Zika or any other sort of disease in some countries.


The picture at the bottom is of the pupa, which I think is disgusting

[Message from Carole: next term we will be starting a research project to investigate mosquito populations in our local area. We will keep you updated on that…]

Written by Danny (Y5) and Hamza (Y5)

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