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School Workshop: Brilliant Botanists

A two-hour primary school workshop in which we invite your students to use their scientific enquiry skills to impress the Eden Project bosses and secure the dream job!


Workshop overview

The job opportunity of a lifetime is within reach! Students must demonstrate a series of scientific enquiry skills as part of a ‘pattern seeking’ investigation into leaves from the Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean Biome. Can they use scientific knowledge to explain their findings, impress the Eden bosses and secure the dream job?

What happens in the workshop

Your pupils have applied for the position of ‘Senior Plant Research Specialist’ at the Eden Project and have been invited to attend a challenge-based interview day at Eden. The Eden bosses patch in via video link to welcome the pupils and share the details of the challenge.

After a quick refresher on the importance of leaves for plants the pupils decide how to collect the data required in order to answer the question posed. They then set off to visit both the Rainforest and Mediterranean biomes to collect data about leaves. They also collect data about the physical condition in the biome, such as temperature and humidity, using our state-of-the-art data loggers.

Upon returning to the classroom, the pupils analyse their data and draw their conclusions using ideas about plant processes before submitting them. The Eden bosses patch back in and give them the news. Can your pupils complete the scientific enquiry to the highest standards, impress the bosses and secure the dream job travelling the world?

A visiting teacher

Visiting teacher

“ One of the most educationally rich venues to have taken groups to visit. I would hope all pupils at our school could visit on a rite of passage. ”

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Practical information

Accredited workshops at Eden

This workshop is accredited under the British Science Association’s CREST Awards scheme. Completion of the workshop enables the student to gain one sticker towards the SuperStar Award.


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