In the past several years UGAAP Geothrillogy workshops, which began in West Norwood, have been delivered for a number of local groups, schools and organizations across London and other areas around the UK.
Regular weekend sessions were run for The Education Alliance Africa in Camberwell, Southwark borough; summer term-break sessions for ‘New Deal For Communities’ New Cross Gate Trust in Lewisham borough, as well as continued sessions, featured on Planet Science, in West Norwood, Lambeth borough.
UGAAP Geothrillogy was also delivered for the Bristol based Kuumba project, contributing to the Afrikan Science website launch which took place in the @Bristol centre.
Seminars run by DISC – Delivering Inclusion in Science Communication, led to collaborative work with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), running exhibits & workshops for National Science & Engineering Week in the local neighbourhood. See British Association for the Advancement of Science blog and NERC article 'Rap Gets Deep'
Exhibits & activities for science & engineering week
At the Black Environment Network annual conference contact was initiated with the Jurassic Coast Team who commissioned Geothrillogy material specifically for their 'Walk-Through-Time' ’theme.The body of work details the stratigraphy and structural evolution of this Southwest England World Heritage site. Using this material, along with the Geothrillogy CD and Geology U ’n’ Verse booklet, workshops were run at Woodroffe secondary school in Dorset.
This culminated with the pupils – Team Triassic, Team Jurassic & Team Cretaceous presenting to the public at the annual Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, waxing lyrical about Mesozoic tectonic events affecting Exmouth to Studland Bay!
Working with entomologist Dr Paul Waring, met through the Black Environment Network has led to Geothrillogy treatment also applied to lepidopteran evolution and joint outreach Mothing sessions for Hitherfield primary school pupils and other children in the neighbourhood in Lambeth. Further joint Lepidopteran Geothrillogy mothing sessions were run for local community group ‘Roots & Shoots’ in Southwark and there was also opportunity to present on the pertinence of Tibetan tectonics impacting on the proliferation of the noble fruit - Malus Pumila for their annual apple-day event!
UGAAP Geothrillogy was delivered further south in the UK on the Isle of Wight for the Fossil Detectives TV series and featured in episode 8. The workshop delivered to pupils at Sandown High school was filmed by the BBC/Open University as reported by IoW County Press. During the shoreline fossil find session with geoscientist and programme presenter Hermione Cockburn echinoids and belemnites were examinied and filming completing with commentary on the coccolithophore fossil rich cliff face, a fade out to the lapping waves and a rendition of ‘Calcium Carbonate Chronicles’ geosong:
Occurring as plankton coccolithophores
Micro-balls of calcite disc plates
Making chalky strata with numerous pores
Reservoir zone calcium carbonate!
A talk on North Sea Oil will take place at 7pm, Tuesday 13th November 2012, at the Ravensbourne Geological Society at Beckenham Methodist Church Hall Bromley Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 5JE