Simply identify a habitat, explore and discover the bugs that live there, photograph or draw them and record your findings – it’s that simple – plus, with the added benefits of fresh air, having fun and covering important parts of the science curricula in one fell swoop!
The winner will be the submission with the most diverse range of bugs and the most innovative and clearly presented findings – (e.g. map, drawn images of bugs, tips taken from website, follow-up findings), regardless of how big or small your facilities.
THE winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced!
The Association for Science Education’s learning resource site schoolscience.co.uk teamed up for a third year with The Bug Man, Martin Rapley, to take science learning out of the classroom and bring it to life in the outdoors.
Children taking part in the competition spent their time exploring habitats before recording their observations in photos, pictures and poems.
Marianne Cutler, ASE’s Executive Director of Professional and Curriculum Innovation, said: “The Great Bug Hunt competition is a brilliant way of bringing science to life for children and shows you can go on a journey of discovery in your own backyard. Not only does the competition do a great job of capturing children’s imagination, it also fits in well with the science curriculum. Using the natural environment when teaching is an important part of science education and something the ASE strongly advocates through its Outdoor Science Working Group.”
Ysgol yr Ysgob Primary School in Wales won the top prize, a bug day at their school where they got to come close up with creepy crawlies such as scorpions and tarantulas.
The children in Class three had been learning about habitats during this last term. As part of their work they carried out bug hunts in the school wildlife area using pitfall and tea towel traps to collect and identify the bugs. They used this information for graphs and what these could tell them about the conditions the bugs liked to live in. They each then researched one of the bugs found to produce amazing information sheets.
In second place Kinson Primary School in Bournemouth won three terrariums. Ten runners up won The Bug Man's Guide to Big Bugs book by Martin Rapley. Details of the winners can be found on schoolscience.co.uk.
A prize was also awarded for the best photographic entry as chosen by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Ian Bedford, one of the judges and a Research entomologist and manager of the John Innes Entomology facility and entomology team said
“The photos that were submitted for this year's bug hunt competition were of a very high standard and judging the winners was not easy. However, we eventually made our decision by not only taking into account the quality and composition of the image, but also the skill in capturing some of the bugs that usually don't sit still for long! Well done to everyone who took part!”
The winning photograph, taken by a pupil at Cherry Orchard Primary School in Birmingham, captured two snails in the school gardens.
A photograph a of damselfly still hatching out by Benjamin Gubb came second and a blue damselfly taken by Emily Clark of St Edmund’s Girls’ School in Salisbury came third.
A selection of real life arthropod specimens and an Introduction to Minibeasts teaching set from Bug Club for Schools was awarded for the winning photo.
“We found a horrible dead wasp up by the green gate. First I found lots of red and black yucky ants. Then I saw a very horrible long worm… Finally, when we went into the classroom I felt THRILLED!”
- Which is what it’s all about!
We look forward to your entry next year!!
Nick Baker, Naturalist/Presenter
'The Great Bug Hunt competition is a fun and fascinating way to introduce children to the weird and wacky world of mini beasts. So grab a bug net and awaken their sense of discovery and adventure in the great outdoors.'
Kate Humble, Presenter
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