KS4 Themed day: Visit a scientific workplace

Students visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and experience a globally significant scientific workplace in action.

Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst

Duration

90 minutes - 2 hours

Allocated space

20 students per group

Overview

Students visit Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and experience a globally significant scientific workplace in action. They study its organisation and investigate health and safety procedures. This half-day session is typically coupled with a practical lab session where the students carry out sterile procedures for micropropagation (cloning) and produce their own risk assessments.

Learning outcomes

School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools and colleges. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school or college environment.

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum, GCSE and BTEC specifications.

This session offers students the opportunity to:

  • Investigate the needs for conservation and the work of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
  • Investigate the organisation of the seed bank, its protocols, procedures and methods of communication and health and safety issues.
  • Use sterile techniques, to propagate explants of cauliflower  in sterile media.
  • Construct a risk assessment for the cloning procedure.
  • Consider further studies and a possible career in science.

Curriculum links 

  • The specifications for exam boards vary. When you book a school visit at Wakehurst, let us know which exam board you are using and we will work with you to tailor the session for your students.
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