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The Museum staff, both the curators and members of the education team, is involved in various public and outreach programmes. Here is a brief report on one of such events that was organized and run by Dmitri Logunov, the Curator of Arthropods, and David Penney, a Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester, at the St Edwards CE primary school (Castleton) on the 6th of June 2013. This school has been selected as one of the North West Eco-Schools Ambassadors 2013-2015.

The report has been kindly prepared by Mrs T Duffield and Miss L Pierce, the teachers who were also involved and who took the photographs presented here.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our visit from David and Dmitri, and were fascinated by the specimens they brought to show the children. There was a healthy balance of live and fossilised specimens, both of which the children were encouraged to closely observe as well as handle. As the children are only 4 and 5 there were lots of questions, all of which were answered at an appropriate level for their age. The children were extremely excited about handling the live creatures. Even those children who are often apprehensive to try new things were keen to have a go.  In the afternoon we were invited to partake in an insect hunt with professional insect catching instruments. This really captured the children’s interests and they were very enthusiastic about sharing and talking about their findings. All in all this was a wonderful, unique experience for our children and we would definitely be interested in repeating the visit next year.”
 
Mrs T Duffield/ Miss L Pierce

Handling a hissing Madagascan cockroach

Handling a hissing Madagascan cockroach

Handling a Giant Millipede

Handling a Giant Millipede

What in the box? Looking at one of the insects catched during the bug hunt

What in the box? Looking at one of the insects catched during the bug hunt

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