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BioArtAttack is a biology-themed art project taking place over the summer, with prizes announced in Biology Week 2014.
Young people (18 and under) are invited to make a biology-themed art collage, model or sculpture and submit their project by taking time-lapsed videos or a series of photographs. This is a chance to get young people thinking about the biology that is in the world all around them, as well as exploring the possibility of communicating a scientific message through art. If you are a teacher, parent or student and would like your school to be involved with BioArtAttack please get in touch.
We have been really impressed with the activities which teachers put on during Biology Week 2013, and we hope many will do the same in 2014. You are welcome to use any Biology Week event materials, and we would love to hear what you have planned.
Here are some ideas for 2014:
Where does your food come from? What impact does it have on the environment? How much food gets wasted? We have produced resources (below) which are free to use for science, geography and PSHE teachers. This video is also ideal for assemblies.
Assembly or form time: this three minute animated video about food waste is designed for use in assembly, form time or PSHE, and is accompanied by notes.
Biology GCSE lesson: ‘Inputs into beef cattle’ – how cattle are reared in the UK, how the biomass decreases up the food chain, the environmental issues associated with beef farming, and nutrition information.
Geography lesson: 'Where food comes from', including a case study of a chocolate bar with the origins of its different ingredients. The lesson will tackle the concepts of food miles and carbon footprint, and cover some of the environmental and socio-economic issues arising from food production around the world, showing the importance of considering scientific and social issues together.
The resources were developed with the support of the Global Food Security (GFS) programme. The UK's main public funders of food-related research are working together through GFS to meet the challenge of providing the world's growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of nutritious food from less land and using fewer inputs. In particular, BBSRC and DFID as GFS partners have provided input to these resources.