Exploring rivers in National Science Week

Our augmented reality sandbox proved very popular with Year 5 and 6 pupils at Addingham Primary School last week. Sandbox workshops exploring rivers and their landscape were held as part of a series of events at the school to mark National Science Week.

The sandbox demonstrations were organised in association with Addingham Environment Group. This group has close links to the school and are working with the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust on the Addingham 4 Becks project.

Each workshop supported the geography curriculum relating to natural hazards and physical landscapes, while also encouraging awareness of the physical environment in the local area. Key topics that were discussed included natural flood management, sources of flood risk, water storage, habitat and land management, water quality, flood warning and community resilience.

The sandbox was demonstrated by Rosie Rogers and Jenny Broomby from JBA Consulting.  Rosie commented, “By providing pupils with a hands-on experience, we really captured their interest in the processes involved in the management of water across catchments, considering different stakeholders and their often conflicting interests in how we manage our landscapes.  We even identified a few Flood Management practitioners of the future!”.

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