OK, now I’m talking to our science reporter, Jessica Miles,
about the world of science today. Jessica, there‘s going to
be something called National Science Week, isn’t there? Tell
us about it.
Science reporter: Yes, of
course science is all around us and National Science Week,
from March the tenth to the nineteenth, hopes to encourage
people of all ages to think about how it affects all aspects
of life Science, engineering and the social sciences, such
as economics, tell us much about how the world around us works.
During the week, events will be organised at venues ranging
from schools and museums to shopping centres and bars.
Presenter: This was first
held last year, wasn’t it?
Science reporter: Yes, and
last year’s initiative saw more than 1,500 events, from hands-on
activities to discussions, tours and online projects. It went
very well and more than half a million people got involved.
This year, the British Association for the Advancement of
Science, or BA, which co-ordinates the event, hopes to reach
even more people.
Presenter: So, what kinds
of things are happening?
Science reporter: Amongst
the attractions this year is the ‘illuminate initiative’,
which will look at colour in science and includes a photography
competition for all ages. The winning entries will be displayed
in the Dana Centre in central London. The idea is that asking
people to capture the colour in science will make them look
at science in a new way.
Presenter: And what else
Science reporter: Well, another
part of this year's National Science Week is that the BA is
also asking people to ‘Click for Climate Change’. Visitors
to its website can make a promise to make small changes to
their lives which could add up to a big difference for climate
change. The association suggests switching off the TV instead
of leaving it on standby, walking to school or swapping just
one normal light bulb for an energy-saving one. If everyone
made these little changes, carbon dioxide emissions could
be reduced by thousands of tonnes every year.
Presenter: That sounds very
interesting. When does it start!
Science reporter: Click
for Climate Change will open at the start of National
Science Week, which, as I said before; begins on March the
Presenter: And where can
people find out more?
Science reporter: Well, you
can get more information about National Science Week, and
you can also get activity packs, if you visit the BA website.
The website is …