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School pupils invited to learn about evolution

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THREE schools in Melksham were invited to learn all about evolution at the University of Bath’s new Milner Centre for Evolution last week.

Around 120 students from local schools including Bowerhill Primary, Shaw CE Primary and Forest and Sandridge School, were invited to the official launch of the Milner Centre for Evolution on Friday 21st September to explore aspects of evolution. 

Throughout the day, they made frogspawn beads, learnt how sharks smell, met owls and learned about how birds adapt to their environment. 

The invitation was sent to allow children to test out practical lesson ideas that can be used by teachers as part of their curricula. Other sessions included making trilobites from salt dough to understand adaptation, measuring variation of hand sizes across the class to show variation, and illustrating geological timescales using toilet paper.

For more information about the Milner Centre for Evolution, visit http://www. bath.ac.uk/groups/milner- centre-for-evolution/ 

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