The Woodland Education Centre,
Offwell, Honiton, Devon EX14 9SW UK
Centre Directors Report - October 2002
new project is being piloted this autumn which will allow young scientists from all over
the world to benefit from a virtual visit to the Woodland Education Centre.
Ably spearheading this initiative are a family from
Wales. The family are pioneers in a project set up by the Trust, which is piloting live
remote experiments on the internet. Sarah (13) and Timothy (8), who live near Cardiff,
will be amongst those logging on to the internet to access remote temperature readings
from the Centre, as well as hourly satellite weather images of the region.
scientists will be comparing temperature readings at their own location with those in
Offwell and explaining any observed differences. Sarah and Timothy have been closely
involved in designing the overall experiment, as well as constructing some of the
equipment to be used. The process has required them to use a wide range of
cross-curricular skills and knowledge.
Accessing the data live from the 'net
As with many other people, the family became
involved with the Centre through using the Trusts extensive website. They are now
members of Offwell Environment Link (OEL), the Centres community support group. They
are one of many families who are educating their children at home.
This project is just the start of a number of
exciting experiments which will enable people to gain a better understanding of the
natural world through practical investigations. The students are involved throughout, in
the design and setting up of the remote experiments. Find out more about remote