CBS 2016 Pollination Talk

Pollination! How plants exploit anything that moves!
Useful information
Kit List: 

Several pairs of fluffy gloves, Large number of velcro balls (hooked side), 6 large, straight-sided plastic jars
Fan, Large quantity of hole punchings, Sticky sticks, Plastic sheeting
Straws of assorted sizes, flexible plastic tubing, bottles of 'nectar'

Packing Away: 

Don't throw anything out, we can use it again in future talks!


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Risk Assessment
Date risk assesment last checked: 
Thu, 04/02/2016
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Date risk assesment double checked: 
Fri, 05/02/2016
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Risk Assessment: 
Experiment Pollinator tongues Nectar transmission Wind pollination
Description Children with different length straws but same bottle, showing how some pollinators are adapted to certain flower shapes Have child put on glove coated in velcro and reach into jar to get sweets, get coated in soft "pollen" (velcro balls) Using a fan to blow small paper circles ("pollen") onto sticky surfaces (flowers)
  • Bottles of liquid
  • Straws cut to different lengths
  • Glove may be scratchy
  • Jars of sweets
  • Small bits of paper on floor could be slippery
  • Sticky flowers
  • Risks to audience
  • Could splash/be dropped
  • Children may have allergies to sugary drink
  • Straws could have sharp ends
  • Being scratched
  • Getting hand stuck in jar
  • Allergy to contents
  • Could slip while leaving lecture theatre
  • Might leave other surfaces sticky
  • Risks to presenter
  • Could get liquid spilt on electrical equipment
  • Could splash/be dropped
  • Straws could have sharp ends
  • None
  • Could slip while finishing lecture
  • Might stick to prop
  • Control measures
  • Ensure children are in an area away from wires/electrical equipment when drinking/holding the bottles of drinks
  • Have paper towel on hand to tidy any spills
  • Choose plain drink with no artifical colourings/flavourings to avoid allergies
  • Check when cutting to leave smooth ends, discard potentially dangerous ones
  • Ensure velcro doesn't go quite to edge of glove so no scratching when putting on
  • Make sure jar could easily fit adult hand (aids with setup too), warn volunteers of contents, choose sweets least likely to trigger allergies (avoid artificial colourings)
  • Ensure paper blown into corner away from exit route. Lay out large sheet under area blowing paper to speed up tidying up and avoid paper everywhere
  • Use double sided tape, not glue, so stickyness cannot come off onto other surfaces so easily. Find a lid to cover with until needed.
  • This experiment contains mains electrical parts, see separate risk assessment.