2nd November 2015
Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 managed to enjoy EXPO 2015 in Milan just before it closed. Here is Biology teacher Tim's account of the day...
Opportunities in life should not be missed, and so it seemed inevitable that 20 Biology students from Y11 to 13 embarked on a long day to visit Expo Milano – especially given the official Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life”.
After meeting early at Termini, we arrived late morning and soon negotiated the security entry system to immerse ourselves in the hustling, bustling world of Expo. A quick 20 minute walk past some 30 different countries’ pavilions saw us arrive at our first destination – the UK Pavilion, where we were granted rapid entry to bypass the queue (many thanks to Neil Briscoe) and were treated to an awesome insight into the world of the honeybee, complete with a walk through an English meadow. Next up was Estonia (rapid entry and a guided tour, huge thanks to Johanna, Y12, for that!). This was an eye-opener for many of us who had never visited Estonia – and the overwhelming response was “I really, really want to go and see Estonia!” It is clear that Estonians are very in tune with Nature and the Natural World – and this is something that resonated with us all (young and old!). Very inspirational.
Next there was time for us to visit Pavilions of our choice, with students in groups of 3 or more free to move around Expo for several hours. Although the queues were long for some exhibits, many more were easily accessed and we experienced the food production ideas (and the foods!) from just about every continent of the world – as well as seeing a wide biodiversity of crop plants being grown in anything from raised beds to hydroponic culture.
The journey home was long but as comfortable as ever thanks to the Frecciarossa trains, and the overwhelming feeling was very much that this had been a highly informative and very thought-provoking day. The benefits will be in our students’ outlook on life, not just in their increased biological knowledge.
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