Discovery Zone 2019 Highlights
This year the Discovery Zone was a hive of activity for families and school groups at the Great Yorkshire Show. From milling grain, making bread, sausages, and muffins to using wool to felt, weave, and spin children were entertained for hours. Children learnt about engineering and technology by understanding how hydraulics work and coding robots. Rethink Food brought along their tower gardens to show how vegetables can grow using aeroponics. Perfect for schools who have limited outside space.
Wednesday morning was all about the Schools Vegetable Box Competiton Grand Final which involved all 13 schools presenting their box to the judges from RHS Harlow Carr. The tension in the presentation built as First and Second place came down to two schools who are both Outwood Primary Academies. Darfield came out on top with Lofthouse Gate coming a close second. ITV’s Calendar followed the excitement which featured on the news that evening much to the delight of the children involved. You can watch the full coverage here.
The new Goat World attraction was a huge success with visitors learning first-hand the Farm to Fork message. Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm brought along their beautiful but cheeky goats! Explaining which breeds are best for milk and meat. Kids (no pun intended!) discovered how to milk the model goat, viewed a demonstration of how to make goats’ cheese and to finish the cheese experience St Helen’s offered delicious samples to taste.
As popular as ever was watching chicks hatch, meeting bugs and holding snakes and spiders! The star attraction, Mini-Fodder, had little ones entertained becoming farmers, shop keepers, and customers all in one day. Parents enjoyed the opportunity to take a seat and watch whilst their children picked vegetables in the pretend field, took it to the shop area and then played check-outs all with the aim to emphasise the journey food takes.
Roll on 2020!
Written by Kate Kirby
Charitable Activities Co-ordinator