Transition Llantwit Joins Sunflower Experiment


Come to Miri Mieri garden this Saturday to take part in the Great Turing Sunflower Experiment to grow 3000 sunflowers.

Transition Llantwit’s family garden has registered with the mass experiment, and will sow the seeds on Saturday 12th May (11 – 1). You can grow the seeds at Miri Mieri or take them home.

If you want to sign up separately for the project see http://www.turingsunflowers.com/getinvolved – great if local schools and groups can join in. 

“Why Turing’s Sunflowers?

Sunflowers are not only beautiful. They are fascinating. The spirals of seeds in sunflower heads often follow a special pattern of numbers called the Fibonacci sequence. Mathematical patterns can be found in other plants and animals too – everything from pine cones to a tiger’s stripes can be linked to mathematics. 
Alan Turing, perhaps best known for helping crack the Enigma Code during WW2, was fascinated by how maths works in nature. Turing noticed that the Fibonacci sequence often occurred in sunflower seed heads. He hoped that by studying the plant it might help us understand how plants grow, but died before he could finish his work. Our tribute to Turing is a mass experiment to grow 3,000 sunflowers. If enough people grow, we can collect sufficient data to put Turing’s and other scientists’ theories to the test. What better way to mark the mathematician’s centenary than to complete his final research project?
Taking part is easy. All participants need to do is grow a sunflower, keep the seed head and take part in the head count in September and October. For that, participants will be able to take their seed head to one of our special counting locations, or post their ‘spiral counts’ online. Researchers at The University of Manchester will then collate the data, and the results will be announced during Manchester Science Festival.”(http://www.turingsunflowers.com/about/why)
We are also planning to put a bucketful of living things into the new water feature (as it was too wet last weekend).

All ages are welcome at Miri Mieri, as long as children are accompanied by a responsible adult. Old clothes recomended. For more information contact 796849 / 07804 624795. In case of bad weather, this will happen on Sunday instead – phone to confirm time.

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