Despite walking the dog around Baldersby Park every day I personally don't know my Ash from my elbow. Of this I am ashamed. Sorry. So how about a 30 minute wander around the leafier parts of the park accompanied by our resident tree expert. There is a wide variety of tree species to peruse and I'm jealous already.
The BBC Microbit is seen as the successor to the famous BBC Micro from the 1980s. We've been waiting a while for it - 34 years in fact. Every Year 7 child across the UK will be given a Microbit eventually except they are not ready yet. But we will have some at Deer Shed so that you can start writing code ASAP. It's the same ethos as a Raspberry Pi but a simpler beast with more flashing lights.
Make a big garden, or a small one.
We are introducing some horticulture to the science tent for the first time. We are not great gardeners ourselves to be honest which is why we have enlisted some top gardening experts to help. So we will be planting all manner of plants into some big containers and you can plant up your own small garden to take home and tend to. Lolly stick fences, a small potting shed, that sort of thing.
Our third forensics offering for 2016. The crime this year, with a nod to our theme, is an elaborate diamond heist. It’s the first year that no fictional murder has taken place! It's up to you to investigate, document and ultimately solve the crime. Highly recommended.
Guess how many organisms you'll find in a cubic metre of soil? I reckon 3 or 4, plus the odd worm if you're lucky. With the aid of microscopes we'll no doubt be pretty gobsmacked at the number of critters we discover in just a small amount of Yorkshires best soil.
Guerilla Archeology - Cardiff University
This year at Deer Shed, Guerilla Archaeology from Cardiff Uni will be exploring the science of Ancient Bodies and Beauty. From early cosmetics and ancient tattoos to bygone haircuts and varying body shapes we explore the how science allows us to understand how humans altered their bodies to express individuality, beliefs and desires over thousands of years.
Water Bottle Rockets
An old favourite from last year. Take a water bottle, decorate and add fins and various bits to aid stability, or not. Then take your interstellar creation to our launch area where with assistance from mission control we will launch your rocket skyward.
Let our team of science buskers amaze you with dry ice, chemical rockets, self-inflating balloons, slime, weird liquids, loud bangs and loads of other experiments involving everyday household ingredients. They will no doubt excite those with an enquiring mind.
Madlab Soldering Workshops
Madlab are an innovative electronics company that manufactures electronic kits that you can put together to make your own useful gadgets. From lie detectors to electronic bagpipes they have something for all budgets and all abilities, from beginners to master solderers.
What can we say? A selection of the best science, technology and engineering students from Manchester University, mostly ladies, with the sole aim of encouraging more girls to study those disciplines. They love coming and we love having them back. Top robot action.
Ableton Music Production
Almost twenty years ago yours truly was making terrible music with a room full of gear. Things I bought for £2000 are now worth so little that kids took them to bits in last year's Wrekshop. Times have changed drastically. With Ableton Live + Push discover the current state of music making.
Dan Aldred's Pi Shop
Dan is head of computer science at our kid's high school in Thirsk. He is relatively unscarred by this day job to the extent that he spends his spare time coding, building stuff and generally being a fantastic advocate of improving the coding skills of today's youngsters. Expect Dan and friends to bring along all kinds of cutting edge but accessible tech.
Huge success last year and we binged on the conductive paint so you need to paint some more - we hope it still conducts, we've got loads. Last year we made cardboard animals, attached a battery and LEDs and joined them all together with the electric goo.
Paul from Pimorini was the fella who designed the Raspberry Pi logo. A good claim to fame. He has been coming to Deer Shed on the bus since the science tent came into existence in 2013. We have watched his Sheffield based company Pimoroni grow quickly over the last few years and are very excitied to see what Paul will bring along for you to play with this year.
Ahhh, how all the old fellas in our audience appreciate the youngsters getting into Meccano. Quite right, put your phone down. Perhaps this year you could build something movie based? OR perhaps take your creation to be a animation workshop?
Taking Things To Pieces
Over the years we have taken apart quite a lot of electrical bits and bobs to see how they work - rr just for the sheer joy of trashing stuff. It's not something kids are usually allowed to do and consequently this is a very popular activity.
A Lolly Stick Bridge Too Far
Any budding civil engineers out there? In the science tent, we will have a span to span. We shall challenge you to build a bridge from lolly sticks and plastic bands that spans various sized gaps with various sizes of load. Prizes will be awarded for the best engineered structures.
Magnets, magnets, magnets
We have never investigated the various intriguing properties of magnets in the science tent. So this year we will put that right. There are some pretty exciting things to build, from simple electric trains to ball bearing launchers.