I was honoured to visit the UK October 7-12 as Nancy B! This is the first time Nancy B of Nancy B’s Science Club made an official international appearance and I am pleased to say I was treated like royalty in the UK.
The idea of my trip began earlier this year when Lisa Guili, MD of Educational Insights, suggested that I meet with Fun Learning’s store managers and explain the features and benefits of both the Nancy B line of science products and the GeoSafari Jr. products. As such, my trip began with a visit to Fun Learning’s office in Wandsworth. I presented EI’s 2015 products as well as the Nancy B line and recent GeoSafari Jr. new products to an enthusiastic and inquisitive group of store managers. The Fun Learning office is in a very interesting and beautiful building that at various times in the past has been an orphanage and an asylum!
From there, Chris drove us to King’s Lynn where I had a lovely dinner with my UK colleagues. The next morning I was excited to finally see the beautiful, bright and colourful Learning Resources office. I presented the 2015 EI product line as well as the Nancy B products and the new GeoSafari Jr. products. The Learning Resources team gave me lots of great feedback which I have been relaying to the EI team in California.
From there, Peter kindly drove me to the beautiful Jarrold Department Store in Norwich where I was pleased to be part of a public Nancy B event. Children completed Nancy B science activities for a chance to win Nancy B products and prize money.
The following morning, I took a lovely train and Tube ride back to central London and arrived at the London Science Museum for a fabulous public event there. Children and their mums and dads (and minders—a new British word for me) came through in droves to use the Nancy B, GeoSafari Jr. and Primary Science toys. We went through a LOT of vinegar and baking soda, shined quite a few pennies, and identified a lot of fingerprints. It was a great (and exhausting!) experience. The day ended with a super fun (and very late) dinner with a lively group from the LR/UK office who happened to be attending the TES Special Educational Needs Show in London.
Last but not least, on Saturday Chris and I participated in a Nancy B event with Fun Learning at their store at the Bentall Centre. This was another extremely busy event involving much vinegar and baking soda and lots of viewings of the ceiling of the mall with a Nancy B MoonScope.
Nancy B’s first official international public appearances abroad went extremely well thanks to the hard work and planning from the Learning Resources team and Chris Beardmore, Sammy Willetts and Helen Ferri Wilson in particular. Thank you to everyone involved.