Despite the rainy and chilly weather, our experience at the Cranedale Centre was one to remember. Our day was jam-packed full of activities. On the first day, after a 4-hour journey, we visited the coast of Hornsea. At Hornsea, we got to see the efforts of hard engineering at the coast and how it was stopping waver from eroding due to the high energy of the coastline. At the coast, we were tasked with measuring the beach profile using quadrants. The eleven of us were split up into groups and collected data about sediment from the north and south of the groynes, learning vital methods that could be used in our NEA.

The second day, we were off to the city of Scarborough for our human field work day. Using various data collection techniques, such as word pictures, observations, and emotional mapping, we collected data from the coastal city. It was a long day in town, with a lot of walking up hills. But after a full day, we were back in the centre just in time for dinner. Then, we spent some time putting all the primary data collected together into geolocated data just before a few hours of free time playing table tennis and board games.

On the final day, we spent it overviewing what we had done previously. We were tasked with a bucket full of resources to make our own mini-NEAs. Using various equipment, we ventured around the Cranedale site and started collecting our own evidence. We then put it all together and used statistical tests to analyse whether the data collected was significant or not. Finally, after wrapping up everything we learned, we set off on a long journey back to Birmingham, glad to be back in the city!

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