Strangers help lost bears to get home
Pupil put six cuddly toys in London as experiment
A STUDENT who asked strangers to help six cuddly toys lost in London find their way back home to Chesham is delighted with the outcome of his experiment.
Year 13 student at Chesham Grammar School Jack Whitaker, 17, from Chesham, decided to do an additional and optional Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is an A-level standard independent research project.
He got to choose his own topic and decided to explore the six degrees of separation, a theory that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world.
To examine the theory, Jack took six furry toys into London and left each at a different tourist attraction, such as Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, with a notebook attached explaining his project and asking whoever found it to help it get back to Chesham Grammar School and to write some notes about its journey.
He also set-up a Twitter account @getbearhome and encouraged people to use #getbearhome to help record their journeys.
Jack is also making a film about his project. After dropping off each cuddly toy he secretly recorded people interacting with them, which he said only took a few minutes to happen.
So far, two of the six toys, a lion and a white tiger, have made it back to the school.
Their notebooks show a number of people helped them get home and each toy embarked on quite the journey visiting places such as the London Eye and Tower Bridge. The lion ended up going to Milton Keynes and onto Birmingham, where it got a keyring, before train station staff wrote it a ticket to Berkhamsted.
Jack said: “I’m really pleased with the results. It was a bit risky because there was a chance I wouldn’t get any back, so I’m happy with two out of six.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t fully agree with six connections, as these ones had about eight or nine.
“Social media often has a negative stigma attached to it but this proves it can be used for good and it
KINDNESS OF STRANGERS: Top right, Jack Whitaker with the two toys which have so far made it back home. Above and below left, one of the furry friends on its travels across the Capital taking in the sights can help connect.”
Two rabbits, a cheetah and a koala are still trying to find their way back to Chesham.
All the school’s EPQ students will present their projects at the school in White Hill, Chesham, next Thursday (October 1) from 5pm to 7pm. They will each have a stall
to before giving presentation.
Jack added: “I’m looking forward to the presentation and I’ll be showing my film. It’ll be a great atmosphere and the more people who come along, the better.”
Did you come across any of the cuddly toys? Email bucksnews@ trinitysouth.co.uk.