Workshops & Science Shows
Workshops and science shows can add an unique and exciting twist to your school visit to the Science Centre. The activities have been designed with the National Curriculum in mind and provide meaningful and exciting experiences that are not always possible in the classroom. These activities are designed and led by members of the Education team who are professional science communicators dedicated to inspiring future generations of scientists.
Activities are delivered to class sized groups in our dedicated workshop spaces. Often two workshops can be delivered at the same time and school visitors can book multiple workshops in a day.
Most of the activities offered can also by delivered in your school by the Science Centre’s Outreach Team, for more information and outreach pricing see here.
Planetarium shows are found here, charged at £1.75 per seat required (excluding VAT).
For bookings and enquiries: for booking enquiries, please use the online booking enquiry form.
For anything else, contact our Schools Booking Officer, Anita, tel: 01962 891942 (8am - 4pm) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
KS3 & KS4 (Year 8+)
Upper KS2, KS3
KS3 & KS4
£3.58 (40 min)
KS1 & KS2
£1.75 (45 min)
KS1, KS2, KS3 & KS4
Early Years, R, KS1, KS2 & KS3
Who survives and why? In this practical evolution workshop students will handle fossils, discover the role adaption and variation plays in evolution and will create their own new creature.
A KS3&4 workshop working with real data. Investigate real exoplanets orbiting other stars, interpreting data from telescopes and other sources using mathematics. For instance, calculating the orbit distance from period, planet type from mass and diameter, working towards calculating the expected temperature of the planet. Students require confidence with basic mathematical concepts (e.g. taking the square of a number) and reasonable literacy as the workshop is largely self-led. There is lots of maths!
Challenging for y7, best for y8+. This workshop is suitable for students who already are confident with basic astronomy such as the fact that planets orbit, the Sun is a star and that exoplanets exist.
Learn to program a Lego Mindstorm Robot to achieve a series of missions. Extension activities include building robots for specific objectives.
An exciting and seriously sciencey show with demonstrations involving a Van de Graaff generator*, thermal imaging camera, a solar telescope and simple ion drive! The show about particle physics explains how it is essential to our understanding of our Universe, including mention of current missions and research projects. The Explore your Universe show lasts 40 mins.
Discover the forces that rule our everyday experiences and their mysterious effects, including friction, gravity, air resistance and electromagnetism. This show includes a demonstration with the Van de Graaff generator.*
K’Nex Structures or Vehicles Workshop
Working in teams, the challenge is to design, build and test self-propelled vehicles, tallest towers or strongest bridges using K’NexTM.
Students will learn what a plant hunter does, go on a plant hunt with a back pack of equipment and make detailed observations of plants and seeds, looking at the links between the two. Students will leave with a booklet of their observations to take home.
Please note, this workshop is not bookable for outreach.
Students will explore forces and simple pneumatics through building pop bottle water rockets in small groups. After assembling the water rockets, students will go outside to investigate further and to launch their rockets. Rockets are launched in all weather conditions (unless deemed as unsafe). If it is forecast to rain on the day of your visit, or if it has been raining in the days prior to your visit, please remember to bring a spare pair of suitable footwear and a coat.
How do plants spread their seeds? In this interactive workshop students will identify the need for seed dispersal, types of seed dispersal methods and features of the seeds that help in this process. Students will all leave with a booklet of observations and a mini seed copter.
For your information: This workshop involves the handling and being in the vicinity of fruits and nuts. Please inform the Science Centre upon booking if any of your students have food tolerances or allergies.
Students will be blown away by this exciting combination of demonstrations and experimentation, all focused on the theme of sound. Demonstrations involving intriguing instruments and energy transfer will set the scene for students to practically investigate all aspects of sound covered by the KS2 National Curriculum.
- Exciting, thought provoking demonstrations
- Student led investigation and creation of simple musical instruments
- Introduction and reinforcement of all relevant vocabulary
- Ideal as both an introduction and revision of the concept covered in NC KS2
* Persons with a pacemaker, cochlear implant or underlying heart condition should not come within 3m of the Van de Graaff generator when it is switched on. Children using the Van de Graaff generator must have their parent or guardian’s permission.
Some workshops are gratefully supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
If you have any suggestions for future workshops then please contact Dr Ben Littlefield who will be happy to discuss this with you- email@example.com.