Home Educators Session – Plane Sailing

Event Details


Can it fly? Why does it fly? If it can fly – how far can it fly? And how much weight can it carry? Engineers often create small-size models to test a product’s design. Model testing tells engineers how a design might perform in a real-world situation. The engineer can experiment with different shapes and materials to produce the perfect design for the task. In this creative engineering session you will design and make your own paper planes (or gliders!) and then see how they perform in a series of challenges.

All you need to fly high in this session is a bit of flight knowledge, plenty of perfect folding and fantastic flinging!



This session forms part of our special programme, just for home educated young learners, with weekly sessions of hands-on activities.

The sessions will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and each week will be based on a different curriculum topic.  Overall, topics ranges from ‘Plane Sailing’ (Can it fly? Why does it fly? If it can fly – how far can it fly? – an engineering journey) to ‘It’s Raining STEM’ (Discover how we can predict rainfall, and why we might need to know when and how much rain is going to fall), and lots in between.  We will also have some free exploration time on a set of COVID-safe exhibits.

The programme will begin from week commencing on Friday 21st May, starting at 2.30pm and will run for 1 hour and 45 minutes.  The programme will consist of 8 “standard” sessions and  a final ‘STEM Party’ session to celebrate the end of this term.


The sessions cost £15 on an individual basis or a block booking for all nine sessions is £120/child, offering a significant discount.

These would be fully refundable, should we be required to close down again due to the on-going COVID pandemic.



Our COVID-safe protocols are driven by government requirements and include face covering, hand sanitation, socially distanced tables for one “bubble” only, thorough cleaning between groups visiting the Centre, ventilation and workplace testing for staff.