Key stage 3
workshops and shows for schools
Join the Crew!
Ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut? How do you get into space, and what’s it like to live and work there?
Learn how the physics of Isaac Newton’s laws got us into space and ride on a hover board. Experience some of the dangers of going into space with our vacuum chamber and our blowtorch – and find out how we used science to overcome these challenges.
On the Road
Ever thought about the ground under your feet? Get on the road for this interactive workshop about making roads, using real-life examples from the A14 along the way.
In this three-part hands on-workshop, you’ll go on an inspiring journey to learn all about road building. Play the role of an engineer, a materials scientist and an environmental scientist to probe the layers of materials that make up a road. Then, working in teams, explore how to minimise the environmental impact of road building – learning practical skills including measuring, weighing and engineering as you go.
Kindly supported by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
Eye on Evolution
Have you ever wondered how our eyes actually see? This hands-on workshop explores the way we think human eyes have evolved.
Follow the likely stages of the evolution of the human eye while making a pinhole viewer to highlight the crucial steps – from how we tell light from dark to focusing with a lens.
This is an illuminating introduction to the anatomy of the eye will highlight the different types of eyes we see in animals today.
Skills for Space
Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut or a space scientist, a mission controller or space engineer? Put your skills to the test in interactive workshop preparing you to become part of an imaginary space mission.
It takes a whole galaxy of people to send an astronaut into space – from scientists to mission controllers and from doctors to engineers. In this interactive workshop, young explorers can find out what it’s like to work in the space industry – preparing the next generation of inter-galactic adventurers.
Working in small groups to solve problems, you’ll learn how to control a robotic arm and work out how to deal with floating liquids in space, with a strong focus on forces and materials.
What goes up must come down – but how do you predict where things land? Especially vital to know if you’re an astronaut or a human cannonball.
In this show-stopping workshop, teams collaborate to fire projectiles – working out angles, distances and trajectories to make sure their cannonball lands on target. This workshop looks at real-life examples of when humans themselves are the projectile – from astronauts to human cannonballs. We explore how scientific modelling and physical forces explain why astronauts like Tim Peake didn’t fall to Earth, and how human cannonballs make sure they land safely.
Kindly supported by Mathworks
Learn about forces and energy as your pupils work together to build a joined up chain of crazy contraptions.
This high-octane interactive engineering workshop gets teams working together to create one big, wacky chain reaction. Using pulleys and levers, bits of string and ping pong balls, this is a chance to really get your hands on science to learn about energy and forces at the same time as getting to grips with teamwork – with lots of fun along the way.
Want to see something out of this world? Use special cameras to reveal hidden light and explore the secrets of our solar system.
This intergalactic show shines the light on our universe as we take a tour of the stars – using IR and UV sensitive cameras to explore what we can see in our skies.
With plenty of opportunities for audience members to volunteer, this stellar show encourages pupils to reach for the stars – teaching them all about light and space along the way.
Kindly supported by Explore Your Universe
Ever wondered how sound travels? Discover sound and what happens when it reaches your ears in this supersonic show.
Sounds are all around us but how does sound travel through air to reach our eardrum? Using hands-on activities to show how sound waves work, we explore everything you need to know about sonic science and the anatomy of our ear – using vibrating ping-pong balls, smoke rings and more.
“I learned a lot but my favourite thing was finding out about the planets and moons!”
Year 5 pupil