Remember, we can bring our activities to your school – or you can bring your class to our centre in Cambridge.
Schools Shows and Workshops
What is electrical energy and how can we generate and use it?
This workshop gets pupils to build and test a simple circuit, an electromagnet, and a miniature wind turbine. Understand the intrinsic link between electricity and magnets and what that means for powering our world.
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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.
Forgotten your sea legs? Don’t worry you’ll be rolling up your sleeves and creating a land yacht while learning about materials and forces.
This popular workshop gets pupils to build, test and modify their own land yacht. Design your own sail from everyday materials and ride like the wind in an exciting finale where pupils can compete in a great…
Along the way, you’ll learn about materials, forces and design.
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.
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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.
Stronger by Design
What makes a bullet proof vest so strong – what keeps firefighters safe and what does this have to do with custard?
This interactive show looks at the engineering behind some of the most amazing materials that keep us safe when we’re in danger. We look at the super-strong fabrics that protect firefighters from heat and flames, and we explore how clothing can protect us from on-coming bullets and the hazards of dangerous sports.
With lots of chances for audience members to volunteer – introducing concepts including staying safe, forces and materials.
“I learned a lot but my favourite thing was finding out about the planets and moons!”
Year 5 pupil