Choose Your Science Day Workshop Topic

Select a Science Day Workshop Topic for your Science Day Workshops!

You can choose one Topic per science day! We can unfortunately not provide multiple workshops for a single workshop day due to logistical and kit restraints. 

Each topic is fun hands-on and enquiry based, are linked to the National Curriculum and cover a branch of Natural Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Please find topic descriptions below.

Topics

Journeys!   New for British Science Week 2019 – The Official Theme!

(Physics Fun!)

The First Law of Thermodynamics states, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed”. Through a series of fun demonstrations and experiments we investigate the energy journey and see how energy can be stored, transferred, and what happens when energy is released, by taking a look at surprising springs!

We reinforce this learning as each child makes and decorates their very own take-home Super-Cool-Spring-Space-Rover – an elastic potential-energy wooden car, powered by a wind-up spring!

We’ve also created a super-cool whole-school science assembly show – the  Epic Energy Journeys Show!  – Here

What do schools say about this workshop?:
“Thank you very much for a great day of chemistry and physics – a WOW part of our STEM week.” – Our Lady Queen of Heaven RC School, February 2019

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Super Slime! School Favourite!

(Chemistry fun!)

Proven to be one of the pupils’ favourites, the Slime Workshop is an exploration of ‘states of matter’ introducing ‘colloids’ and ‘polymers’ whilst exploring the chemistry behind gooey stuff!

Each child makes and takes home their own special coloured slime pot!

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Exploration and Discovery!  School Favourite!

(Biology and Physics fun!)
Want to go into space? Then you need our Astronaut Training Workshop! First we brainstorm the ideal qualities a space explorer needs, then test their astronaut skills with a spacewalk to repair a rocket. Every child makes a jet-powered Super-Duper Rocket Shooter, while learning about forces. For older pupils we expand the enquiry to include air pressure, gravity, and air resistance.
They won’t quite be ready for NASA, but will be buzzing with ideas to continue the exploration and discovery theme.

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Green Earth! – School All-Time Favourite!

(Biology fun!)

Pupils find out how cool plants really are! Using spectacular chemical demonstrations and experiments, they experience firsthand the significance of the ‘greenhouse effect’.

Pupils  see renewable energy in action by making their own take home ‘Solar Powered Oven’.

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Explosive Earth! – School All-Time Favourite!

(Chemistry fun!)

Pupils explore Earth’s amazing layers and how the crust gets destroyed and re-generated through trenches and volcanoes. They go on to experience its power through an explosive ‘jet pack fuel’ and ‘elephant toothpaste’ volcano experiment.

Each pupil creates their own ‘mini volcano’ and watches the chemical reaction erupt!

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Communication!

(Physics fun!)

We take pupils on a journey from the basics of communication to present day technology. Hands on experiments include sound wave ‘tube tubas’, radio wave ‘walkie talkies’, S.O.S. coding using light bulb circuits and even ‘fibre optic lights’.

Our mini investigators make and take home their own ‘Mini Wave Signal Cannon’!

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Forces!

(Physics fun!)

Pupil visit the key concepts of ‘Newton’s 3rd law of motion’ and ‘Friction’. Through cool experiments like the ‘skateboard challenge’, ‘chemistry rockets’ and the ‘locking book’ we discover how these concepts assist athletes when competing in sporting events and how it helps everyone in their daily lives.

Every pupil makes a ‘friction sprinter’ which they get to race at the end- but who will win Gold?

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Brainiac!

(Biology fun!)

The children learn about the different parts of the brain, their functions and their purpose. We will show that the cerebrospinal fluid and the skull protect the brain from sudden impact. Through a series of short activities, students will discover which side of the brain they use the most! They will see just how good their memory is, try to keep their balance and better understand the sense of touch! They will also investigate why two eyes are better than one!

The children will then make their own colourful brain hats!

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Dry Ice!

(Chemistry fun!)

Pupils will learn about the properties of Carbon Dioxide and how cool the gases are through a variety of spectacular ‘Dry-Ice’ experiments, including:  ‘tasting’, ‘giant bubbles’, ‘balloons’ and ‘popping corks’ – to name but a few.

Pupils go home inspired by the coolest gas in the world and the unforgettable experience of tasting fizz without having drunk any liquid.

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Adaptation!

(Biology fun!)

This workshop explores the question of why living creatures have adapted to be the way they are and offers children an exciting introduction to Darwin and his theories.

Each pupil makes and takes home an ‘adaptation butterfly’ – but will it have the correct adaptations to survive?

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The Colour of Light!

(Physics fun!)

Pupils will rediscover just how the famous historical scientists Francesco Maria Grimaldi and Sir Isaac Newton identified colour and where it comes from. They experiment with Newton’s colour wheel, the properties of different metals and discover how rainbows are created.

All pupils will try on our ‘Rainbow Diffraction Glasses’ which miraculously break-up white light into its component colours. For a small extra cost, these ‘prisms that you can wear’ can be given to children as a fantastic take home!

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Invention and Discovery!

(Physics fun!)

We show pupils through inquiry, discussion and practical activities that anyone can become an inventor. Using the pneumatic tyre on a bicycle as an example, pupils explore how even the simplest inventions can change the world.

All Pupils get hands on, make and take home their own ‘Pneumatic Pressuriser’.

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Explore the Future!

(Physics fun!)

We take pupils back to the future to look at Da Vinci’s transport inventions. Then we go forward in time, beyond the present, to explore the Hyperloop Theory; which uses the concepts of magnetism, propulsion and air pressure.  An exciting alternative method of futuristic travel.

All Pupils get hands on, make and take home their own ‘Supersonic Stomp Rocket’.

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Flight!

(Physics fun!)

We learn about the Four Fantastic Forces of Flight; Gravity, Lift Thrust and Drag through a fun game. Then discover the power of Frank Whittle’s turbojet engines and explore the Bernoulli effect.

Each child will receive a polystyrene glider which can be constructed in the workshop or later in class.

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Topics Key:

Biology Fun!
Children study living organisms, divided into many specialized fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origin, and distribution.This includes plants and animals of a particular area and human biology: the physiology, behaviour, and other qualities of a particular organism or class of organisms.

Chemistry Fun!
Children explore the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.

Physics Fun!
Children explore the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.

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