A taste of workshops available at the Science Museum

Date Posted: 05/06/2015

From guts, space and broadcasting to nursery rhymes; London’s top spot for budding scientists offers schools a selection of science workshops for all Key Stages.

The Science Museum has an education calendar piled sky high with Key Stage 1 to 5 workshops and talks for your students, as well as ideas on how you can tie those in to some of the museum’s exhibits. We take a look at a small selection.

Svetlana Savitskaya Costumed Character: KS1-4

Meet an actress portraying Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to perform a spacewalk. Children will hear about her exciting life as a female cosmonaut and find out what it's like to live and work many miles above the Earth.

This lively encounter includes plenty of opportunity to ask questions and is an ideal accompaniment to classroom work about space.

To continue the space theme at the museum, book to see one of the space films in its IMAX 3D cinema, visit the Exploring Space gallery and take a look at the Apollo 10 Command Module in Making the Modern World. 

The Three Pigs Storytelling: KS1

This interactive storytelling session gives your class the chance to classify materials and describe their properties.

Your Key Stage 1 students will help the three little pigs to find the best materials to build a safe, strong house that the Big Bad Wolf can’t blow down.

It Takes Guts Show: KS2-3

Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then out the other end.

This show, featuring video footage of people's insides, is a gross, squirm-inducing show all about the amazing human digestive system.

Teachers can combine this workshop with a visit to the Science Museum’s BBC The Human Body IMAX film which looks at a day in the life of a family, including a teenager and his pregnant aunt.

The film follows the digestion of food from the mouth to the stomach, teaches about body heat, shows  sperm racing to an egg, hair growing  a spot being squeezed, all on a screen taller than four double-decker buses.

Tune Up, Tune In: KS3-4

Your class will reconstruct a vintage-style radio in this hands-on workshop.The session will explore how the electromagnetic spectrum relates to broadcast technology, how radio waves carry information and how these are transformed into the sounds we hear.

Watch this short film for a taster of the event:

Energy - Fuelling the Future: KS2-3

Where does energy come from? What does electricity actually feel like? Do we have all the energy supplies we need? How can you make a difference? These are the questions asked in this workshop.

Innovative hands-on exhibits in this gallery session encourage students to explore how energy powers every aspect of our lives, and challenges them to consider and question how we will meet our planet's growing energy demands.

The gallery is a resource for Science, Geography and Citizenship at KS2 and KS3.

School visits should be booked in advance through the museum’s learning support team on 020-7942 4777.

For more information on how to book these workshops and others visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/educators  

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