Learning opportunities at Magna Science Adventure Centre

Date Posted: 19/05/2015

Set within a former steelworks, Magna Science Adventure Centre is now an interactive Science centre which offers a range of Curriculum linked exhibits for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 students.

The Magna Science Adventure Centre, in Rotherham, Yorkshire provides exhibits linked to the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

The centre has four pavilions themed around the elements of earth, air, fire and water with links to Science, Art & Design (KS1 and KS2) and Design & Technology (KS3). Between them, the pavilions feature over 100 interactive exhibits for students, which allow them to learn through investigation and play.

Focus on: The Air Pavilion

The Air Pavilion is a translucent airship containing exhibits about moving air, forces and sound. There is a total of 20 exhibits, including Air Hockey, Dyson Cyclone and Fresh Air, which looks at the main causes of air pollution.

Links to the National Curriculum in the Air Pavilion include:

KS1 and KS2 Science:     Forces and Motion
                                               Light and Sound

KS3 Science:        Forces
                                 Material Behaviour

Focus on: The Water Pavilion

The Water Pavilion, set in a steel wave, contains exhibits about water properties, water and humans, and water power. Pupils can explore the water cycle and, through an audio-visual display, discover how water changes as it travels around the cycle.

In the It All Adds Up interactive exhibit, students can work out how much water they use day-to-day and consider the ways in which they could reduce their water consumption. The Your Weight in Water exhibit lets children find out how much of their body is made up of water.

Links to the National Curriculum in the Water Pavilion include:

KS1 and KS2 Science:        Life processes – humans and environment
                                                  Changing materials
                                                  Forces and Motion

KS3 Science:            Forces
                                     The environment and human activity

Focus on: The Earth Pavilion

Here, students will explore the underground to find out about rock formation, mining, quarrying and machines.

Links to the Nationals Curriculum in the Earth Pavilion include:

KS1 and KS2 Science:        Materials and their properties – changing materials
                                                  Forces and Motion

KS3 Science:            Forces and Energy
                                     Material Behaviour

Focus on: The Fire Pavilion

The Fire Pavilion contains exhibits about the creative and destructive uses of fire, heating materials, heat transfer and steelmaking.

The Fire Safety exhibit gets children to spot potential dangers and consider how fires could be caused in the home. Other topics which are covered in the Fire Pavilion include conduction and convection.

Links to the Nationals Curriculum in the Fire Pavilion include:

KS1 and KS2 Science:    Materials and their properties – changing materials through heating and cooling

KS3 Science:    Forces
                             Material Behaviour

There are also outdoor and adventure activities at Magna Science Adventure Centre, including a zip wire, which lets children experience the forces and motion as they slide down the cable.   

Teachers are invited to preview the centre for free. Resources are available to be downloaded on the Magna Science Adventure Centre website.

For more information on the educational opportunities at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, click here.
 

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