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Workshops Ideas: KS3 & 4 Science at Manchester Museum

Date Posted: 05/09/2014

Subject: Science
Venue: Manchester Museum, University of Manchester
Key Stage: 3, 4

Manchester Museum is packed full of exhibits, as well as live animals, and has a comprehensive selection of Science workshops for schools.

Some of the below workshops have been developed in partnership with the Natural History Museum and regional museums with natural history collections as part of the Real World Science programme.

The Colour of Nature: KS3

By getting up close to the museum’s collection, this workshop will give your students the opportunity to explore the world of colour.

They will be taught the physics behind colour and explore its role in the lives of animals using real museum specimens.

Diversity of Life: KS3

In this interactive session, your students will explore the diversity of life on earth and investigate what threatens it.

Covering topics such as adaptation, variation and classification, the workshop provides students with an opportunity to examine and get hands-on with real museum specimens.

99% Ape? Human Evolution Workshop: KS3/4

This workshop aims to introduce the field of human evolution through the use of replica hominid skulls.

First, students compare the features of skulls from different species (human, chimp, dog, snake and bird), enabling them to identify distinct differences and similarities.

Students conduct their own research by measuring an ancient hominid skull, they decide where on the evolutionary date line their skull belongs and then discuss their decision.

Forensic Science: A Bog Body Mystery: KS3/4

This session provides pupils with knowledge of the real-life applications of science and also first -hand experience of using laboratory equipment.

By analysing the available clues and completing a scientific practical, students take on the role of a forensic expert to solve the mystery of some unknown human remains.

This workshops aims to deliver the knowledge that is required by students for GCSE separate and combined Science, but it can also be adapted as an introductory session to the concept of DNA for KS3 students.

Evolution Revolution: KS4

The theory of evolution has revolutionised the way we think about the natural world. This hands on session encompasses the historical context to Darwin, the development of his theory and explores the different types of evidence for evolution.

Students will also find out more about the mechanism by which evolution occurs (natural selection) and what the modern day significance of this theory is to scientists around the world.

Examining Environments - Supporting Controlled Assessments: KS4

What impact do humans have on different habitats across the world? How do scientists assess the resulting changes in biodiversity?

In this workshop students will become groups of research scientists carrying out their own independent research project to determine the changes in biodiversity in a particular habitat over a ten year period.

Using the museum’s collection, this workshop enables students to practice their scientific investigative skills, including experimental planning, making a hypothesis, analysing and interpreting data and drawing conclusions.

Students will present their findings in a ‘scientific conference’ at the end of the workshops, therefore sharing their work with their peers.

This session is available in a half day or full day format.

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