From September, school children are invited to embrace Science and take a guided ‘mission through space’ as part of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium’s new STEM experience.

Winchester Science Centre

The new all-inclusive experience in Hampshire is designed to spark curiosity and ignite passion and enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

What will a school trip entail?

The new school trips include: a choice of six Key Stage 1 to 3 themed workshops exploring Sound, Space, Life, Matter, Robots, and Rockets; a live planetarium show; an interactive space challenge – a guided mission through Explorer: Space – a new zone opening this summer; and time for students to explore the hands-on activities in the exhibition hall.

Emily Thorpe-Smith, head of STEM strategy at Winchester Science Centre, commented: “Winchester Science Centre has all the right ingredients for the perfect school visit.

“We welcome over 40,000 students on school trips every year and have an incredible team of experienced science communicators, who are great at connecting with children. The new programme for school visits will guarantee students get the very most out of their visit.”

School information

The new programme includes a revised pricing structure designed to make the Science Centre’s school visits affordable for all. 

State-funded schools will benefit from a 15% discount and those with a higher than average number of children receiving free school meals are eligible for 60% off the standard rate. Furthermore, the Science Centre has identified 60 neighbouring schools that will also get 60% off. 

Thorpe-Smith continued: “We don’t want cost to be a barrier for teachers planning their school trips.”

“We have a brilliant team of Curiosity Officers and Inspirers running our live shows and workshops – the new offer ensures this activity is at the heart of every school visit and not an added extra limited solely to the schools that can afford it. This is in line with our charity’s mission of building science capital for all.” 

The new schools offer is available from September 2018, for the next academic year. Schools can still book the current programme this summer term. 

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