Educational visits - Useful links for Science trips
A collection of resources to help smooth the way to a successful off-site experience. We’ve included paperwork such as templates of risk assessment forms, guides to getting the most from your visit and videos of successful trips.
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Useful links & locations for Science trips
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Thinktank redefines the concept of a science museum. Think of it more as a way to discover the world around you and the life you lead. From steam engines to intestines, this exciting museum has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology including a state-of-the-art Planetarium and IMAX Cinema.
Centre for Life has interactive displays on topics including evolution, climate change, recycling, medicine and health. Displays are supplemented by live science and digital shows. To support laboratory-based learning for students of all ages, the centre’s education programme (LifeLab) offers over 50 different curriculum-linked workshops.
Bristol ChemLabS is the UK’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in practical chemistry. It has one of the biggest chemistry outreach programmes in the UK and has won several awards for their work. As part of their outreach portfolio teaching laboratories are made available to school students most Wednesdays throughout the year (and several thousand students per year make use of them). ChemLabS organises half-day chemistry conferences for Y9 and above. They also provide chemistry lecture demonstrations in schools.
SEPnet, a consortium of physics departments in seven universities. SEPnet offers a range of activities for school students in different age and ability groups (KS3-KS5), both at university campuses and in school. Each department has its own unique portfolio of activities, which range from intensive two-day course on space to shows on lasers and holography, hands-on physics experiments to physics research.
Intech is an interactive science and technology centre which host’s the UK’s largest capacity digital planetarium. It features over 100 interactive exhibits, with activities suitable for all ages and stages. Included are science trails, worksheets, science shows, lectures, planetarium presentations and curriculum-linked workshops.
RSPB has 200 nature reserves in the UK. The Saltholme Reserve on Teesside is RSPB’s newest reserve. Saltholme’s many restored and created habitats have an abundance of bird life throughout the year, and a rich variety of plants, invertebrates and other wildlife. The safe, specially designed discovery zone complete with pond dipping platforms, minibeast areas and a light-filled, welcoming bird hide is all within easy walking distance of the well-equipped visitor centre. The centre features a bespoke, inspiring classroom providing indoor space for groups for students of all ages. RSBP has worked with Biology teachers f from nearby SRC Bede Sixth Form to develop a field course for A level Biology. The sheer scale of the reserve offers many surprises and opportunities for the whole curriculum.
With the growing emphasis on sustainable development and global citizenship, the Eden Project exposes students to a wide range of ecosystems in one place. It offers programmes, resources and special events for students at from Foundation to KS5, exploring science, geography, global citizenship and key issues in education for sustainable development through curriculum-linked learning journeys.
Inspire Discovery Centre aims to provide a challenge for KS2 students and encourage self-directed experimentation. Topic areas explored include light, forces, energy and materials.As well as visits to the centre, Inspire can bring science to life in your school through an outreach programme, including science shows.
Magna Science Adventure Centre is a converted steel works. It houses four pavilions focusing on Air, Earth, Fire and Water and house over 100 interactive exhibits facilitating learning through investigation and play. Multimedia shows explore the history of steel-making and the experiences of the people who worked in it. \Workshops are offered on a range of themes, including kitchen chemistry, making slime, forensic science and water rocket challenge. Particularly useful for KS2 and KS3 Science.
Delamere Forest is the largest mature woodland in Cheshire owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. The diversity of wildlife and habitats make it a fantastic ideal place for outdoor learning. Environmental education programmes are specifically designed for KS1 and K2 and are delivered through interactive, fun, hands-on sessions which are linked closely to the National Curriculum. These include sensory trails and minibeast hunts and ecological surveys. The education team will work with teachers to design specific programmes to aid the study of KS3 -5 Biology too.
Techniquest is the interactive science centre in Cardiff Bay where children discover an appetite for science. It offers a range of shows and workshops (some laboratory based) covering all kinds of science topics linked to the National Curriculum.
Glasgow Science Centre offers an exciting array of workshops, IMAX films and live science shows. There are three floors of interactive exhibits covering science and technology. Everything is hands-on and carefully designed to meet the needs of abd excite students of all ages, from pre-school through to primary and secondary pupils.
The Royal Society Summer Exhibition is an annual event and this year will be held from 5 - 10 July at the Royal Society’s main premises at Carlton House in central London. It provides a unique opportunity for members of the public to interact with scientists and ask them questions about their work. This year’s exhibits are varied and interactive as always, covering the use of science in topics ranging from airport security to pesticide resistance and keyhole surgery to wind power.