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Hello from Science Museum Group’s Learning team! Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom or at home.

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Hello from Science Museum Group’s Learning team! Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom or at home.
Spaghetti Challenge: STEM activity
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Spaghetti Challenge: STEM activity

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In this race against the clock students work as a team to build the highest tower possible out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows. The objective of this lesson is to explore structures and investigate what methods of building can make the tallest and strongest structure. By testing their prototype buildings, students will also have the opportunity to rebuild and alter their designs to improve them, giving an insight into the real-life processes of testing, redevelopment and prototyping that engineers and scientists use.
Kitchen Science - STEM activities
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Kitchen Science - STEM activities

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A downloadable booklet of fun science activities using everyday ingredients, with notes for teachers. This booklet contains step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home.
Building greenhouse gases
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Building greenhouse gases

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Hands-on experience with greenhouse gas molecules, that helps your students to understand how these molecules keep our planet warm. Students discover which gases are greenhouse gases - and how they affect Earth’s energy budget. Using modelling clay, cable ties and cocktail sticks they will produce models of methane, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, argon and water vapour and explore what makes a greenhouse gas.
Make it Fly - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Make it Fly - Science Museum STEM Activity

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A paper aeroplane, glider or helicopter falls to the ground much more slowly and more gracefully than a scrunched-up piece of paper – as the designs in this Science Museum activity show. It’s all thanks to the forces generated by air pressing on and moving over the surface of the paper. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate how fast or slow an object moves through the air is due to aerodynamics - Use observation and questioning skills - See how aerodynamics has practical and useful applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS2 Science: Forces KS1&2 Science: Working scientifically
Engineer Your Future Resource Pack
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Engineer Your Future Resource Pack

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This resource pack provides three engaging classroom activities to help students explore the skills used by engineers. The resource also features profiles of inspiring women and men who use engineering skills every day, to give students a better understanding of the broad range of careers in this field.
Instant Ice Cream - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Instant Ice Cream - Science Museum STEM Activity

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Ice cream is basically droplets of fat from milk suspended in millions of tiny crystals of ice, fluffed up with tiny pockets of air. This activity from the Science Museum shows you how to make the right mixture then make it cold enough to create those ice crystals without the aid of a freezer – and reveals how salt and ice make a chilling combination. A great activity for exploring changes of state and the properties of matter. Learning outcomes: - Investigate the properties of different states of matter and how they look and behave differently - Use observation and questioning skills - Recognise how different states of matter behave have useful applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS2 & 3 Science: States of matter KS2 &3 Science: Working scientifically
360° Periscope - Science Museum STEM Activity
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360° Periscope - Science Museum STEM Activity

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You can’t see around corners… or can you? In this activity from the Science Museum, carefully placed mirrors change the path light takes twice, making it possible to look over walls, around corners and even behind you – all without being seen. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate how light travels in a straight line and can be reflected by a mirror - Use observation and questioning skills - See how the properties and behaviour of light have useful and relevant applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS2 Science: Light KS2 Science: Working Scientifically
Rocket Mice: STEM Activity
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Rocket Mice: STEM Activity

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In this activity you can make a paper mouse hit the ceiling using forces and the power of air. The objective of this lesson is to squeeze air through a small opening which gives it enough force to move objects.
Bubble Fun! Science Museum STEM Activity
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Bubble Fun! Science Museum STEM Activity

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This activity contains the Science Museum’s secret bubble recipe and ideas about how to create brilliant bubble blowers. There’s also lots to find out about the science of mixtures and materials and the properties of water. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate how mixing water changes the way it behaves - Use observation and questioning skills - See how the behaviour of materials has useful applications in our everyday lives. Curriculum Links: KS1 Science: Everyday materials KS2 Science: Properties and changes of materials KS1 &2 Science: Working scientifically
How Tall is that Tree? - STEM Activity
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How Tall is that Tree? - STEM Activity

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Trigonometry is a branch of maths that relies on the relationships between the angles and sides of triangles. This activity uses trigonometry to estimate the heights of tall objects, by making a simple tool that can measure angles.
Climate Report
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Climate Report

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Give your students the chance to think about how climate change could affect lives and livelihoods – even their own. This activity will help students to understand the difference between weather and climate, and consider the impact that climate change can have on their and other people’s lifestyles. The documents below explain how to run the activity and provide all the templates and materials you'll need.
Magnetic Maze - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Magnetic Maze - Science Museum STEM Activity

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This activity from the Science Museum provides a fun way to explore magnetism. It involves the simple task of using a magnet to guide a coin through a maze drawn on the side of a plastic bottle. There is plenty of opportunity to think about and talk about how magnetism works, and why magnets only attract certain materials. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate the magnetic properties of different materials - Use observation and questioning skills - See how magnetism has useful and relevant applications in our everyday lives Curriculum Links: KS1 Science: Forces and magnets KS1 Science: Everyday materials KS1 &2 Science: Working scientifically
Build a Dome - Science Museum STEM Activity
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Build a Dome - Science Museum STEM Activity

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Many structures are built around frameworks made of straight, rigid pieces of wood or metal, called members, connected together. Forces generated in the members support the structure. In this activity, created by the Science Museum, drinking straws are used as members, to make a self-supporting dome. Learning Outcomes: - Investigate how mixing water changes the way it behaves - Use observation and questioning skills - See how the behaviour of materials has useful applications in our everyday lives. Curriculum Links: KS1 Science: Everyday materials KS2 Science: Properties and changes of materials KS1 &2 Science: Working scientifically
Do you want to know a secret? - genetic testing
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Do you want to know a secret? - genetic testing

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Students receive a sealed box that contains a chance card. Opening the box represents taking a genetic test. Students work in research groups to explore the issues surrounding genetic testing to help them make an informed choice about whether or not to open their box at the end of the activity.
Punk Science explore Healthy Living
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Punk Science explore Healthy Living

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Can exercise make you happy? Punk Science experiment on living volunteers to explore the brain chemicals that keep us healthy. LEARNING OUTCOME Encourage discussion and questioning around contemporary science topics.
Carbon Cycle Caper
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Carbon Cycle Caper

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Give your students an atom's eye view of the carbon cycle and play out how the burning of fossil fuels is affecting the atmosphere. In this activity students understand the carbon cycle, how it has been affected by our use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution and how this underlies current worries about climate change.
The Pregnant Man
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The Pregnant Man

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Should men be allowed to have babies? The Science Museum's Pregnant Man drama character explains his decision to carry a child. Use this film as a stimulus to explore the social, medical and ethical implications of male pregnancy in a classroom discussion. Would this be a leap forward for equality or a step too far for science?