workshops and shows for schools
Ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut? How do you get into space, and what’s it like to live and work there?
Learn how the physics of Isaac Newton’s laws got us into space and ride on a hover board. Experience some of the dangers of going into space with our vacuum chamber and our blowtorch – and find out how we used science to overcome these challenges.
Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut or a space scientist, a mission controller or space engineer? Put your skills to the test in interactive workshop preparing you to become part of an imaginary space mission.
It takes a whole galaxy of people to send an astronaut into space – from scientists to mission controllers and from doctors to engineers. In this interactive workshop, young explorers can find out what it’s like to work in the space industry – preparing the next generation of inter-galactic adventurers.
Working in small groups to solve problems, you’ll learn how to control a robotic arm and work out how to deal with floating liquids in space, with a strong focus on forces and materials.
What goes up must come down – but how do you predict where things land? Especially vital to know if you’re an astronaut or a human cannonball.
In this show-stopping workshop, teams collaborate to fire projectiles – working out angles, distances and trajectories to make sure their cannonball lands on target. This workshop looks at real-life examples of when humans themselves are the projectile – from astronauts to human cannonballs. We explore how scientific modelling and physical forces explain why astronauts like Tim Peake didn’t fall to Earth, and how human cannonballs make sure they land safely.
Kindly supported by Mathworks
Want to see something out of this world? Use special cameras to reveal hidden light and explore the secrets of our solar system.
This intergalactic show shines the light on our universe as we take a tour of the stars – using IR and UV sensitive cameras to explore what we can see in our skies.
With plenty of opportunities for audience members to volunteer, this stellar show encourages pupils to reach for the stars – teaching them all about light and space along the way.
Kindly supported by Explore Your Universe
“I learned a lot but my favourite thing was finding out about the planets and moons!”
Year 5 pupil