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Schools’ programme

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There are 13 activities

Explosions

£3 per pupil

In this energetic, investigative, dangerous and silly show, your pupils will learn how to think scientifically and harness the energy of explosions.

  • Key Stage 2
  • Interactive science show

Seeing Sounds

From £200

Fun, vibrant and surprising, this full day of structured activities will challenge students to explore the concepts of sound waves in a cross-curricular, creative context, working as part of team and reflecting real working practices.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Science project

The Wonder of Light

£3 per pupil

This surprising science show conveys the principles of light through audience participation and experimentation. It encourages pupils to explain their own findings, and challenges their expectations.

  • Key Stage 2
  • Interactive science show

Experiment!

Free

Experiment! is our interactive science gallery with lots of hands-on exhibits and puzzles to enthuse and inspire young minds.

  • Early Years to Key Stage 3
  • Hands-on science gallery

The Big Bike Dilemma

£3 per pupil

This is storytelling with a difference—energetic, participatory, self-aware and fun. We take on important engineering concepts in a dynamic and surprising way. Prepare for anything.

  • Key Stage 2
  • Interactive storytelling show

Circuit City

£3 per pupil

Lively, upbeat and humorous with lots of surprises—this show uses audience participation to communicate the key principles of electricity, while challenging the children to make their own discoveries.

  • Key Stage 2
  • Interactive science show

Little Local Heroes: Cotton Mill Circus

£3 per pupil

This inspirational story is hopeful and positive, yet teaches your pupils about the grim reality of Victorian mill-children’s existence.

  • Key Stage 1
  • Interactive storytelling show

Engine demonstration

Free

In this live demonstration of our historic machinery, we’ll show your pupils how steam engines work and teach them about the history of power.

  • Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4
  • Live demonstration