Browse our workshops below. Any session can be adjusted to suit your requirements, depending on how many children we’ll work with in one group and how many groups there are, for example sessions can be combined to create a longer science session or tweaked to produce a shorter session. We can also create a bespoke workshop or work with you to help you deliver your ideas.Book Your Space
A 2-3 hour workshop (depending on the number of children) which includes the following: activities: fingerprinting; blood grouping; chemical tests; teeth impressions and hair/fibre analysis. A crime has been committed, can you identify the culprit from the suspects?
Become a haematologist and carry out one of the most common lab tests performed in Pathology. Using simulated blood, pupils identify the correct ABO Rh blood type of the samples using the simple agglutination procedure.
Create a record of your fingerprints. Can you spot as loop, a whorl or an arch? How about a bifurcation or an end ridge? As well as learning about the patterns found on fingerprints, children also have a go at dusting for fingerprints. This workshop works well in conjunction with the blood grouping one to create a Forensic Science theme.
Hunt for minibeasts with pond dipping, traps, beat sheet etc, depending on what your school has available, followed by analysis of our finds with magnifiers and microscopes. We have a large collection of preserved minibeasts to examine too. Children design a good “SuperBug” – one that will help the world (e.g. eat plastic). They’d make their superbug using craft materials and a petri dish, to keep.
Leaf microscopy, pond water creatures, insects, crustaceans or general histology……whatever you fancy Sciencedipity can help you view the unseen world around us. We’ll teach you how to make wet preps and how to use the microscope. There’re activities and challenges with this session, and we recreate our observations using craft materials.
‘Funky Fungi & Bacteria Hysteria’
An introduction to microbiology. In this workshop, we learn about different microbes and their variety of shapes. We use microscopes to observe living microbes and pupils demonstrate that microbes are everywhere by taking samples from the classroom onto nutrient agar plates, to be looked at the following week (an extra 30 minutes). Pupils create their own microbes to keep using craft materials.
Step into the world of an Astrobiologist. After identifying key criteria for life, children compare and test extraterrestrial soil samples. Using investigative skills they describe soils on the basis of their characteristics, including appearance, texture and permeability as well as looking for life in them (yes, one contains life!). Children recognise that organisms can adapt to extreme environments on Earth, so why not on another planet?
(Did you know, this resource was funded by the UK Space Agency and developed by ESERO-UK and CIEC Promoting Science?)
‘Spick and Span Hands’
KS1 – 3
This one goes nicely with the Microbiology Workshop. Fluorescent Glo Germ lotion is used to demonstrate how microbes can be tranferred from one person to the next. Pupils learn that proper hand washing technique helps reduce the transfer of pathogens. We make agar handprints before and after washing to see if all microbes can be removed and discuss whether its important that they all need to be removed (needs a return visit to examine hand print plates – 30 mins)
Hands-on demonstration on the digestion system. See how long your intestines are, simulate what happens in the stomach using weak hydrochloric acid and enzyme solutions. Then experiment to find out how antacids work.
Make little buzzing critters from a toothbrush head and a vibrating motor. Can you make adaptations to your little critter to suit a particular environment, perhaps it needs wings to fly, big ears like the Jerboa Mouse or a trunk…..perhaps all three!
‘Water Flea Heart Physiologea!’
By direct observation of the heart of the model organism, Daphnia, investigate the effects of common drugs, such as caffeine and tea, on the heart rate.