Practical Science for home-education

Practical science in Devon & the south west to support your child’s learning

We offer:

1) Online

Online, practical & fun science clubs delivered by a real life scientist and qualified teacher.

2) In-person clubs for ages 5-12 approx

see below

3) Practical courses for ages 13+

see below

Science Clubs for ages 5-12


We run fortnightly science clubs for ages 5-12ish, younger siblings are welcome to come. The new block starts at the beginning of Feb and we are into an engineering theme for this block. Topics are:


They are in 4 session blocks costing £40 per child (one session/fortnight)

Option to register for the British Science Association’s CREST Awards (+£5) when you book.

Book a session

Tiverton at Old Heathcoats Community Centre.

Mondays 1.15-2.30 on 31st Jan, 14th & 28th Feb & 14th March.


Barnstaple at the Early Nourishment Centre, Church Lane, nr pannier market/St Annes chapel.

Mondays 2.45-4pm on 31st Jan, 14th & 28th Feb & 14th March.


Bude at Parkhouse Centre.

Tuesdays 10-11.15 on 1st & 15th Feb, 1st & 15th March.


Okehampton at Pavilion Cafe.

Tuesdays 1.15-2.30 on 1st & 15th Feb, 1st & 15th March.


Plymouth at William Sutton Village Hall, Eggbuckland area. 

Wednesdays 10.15-11.30 on 2nd & 16th Feb, 2nd & 9th March – note date change to fit around your trip out that day


Our home-ed clubs key features:
  • Each session is 75 mins long, very hands-on and interactive, each session covers different topics in biology, chemistry & physics.
  • Lots of hands-on exciting activities and experiments, with things to make & take home.
  • Private FB group for sharing of additional resources linked to the topics and support.
  • Suitable for primary aged children aged 5-12 approx.
  • Topics are planned in advance.
  • Costs £40 per block of 4 sessions.
  • Children can be dropped off or parents/carers can stay.
  • Option to register for the British Science Association’s Crest Awards (£5 one-off fee). Certificate received after completing 8 sessions. You can register here.
  • Sessions are also valid for Children’s University Passports.
  • Join our private Facebook group 

Science for ages 13+

Classes being held in Okehampton, Tiverton & Barnstaple

** sold out **

Invisible Worlds

in Barnstaple & Tiverton

Invisible Worlds is an exciting laboratory based microbiology short course for teens taught by a microbiologist, at Petroc College in Barnstaple – COME BACK FOR 2022 DATES.

In this lab-based course, students will learn many aspects of microbiology with an emphasis on practical work. They will learn new lab skills to carry out the laboratory activities, such as microscopy, streak plating, aseptic technique, gram staining, bacterial identification tests, plus their own investigation to test alternative antibiotics.

 Scroll down for details of the microbiology topics that will be covered in each session.

Each session is 90 minute long and will have relevant theory followed by a range of microbiology science activities and laboratory investigations to enhance learning.

An informative Course Activity Booklet and a Certificate of Participation will be given to students

Antibiotic Hunters

in Okehampton

This is a one-off project based mini-course designed around the British Science Association’s Discovery Award. 

The project’s title is “Antibiotics are becoming less effective due to antibiotic resistance. Your challenge is to find alternative antimicrobial compounds”
During the 4 sessions you’ll learn microbiology lab techniques, such as how to culture microbes and how we test antibiotic action on bacteria. You’ll learn about prokaryotes, and antibiotic action, plus the problem we face with antibiotic resistance.
The focus of the course if for you to test alternative antibiotics of your choice using the disc diffusion method.
Held at The Ockment Centre, Okehampton. COME BACK SOON FOR 2022 DATES
£50 per child, all materials and equipment supplied (apart from your alternative antibiotics that you choose to test)
The project “Antibiotics are becoming less effective due to antibiotic resistance. Your challenge is to find alternative antimicrobial compounds”
Introducing prokaryotes – what are bacteria and what is antibiotic resistance? Practise sampling, spreading & culturing bacteria. The disc diffusion technique.
RESEARCH TO DO AT HOME: explore alternative antimicrobial compounds that we can test our bacteria against next week, so make sure they are products that are not harmful to you, but could potentially be used to quell an infection. Bring them next week.
Discuss results of our cultures from last time. Practise the disc diffusion technique, then prepare cultures using our own antimicrobial compounds.
RESEARCH AT HOME: explore how your alternative antimicrobial compounds work. How could it be used in an infection/given to patient? Is it safe to the host? Up-scaled?
First round of results for discussion, measuring zones of inhibition, recording results. Carry out further test as required. Microscopy of bacteria.
RESEARCH AT HOME: have a think about the key point you’d lie to share with us about what you tested and how in theory t could be used in helping an infection. Is there evidence that bacteria could become resistant to your alternative antibiotic?
Final results and discussion, with presentations of what you found out. Certificates (if they have arrived, if not they’ll be posted)
Only 15 spaces. £50 per child. Book using the button below


  • Katie, North Devon
    Thank you for a fantastic week of science!! Jack has really enjoyed himself and will deffo be recommending. See you in March for the next club.
    Katie, North Devon
  • Ellie, Mid Devon
    Ruth’s science sessions have been wonderful for my children recently and they have all got so much from them. It really brings the fun of science to life for them and makes them enthusiastic about it. So much so that when my daughter had a day at school recently where they had to dress as what they would like to do when they are older she went as a scientist!!
    Actually we have been so impressed with the sessions that we booked Ruth for my daughters birthday party and the kids all had a ball. Ruth’s enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. I would highly recommend her sessions as well as the birthday parties! They are also amazing value for money.
    Ellie, Mid Devon
  • Melanie, South Devon
    Lots of fun, engaging activities and enough repetition of the sciency bit to make it stick. Thanks Ruth, we will be doing more of your classes for sure!
    Melanie, South Devon
  • Angela, Plymouth
    Each session had three really fun and engaging activities, well taught and explained. None of the activities were “duds” or time fillers and my daughter was inspired to follow up each session with further investigation. The sessions were well priced and we are sad they have come to an end
    Angela, Plymouth
  • Beth, Home-ed online clubs
    Love that home educators are deliberately catered for with daytime classes available, and Ruth is great at engaging with the children
    Beth, Home-ed online clubs
  • Zoe Graham
    My two sons have completed their first Crest Award and I can’t recommend Ruth highly enough! They have learnt so much, had incredible fun and blossomed! We LOVE LOVE LOVE Sciencedipity
    Zoe Graham
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