Practical Science for home-education

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

Choose either online or in-person clubs – details below

Sciencedipity’s practical science clubs for home education are suitable for children aged 6-12, who will receive the British Science Association’s Crest Award after completing 8 activities. Younger siblings are welcome too at a reduced fee.

In-person Clubs

Currently clubs run in person at the following towns: Barnstaple, Bideford, Launceston, Tiverton, Exeter, Kingskerswell & Minehead

Workshop runs in other places, as and when, please check below.

We also run many non-home-ed workshops and events across the West Country, take a look by clicking here.

Our home-ed club’s key features are:

    • The club is fortnightly, date & time depends on the location (see below).
    • Suitable for primary aged children aged 6-12, who will receive the British Science Association’s Crest Award after completing 8 activities.
    • Club costs £10 per child per session when you block book (block booking offer closes on 25th Sept 2020) or £12.50 per child per session.
    • Children should be dropped off during the covid restrictions, but parents/carers who need to stay can but please let us know as venues have limited the numbers of people in their space.
    • Younger siblings (4-5yo) are welcome to join in with their accompanying sibling at £5 each but only older children can get the award.
    • Each session is 90 mins long, very hands-on and interactive, each session covers different topics in biology, chemistry & physics.
    • Download & print the Superstar Crest Passport here for us to stamp to record your progress.
    • Sessions are also valid for Children’s University Passports.
    • Join our Facebook group


Planned topics: 


Barnstaple – Fridays 2-3.30
Barnstaple Library (Room 3B), Tuly Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1EL

4th sept, 18th sept, 2nd oct, 16th oct, 30th oct, 13th nov, 27th nov & 11th dec
Book a Barnstaple Session

Bideford – Mondays 2.15- 3.45
Northam Community Centre, Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AW
on the following dates

Sept 7th, Sept 21st, Oct 5th, Oct 19th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov 30th & Dec 14th.

Book a Northam Session

Launceston – Tuesdays 10.30-12
The Ambulance Hall, Westgate Street, Launceston, PL15 7AE
on the following dates
Sept 8th, Sept 22nd, Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd, Nov 17th, Dec 1st & Dec 15th.

Book a Launceston Session

Tiverton – Wednesdays 11-12.30
Old Heathcoat Community Centre, 81 King St, Tiverton EX16 5JJ
on the following dates
Sept 9th, Sept 23rd, Oct 7th, Oct 21st, Nov 4th, Nov 18th, Dec 2nd & Dec 16th.

Book a Tiverton Session

Exeter – Thursdays 10.30-12 
St Sidwells Community Centre, Sidwell St, Exeter, EX4 6NN
on the following dates
Sept 10th, Sept 24th, Oct 8th, Oct 22nd, Nov 5th, Nov 19th, Dec 3rd & Dec 17th.

Book an Exeter Session

Kingskerswell – Thursdays 1.30-3 
Kingskerswell Public Hall, Newton Rd, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 5ES
on the following dates
Sept 10th, Sept 24th, Oct 8th, Oct 22nd, Nov 5th, Nov 19th, Dec 3rd & Dec 17th.

Book a Kingskerswell Session

Minehead – Fridays 1-2.30
The HUB soft play centre, Hopcott Rd, Minehead TA24 6DJ
Sept 11th, Sept 25th, Oct 9th, Oct 23rd, Nov 6th, Nov 20th, Dec 4th & Dec 18th.

Book a Minehead Session

Workshops (in Person)

Taunton – Robot Wars
A fun introduction to circuits followed by designing, building & battling motorised Vibro-bots to take home.
Thursday November 12th, 10.30-12 at Trull Memorial Hall. £11 per child.

Book Robot Wars in Taunton
Currently being organised for Exmouth, Plymouth & Bodmin….watch this space

Science Club for Home-Educators (online)

Stay-in-Science is our online science club for home-educators, or those who are unable to go to school for whatever reason. These clubs consist of 5 fully interactive, fun science sessions presenting different topics and content each week. Each session has awesome hands-on science activities, experiments & demonstrations and includes most of the the kit.

Starts week beginning 2nd November, 10-11am, choose either the Monday or Friday slot.

Week 1, 10-11am Monday 2nd Nov or Friday 6th Nov 2020
Rainbow Science – colourful Rainbow Skittles, Chromatography,  pH testing with litmus paper.

Week 2, 10-11am Monday 9th Nov or Friday 13th Nov 2020
Fizzy Science – Rainbow Fizz, Chemical Balloons, Fizzy lemons

Week 3, 10-11am Monday 16th Nov or Friday 20th Nov 2020
Zoom Science – make rockets, gliders & catapults to learn about flight

Week 4, 10-11am Monday 23rd Nov or Friday 27th Nov 2020
Wacky Water – water based science experiments and illusions

Week 5, 10-11am Monday 30th Nov or Friday 4th Dec Nov 2020
Bubbly Science – cool bubbling lava lamps & bubbles

Look at all the goodies you’ll receive!
KIT contents – beaker , measuring cylinder, petri dish, litmus paper booklet, forceps, funnel, round filter paper, plastic mixing bowls, bottle with lid, effervescent tablets, bag of glitter, skittles, pipettes,  test tubes & lids, sodium bicarbonate, stirring stick, spoon, balloons, paper straw, googly eyes, cardboard core, pom poms, templates
Not provided – scissors, sellotape, felt tips, sharpies, clear vinegar, wash-up liquid, vegetable oil, food colourings,  lemon, raisins, lemonade, glue stick, empty milk carton, kitchen paper towels, plate, glass.

Book the MONDAY Stay-in Science Club Book the FRIDAY Stay-in Science Club

Older children/teens

Ruth from Sciencedipity offers tuition for older children in particular in Biology and Microbiology. She is a Biomedical Scientist & qualified teacher  currently teaching part-time teaching at the local college as well as working in clinical molecular microbiology. Please get in touch to find out about 1-2-1 private lessons and group classes.

Chemistry and other sciences for KS1-3

Chemistry and other sciences for KS1-3