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Science

Secondary and post-16 sessions are:

Secondary programme leaflet [pdf] [1]

Please contact the education officer if you would like more information about an existing session or to discuss a proposal for a bespoke session.

Key Stage 3

Creative sparks icon [5] Creative Sparks: How electricity began [6]

  • Thinking scientifically and early ideas about electricity.
  • Popular electrical demonstrations.
  • Benjamin Franklin and the lightning conductor.
student handling a sextant [7] Ingenious Geometers: The art of navigation
[8]

  • Discover the use of geometry in navigation.
  • Object handling with navigational instruments.
  • Solve a mathematical challenge.
German diptych dial_icon [9] Time Tellers: Sundials
[10]

  • Movement of the Earth and Sun.
  • Discover sundials and make working models.
  • Learning through objects.
FF globe_icon [11] Globe Makers: Science and the Great Age of Exploration [12]

  • Discover early techniques of navigation.
  • Explore the Museum’s collection.
  • Find out about maps and globes, and make a model globe.
[13] Secret Knowledge: The Art and Science of Perspective [14]

  • Optical demonstrations.
  • Geometry and the invention of linear perspective.
  • Hands-on drawing with camera obscuras.

Key Stage 4

Observing the universe_icon [15] Observing the Universe [16]
Suitable for 21st Century Science GCSE unit Observing the Universe

  • Explore early ideas about astronomy and the universe.
  • Discover history and the development of how science works.
  • Hands-on practical session with Galilean telescopes.
microscopy_icon [17] Small Worlds: The Making of Microscopy [18]

  • Hooke, Leeuwenhoek and early microscopy.
  • Drawing, observation, and exploring how science works.
  • Use microscopes and see original instruments.
Parabolic radio transmitter [19] Radio Marconi [20]

  • Morse code and the art of telegraphy.
  • Radio waves and the first radio transmission.
  • Build a crystal set radio.
Astrolabe [21] Discover the Astrolabe
[21]

  • Introduction to a unique collection of astrolabes.
  • Explore ideas about astronomy and the universe.
  • Make a model astrolabe and find out how it works.
[13] Secret Knowledge: The Art and Science of Perspective [14]

  • Optical demonstrations.
  • Geometry and the invention of linear perspective.
  • Hands-on drawing with camera obscuras.
Penicillin culture vessels [22] Penicillin, the Wonder Drug [22]

  • The story of penicillin.
  • How social and historical factors affect scientific discovery.
  • Antibiotics and x-ray crystallography.

Post-16 and Study Days

Most of the sessions available at KS4 can be adapted for post-16 students including Penicillin the Wonder Drug and Discover the Astrolabe.

The Museum also organises occasional study days [23] for sixth-form students in conjunction with other academic departments of the University.