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Science

Taught sessions for secondary and post-16 are normally available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Sessions vary in length between 1-2 hours and normally accommodate between 20-30 students depending on the session.

For more information about facilities and arrangments for visits, please see http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/education/visit/ [1].

For enquiries and bookings, please email: secondary+post16@mhs.ox.ac.uk [2]

Key Stage 3

Creative sparks icon [3] Creative Sparks: How electricity began [4]

  • Thinking scientifically and early ideas about electricity.
  • Popular electrical demonstrations.
  • Benjamin Franklin and the lightning conductor.
student handling a sextant [5] Ingenious Geometers: The art of navigation

  • Discover the use of geometry in navigation.
  • Object handling with navigational instruments.
  • Solve a mathematical challenge.
German diptych dial_icon [6] Time Tellers: Sundials

  • Movement of the Earth and Sun.
  • Discover sundials and make working models.
  • Learning through objects.
FF globe_icon [7] Globe Makers: Science and the Great Age of Exploration [8]

  • Discover early techniques of navigation.
  • Explore the Museum’s collection.
  • Find out about maps and globes, and make a model globe.
[9] Secret Knowledge: The Art and Science of Perspective [10]

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

Key Stage 4

Observing the universe_icon [11] Observing the Universe [12]
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 [13] Small Worlds: The Making of Microscopy [14]

  • Hooke, Leeuwenhoek and early microscopy.
  • Drawing, observation, and exploring how science works.
  • Use microscopes and see original instruments.
Parabolic radio transmitter [15] Radio Marconi [16]

  • Morse code and the art of telegraphy.
  • Radio waves and the first radio transmission.
  • Build a crystal set radio.
Astrolabe [17] Discover the Astrolabe

  • Introduction to a unique collection of astrolabes.
  • Explore ideas about astronomy and the universe.
  • Make a model astrolabe and find out how it works.
[9] Secret Knowledge: The Art and Science of Perspective [10]

  • Optical demonstrations.
  • Geometry and the invention of linear perspective.
  • Hands-on drawing with camera obscuras.
Penicillin culture vessels [18] Penicillin, the Wonder Drug [18]

  • 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 [19] for sixth-form students in conjunction with other academic departments of the University.