Workshops

At-Bristol's KS2 workshops are available throughout the academic year and support a visit to At-Bristol. Presented by trained science communicators, our range of workshops provides engaging investigative skills in a range of broad, cross-curricula contexts.

All the workshops listed are £2.95 per pupil and last 1 hour. Minimum group size:12. Maximum group size:30.

Education entry rates and services are available weekdays in term-time, 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm.

LEGO Robotics

NEW! Booking from January

An introduction to robotics and programming using exciting LEGO technology.Students write simple algorithms to operate sensors on a robot, navigate a map and complete a mission (no prior knowledge of programming required).

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LEGO robotics workshop

Water cycle (upper KS2)

Taking a practical approach to understanding the water cycle, pupils get hands-on with a range of exciting water-based experiments in At-Bristol's laboratories.  See a raindrop in slow motion, create super-cooled water, investigate surface run-off and make a cloud from dry ice.

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Curriculum content: Changing materials. (Geo) Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes. 2014 curriculum: Properties and changes of material, (Geo) Human and physical geography

Go animate!

From storyboarding to the effect of music, students will investigate the processes involved in producing an animation. They will write, direct, create and premiere their own short films! Afterwards, use Explore More to view and edit their animations back in school.

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Curriculum content: This is a cross-curricular workshop with elements of art and design, English, music and computing.

Dataheads

Pupils collect data and learn how to display information through a hands-on dragster race challenge. Communicating graphs, data representation, and scientific investigation makes this workshop both informative and engaging. Year 5 and 6 have the addition of exploring data through line graphs, bar charts, pictograms, pie charts and scatter plots.

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Curriculum content: (Maths) Handling data; Grouping and classifying materials; Forces and motion. 2014 curriculum: (Maths) Statistics

Light and shadow

Look through the magic glass - now you see it, now you don't! Can you work out how the glowstick works? Pupils will use prisms to split light, mix coloured lights and investigate how light travels in this fun-filled interactive workshop.

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Curriculum content: Light. 2014 curriculum: Light (Year 3, Year 6)

Healthy bodies

Take part in an adventure through the human body as we follow the journey of our food. The workshop uses investigations and demonstrations to help children think about the roles of the teeth, the stomach and the intestines in breaking down the food that we eat. Throughout this lively and interactive workshop pupils will also think about what they can do to keep themselves healthy.

NEW: Extensive teacher resources to support this workshop are provided after your visit.

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Take a look at one of the popular demos in this workshop

Curriculum content: Humans and other animals

Fantastic forces

In this hands-on workshop students will investigate everyday forces and think about how they both help and hinder us. Through experimentation and fun activities, including making and testing paper spinners, students will make predictions, observations and record results as they learn how gravity and air resistance affect us.

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Curriculum content: Forces and motion. 2014 curriculum: Forces and magnets (Year 3), Forces (Year 5)

Electricity unearthed

From exploring the energy sources that bring electricity to our homes to building simple circuits, this workshop gets pupils investigating the conducting and insulating properties of different materials, including the human body. Upper KS2 pupils will identify components and carrying out challenges to understand the relationship between cells and circuit components.

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Download more information about this workshop for upper KS2

Curriculum content: Electricity

Earth, Sun and Moon

Students will find out how the movements of the Earth relate to day and night and the seasons with our amazing Magic Globe and 3D animations. Discover how astronauts explore space, make moon dials and sample some real space food in this fun-packed workshop.

NEW: Extensive teacher resources to support this workshop are provided after your visit.

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Curriculum content: Forces and Motion; The Earth and beyond. 2014 curriculum: Light (Year 3), Earth and Space (Year 5), (Maths) Measurement, (Geography) Locational knowledge

Changing materials

Hear dry ice ‘scream’, see crispy rice burnt with a blow torch and explore the weirdness of slime in this fun workshop on changing material states. Pupils experiment with making cheese and launching effervescent rockets.

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Curriculum content: Changing materials. 2014 curriculum: States of matter (Year 4), Properties and changes of materials (Year 5).

Science Fact

Diamond is the hardest substance found in nature