At-Bristol Science Centre

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.

Forces and magnets (lower KS2)

New! Booking from September 2014

Gravity, friction, air resistance and magnetism are explored as students use data loggers to compare how vehicles travel on different surfaces and investigate the magnetic properties of familiar materials.

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Curriculum content: Forces and magnets

Fossils and evolution (upper KS2)

New! Booking from January 2015

Travel back in time to discover what rocks and fossils can tell us about the history of life on Earth. Students collect and interpret evidence on the evolution of a familiar species and play the Great Evolutionary Wheel of Fortune game to learn how evolutionary change is driven by a struggle for survival in a changing environment.

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Colourful chemistry (upper KS2)

New! Booking from September 2014

An illuminating, lab-based insight into a range of creative, real-life applications of chemistry. Students use Bunsen burners, metal salts, and more to explore a variety of contrasting and highly visual chemical reactions.

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Curriculum content: Properties and changes of materials

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)

Students use ice and fire (Bunsen burners!) in our laboratory to see how freezing, melting, evaporation and condensation make rivers flow. They investigate how to get salt from sea water, see a cloud made from dry ice and investigate surface run-off.

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Curriculum content: Properties and changes of materials; (Geo) Human and physical geography

Go animate!

This cross-curricular workshop investigates the processes involved in producing an animation. From storyboarding to sound effects and music, student teams write, direct, create and premiere their own short film.

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

Dataheads

A dragster race is the context for students to work with data and graphs. They consider important engineering features of a racing car and conduct their own investigation using model dragsters.

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Curriculum content: (Maths) Statistics

Light and shadow

Pupils will use diffraction glasses to split light, experiment with mixing coloured lights and observe how laser light travels in this fun-filled workshop.

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Curriculum content: Light

Healthy bodies

This lively workshop follows the journey of food through our bodies. Investigations and demonstrations examine the role of teeth, stomach and intestines in digestion, and students consider what they can do to stay healthy. Supported by Simplyhealth.

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: Animals, including humans

Fantastic forces (upper KS2)

How do forces affect our everyday lives? Demonstrations and experimentation reveal the effects of gravity and air resistance as students predict, observe and record results about these fundamental phenomena.

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Curriculum content: Forces

Electricity unearthed

Students learn about the energy sources that generate our electricity, investigate conduction properties of different materials (including playdough and the human body!) and apply their understanding to build circuits.

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Download more information about this workshop for upper KS2

Curriculum content: Electricity

Earth, Sun and Moon

Students make moon dials and try real space food while our amazing Magic Globe shows how the movement of the Earth relates to day and night and the changing seasons.

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

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Curriculum content: Light; Earth and Space; Forces; (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: States of matter; Properties and changes of materials

Science Fact

Galileo was the first person to use a telescope to study the night sky in 1609