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A Science Trip to Remember

Written by: Elmtree Press

The National Curriculum guidelines indicate that “a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science”

How better to inspire an ongoing interest in the processes of science than through a trip to one of the excellent attractions specialising in science-based study.  They understand fully the importance of science in everyday life and usually have teachers resource pack to help in the learning process.

Eureka the National Childrens Museum is one of the UK’s most popular school trip destinations. Hundreds of multi-sensory, hands-on exhibits and interactive workshops create unique and memorable learning experiences, inspiring children to discover and learn through play and fun! Their education programmes are regularly updated to ensure they are harnessing the latest techniques in playful learning and providing unique and rewarding experiences for children and teachers alike.

From Early Years to Key Stage 4 and beyond, the National Science and Media Museum provides stunning opportunities to learn about the principals of light and sound, and the science behind photography, film and television.  As well as interactive workshops, they offer immersive live shows which fuse drama with science to create an unforgettable experience. Draw the universe with light, recreate the sun with an exploding balloon or find the science in your salvia! Include a 3D IMAX film in your visit and transport your students to a place they have never been before.

Enjoy an exciting range of interactive science-based activities and exhibits amidst the historic domes and telescopes of a former world famous observatory at the Observatory Science Centre. With over 100 interactive science exhibits on offer, as well as Workshops, Team Challenges, Science Shows, Telescope Tours, and large outdoor Discovery Park, you can plan an inspirational visit.

Whether you are looking for an introduction to recycling or guidance for an eco-council, a visit to Merseyside’s Recycling Discovery Centre fits all. Find out why wasting things does matter and identify actions to reduce, reuse and recycle. Delve into the world of waste and discover what happens to your recycling after it’s been collected! Offering free visits to primary, secondary and higher education groups, you can safely see state-of-the-art recycling in action in the Materials Recovery Facility.  Go home more knowledgeable about your impact on the environment and be inspired to make a difference.

The ultimate learning experience through space and time.  Spaceport is an education attraction with direct links to the science and astronomy curriculum. During your visit you will get to know the Sun, Moon and Earth and their relationships. As part of your visit to Spaceport, you will watch one of their dome shows which can be tailored to your group’s needs

With nine interactive galleries to explore, Thackray Medical Museum offers a unique day out for all the family. Explore Leeds in 1842, discover how scientific breakthroughs have changed our lives and explore how your body works in their Life Zone gallery.
Enter the world of surgery before the discovery of anaesthetics. In their unique audio visual display, you will experience first-hand the horror of 1840s surgery.
Find out how scientific discoveries helped us to understand disease and revolutionise medicine. How did the discovery of vaccines and antibiotics change our lives? With nine interactive galleries to explore, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Get hands-on with 100+ science exhibits and interactive planetarium shows at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, a wide selection of curriculum linked activities are available, designed to engage and inspire the next generation. Visits can last from one hour through to six hours, and can accommodate small groups to whole school parties.