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Science and Technology School Trip to London

Science and Technology School Trip to London

Would certainly use WST again as I have full confidence that the tour specifications will meet our requirements and that activities will be well organised.
Queen Mary’s College, Paris


London offers all ages of secondary Science students a wide range of curriculum-focussed visit options, as well as often linking into the other STEM subjects. With some of the best museums in Europe and our carefully chosen selection of Science workshops, shows, lectures and tours, London is a fantastic and great vale destination.

Tour Day 1

Morning Depart for arrival in London around mid-day. Check into your accommodation
Afternoon Forensic Outreach Interactive lecture
Evening Evening meal at Italian Restaurant

Tour Day 2

Morning Visit to ‘Centre of the Cell’
Afternoon Depart London for your return journey to school

2 day experience from only 

Based on min 40, Bed and Breakfast at International Inn Wembley, Oct 2017 (excluding half term)

£135

With the abundance of hotels and hostels in London, we have a superb range of accommodation to choose from, both centrally and on the outskirts, with facilities and prices to suit all needs and budgets.

PREMIER INN WEMBLEY & HANGAR LANE

These hotels both offer a very high standard of accommodation at a good price.  Located in quieter areas slightly outside of the busy city centre but with easy access to all the major sights and on public transport routes.

PREMIER INN HARROW

If you are looking to stay on the outskirts of London for a quieter location this hotel is ideal. Located north of London you can still access the city centre by coach within 1 hour. Recommended for groups on a tight budget and is a great option if you are including a Harry Potter Studio tour in your itinerary.

YHA THAMESIDE

Excellent youth hostel accommodation offering a range of facilities. Located in the edge of the Docklands area, this is ideally suited to younger groups travelling by coach. 

ROYAL NATIONAL HOTEL

This is our most central hotel, located in the heart of the city within walking distance of the West End. The Royal National is a large hotel offering comfortable and affordable accommodation in an excellent central location.

WEMBLEY INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

This is a large hotel, located just outside the city centre, yet close to public transport. Rooms for students are all 3 - 4 bedded and the hotel has good meeting room facilities. 

COLUMBIA HOTEL 

This hotel is in an excellent location at Lancaster Gate. It's an old favourite for school groups although is only available for 2 night stays and longer. 

PSYCHOLOGY & SCIENCE CONFERENCE

Tues 5th December, London, £27 1:10 Free

This is the BEST Psychology conference- highly educational and fun.  Students talk about it for months afterwards. This event aims to educate, entertain and enthuse your students, facilitating their understanding of science and increasing their motivation for psychology.

This conference is primarily an A level conference but suitable for younger students.

Speakers

Dr Peter Lovatt is a principal lecturer and Reader in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he runs the Dance Psychology Lab. 

'Dance, Hormones and Thinking' In this talk Peter will explainhow movement influences the way in which people solve problems. Peter will also demonstrate how the way you move is influenced by your hormonal and genetic make up.

Oliver Meech is a magician. He studied Psychology at OxfordUniversity, Magic at The Magic Circle, and combines the two incritically-acclaimed shows, talks and books.

'Amazing Brains: The Psychology of Magic'. The real secret to magic tricks is that they’re not about fooling the eyes, but bamboozling the brain. Every trick is a real-world psychology experiment. Discover how magicians can offer eye-opening insights into the way we think and act.

Andrew Newton is an internationally renowned hypnotist who lectures and performs all over the world. He makes annual trips to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Norway where hetalks to students and psychologists about the potential of hypnosis as therapy. Andrew's lectures and demonstrations are always both fascinating and funny. A greatend to a great day!

Other Speakers

-Phil Banyard Reader in Psychology, Nottingham Trent University,former Chief Examiner OCR.

-Mike Cardwell Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University, formerChief Examiner AQA A.

-Cara Flanagan Widely published author of A level Psychologybooks.

During the course of the day the team will • Explore the boundaries between science and pseudoscience.• Look at examples of ‘bad science’ (where science goeswrong).• Consider how we collect empirical evidence … including some LIVE experiments, activities and demonstrations!

Also taking place in Bristol (4th Nov), Nottingham (15th Nov), Manchester (14th Nov),Edinburgh (6th Dec), and  Darlington (13th Dec) 

Science Museum

The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

The large range of interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates

The Natural History Museum

The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. Many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

Visit the high-tech Attenborough Studio to watch a 45 minute interactive film entitled 'Who do you think you really are? The film will involve you in a revealing story of evolution from Earth's early history using large-screen projection, personal handsets and webcams. 

Forensic Outreach Sessions (90 mins) 

Explore the world of Forensic Psychology in these interactive 90 minute sessions which can be tailored to meet your own groups’ requirements. Each has a practical component and choices include;

Science, Ethics and Humanity * Exclusive to WST * - This unique hands-on session in medical ethics will bring students close to the harrowing issues that are shaping modern science. What specimens should scientists have access to? What is the dark side of gene splicing and human genetic engineering? Explore these topics and more with one of our extremely qualified instructors - all from top-tier research Universities in London - who will be able to help your students navigate the blurred waters of ethical and unethical.

The Remarkable Physics of a Speeding Bullet - Your physicists help us figure out where a bullet hurtling through space will land! Perfect for science groups with a keenness for maths, this workshop is a remarkable introduction to classical mechanics. You'll  also touch on geometry and trigonometry to calculate the speed of these little flying missiles and predict their trajectory. Eventually, students will experiment by firing Nerf guns onto targets and working through their own mathematical calculations.

Forensic Science Careers ? Ideal for a group looking to be inspired by fascinating careers, this workshop immerses students in both common and unique work in the forensic science discipline. From netting flies in the field as a forensic entomologist to traversing the criminal mind as a legal psychiatrist, students will learn about and explore an array of careers in this workshop. This is led by a real-life forensic researcher.

Forensic Ecology - Not for the squeamish - this workshop takes a magnified look at how the natural world helps forensic investigators solve crimes. From larvae development to examining vegetation - the great outdoors provides clues, or proxy indicators, that might help scientists determine the time and cause of death, among other things. To apply their newfound knowledge, students will venture through three experiments involving squirming maggots.

A Young Chemist's Guide to Toxicology - Your students will be welcomed into a lair of poisons and potions: they’ll learn all about more traditional approaches - chloroform and arsenic - before learning how to spot the signs of slightly more modern homicidal concoctions. Students will become well-acquainted with the chemistry-based underlying mechanisms of action and perform their own toxicological tests to identify various dangerous chemicals. 

Forensic Art: Frauds and Fakes- Students gawking at a Da Vinci masterpiece - or are they? How do experts ensure that the art assumed to be produced by the hand of a genius is genuine? Inspired by a remarkable exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in London. The material combines the use of mass spectrometry, art history and other techniques to shed light on fake or altered Grand Master paintings. Students are then invited to try their hand at spotting the difference between the genuine article - and the fraudulent versions.

Death and Decomposition -  What are the mysteries surrounding death, once we’re lying beneath the good earth? In this fascinating series, we discuss the cultural underpinnings of death in different societies; grief and bereavement in forensic investigation; and the slightly macabre science of decomposition. Then, students must unravel the circumstances of death using real-life autopsy photographs.

Other exciting 90 minute sessions include

  • Fingerprinting

  • Adventures in CSI

  • Forensic Pathology and post-mortem investigation

  • Forensic Anthropology

Science Magic Shows (1 hr) 

These interactive, fun and educational shows are hosted by Dr.Matt Pritchard who is independent science communicator, former physics lecturer and an award winning magician who is one of only 300 Associates of the Inner Magic Circle. An ideal daytime or evening activity.

Surprising Science - KS3-KS5 (Physics & Chemistry) - Can you discover the sneaky scientific secrets behind the surprising illusions? The show will challenge the audience to think creatively like both a scientist and a magician. The interactive show encourages enquiry and critical thinking, using magic tricks to inspire students' imaginative engagement with scientific ideas. If given sufficient notice the science topics covered can be tailored to a specific theme.

Superhero science - KS3-KS5 (General Science) - Are superpowers fact, fiction or feasible in the future? Explore invisibility, superstrength, body armour, levitation, mind control and find out what they do (or don’t) have to do with real science. And for those superpowers which are scientifically impossible? That’s where the magic comes in! The show has a strong emphasis on smart materials and technology inspired by biology (e.g. spider webs and camouflage.)

Something about Nothing (KS5+) (Physics) - Nothing is notoriously hard to grasp. However, things are set to change as Dr Matt Pritchard who will attempt to fill in the empty gaps and explain almost everything there is to know about nothing. From Annihilation through to Zero. A comedy show uniquely fusing magic, multimedia and mathematics that explores the history, maths, science and philosophy behind nothing. The show features the following concepts: counting systems, zero,  vacuums, creation & annihilation, the Big Bang, black holes, particle physics, CERN and the Large Hadron Collider.

3D Printing Sessions 

This exciting new 3 hr session is provided by a senior designer at a state of the art store and office in central London. The session will include an introduction to 3-D Printing technology, demonstrations, a short tour, a Q&A and your chosen souvenir 3-D printed object.  Your visit can be tailored to your main area of interest and age of pupils. The standard sessions will focus on;

-  Possibilities of a Desktop 3D Printer and the latest material innovation (with sample objects)

-  A process overview from a concept idea to a 3D Printed object

-  Introduction to 3D design software

-  Demonstration of designing, preparing and printing a 3D design of choice

Centre of the Cell (90 mins)

Centre of the Cell is a science education centre based at Queen Mary, University of London and is the first in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories.

A unique visit here is undertaken with a guide and at least one medical or dental student or scientist.  Once inside you’ll cross the bridge to Centre of the Cell’s Pod, which is suspended above the laboratories so you will be able to see research scientists at world and learn about the amazing world of cells, the human body and the latest medical research.

The experience includes KS2 - KS5 curriculum-linked interactive games grounded in cell biology and the research happening in the labs below and around the world. Films project onto the ceiling of the Pod which introduce the concepts of cell biology and medical research. Use microscopes and observe specimens from the Pathology Museum such as a human brain, learn about careers in cell biology, and debate the ethical issues surrounding medical research.

L’Oreal Young Scientist Centre

The L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre is a modern laboratory at the Royal Institution where young people aged 7-18 can experiment and explore all aspects of science and technology outside the classroom.

The LYSC offers half and full day workshops for students aged seven to 18, covering all biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. The LYSC team is available to tailor the programmes to suit the level and ability of your students.

And just as in the best research laboratories, students have access to advanced technology and experiments outside the remit of the normal school curriculum.

Half and full day workshop options include:

  • Make and Test your Own Shampoo (KS3)
  • Forensics Workshop (KS 4 & 5)
  • High Velocity Eggsporter (KS 4 & 5)
  • Spectacular Colour Chemistry (KS4 & 5)
  • Magnets and Motors (KS3 & 4)
  • Bacterial Evolution (KS 4 & 5)
  • A Question of Taste (Post 16)

Please ask us for more details.

The Crystal

At the heart of the Crystal is an exhibition which showcases global trends and challenges. Also explore existing technological solutions to build environmentally sustainable, and prosperous cities. Across ten zones, the exhibition encourages us to change the way we all think about our cities, now and for future generations.

Through interactive exhibits, films, and animations you can explore a range of issues including city trends, urban planning, smart buildings, safety and security, energy, water, healthy life, environment, and mobility. The ‘Future Life’ theatre invites us to imagine how cities might look in 2050. 

Education Centre Sessions in Hyde Park (2 hours)

This outdoor learning experience for secondary school groups aims to inspire an interest in science and the natural world.

With dedicated teaching spaces, field studies equipment, digital technology and expert staff, your students can develop both practical fieldwork skills and learn how to gather real field data for use in coursework and scientific reports.

  • Land Use and Local Conservation (KS3/4)
  • Population, Climate and Sustainability (KS3/4)
  • Food Webs and Interdependence (KS4)
  • Classification and Ecological Relationships (KS4)
  • Science in the Royal Parks (KS4)
  • Adaptations for Survival (KS4)

Please call us for more details.

London Zoo - Educational Sessions (KS3-5)

Using London Zoo’s highly skilled education team, groups can take part in interactive experiences using resources such as live animals, biofacts and multimedia, all linked to the National Curriculum. Topics include Wildlife Under Threat, Climate Change & Animals; Behaviour Study; Animal Learning & Intelligence and Zoo Genetics & Breeding.

The Thames Barrier Visitor Centre (90 mins)

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world and the Environment Agency runs and maintains it as well as the London’s other flood defences.

An information assistant will give your group a guided tour of the Information Centre and deliver a talk covering topics such as how the barrier works, the History of the River Thames and the risk of flooding in London, as well as describing the environment and wildlife of the river. When visiting on a Monday to Wednesday, exclusive use of the conference room with refreshments and cakes is also available.

Thorpe Park Science Workshops

This exciting theme park provides plenty of excitement and also 2 workshops for Science students tailored to the age of the students.

The Science of Rollercoasters Workshop (45 mins): Explores key principles of Physics and Mathematics with the inspiring backdrop of THORPE PARK Resort’s exhilarating coasters. Discover how crucial considerations of accelerations, Newton’s Laws and Forces are in designing and maintaining Stealth, The SWARM and our other thrilling rides as well as ensuring the safety of all our guests. Delivered by an expert Education Facilitator.

Design and Technology (45 mins): The D&T workshop offers your students a chance to understand some of the basic principles of roller coaster design and the fantastic engineering feats required. Get to grips with the theming of our rides and the scenery, creating a unique experience for our guests.

'Sleep' Educational Sessions

One of the UK’s most renowned experts and authors on Sleep Disorders can offer our groups a range of highly informative 90 minute sessions focusing on a range of relevant study themes. Our recommended topics include;

Insanity, sleep and the law, Jekyl and Hyde

The law, in most jurisdictions, provides a defence against a crime if the ‘criminal’ behaviour was in some way involuntary. A murder committed whilst sleepwalking would be an example. Sleep medicine has categorised many sleep disorders amongst them the parasomnias - unwanted behaviours during sleep.  This workshop will explore both how the defence arose, and how our modern brain-based scientific view of the workings of the brain and mind attempt to absolve an individual from criminality. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Jekyll & Hyde provides a curious template.

Sleep and drugs- How does the Brain accommodate the Mind?

This workshop will attempt to answer the question by considering how sleep and drugs affect our mind/mental state. Sleep is a time when our normal perceptions, thinking and reactions to the 'real' world are altered. Similarly, though through quite different mechanisms, drugs or psychiatric medicines also affect our minds. Whilst this workshop is unlikely to answer what is fundamentally a philosophical question it will try (and at least explore the state of the science). 

The Biological clock, Sleep and its Disorders

Armed by understanding the changing views on sleep, what controls it and the biological clock, this session will explore the significant sleep disorders (assessment and treatment): insomnia, narcolepsy and the parasomnias. 

Importantly, the third edition of the International Classification of Sleep Disorders was revised and updated March 2014. For insomnia there was a significant departure in its classification from previous editions.

Sleep and Mental Disorder

Most mental disorders are associated with disturbed sleep. It is know that suffering from poor sleep for an extended period can increase the risk of developing a disorder like depression. Sleep deprivation can trigger mania. It is not known what the relationships are, whether poor sleep leads to a mental disorder or a poor sleep is a symptom of a developing mental disorder. This workshop explores the relationships.

London offers a great choice of museums and attractions, many of which are an ideal complement to their learning and can be free for students. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF LONDON GUIDED TOUR

A half day guided tour of the city on board your coach is a perfect way to see all the major sites. Highly recommended if this is a first time visit to London for many of your students.

GUIDED TOUR OF THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC SITES

Following the outstanding success of the world’s greatest sporting event, there is now huge interest in seeing the area where our athletes won their medals.  This 2 – 2½ hour walk begins at Pudding Mill Lane and takes in the exteriors of the Aquatic Centre, the Stadium, Handball Arena (The Copper Box), the Velodrome and also the new I-City (formerly the International Press Centre). For an additional fee we can pre-book visits inside the Copper Box, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit within your walking tour. 

BRITISH MUSEUM

With more than 7 million objects within its collections, the British Museum illustrates and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

The Imperial War Museum covers conflicts involving Britain from the First World War through to the present day. The Centenary of the First World War is highly topical and with it’s new First World War galleries the IWM is a must for any group visiting London.

LONDON EYE

Breath-taking sights make the London Eye a highlight of the city which you should not miss!

MADAME TUSSAUDS

A thrilling and exciting  visit containing inspiring wax works of some of the world’s most influential and famous people. Galleries include Sport, World Leaders, The Royal Family and Music along with the Spirit of London ride and Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience.

MUSEUM OF LONDON

Step inside Museum of London for a memorable journey through London’s unsettled history. Telling London's story students can enjoy the prehistoric, Roman and medieval London galleries through to the present day.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits including the ultimate dinosaur exhibition, a human biology section or visit 'Investigate' -an exciting new hands-on science centre perfect for engaging students.

RIPLEY’S, BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Based in the heart of the West End, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the most wonderfully weird visitor attraction in London. Home to countless curiosities collected by the legendary adventurer Robert Ripley, you’ll step into a fascinating world where the bizarre and the unbelievable come to life and where amazement is waiting around every corner.

From unusual art to underwater wonders, an upside down room and even a dungeon, at Ripley’s London there are mindboggling experiences for even the wildest imagination.

THAMES RIVER CRUISE

This cruise along the Thames is a great way to see some of the major sites of the city. We recommend groups take the 40 minute cruise from Westminster to Tower which takes in Westminster, Big Ben, Somerset House, London Eye, Oxo Tower, The Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the Tower.

WEST END THEATRE PERFORMANCE

Whatever your study aims, a West End show is a great opportunity to reward those on school trips to London with a thrilling night at the theatre.

RESTAURANTS

Make your evening meal a night out with a restaurant visit. We can book tables at an exciting range of restaurants offering pre-theatre dinner packages to suit all budgets. Choose from:

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rainforest Café
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pizza Express
  • Maxwell’s
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Palm Court Brasserie
  • Piazza

We can also arrange for packed lunches to be delivered to your hotel or an appropriate meeting point in the city.