Planning your school science trips

Monday October 20, 2014

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Science can be one of the more difficult subjects to engage pupils with, often because the subject is quite complicated to understand without hands-on learning. Fortunately for science teachers looking to take their studies out of the classroom, there are a wide range of excellent venues to help students develop their understanding and passion for science in the UK.

The WST team have found a variety of great places to visit with your science class, perfect for biology, physics and chemistry students at all levels.

Forensic Outreach Sessions
Why not investigate a different side to science and attend a 90 minute outreach sessions on the world of Forensic Psychology? Each session can be tailored to your classes’ needs, ranging from the remarkable physics of a speeding bullet to forensic ecology to a young chemist's guide to toxicology. Other exciting activities include fingerprinting, anthropology and post-mortem investigation. These unique hands-on sessions offer students an insight into the modern science of forensics and criminal investigation.

The Eden Project - Cornwall
With over 1 million plants, the Eden Project is the ideal destination for a biology school trip. The centre aims to inspire learning across a range of topics including biodiversity, biology, botany, and conservation. School groups can either attend an exciting workshop led by one of the Eden Project education officers or it can be independently led by your school.

Centre of the Cell
This educational centre is dedicated to inspiring curiosity and learning by connecting science to everyday life, so students can easily relate it to their lives. One way in which they do this is by using interactive games linked with cell biology. Students will also be able to witness research scientists at work, whilst learning about the amazing world of cells and the human body. They also offer a medical student or scientist to join your group on your visit to enhance the overall learning experience and answer any questions.  Whilst you’re there why not also visit the Museum of Pathology and take a look at specimens such as the human brain?

L’Oreal Young Scientist Centre at the Royal Institution
LYSC is an imaginative laboratory space for teachers and their students to experiment and explore science and technology outside the classroom. Students can become a scientist for the day, testing their own ideas and creating class experiments covering biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. The experience aims to ignite a passion for scientific discovery through curiosity-driven learning.  The day can be tailored to suit all levels and abilities.

Science Museum
From space travel to psychology, the interactive and thought provoking Science Museum is a great place to see, touch and experience science first-hand with your pupils. The most visited science and technology museum in Europe, it has over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

We’d love to hear which of the UK’s fascinating science attractions you plan on visiting; get in touch on Twitter to let us know.