Workshops

We offer lots of workshops for schools in the West Yorkshire area, all of which are offered free of charge. They are subject to availability, but the below workshops can be requested in 3 key ‘roadshow’ weeks a year, where we take the majority of our bookings:

  • Term 1 – 8th-12th October (Biology Week)
  • Term 2 – 11th-15th March (British Science Week/Leeds Festival of Science)
  • Term 3 – 6th-17th May (Careers focus)

Avoiding Attack: Biomimicry and Camouflage (KS2)

 

Humans have throughout history used nature as an inspiration for their own inventions. Only recently has this been given a name – biomimicry! In this session pupils look at ways animals and plants have adapted during evolution to suit their habitats, and how scientists are using these million-year-old adaptations in their research.

Suitable for KS2 pupils. Up to 30 pupils per session. Duration 1 hour.

Origami Organelles (KS3)

The cell is a complicated structure but one that tells a story of how we go from DNA to walking, talking humans. This session looks at the key components of a mammalian cell – its ‘organelles’ – to show how one works. Students build origami structures of each of these organelles and come together to create whole cells from their results.

Suitable for KS3 pupils. Up to 30 pupils per session. Duration 1 hour.

Virtual Reality Inside Our Science (KS3)

Using our own smartphones, dive inside the world of science, taking a look at the technology behind, and the world created by, virtual reality. Pupils will use basic VR glasses to learn about the technology and then experience virtual reality videos. Topics are flexible but our most available session involves looking inside the human body and its cells – please ask for more details on topics.

Suitable for KS3 pupils. Up to 30 pupils per session. Duration 1 hour.

Please note: the session is designed for pupils to use their own phones (and to learn how to do VR at home on them) so access to these and wifi leads to the best learning outcomes

How Do We Use DNA? (KS4 and 5)

DNA is the fascinating basis for all life, and yet there is a lot we don’t know about it, despite great advances in technology in the last few decades. Gel electrophoresis is used by scientists the world over to investigate DNA – learn about how and why we use this technology in this hands-on session.

 Suitable for KS4 and KS5 pupils.  Up to 30 pupils per session. Duration 1 or 2 hours.

COMING SOON FOR 2019: Smartphone Microscopes (KS2-4)

Using microscopes which clip to smartphones, we can turn them into medium power microscopes! This session will look at scales, what we do with them in research, different microscopy types, and then ask the pupils to look at fixed slides.