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    Workshops

    Enhance your visit by booking into a W5 workshop and give your class the chance to explore a topic in more depth with a member of W5’s Education Team.

    All our workshops are cross-curricular in approach and contain elements of numeracy and literacy. We offer workshops covering a wide range of topics which help pupils visualise difficult concepts and theories by using a range of active teaching methods.

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    Workshops normally last between 30 and 90 minutes and can accommodate up to 32 pupils unless otherwise stated. If your day starts with a workshop please arrive at W5 fifteen minutes before your start time.

    Nursery (3-4 years)

    Super Healthy Me!

    This workshop follows the journey of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his passion for fruit to illustrate the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Pupils will be engaged in story, movement and games and will then make their very own caterpillar to take home. 

    Build a Bug

    Using shadows and puppets pupils will explore the wonderful variety of garden bugs and talk about their own favourite creepy crawlies. They’ll also learn about the body parts of insects before each making their own mini-beast from Playmais which they can take home and keep. 

    Sounds Like Music

    Through story, rhyme and song children listen and respond to music and instruments. They develop an awareness of different sounds and explore ways of making their own using simple percussion instruments. 

    Look at Light (N)

    Children use their sense of sight to observe the world around them through bubbles, colour and light. They experiment and have fun with shadows and reflection and find out how these can be changed. 

    My Body

    Pupils use their senses to play a variety of dynamic games, learning about themselves and the parts of the body. They investigate the heart, listen to the sound it makes and discuss how to stay healthy. 

    Foundation Level (5 - 6 years)

    Making Sense

    Through a variety of games and activities pupils must work together to explore their five senses. They finish by creating their very own senses-themed bookmark. P1, P2 - 50 minute workshop.

    Sounds Like Music

    Children make and respond to music and sound. Through various activities they develop an awareness of volume, pitch and dynamics. They also find out what sound really is and work together to produce and perform their own animal-sounds song. P1, P2 - 50 minute workshop.

    The Measure of Materials

    These fun, hands-on problem-solving activities allow pupils to discover the different properties of a range of materials and then, after a few simple tests, choose the material that is fit for the job. P1 - P3 - 50 minute workshop.

    Look at Light

    In this colourful workshop pupils create rainbows and shadows, find out where light comes from and how it can keep us safe. To finish, they’ll create their very own reflector to take home. P1, P2 - 50 minute workshop.

    Key Stage 1 (7 - 8 years)

    The Measure of Materials

    These fun, hands-on problem-solving activities allow pupils to discover the different properties of a range of materials and then, after a few simple tests, choose the material that is fit for the job. P1 - P3 - 50 minute workshop.

    Busy Builders

    In this fun workshop pupils investigate different structures and how they are made. They look at buildings, towers and bridges and the materials used to construct them. To finish, the mini engineers compete in teams to build the best tower in the shortest time. P3, P4 - 50 minute workshop.

    Look at Light 1

    A wonderful workshop that allows pupils to explore light, shadows and reflection. They investigate colours, the rainbow and how light and colour are used to keep us safe. P1, P2 - 50 minute workshop.

    Toying with Forces

    Using a variety of toys and magnets, pupils explore the effects of pushes and pulls. They finish by making their own fridge magnet to take home, or back to school for further investigations. P3, P4 - 50 minute workshop.

    Destination Space 1

    This interactive, show-style workshop will introduce young pupils to space travel, the ISS and the work of astronaut Tim Peake. We’ll listen to video advice from mission control, launch a mini rocket and through a series of simple challenges test various materials for use in space. To finish pupils will simulate a spacewalk, fixing a problem on the space station before returning to earth with a bump. 50 minute workshop.

    Key Stage 2 (9 - 11 years)

    The Sound of Circuits

    Discover how electricity can be used to make music and sound using the fabulous Ototo synthesizer; a circuit board synthesizer that lets you make music with almost anything! As well as learning the basics of electric circuits and building some really cool circuit boards, pupils team up to finally create some music by building their very own electronic musical instrument. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Generation Station

    Building large model wind turbines pupils charge a battery and race a vehicle against their class mates. They’ll also learn about energy – what it is, how much we use and where it comes from.  Teamwork and communication are tested again as they investigate the optimum turbine for W5’s windy weather conditions. P6, P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Rollercoaster Racers

    In teams students work together engineering the ultimate rollercoaster in this fun, hands-on workshop. After first earning the equipment they need with a series of small construction-themed challenges they must construct and test a marble run rollercoaster with all the characteristics that will make it an irresistible ride – thrills, duration and speed! P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Anatomation 2

    In this workshop pupils develop a better understanding of the human skeleton and how we move by using iPads and the latest software to create their own amazing character animation. This workshop supports the task requirements for the Primary ICT Accreditation Scheme level 3/4. For more information feel free to contact a member of our Education Team. P5 - P7, 90 mins.

    Fit to Go

    This workshop focuses on the major organs of the body and how lifestyle choices can affect health. Using practical applications of maths and measurement pupils put their bodies and brains to the test, exploring everything from heart rates to healthy eating and fitness. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Fizz, Bang, Pop!

    Pupils experiment in a real science lab, developing skills in observation and investigation. They explore change brought about by heating, cooling and chemical reactions, deciding if these changes are reversible or irreversible. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Look at Light 2

    Pupils explore shadows, the colours of the rainbow and how light travels through different materials. They also investigate reflection and make kaleidoscopes which they can take home and keep. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Forensic Workshop

    Pupils undertake a crime investigation in the W5 lab using fingerprints, chromatography and fibre analysis to eliminate suspects. The workshop reinforces skills in investigative science including observation, recording, interpreting and evaluating results. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Marvellous Maths 2

    This fun, dynamic workshop really brings maths to life. Working in small teams students use their skills to solve puzzles that test their knowledge of shapes, patterns and numbers. P6, P7 - 90 mins.

    Slime: Solid or Liquid?

    This ever-popular workshop explores changes of state and the properties of solids and liquids through investigations and slimy demonstrations. Pupils finish by making their very own slime. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Storyboard Animation

    This workshop helps to develop creative imagination and storytelling. Working in pairs, pupils are given characters and props with which they construct a storyboard. Using iPads they then animate, edit and share their finished creation. P5 - P7 - 90 mins.

    Technology Trials 2

    Using K’NEX, pupils work in teams to design and construct a racing buggy. After a test-and-improve session the teams discuss the principles of fair testing before a race to find out who has built the ultimate machine. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Destination Space 2

    This workshop focuses on some of the key skills needed to work in the space industry as an astronaut, a scientist or an engineer. After looking at how astronauts get off the ground pupils conduct a series of activities that explore the problems of living in space. To finish they can try on a replica of the Sokol suit as used by crew on the ISS. P5 - P7 - 50 minute workshop.

    Key Stage 3 (11 - 14 years)

    Explore Your Universe 3

    In this workshops pupils discover the link between atoms and astrophysics. They simulate Brownian motion and learn about electrons using only balloons and paper. They also construct a simple telescope just like Galileo did and then split light and learn how understanding the spectrum helps us to explore the universe. 50 minute workshop.

    Anatomation 3

    In this workshop pupils develop a better understanding of the human skeleton and how we move by using iPads and the latest software to create their own amazing animation. 90 minute workshop.

    Chemical Reactions 3

    Pupils work in W5’s lab and explore a variety of reactions including combustion, neutralisation and oxidation. They must determine if the changes involved are physical or chemical. Years 9-10 only - 50 minute workshop.

    Marvellous Maths 3

    Working in small groups pupils must solve a series of practical challenges. The tasks will require problem solving within a range of mathematical skills including shape and space, measurement and processes. This hands-on workshop offers pupils an exciting opportunity to explore mathematics in a fun but challenging way. 90 minute workshop.

    Technology Trials 3

    This is a fun workshop that develops teamwork and problem solving skills. Using K'Nex, pupils work in small teams to design and construct a racing buggy. After a test-and-improve session, the pupils carry out a fair test to find the ultimate machine. Highly competitive and fun! 50 minute workshop.

    Key Stage 4 (14 - 16 years)

    Explore Your Universe 4

    Pupils will follow the line of discovery that takes us from inside the atom to the edge of the universe – and back again. They will learn about electrons with a Van de Graaf generator, build a simple telescope, attempt to split light and finish by learning, hands-on, how the Large Hadron Collider works and what it does. 90 minute workshop.

    Anatomation 4

    In this workshop pupils develop a better understanding of the human skeleton and movement by using iPads and the latest software to create their own amazing animation. 90 minute workshop.

    Chemical Reactions 4

    Pupils work in W5’s lab and explore a variety of reactions including combustion, neutralisation and oxidation. They must determine if the changes involved are physical or chemical. Year 11 only - 50 minute workshop.

    Technology Trials 4

    This is a fun workshop that develops teamwork and problem solving skills. Using K’Nex, pupils work in small teams to design and construct a racing buggy. After a test-and-improve session, the pupils carry out a fair test to find the ultimate machine. Highly competitive and fun! 50 minute workshop.

    Lego Green City Challenge

    This innovative workshop helps pupils to use their ICT skills in a fun and practical way. They learn about renewable energy by programming a LEGO® NXT robot to solve a series of missions. Before time runs out they must also work as a team to create the perfect ‘green’ city. Maximum 16 pupils per workshop. 90 minute workshop.

    Post 16 years

    Technology Trials 5

    This is a fun workshop that develops teamwork and problem solving skills. Using K’NEX, pupils work in small teams to design and construct a racing buggy. After a test-and-improve session, the pupils carry out a fair test to find the ultimate machine. Highly competitive and fun!

    Hands-on DNA – A Question of Taste

    This special, five-hour workshop explores the evolution of gene TAS2R38 (which codes for a taste receptor in the tongue) and features practical lab techniques including DNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction enzyme digests and gel electrophoresis. For more information please contact the booking team. Minimum 10 pupils, maximum 24. £15 per pupil.

    Lecture Theatre Shows

    Lecture theatre shows for groups of 100+

    For large groups we can also offer 50-minute lecture theatre shows on a range of topics. Prices start at £4.50 per pupil including admission and the opportunity to visit our exhibition floors. Discounts may apply.

    For more information or to check availability contact our bookings department by calling 028 90467700 and select option 2.

    Science Magic (ages 4-11)

    An entertaining and very interactive 50-minute show which looks at the forces and chemical reactions behind magic tricks, including Newton's Laws of Motion, acid-base reactions, and gyroscopic force. With a little scientific role play we'll also discover (with the help of a chicken!) why the moon stays in the sky and then throw in some rocket science to boot! Especially suitable for KS2, but can be tailored for older or younger audiences.

    The Trouble with Titanic (ages 9-12)

    The Titanic was a very famous ship, but for all the wrong reasons. What went so wrong on the Titanic’s maiden voyage that made such a supposedly safe trip into one of the most infamous maritime disasters ever? Let us explain in this interactive science show that explores why things float or sink, the special design behind the Titanic and what happened on that night to remember in 1912 when it struck the iceberg. Does that float your boat?

    The Really Cool Show (ages 9-12)

    Take a deep breath and come with us on a journey to the nether world of low temperature as we discover just how low we can go with a series of demos so cool, they're absolutely freezing! By exploiting the laws that govern liquids and gases we can make a kettle boil at room temperature or shrink a balloon then watch it expand till it almost goes pop. And as if that's not enough, we can also touch a cloud and hammer a bendy Blu-Tack nail into solid wood! Oh, and finally, but strictly for fun, you can meet the W5 Bubble Monster while enjoying our exquisite and oh-so scientifically created ice cream! Cool or what?

    Force of Course (ages 12-14)

    Let us help you explore Newton’s Three Laws of Motion with this show using simple items like balloons, footballs and cat flaps, as well as some really high-tech gadgetry! You might be surprised at how easy and fun it is to understand something that sounds difficult at first!

    Sound’s Interesting (ages 12-14)

    Open your ears and discover the science behind sound. Investigate pitch, how sounds are made and how they travel. Then close your eyes and be transported to Australia by the weird sound of the didgeridoo. In this show we’ll also use technology to transform your voice into that of a chipmunk or even a monster! We will also show you how the principles behind how musical instruments work can be devastating!

    Teacher CPD

    For information about these CPD courses, including costs, contact the education Department at W5:

    educationqueries@w5online.co.uk

    Active Science in the Early Years

    This programme can be utilised by all Early Years / Foundation Stage practitioners and aims to highlight the importance of teaching and learning science from an early age. It aims to inspire practitioners to provide their pupils with valuable scientific experiences within the World Around Us, as well as promoting creativity, exploration and curiosity.  It will also help them to ensure their pupils are forming clear ideas and concepts about the world around them.  It will demonstrate how practitioners can integrate scientific content into their teaching and provide simple, manageable, take home techniques and activities which can be safely and easily transferred into the classroom. 

    This is a practical course with hands-on experiments. Participants will be provided with a range of fun, creative activities and they will be encouraged to ‘have a go’ in order to build confidence when teaching science furthermore allowing them to take ideas back to the classroom and use within their own teaching. Time will also be dedicated to discussion around the learning accompanied by demonstrations to explain the scientific concepts involved. This course will promote the teaching of science from Nursery onwards and demonstrate simple ways to incorporate it into play and topic work. Length: half day or full day.

    Hands-on Science

    A hands-on science training programme which can be delivered independently or as part of wider programmes of CPD e.g. ELB Primary STEM initiative and the ASE (NI) regional conference.  Hands-on Science is tailored to specific key stages from Nursery through to Key Stage 3 and aims to provide teachers with an opportunity to gain support and advice on how to best deliver enriching and engaging STEM programmes within school, and embed practical STEM based activities in the classroom. Length: half day or full day.

    Public Engagement Training

    Public engagement, that is, engaging ‘non-specialists’ with your academic discipline, is an important aspect of any researchers roleThis interactive course combines activities and discussion to help researchers learn about and develop confidence in public engagement. The participants will be encouraged to consider different ways to engage with new audiences and will gain a better understanding of the important considerations involved in planning, organising and delivering a public engagement activity.

    Course Content:

    The course comprises of a full day of training including a reflection and feedback exercise:

    The key contents

    • Public engagement – what is it/why is it important?
    • Exploring different types of PE
      • Demonstration shows
      • Informal Science Busking
      • Hands-on activities
      • Dialogue activities
    • Knowing your audience.
    • Facilitation Skills – speaking to a non-specialist audience, facilitating a dialogue activity, roleplaying etc.
    • Practicalities of public engagement – exploring issues such as funding, health and safety child protection.
    • Evaluating Public Engagement Programmes
    • Project work – in pairs or small groups begin to develop ideas and activities to engage students/general public in STEM

    Length: full day.

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