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Science venues to visit

Science workshops/outreach

Science Museums/Venues Science Shows
Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Reserves Animal Shows

Science venues to visit:

Science Museums/Venues

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Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Cheshire
Catalyst offers a unique interactive experience linked directly to the National Curriculum. It explores the science and technology behind the chemical industry and its impact on our lives through hands-on exhibits, activities and demonstrations. There are over 30 interactive exhibits in the science gallery, allowing you to investigate how modern materials and chemicals are made. Workshops include: Science of the senses, Fabulous fabrics and Simple Circuits.

Clore National History Museum, Liverpool
Hands on fun, the museum offers unusual and fascinating items from their huge natural science collection. These include fossils, rocks, minerals, skulls and plants.

Eureka! The National Children's Museum
Located in Halifax, Eureka! runs a number of programmes and activities throughout the academic year focusing on Active Learning and the Creative Curriculum. Programme topics include money matters and space is ace. Self-guided visits are also available, allowing you to focus on a particular theme.

Lancashire Maritime Museum
Provides practical sessions including 'Fibres & Fabrics' at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum or the chance to experience life in Lancashire over 1000 years ago with 'The Vikings are Coming' session. All tailored to meet the changing needs of the National Curriculum and QCA Schemes of Work. Work closely with teachers to meet individual needs and reinforce classroom learning.

Magna Science Adventure Centre
Magna provides an exciting learning environment where pupils can explore science and technology in the world around them. Magna also offers a wide range of workshops, talks and shows to enrich your visit. Includes interactive pavilions of fire, water, earth and air.

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Science sessions taught by a museum education officer, which include hands on practical activities and are closely linked with the national curriculum. Workshops include: forces and friction, light and colour, space, and flight.

Underwater Street
Underwater Street is a children's discovery centre. Each visit includes a science show followed by 'Battle of the Scientists' - a fun, interactive experience where children can pit their wits against each other in a series of science challenges. Underwater Street contains a lab, a sensory area, an imagination village and more!

University of Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum provides a unique opportunity for pupils to engage with collections and experts across a variety of subjects. Museum staff, in partnership with the university academics lead a range of hands-on sessions to enhance the curriculum.

Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Reserves

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Blackpool Zoo
Visiting Blackpool Zoo gets pupils to learn outside the classroom. They can touch, see, hear and explore the world around them through the zoo's "hands-on" education sessions, which can be tailored to anything you have been learning in school.

Blue Planet Aquarium
Blue Planet Aquarium offers a fun-filled education venue, including talks such as: under the sea, sea creatures, the coast and land and water.

Bowland Wild Boar Park
Bowland Wild Boar Park has its own education centre where pupils can gain valuable practical experience of animals in a natural setting.

Bring Yer Wellies
Bring Yer Wellies' is a rural outdoor education centre which is set in open countryside and has large greenhouses providing unique indoor classroom facilities for curriculum based science related activities for KS1&2. The adjacent outdoor areas incorporate an amphibian pond, coniferous and deciduous woodland and a large wildlife pond.

Chester Zoo
Education officer led sessions with strong links to the curriculum, which covers topics such as life processes, nutrition and movement, conservation, interdependence and adaptation, and classification, as well as offering animal handling sessions.

Cuerden Valley Park
Provides environmental education programmes linked to the National Curriculum, including river studies, pond dipping/mini-beast hunting, woodland wonders and an Owl-tastic experience. Also run activities to fit in with the Eco-Schools Scheme.

Farmer Parrs Animal World
Farmer Parrs Animal World is an LEA approved visitor's centre which aims to educate, entertain and stimulate a diverse audience. The interactive presentation of the animals offers an alternative to lessons and a break from the classroom environment.

Farmer Ted's Farm Park
Park rangers escort your school throughout the day, and the aim is to educate children about animals, food production and habitats.

Farming and Countryside Education
Provides a wide range of resources including factsheets, websites of interest and how to incorporate subjects such as food and farming into the curriculum. Also arranges Farm Visits in your area.

Growing Schools
Provides information on a variety of places to visit, from Nature Reserves to Eco-centres, Field Study Centres and Woodlands and Forests. Designed to help support teachers and practitioners in using the "outdoor classroom" as a resource across the curriculum.

Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park offers a range of education programmes, with national curriculum based sessions led by an experienced education officer. Topics include: savannah story, food and feeding, endangered animals and living things.

RSBP Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
Visits are led by professional RSBP educators and are hands-on, captivating, thought provoking and fun. All sessions are linked to the national curriculum, and the centre has a well-equipped classroom.

Sea Life Centre, Blackpool
Sea Life combines active learning with fascinating talks and an opportunity to have a close encounter with a variety of marine creatures.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park
South Lakes Wild Animal Park offers a full day of keeper led animal feeding and conservation talks, as well as worksheets (available on the website) to accompany your day.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
The WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre offers pupils hands on learning experiences led by experienced 'Teacher Explainers', and is a safe environment to explore the wealth of Lancashire's wildlife.

Science workshops/outreach:

Science Shows

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Adrian Bowden's Travelling Science Shows
Adrian Bowden's shows include experiments, demonstations and lots of audience participation. Shows are available for KS1 and KS2 and include Light and Sound, Marvellous Materials and Fantastic Forces. KS1 shows are specially aimed at infants so there's nothing that they can't understand.

Doctor Martin Workshops
Dr. Martin's high quality, fully resourced activities enthuse and inspire young people about aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by fully engaging them with 'hands on' practical tasks. KS2 activities include: 'Giant Tetrahedron' and 'Disaster Relief Enterprise Challenge'.

Flashbang Science
A mobile science laboratory providing hands-on practical experimentation; where pupils can don their lab coats and goggles and become scientists all by themselves for a session in a safe environment managed by professional scientists and engineers. Experiments tailored to each school year.

Mad Science
Interactive workshops combining education and entertainment, which cover topics such as seeking our senses, che-mystery and fundamental forces

Magna Science Adventure Centre Outreach Programme
Magna Science Adventure Centre runs an outreach programme for its 'Kitchen Sink Show', which takes children on a journey around the kitchen and opens up a world of science fun. The show aims to motivate pupils to have a go, puzzle over problems and think through answers.

Animal Shows

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Barn Owl Bill
Carries out display work with a variety of birds of prey, providing education on adaptation, habitats and conservation.

Everything Dinosaur
Everything Dinosaur offers a range of dinosaur themed teaching activites and outreach visits. Everything Dinosaur supply prehistoric animal themed teaching materials and advice in support of national curriculum criteria.

Knowsley Safari Park Outreach Programme
Knowsley Safari Park offer an outreach service called 'safari at school.' Topics include: It's a bugs life, virtual safari, adaptations and extinction and conservation.

Little Zoo to You
The Little ‘rescue’ zoo that comes to you. Little Zoo offers national curriculum based animal handling workshops, for any age. Gain hands on experience with their exciting range of animals, bringing the outside world inside.

Rainforest Roadshow
The Rainforest Roadshow aim to share the magic and encourage a greater understanding of the rainforest ecosystem. Includes presentations and workshops incorporating a range of artefacts and animals.

The Bug Box
The Bug Box is an imaginative and creative way to learn about the amazing world of insects and tropical creatures. Everything from camouflage to adaptation can be experienced through a hands-on approach.

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