University of Bath

Science Workshops in school

Science workshops which schools can book and run in their school for their Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 students

Slime for your Key Stage 2 students

This workshops starting with an investigation of plastic and to discover its properties and composition.

The composition of slime is demonstrated in an interactive session where students act as polymer chains. Wearing lab coats and glasses students are shown how to make slime and conduct an experiment resulting in the creation of their own slime. The physical properties are then explored and discussed as a group.

The final experiment tests whether slime dissolves in different substances, through this students discover more about slime’s chemical properties.

DNA extraction for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 students

The workshop starts by investigating what makes us unique and how we differ from each another.

The students are guided through a practical where they extract their own DNA from their cheek cells. Throughout the practical students learn experimental techniques and discover more about the structure of DNA and how it is stored in the body. Students get the chance to make their own DNA models out of sweets using base pairing rules with the opportunity to win prizes.

At the end of the session, students take home their own unique necklace containing their DNA.

Bridge Building for Key Stages 2 and 3 students

This workshop begins with a group discussion about the different types of engineering and the qualities of an engineer.

Students get the opportunity to be civil engineers as they work in teams to design and build bridges out of paper girders. Their task is to build a bridge across a gap set by the presenter (usually two chairs at the front of the classroom).

The level of challenge is adapted depending on the age of the students.

The teams then compete against each other to build the strongest bridge. At the end of the session, the bridges are tested with weights and the team whose bridge holds the most weight wins a prize.

Finally, the students discuss why some bridges were stronger than others based on the shapes used for construction.