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KS2 Workshops


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Through practical hands-on experiments and demonstrations children will learn about different weather types, how they are formed and forecast. 


Recommended: Years 3 - 6

Curriculum links: weather, working scientifically 



It IS Rocket Science

It IS Rocket ScienceIn this live, exciting and explosive show, explore the history of rockets - from the colourful fireworks of ancient times, to the mighty space exploring rockets of today. Join us as we investigate the fiery power of rocket fuel, the explosive nature of forces and much more.

Recommended: Years (3)/4 - 11 (please ask for the suitability of year 3)
Note: This is a live interactive science show and has a charge of £75.00 per show  (subject to availability)

Mars Lander

This creative workshop will put student's engineering and design skills to the test as they build a parachute for a Martian probe. After learning about Martian probes the students will work in small teams to manage resources, design and build a new novel parachute. Their creation will then be put to the test, as each teams Egg-onaut plummets from the roof, hoping to survive.

Note: Unfortunately this workshop is not avalable as outreach

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Space Rock Investigation

Working scientifically students will observe, classify and test a variety of space rock samples to search for evidence of life on another planet. Collaborating in small teams using pH, density and organic testing students will find out more about Mars with our analogue Martian rocks.

Note: Unfortunately this is not available as an outreach programme.


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NXT – Martian Rover Explorer

NXTThis is an interactive workshop using Maths, Computing and problem solving skills to program the LEGO NXT rovers to complete challenges on Martian terrain mats. Using coordinates, angles and measurements your students must program their rovers to destroy the alien, remove boulders from the transportation area, return the NASA rover to its charging point and then make it to the digging site. However, there is a dust storm approaching so the rovers must be quick to complete their mission.

Note: Unfortunately this workshop is not avalable as outreach. Please be aware this is workshop is 1.5 hours long 

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Life in Space

Are you Suited for Space

This is an exciting, informative workshop whereby students can find out what it is like to be an Astronaut living and working on the International Space Station. We explain the dangers of carrying out an EVA (spacewalk) and why the different layers of the Space suit are necessary to protect the Astronaut.

Explore topics like why losing pressure in a space suit could be life-threatening and see the devastating effects of increasing kinetic energy.

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NXT Mars Rover Challenge

MarsYardHave your class always wanted to be robotics engineers, programming a rover to complete challenges across the surface of Mars? Well now you have the chance to bring your class here to the National Space Centre to do just that, by taking part in the National Space Centre’s interactive Mars workshop.

Working in small groups your children will find out more about Mars rover missions, how to programme one of our LEGO NXT robots and then compete in some Mars challenges.

Note: Unfortunately this workshop is not available as outreach.

Read more: NXT Mars Rover Challenge

Earth, Moon and Sun

Earth Moon and Sun

This workshop is split into 3 main parts to discover the relationship between the objects we see in the sky. Each of the parts covers each of the objects through practical demonstration and space quiz. Students can then construct their own moon wheel, showing each of the moon phases, which they can take home.


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The Great Rocket Challenge

Rocket makingWorking to a budget, students must work together to design, construct and launch their rocket to 'land' on the Moon. Their craft must be designed based on strict criteria and materials purchased on a budget. Which team will win the race?

Working in teams of 3 to 6, they compete to see who can build the best, and most successful, rocket which goes to the Moon.


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RocketsBy designing and launching air powered rockets children are taught how different forces work and in particular Newton’s third law. Using action and reaction children can see why rockets take off. Students design, make and launch their very own rocket which they will be able to take home with them.


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Celebrating BepiColombo

Scouting and Guiding:

Fantastic packages for Scouting and Guiding Groups.

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Space Missions:

Blast off on one of our specatacular space missions!

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