Science Club

Science Club at the Visitor Centre is back for summer 2022!

Over six weeks, we will be covering a range of subjects and experiments and young scientists can join the club and carry out experiments relating to a new subject every week:

Science of archaeology – 19th July
We will be using our Dig Pits in the Centre’s courtyard to excavate replica finds and then identify and illustrate the finds. There are also layer cups to make, using a range of different pulses, grains and flours to build up layers in clear plastic cups to show stratification.

Science of energy – 26th July
Using citrus fruits, we will be making a battery to power a light blub. The Mentos Challenge will also take place outdoors where our young scientists will experiment to see who can get the tallest soda explosion.

Science of forces – 2nd August
Testing and making different paper planes, making simple rockets out of paper cone shapes, to then launch with empty pop bottles. We’ll also be making catapults to launch pom poms and parachutes to (hopefully) safely land an egg.

Science of DNA – 9th August
It’s all about DNA in week four, with DNA bracelets made from beads, DNA dominoes and a gummy bear helix – the team will create a double helix using gummy bears, strawberry laces and cocktail sticks! The final experiment in DNA week is where we will extract DNA from bananas.

Science of forensics – 16th August
We will be taking a very close look at our finger prints with our fingerprinting activity. The team will also turn CSI by investigating a crime, which will involve looking at clues to find the culprit…

Science of food – 23rd August
Our final week will see the scientists make simple soda bread and learn how yeast works.

Further information and how to book 
Each Science Club session lasts two hours. We will be running two sessions each Tuesday, one at 10am – 12 noon, and then the same session repeated in the afternoon from 1pm – 3pm.

Science Club is most suited to children aged between 7 – 11 years old.

The price for each session is £10 per child; if you book all six weeks at the same time, the last week is free!

The price includes mid-session refreshments of squash and a snack. There are 10 spaces available at each two hour session.

The sessions are drop off and there is no need for parents/guardians to stay. Science Club is run by the Visitor Centre’s Learning & Interpretation Manager and a PhD intern, both of whom are DBS checked.

Science Club activities will take place mainly in the King’s Suite at the Visitor Centre but may also include other spaces within the Centre.

For more information and to book places for Science Club 2022 contact our Science Club team via email or call 0116 229 4132 (office hours).