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As well as hands-on exhibits, multimedia shows, the adventure playground and shop, Magna has a programme of additional workshops, which you can book to enrich your visit. To book any of Magna's workshops please call 01709 723116.

‘I brought my 6-year-old to Magna yesterday after he told me he didn't like science. A little apprehensive of the dark but within minutes all I could hear was 'awesome, this is awesome!' Then - the Kitchen Sink show ......absolutely fabulous!  Engaging and relates to all ages.  My son wants to go again!  As we got back in the car, I said to my son 'do you know where you've just been?   A science lesson!'  To which, he replied 'really?  I like science now!'

Thank you so much and please pass on my thanks to Dave - brilliant!’ Helen, Doncaster.

ActivitySuitability
KS1KS2KS3
Kitchen Sink Show
Slimy Stuff
Night and Day
Rockets and Balloons
Dinosaur Detective
Big Circuits
Cleaning Up
Juicy Fruit
Living Steel
Magnets
Solids, Liquids and Gases
Sound
Stars and Planets
Volcanoes and Rocks
Who Shot?
Genes in a Bottle
Hot Air Balloon Challenge
Water Rocket Challenge

Kitchen Sink Show

The Kitchen Sink Show takes children on a journey around the kitchen and opens up a world of science fun. It's a curious, messy, slimy world full of the materials and objects of everyday life.

The show aims to motivate pupils to have a go, puzzle over problems and think through answers. Plenty of interaction engages them with ideas for science, at home or at school.

Many of our experiments use everyday materials, which are inexpensive, familiar to the pupils and might otherwise end up in the rubbish bin.

You'll find lots of ideas to enhance science lessons, science clubs and investigative work. The delivery and show content is varied to suit the age range of the audience. The Kitchen Sink Show supports a range of science topics in the National Curriculum around forces and materials and targets KS1 and KS2.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Slimy Stuff

Making slime is a great way for children to explore early learning about materials and how they can be changed.

It's also got plenty of ideas for you to take away and try out in class.

Suitable for KS1 it supports learning about materials and links to NC science work on Materials and their Properties.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Rockets and Balloons

Learn about the history of hot air balloons, how they work and witness our mini-hot air balloon in action! Find out what makes a rocket move and investigate making one from everyday materials.

Why not build the activities into your science club?

Suitable for KS1, KS2, it supports learning about forces and materials and links to NC science work on Physical Processes.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Stars and Planets

Take a tour of the night sky and explore the planets of our Solar System, before investigating the forces that hold the stars and planets in place and then making a bang with some rocket fuel!

Our star tour uses Stellarium planetarium software and is perfect for inspiring the interest of your class in the Earth and beyond.

Suitable for KS2, it supports learning about forces and links to NC science work on the Earth and Beyond.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Night and Day

Discover why we have night and day while searching for summer and winter constellations. Decide what to pack for a trip to meet the planets of our solar system, and learn how the rockets that take us there work!

Our tour uses Stellarium planetarium software and is perfect for inspiring the interest of your class in the Earth and beyond.

Suitable for KS1, it supports learning about seasonal changes and forces.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Dinosaur Detective

Dig for fossils at our prehistoric crime scene and follow the footprints to discover which dinosaur was the culprit! Handle genuine fossils in the sorting challenge! KS1 pupils will use their sense of smell to guide a herd of dinosaurs to safety while KS2 pupils get a chance to build the strongest dinosaur they can!

This workshop is suitable for KS1 and can be adapted to KS2. It supports learning about scientific enquiry, and links to NC science work on Rocks, Living Things & their habitats, and Animals.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Big Circuits

We've always been fans of electricity, and now pupils can enjoy the challenge of making a big circuit from all kinds of materials... Bella's off to a party, but how can she get her clothes dry in a hurry?

Big Circuits is suitable for KS1 or KS2 and links to NC science work on Physical Processes.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Solids, Liquids and Gases

Things get interesting when you start to mix them up. We look at some strange materials, make paint the old fashioned way and unlock the secrets of mentos and pop.  

Suitable for KS2, it supports learning about materials and links to NC science work on Materials and their Properties.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Cleaning Up

How does water get cleaned up before it reaches our tap? What happens to it when we flush it away? Cleaning up aims to get pupils exploring the science behind water treatment.

Suitable for KS2, it supports learning about materials and links to NC science work on Life Processes and Living Things, and Materials and their Properties.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Juicy Fruit

What is shared by all life on Earth?...DNA. Using simple separating techniques pupils 'bash, burst and pickle' a kiwi fruit to extract its DNA. They also look at how DNA sequences vary between animals by making a DNA bracelet.

Suitable for Y5/6 or KS2 G&T groups, it supports learning about life processes, humans and other organisms and links to NC science work on Life Processes and Living Things.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Volcanoes and Rocks

Explore how volcanoes lay down rock layers and learn to identify some common types of rock. Pupils use modelling clay to track the classic vinegar and baking soda 'eruption', take a core sample through their model volcano and then test some real rock samples.

Suitable for Y3/4 groups, it links to NC science work on Materials and their Properties.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Living Steel

Explore our history and see how the Templeborough steelworks has changed over the years. Find out about forging, casting and the vital role steel plays in today's world.

Suitable for KS2, it supports NC history - a local history study.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Magnets

Sort through some scrap materials, find out about the history of magnetism, play at being a magnetic pole, attract and repel with some simple toys, marvel at a spinning heart, and see just how strong those mini-mighty-magnets can be.

Suitable for KS2, it supports NC science work on magnetism.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Sound

Name that sound, take a look at vibrations, experience an oven rack like you've never heard it before, then investigate loudness and pitch with squawky cups, even squawkier buckets and a "whack tube" or two.

Suitable for KS2, it supports NC science work on sound.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Who Shot?

Turn detective, study the crime scene, gather the evidence and figure out who shot...This workshop introduces pupils to some simple forensic science techniques such as chromatography, blood spatter patterns and fingerprints.

It supports learning about scientific enquiry and thinking skills at KS2 and KS3. The content is varied to suit the age range of the audience.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Genes in a Bottle

Whether it is being cloned, sequenced, fingerprinted, mapped, or genetically engineered, DNA has become an everyday topic in the media and the classroom. Introduce your students to the molecular framework of biology - with their own DNA!

Your students will extract genomic DNA from their own cheek cells and watch it precipitate from solution as floating white strands. The DNA strands are then easily collected and transferred to a small vial, which is then fashioned into a necklace!

Suitable for KS3.

Price £2.10 (inc VAT) or £1.75 (ex VAT) per pupil

Hot Air Balloon Challenge

Take a look at forces in action with hot air balloons. Design and build your own model and then test them against the other teams'. Which will stay up longest? Which will return to earth safely?

Suitable for KS3 it supports learning about how forces affect the motion of objects.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

Water Rocket Challenge

Explore the forces that drive rockets. Design your own, think about thrust, air resistance and balance, find out which rocket has the greatest range?

Suitable for KS3 it supports learning about how forces affect the motion of objects.

Price £1.50 (inc VAT) or £1.25 (ex VAT) per pupil.

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