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Find out more about the science and technology in the Earth Pavilion and explore fun Earth related activities you can do at home or school.


Fun fact: Chameleons change colours by rearranging a lattice of nanocrystals in one of the top layers of their skin. These cells contain tiny crystals made from guanine, one of the building blocks of DNA.

Observe crystals growing before your very eyes- click HERE:


Fun fact: Lava can reach up to 1200ºC when it comes to the surface. Molten steel is around 1600ºC, so the men that worked at Templeborough Steel Works would be next to something hotter than lava.

Erupt your own volcano – click HERE:


Fun Fact: The largest excavator weighs 1,000 tonnes. (That’s about 250 hippos!)
The bucket of this digger could hold the equivalent of 688 baths.

Create a movable paper digger- click HERE:

Mini Beast

Fun fact: Minibeasts are invertebrates – (creatures without backbones). Examples of minibeasts are: insects, spiders, beetles, snails, worms, centipedes… The list goes on. In fact, there are about 25,000 different types of invertebrate living in the UK.

Safely collect mini beasts in your own pooter- click HERE:

If you want to learn more about Earth- here are some links to our favourite resources:

The Earth’s structure and plate tectonics – Plate margins and plate tectonics – AQA – GCSE Geography Revision – AQA – BBC Bitesize

Soil Is Alive! | SciShow Kids – YouTube

What is a rock? – BBC Bitesize

Why is soil important? – KS2 – The Regenerators – BBC Bitesize

Rocky’s Rock Cycle games | The Learning Zone (

What are minibeasts? – BBC Bitesize