School & Nursery Visits

Visit us - Bring your class to Dundee Science Centre

Inspire your learners with a trip to Dundee Science Centre to engage with STEM in a different setting and support learning with our curriculum-linked activities. For a full list of available workshops, please select the curriculum level of your group from the tabs above!

 

What's included in a class visit?

Group visits for Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools can last up to three hours and include a workshop, time for a packed lunch, and time to explore the exhibition. Our opening times are 10:00 – 17:00 unless otherwise stated. Admission costs £4.50 per pupil, with teachers and carers admitted free of charge. Lunch bags can be prepared, if required, at a cost of £3 per pupil. During class visits, pupils can also explore our gift shop with its fantastic range of science-themed products. Alternatively, goodie bags can be ordered at the time of booking, starting from £3.

 

Funding

The Scottish Government provides some travel subsidies for schools in areas high on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) or in rural areas. The Edina Trust also fund admissions for Fife, Angus and Perth & Kinross schools high on the SIMD. We are extremely grateful for this support which makes Dundee Science Centre accessible to a growing number of pupils each year.

 

Before your visit

All teachers are encouraged to come for a free familiarisation visit ahead of their school trip, to see what is available and plan their pupils’ learning. Please book in advance to qualify for free entry.

 

During your visit

Our team will welcome you and explain what to expect during your visit. Pupils are required to be supervised throughout the visit by a responsible adult.

 

After your visit

We really value your opinions, so every teacher is asked to return a feedback form, and please tweet any photos @DundeeSTEMLearn

 

August/September Medical Science Celebration

To celebrate the opening of our new upstairs exhibition, “Medical Marvels”, we will be kicking off this year’s learning programme with two months of medical science themed workshops. Between August 13th and September 28th, we will be giving your class the chance to get hands-on with our newly developed workshops: Red, white and immune (differentiated for first, second and third level audiences); Medical detectives (differentiated for first, second and third level audiences) and The Cutting Edge (suitable for P6 and up).

Don’t worry if you’ve got your head in the clouds, though – we’re also celebrating the UK space agency’s decision to build a space port in the Scottish Highlands by offering Destination Space workshops for first, second and third levels (including newly developed workshops for second and third level students).

For more details about these workshops, please take a look at the workshop listings information on the following tabs. Workshops available in August and September are as follows:

  • Red, White & Immune (First, Second & Third levels)
  • Medical Detectives (First, Second & Third levels)
  • The Cutting Edge (Second & Third levels)
  • Destination Space (First, Second & Third levels)

Workshops and shows for learners at early level


Healthy Body Bits

With the help of our giant ragdoll, Stuffee, we find out about our major organs and what they do.   

HWB – Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing

Little Noises

Different games and activities – some noisy, some quiet – encourage all to think about what sound is and why it is important to us. 

SCN 0-11a – Forces, electricity and waves

Little Stargazers

What can you see in the sky tonight? Your little stargazers learn about the night sky and enjoy star myth storytime.

SCN 0-06a – Planet earth

Recipe for Science

Your little scientists can test different materials to identify the correct ingredients to cause a chemical volcanic eruption

SCN 0-15a – Materials

 

Workshops and shows for learners at first level


Destination Space (First Level)

Learn all about living in space and Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station.

SCN 1-07a – Forces, electricity and waves; SCN 1-15a – Materials

Healthy Body Bits

With the help of Stuffee – a giant ragdoll with removable organs – learners will explore our major organs, what they do and how to keep them healthy.

HWB – Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing; SCN 1-12a – Biological systems

Sounds Like Fun!

What is sound, and how do we use it? Learners make a lot of noise in this introduction to the science of sound.

SCN 1-11a – Forces, electricity and waves; SCN 1-12b – Biological systems; EXA 1-17a - Music

How to be a Scientist

Learners get to be scientists, using their senses and observational skills to investigate some simple Chemistry experiments.

SCN 1-15a – Materials

Medical Detectives (First Level) NEW

Become a doctor for the day and help to spot and treat diseases in this hands-on workshop which outlines the importance of early diagnosis.

SCN 1-13a – Biological systems; SCN 1-12a – Biological systems; TCH 1-01c – Technological developments in society

Red, White & Immune (First Level) NEW

Take a closer look at what makes up your blood, including how our red blood cells shuttle oxygen around; how our platelets help us to heal and how our white blood cells help fight pesky pathogens.

SCN 1-13a – Biological systems; SCN 1-12a – Biological systems

How to Make the Perfect Poo

Learners guide a typical breakfast through the stages of the human digestive system. This hands-on activity is messy and memorable.

SCN 1-12a – Biological systems

Workshops and shows for learners at second level


Forensic Fingerprints

This hands-on workshop will have learners trying out different Forensic Science techniques while inspecting their own fingerprints. 

SCN 2-17a – Planet Earth; SCN 2-16a – Materials

Sounds Like Science!

Different demos show how sound travels, while learners discover how animals such as dolphins, moles and elephants use sound to their advantage.

SCN 2-04a – Planet earth; SCN 2-11a – Forces, electricity and waves

Destination Space (Second Level) NEW

Flash-bang demos and hands-on practicals help students find out about the UK’s involvement in space exploration, from the upcoming ExoMars rover to Scottish spaceports and new space telescopes!

SCN 2-07a – Forces, electricity and waves; SCN 2-16a

The Cutting Edge (Second Level; Suitable for P6/7) NEW

Take part in a practical dissection of sheep lungs, finding out what each part of the respiratory system does, and how some illnesses affect its function (Additional charge of £1.50 per pupil applies for resources)

SCN 2-12a – Biological systems

Medical Detectives (Second Level) NEW

Find out how doctors go through the challenging process of disease diagnosis, learning the importance of early detection.

SCN 2-12a -Biological systems; SCN 2-20a – Topical science

Red, White & Immune (Second Level) NEW

Find out about the important range of jobs your blood does in your body and take a closer look at blood cells under the microscope.

SCN 2-12a – Biological systems; SCN 2-20a Topical science

How to Make the Perfect Poo

Learners guide a typical breakfast through the stages of the human digestive system. This hands-on activity is messy and memorable.

SCN 2-12a – Biological systems

I am Unique

Learners extract their own DNA from cheek cells, and find out what’s happening in the field of genetics.

 SCN 2-14b – Biological systems

Lights, Camera, Reaction

This Chemistry demo-show delves into the spectacular science of ordinary and extraordinary chemical reactions!

SCN 2-15a – Materials; SCN 2-16b – Materials; SCN 2-19a – Materials

Workshops and shows for learners at third, fourth, and senior phase levels


Robolab

Learn about robots, programming and teamwork, by programming LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 rovers through various challenges.

TCH 3-01a, TCH 3-02a – Technological developments in society

The Cutting Edge (Third Level) NEW

Take part in a practical dissection of sheep lungs, finding out what each part of the respiratory system does, and how some illnesses affect its function (Additional charge of £1.50 per pupil applies for resources)

SCN 3-12a – Biological Systems

Medical Detectives (Third Level) NEW

Find out how doctors go through the challenging process of disease diagnosis, learning the importance of early detection while making microscope slides of your own cells.

SCN 3-12a – Biological Systems; SCN 3-12b – Biological Systems

Red, White & Immune (Third Level) NEW

Find out about the important range of jobs your blood does in your body and take a closer look at blood cells under the microscope

SCN 3-12a – Biological Systems; SCN 3-13a – Biological Systems; SCN 3-13c – Biological Systems

Lights, Camera, Reaction (Third Level)

This Chemistry demo-show delves into the spectacular science of ordinary and extraordinary chemical reactions, focusing in particular on how rates of reaction can be increased and decreased.

SCN 3-05a – Planet earth; SCN 3-15b – Materials; SCN 3-19a - Materials

Destination Space (Third Level) NEW

Hands-on experiments and dramatic demonstrations will explore the science and technology behind some of the latest developments in space exploration, including the James Webb Space Telescope.

SCN 3-06a – Life in the universe; SCN 3-11b – Radiation beyond the visible; SCN 3-20a Scottish Scientists; SCN 4-06a – Knowledge of the Universe; SCN 4-11b – Electromagnetic spectrum; SCN 4-16a – Novel materials

 

How to book a visit to Dundee Science Centre


Once you have identified which session you would like to book, please call the office on 01382 868609. We are also happy to discuss the workshops and your needs in further detail. We will need the following information:

 

  • The name and level of the session you wish to book
  • A selection of dates which you would like to book for
  • An idea of your time of arrival and departure. We are open from 10:00-17:00 (unless otherwise stated) and a visit can last a maximum of three hours
  • The number of children and adults you wish bring
  • If you will require lunch space
  • If you would like to be invoiced or pay-on-day

 

Please note, we do not allow time or space for snacks. If you feel your learners will require a snack, please plan this into your day for prior to your arrival so it does not impact upon your visit.

Some schools qualify for assistance with transport costs; this is funded by the Scottish Government. We will check if your school qualifies at the time of booking, or you can call to check if you qualify whilst you are planning your trip. This scheme is only available whilst funds last.

Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmation letter from us. Please check that the details are correct. On arrival at the centre on the day of your visit, we request that a teacher comes in first to process paperwork and be briefed on the running of the day, and we will then invite the children in for a welcome. Timetables for your visit will be issued on arrival; we are not able to provide timings ahead of your arrival.

If you would like to book Goody Bags, please let us know how many of each you require at the time of booking. These can be invoiced with the costs of admission, or paid on the day with a separate cheque.