Learning

Learning in the broad general education

Learning for the broad general education from early to fourth level at Dundee Science Centre.

These pages list the workshops and shows available throughout the year for school groups visiting the centre. Our newest workshop is Destination Space, available at Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and Senior phase. To help you identify relevant sessions for your learners, we have arranged them by Curriculum for Excellence level.  Once you have selected which session you would like to book, contact the STEM Learning Team on 01382 868609 to find a suitable date and book your visit.  There are more details on how to book your visit at the end of this section.

All schools and nurseries in Scotland benefit from our special educational rate of £4 per learner (unless specified) and one free-of-charge adult for every eight children (or one adult free for every two children for nursery groups).

To help with you planning, we’ve arranged our workshop information by Curriculum for Excellence level.  All of our sessions support Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes, and development of the attributes and capabilities of confident individuals, effective contributors, responsible citizens and successful learners.

The maximum visit length is three hours, and this will include your chosen session, the opportunity to explore our hands-on science exhibitions and 30 minutes for lunch (if required).  This also includes time to explore our gift shop, with its fantastic range of science-themed goodies.  To make sure you get the most out of your time with us, we also offer a Goody Bag service, where we put together pre-ordered bags of items from our gift shop for you to take away.  Prices for these represent a saving on on-the-day prices.  Options are £3, £4, £5 and all options come with a pencil and a pen, amongst other goodies!

Workshops and shows for learners at early level


 

Healthy Body Bits

An exploration of what is inside us, the ways in which we are all the same and what we need to do to be healthy. Meet Stuffee, our giant rag doll, who is more than happy for children to operate on him and find out what organs he has.

Recommended for learners in early level and early years groups.

This session lasts 25 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 20 children and adults per session.

 

Recipe for Science!

Your little scientists will use their senses to develop their curiosity about the world around them, through engaging hands-on science. How do we encourage creative thinking around science in our young learners? Children will have the opportunity to explore through play, making observations, questioning, and making predictions. Imagination and natural curiosity will be stimulated to help children develop reasoning skills essential for all little scientists!

Recommended for early level and early years groups.

This session lasts 25 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 20 children and adults per session.

 

Little Noises!

Bang, shake, rattle and roll. How many different ways can we make sound? Looking at how to make sound, we explore how sound is used by people from talking to each other to alarms, and think about how to protect ourselves from sounds that are too loud.

Recommended for early level and early years groups.

This session lasts 25 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 20 children and adults per session.

 

Little Stargazers

Building on what they know about the night sky, your little stargazers will learn about what they can expect to see in the sky tonight and throughout the year, and be introduced to star myths.

Recommended for early level and early years groups.

This session lasts 20 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 20 children and adults per session.

 

Workshops and shows for learners at first level


Destination Space! (1st Level)

We've been invited to the ISS! We'll need to get some expert help to prepare for travelling to and living in space.

We'll launch a rocket and dock with the International Space Station, then we can experience life in orbit through a series of challenges. But a sudden emergency requires us to test and select materials and equipment to get us out of the Space Station to fix the problem.

Once repaired, the group take in the view of Earth before find a way safely to return to the ground.

 

Exploring our Universe (1st Level)

Choose from our range of astronomy workshops, including: The Earth, Moon and Sun, their movements and effect on each other; A journey through our Solar System with our Magic Planet display; Or from January 2016, our new First Level 'Astronaut' workshop from the UK Space Agency!

Recommended for learners in first level.

This session lasts 30 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 33 children per session.

 

How to make the Perfect Poo!

This hands-on session follows the passage of food through the human digestive system, providing a very visual and tactile exploration of digestion. With a focus on how we can keep our digestive systems healthy, there's plenty of the 'yuck' factor to engage every learner - sticky, fun, and educational!

Recommended for learners in first level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Healthy Body Bits!

An exploration of what is inside us, the ways in which we are all the same and what we need to do to be healthy. Meet Stuffee, our giant rag doll, who is more than happy for children to operate on him and find out what organs he has!

Recommended for learners in first level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 33 children per session.

 

How to be a scientist!

Learners will use their senses to develop their curiosity about the world around them, through engaging hands-on science. From objects that buzz to reactions that fizz, there is plenty to get excited about. How do we encourage creative thinking around science in learners? Children will have the opportunity to make hands-on science observations, questioning, and making predictions. Imagination and natural curiosity will be stimulated to help children develop reasoning skills essential for scientists of all ages.

Recommended for learners in first level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session

 

Sounds like fun!

Learners will explore the nature of sound in this hands-on workshop. Bang, shake, strum and blow to make a range of noises and discover what creates sound.

Recommended for learners in first level.

This session lasts 30 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Workshops and shows for learners at second level


Destination Space (2nd Level)

With Tim's mission to the ISS, we are looking to recruit and train the next generation of space scientists.

This workshop focuses on some of the key skills needed to be not only an astronaut, but a scientist or engineer working in the space industry.

After a brief bit of training and a demonstration and explanation of how astronauts get off the ground, the simulated mission activities begin.

 

Circuits!

Learners explore circuitry and complex components by soldering their own series circuits to make a flashing face to take home with them!

Recommended for learners in second level, in P6 or above.

This session lasts 90 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 16 children per session. There is an additional charge of £2.50 per child to cover the cost of the circuit.

 

Robolab!

Discover and explore control technology by programming a Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 robot buggy through various challenges. Learners will get to grips with the technology before taking on the final challenge.

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts 60 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 21 children per session.

 

Exploring our Universe (2nd Level)

Join us for a journey with our Magic Planet as we explore some of the planets and moons of our solar system, and leave with a better understanding of size and scale in space.

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 33 children per session.

 

I am unique!

Cutting edge, world-leading research into DNA and genetics is happening right here in Dundee. Find out what's happening in this fascinating and exciting area of science, and get hands-on with DNA extraction. Learners create a unique necklace, containing their very own extracted DNA, to take home with them!

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts around 60 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session. This session is accompanied by our I am unique! mini loan box which you can borrow to continue with learning in your classroom. Introduce your inspired scientists to Dundee's most inspiring scientists and explore more about DNA, its structure and why it matters!

 

Materials matter!

A spectacular show of experiments, investigating many different materials, to discover how scientists use chemistry to develop and create new, and perhaps more effective, materials.

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

How to make the Perfect Poo!

The digestive system is one of our very important body systems. How does it work? What happens when it goes wrong? And how do we keep it healthy? No exploration of our digestive system would be complete without the recipe for perfect poo - sticky, yucky and very important!

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Rocketry force!

What does it take to get into space? What’s it got to do with Isaac Newton? Join us for our space race and rocket launch.

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session. Please note that this workshop does include an outdoor launch, so please be prepared for going outside. Follow up the visit by borrowing one of our rocket launhers to make your own rockets back in the classroom. Limited availability, ask at time of booking.

 

Healthy Body Bits!

An exploration of what is inside us, the ways in which we are all the same and what we need to do to be healthy. Meet Stuffee, our giant rag doll, who is more than happy for children to operate on him and find out what organs he has!

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 33 children per session.

 

Fingerprints!

How do our fingerprints differ? How are they used to solve crimes? Find out the answer to these questions with our hands-on fingerprints workshop

Recommended for learners in second level

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Animal Chatter!

How do bats, dolphins, deer and moles hear? Can anyone in space hear you scream? Through hands-on experiments, learners will discover how sound can travel through different mediums.

Recommended for learners in second level.

This session lasts 45 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 33 children.

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


Destination Space (3rd, 4th)

With Tim's mission to the ISS, we are looking to recruit and train the next generation of space scientists. This workshop focuses on some of the key skills needed to be not only an astronaut, but a scientist or engineer working in the space industry.

After a brief bit of training and a demonstration and explanation of how astronauts get off the ground, the simulated mission activities begin. Through problem solving and experiments, students get the chance to use their communiaction, mathematical, English, science and team-working skills to control a robot arm and design a circuit system for the ISS and investigate the best materials to solve a carbon dioxide emergency on board.

 

Beyond the visible: electromagnetic spectrum!

What's beyond the light we can see?

In this workshop, learners participate in investigative activities around visible and invisible electromagnetic radiation, making use of the hand-held infrared camera, laser optics kits, spectroscopes and ultraviolet sources and developing their understanding of the properties of electromagnetic radiation, including visible light. How can we make use of visible and invisible light, and what difference does it make to us?

This session lasts 75 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 20.

 

Robolab!

Discover and explore control technology by programming a Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 robot buggy through various challenges. The robot buggy is programmed with icon-led Robolab software, and learners will get to grips with the technology before taking on the final challenge.

Recommended for learners in third level.

This session lasts 60 minutes and has a maximum capacity of 24.

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 1000-1700 (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.