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 for school groups visiting the centre. To help you identify relevant sessions for your learners, we have arranged them by Curriculum for Excellence on the tabs above

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

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

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

 

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.

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

 

Little Stargazers

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

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

 

Workshops and shows for learners at first level


Destination Space! (1st Level)

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

This session has a maximum capacity of 30 children.

 

Exploring our Solar System (1st Level)

Join us for a tour through the Solar System, highlighting the scale of the planets, and discussing current observations and explorations beyond the Earth.

This session has a maximum capacity of 30 children per session.

 

How to make the Perfect Poo!

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

This session is recommended for P3 and up,and has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Healthy Body Bits!

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

This session has a maximum capacity of 33 children per session.

 

How to be a scientist!

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

This session has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Exploring our Solar System

Join us for a tour through the Solar System, highlighting the scale of the planets, and discussing current observations and explorations beyond the Earth.

This session has a maximum capacity of 30 children per session.

 

Workshops and shows for learners at second level


Destination Space (2nd Level)

Space travel is a risky business. Learn the science behind the dangers of space travel, and experiment with the engineering solutions that keep astronauts safe and healthy.

This session has a maximum capacity of 20 children per session.

 

Exploring our Solar System(2nd Level)

Join us for a tour through the Solar System, highlighting the scale of the planets, and discussing current observations and explorations beyond the Earth.

This session has a maximum capacity of 33 children per session.

 

How to make the Perfect Poo!

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

This session has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Healthy Body Bits!

With the help of Stuffee, our giant ragdoll with removable organs, learners explore body systems and how to keep them healthy.

This session has a maximum capacity of 33 children per session.

 

Forensic Fingerprints!

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

This session has a maximum capacity of 24 children per session.

 

Animal Chatter!

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

This session has a maximum capacity of 33 children.

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


Electromagnetic Spectrum!

Investigate the properties and real-world applications of visible and invisible EM radiation. Learners explore physics with practicals, including using an IR camera, UV fluorescent materials, lasers, and spectroscopes.

This session has a maximum capacity of 20.

 

Chemistry is everywhere!

Learners wull delve into the science behind chemical reactions, taking part in several activities to examine how reactions can be changed.

This session 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.