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!
Dundee Science Festival Schools Programme
Dundee Science Festival Schools Programme runs 28 October to 8 November 2019. This year, Primary classes have the choice between Space and Medical-themed workshops! Funded secondary outreach visits are also available for our popular Destination Space Third Level workshop to qualifying schools.
More information about Dundee Science Festival coming soon!
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 £4.75 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.
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
Workshops and shows for learners at Early Level (recommended for Nursery groups)
Healthy Body Bits (Early Years)
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
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
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 (recommended for P1-P3)
Exploring our Solar System
Learn about the Earth's place in our Solar System and find out what else is out there, highlighting the scale of the planets. SCN 1-06a – Planet Earth
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
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
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
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
Red, White & Immune
Find out about the important range of jobs your blood does in your body. 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 (recommended for P4-P7)
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. SCN 2-06a – Planet Earth
Can life exist on Mars? What does life need to exist? How will we look for life on Mars? This workshop gives students a hands-on experience testing ‘Martian’ soil samples for possibilities of life. SCN 2-07a – Forces, electricity and waves; SCN 2-16a - Materials
After an introduction to Rocket Science (which also challenges common misconceptions about gravity) learners will engineer and launch paper rockets to put their new knowledge to the test. SCN 2-07a – Forces, electricity and waves
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
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
This hands-on workshop will have learners trying out different Forensic Science techniques while inspecting their own fingerprints. SCN 2-20a – Topical science; SCN 2-14b – Inheritance
Healthy Body Bits (P4 or P5)
With the help of our giant ragdoll, Stuffee, and other exciting hands-on activities, learners explore body systems and how to keep them healthy. (Suitable for P4 and P5). SCN 2-12a – Biological systems
Red, White & Immune
Find out about the important range of jobs your blood does in your body, and how the different cells keep you healthy. 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
The Cutting Edge (P6/7 only)
Take part in a practical dissection of lamb lungs, finding out what each part of the respiratory system does, and how some illnesses affect its function (Additional charge applies for resources). SCN 2-12a – Biological systems
Workshops and shows for learners at Third/Fourth Levels
Destination Space (Third/Fourth Level)
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
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
Robolab (Third Level)
Learn about robots, programming and teamwork, by programming LEGO Mindstorms NXT2.0 rovers through various challenges. TCH 3-01a, TCH 3-02a – Technological developments in society
Medical Detectives (Third Level)
A range of hands-on activities, which can be tailored to different classes and curricula, explore the various role and procedures that go on in medical diagnosis, including early screening and microscopy practicals. SCN 3-12a – Biological Systems; SCN 3-12b – Biological Systems
The Cutting Edge (Third Level)
Take part in a practical dissection of lamb lungs, finding out what each part of the respiratory system does, how some illnesses affect its function and how new technologies can help with diagnosis and therapy. SCN 3-12a – Biological Systems
Bringing Science to You!
If you cannot visit Dundee Science Centre, we can come to you! Many of our workshops can be run at your school – with prices based on distance and workshop choice. We can tailor sessions to accommodate multiple classes in a day. Please get in touch with our team to find out more about what we can offer and for a quote for potential costs.
Some schools may qualify for funding! Get in touch to find out if your school qualifies
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.