Circuit Detectives

Shows & Workshops
Duration: 75 min
Suitable For: UKS2

This engaging, hands-on workshop is ideal for reinforcing your children’s learning about electricity in Key Stage 2 and developing problem-solving skills. We will begin by reviewing the basic components of electrical circuits such as switches, batteries, lamps and buzzers, looking at the circuit symbols for each component and how to draw a circuit diagram. Then we’ll discuss what is needed for a simple circuit to work correctly, assessing children’s prior knowledge to enable the workshop to be scaffolded appropriately for your class. Our discussion will draw out ideas about how faulty circuits can be tested, preparing children to become ‘circuit detectives.’

Children will then work in small groups, rotating around 8 workstations, each with a different electrical circuit. Their challenge will be to identify the fault in each circuit using their knowledge of electricity, taking a systematic approach to problem-solving.

Each child will be provided with their own notebook to record their observations and results. At the end of the session, we’ll briefly review each of the circuits and summarise our learning together.

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Our experienced team will put together a full or part-day programme of shows and workshops that fits into your school timetable and that allows sufficient time to set up, reset or clear away. The programme is tailored to each school and can usually include a mixture of activities for different Key Stages. A small number of activities may require two Science Oxford staff members, who could also run two streams of other activities simultaneously.

For timetables involving one staff member:

£230+VAT for a part day
£320+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

For timetables involving two staff members:

£360+VAT for a part day
£495+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

This is an example of a schedule of a full day with Science Oxford in your school:

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