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We develop and deliver science outreach across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire that aims to enrich the primary science curriculum and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Contact us with any enquiries here [email protected].

Micro:Bot Mazes
Shows & Workshops

Micro:Bot Mazes

Saturday, 18th May 2013 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

90 min coding workshop for KS2 & KS3.

Students code a BBC micro:bit to control a robot buggy and explore the importance of testing and improving their designs.

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Micro:bit Codebreakers
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Micro:bit Codebreakers

Saturday, 28th September 2013 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min coding workshop for KS2 and KS3.

Students will learn how to use a BBC micro:bit to send messages to each other, considering the importance of privacy while trying to work out who their secret agent partner is.

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Super Senses
Shows & Workshops

Super Senses

Tuesday, 10th June 2014 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min workshop for nursery and FS.

Students talk about their senses and complete a series of activities using all their senses. An exploratory introduction to science.

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Discover Materials
Shows & Workshops

Discover Materials

Wednesday, 5th November 2014 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min workshop for FS & KS1.

Students discuss what different objects are made from and use their observations and knowledge to predict what will happen in a ‘drop tube’ test, before creating their own new material.

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Inventing Isobel
Shows & Workshops

Inventing Isobel

Monday, 10th November 2014 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

45 min show for FS & KS1.

Isobel is a great inventor, and comes up with loads of fantastic ideas! Your students help her to think about the properties of the materials she's using to solve her problems.

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Rocket Mice
Shows & Workshops

Rocket Mice

Saturday, 15th November 2014 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

45 min workshop for FS & KS1.

Students discuss how air can be used to make things move before launching paper mice with empty plastic bottles and comparing the outcomes.

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Amazing Animals
Shows & Workshops

Amazing Animals

Thursday, 20th November 2014 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min show for EYFS & KS1.

An enormous variety of animals are found across the whole world. In this interactive show, your students are challenged to ask why there is such a range of different animals.

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micro:bit CPD - Get Coding!
CPD

micro:bit CPD – Get Coding!

Thursday, 1st January 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

Twilight CPD for teaching staff, NQTs, TAs and computing co-ordinators

In this fun, hands on session, we will cover the basics of micro:bit programming, using both the Javascript Block Editor and Python, to give you the knowledge and confidence to run micro:bit lessons or after-school clubs in your school.

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micro:bit kitloan
Kit Loan

micro:bit kitloan

Thursday, 1st January 2015 - Monday, 31st January 2028

6 week kit loan for KS2 & KS3

micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun. It provides a more approachable method to computing than just teaching coding.

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Practical Programming
CPD

Practical Programming

Thursday, 1st January 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

Twilight CPD for teaching staff, NQTs, TAs and science co-ordinators

This course provides the opportunity to learn some new programming techniques with Scratch, and consider its potential for cross-curricular use in the classroom.

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Crafty Rafts
Shows & Workshops

Crafty Rafts

Sunday, 14th June 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min workshop for KS1.

Pupils design and build rafts using a variety of materials, testing and refining their designs throughout the session.

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Creature Creations
Shows & Workshops

Creature Creations

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60m workshop for KS1 & LKS2.

Pupils investigate species adaptation and learn about habitats by making their own ‘Super Animal’ out of soft dough and other materials.

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Egg Drop Challenge
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Egg Drop Challenge

Friday, 6th November 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min workshop for KS1 & KS2.

Pupils explore forces and the properties of materials to create a structure to save their egg from a fall.

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Water Rockets
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Water Rockets

Monday, 9th November 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min workshop for KS1 & KS2.

Students design and decorate plastic bottle rockets which are safely launched outside using water and compressed air. The rockets are spectacular and can reach heights of 30m, or can be launched horizontally as rocket cars.

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Water Wheels
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Water Wheels

Thursday, 12th November 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min workshop for KS1 & KS2.

How will we keep the lights on when the fossil fuels run out? This workshop introduces some of the renewable and non-renewable ways that we generate electricity.

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Rocket Cars
Shows & Workshops

Rocket Cars

Thursday, 19th November 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min workshop for KS1 & KS2.

Students design and decorate plastic bottle rocket cars which are safely launched horizontally outside on a playground ‘race track’ using water and compressed air.

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Great Fire of London
Shows & Workshops

Great Fire of London

Friday, 20th November 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min show for KS2.

What started the Great Fire in September 1666? How did it destroy so much of London? Would we be able to stop it today?

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K’Nex workshops
Shows & Workshops

K’Nex workshops

Saturday, 5th December 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

90 or 120 min workshops for Y2 & KS2.

Pupils become engineers and design, build and test working models using K’Nex. Workshop challenges include fairground rides, opening bridges, Mars Rovers and rubber band cars.

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Marble Mazes
Shows & Workshops

Marble Mazes

Thursday, 10th December 2015 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

45 min workshop for Y2 & KS2.

Students are challenged to create a route for a marble to travel through as slowly as possible without stopping. They discuss their ideas, test their designs and analyse what worked best.

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Circuit Detectives
Kit Loan

Circuit Detectives

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

Pupils must work out where the fault is in eight different circuits using a test kit containing wire, batteries and bulbs.

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Dataloggers
Kit Loan

Dataloggers

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

Eight dataloggers that can record light, sound and temperature levels from the surroundings.

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K’Nex Construction
Kit Loan

K’Nex Construction

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

A versatile and colourful construction kit of rods and connectors which can be used for a wide variety of engineering challenges as pupils can create towers, bridges, cranes, cars and fairground rides.

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Marble Mazes
Kit Loan

Marble Mazes

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

Students create a path for a marble to travel down so that it moves as slowly as possible without stopping. Success is achieved by constantly testing and improving the design.

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Microscopes
Kit Loan

Microscopes

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

An assortment of magnifiers, digital microscopes, dissecting microscopes and compound microscopes.

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Pupil Led Investigations
CPD

Pupil Led Investigations

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

Twilight CPD for Teaching staff, NQTs, TAs and science co-ordinators

Giving pupils more creative input over what and how they investigate will really increase their engagement and motivation.

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Pupils as Engineers
CPD

Pupils as Engineers

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

Full day CPD for senior team, teaching staff, science and DT leaders

Using an engineering context is a fantastic way to make problem solving in maths and science more relevant to pupils.

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Puzzles
Kit Loan

Puzzles

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

A selection of puzzles requiring logical thinking and problem-solving skills, including the co-operative maths game ‘City of Zombies’.

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Slime
Kit Loan

Slime

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for FS & KS1

Students can explore the properties of an unusual material by making their own slime – bouncy, squeezable, stretchy and gooey. Is it a solid or a liquid?

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Thinking, Doing, Talking Science
CPD

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

Full day CPD for teaching staff, NQTs, senior leadership and science co-ordinators

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science (TDTS) aims to make science lessons in primary schools more practical, creative and challenging.

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Tower building
Kit Loan

Tower building

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

This kit includes ‘rolling sticks’, tape, hole punches and nuts and bolts to enable pupils to turn scrap paper into amazing rigid tubular architectural structures.

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Whodunnit
Kit Loan

Whodunnit

Friday, 24th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS2

A necklace has been stolen and the detectives need to find out which suspect took it. Using science activities to help them, pupils need to track down the thief and solve the crime.

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Bubbles
Kit Loan

Bubbles

Saturday, 25th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

2 week kit loan for KS1

There’s a lot of fascinating science that you can explore with bubbles. This kit includes bubble solution and 3D shapes to help create unusual bubbles.

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Big Bang Near Me
Big Bang

Big Bang Near Me

Tuesday, 28th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

Big Bang Near Me is a programme of UK-wide events led by EngineeringUK that get students excited about science, technology,...

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The Big Science Event
Award Programmes

The Big Science Event

Tuesday, 28th June 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

Registration is now open for The Big Science Event 2019 - a competition for primary schools to encourage creative science through pupil-led...

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Science Club in a box
Kit Loan

Science Club in a box

Tuesday, 27th September 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

6 week kit loan for KS2

Science Club in a Box enables you to run a weekly science club. Each kit includes five activities with all the instructions and equipment required.

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Changing Materials
Shows & Workshops

Changing Materials

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min workshop for KS2.

"It will explode!"; "Nothing will happen."; "It will melt AND evaporate."

Your students test their predictions by heating up different materials.

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Crime Scene Science
Shows & Workshops

Crime Scene Science

Friday, 4th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

75 min workshop for KS2.

A mystery white powder has been discovered at a crime scene and students must become forensic scientists to discover what it is by carrying out a series of chemical tests.

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The Fire Show
Shows & Workshops

The Fire Show

Sunday, 6th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min show for KS2.

Fire: both the comfort of the hearth, and the danger of the inferno. We examine the nature of fire, answer your burning questions, and learn how fire can be controlled.

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Joining Forces
Shows & Workshops

Joining Forces

Tuesday, 8th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min show for KS2.

Why have we brought a skateboard to your school? How does a person survive a fall from an aeroplane? We investigate the nature of forces and motion with fun demonstrations.

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Kite Engineers
Shows & Workshops

Kite Engineers

Thursday, 10th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min workshop for KS2.

Pupils learn about the forces involved in kite flying and make prototype kites, before putting their knowledge and engineering skills to the test by building their own large kites.

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High and Dry
Shows & Workshops

High and Dry

Saturday, 12th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min workshop for UKS2.

Pupils are challenged to design and build a floating platform using a variety of materials. They test and refine their designs throughout this buoyant session.

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Science of Magic
Shows & Workshops

Science of Magic

Monday, 14th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min show for KS2.

Where did the water go? Why didn’t that fall over? How could an egg be taught to swim? Working scientifically, pupils try to figure out the science behind a series of amazing magic tricks.

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Sound of Science
Shows & Workshops

Sound of Science

Wednesday, 16th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min show for KS2 & KS3.

We are surrounded by sound in our everyday lives, but how often do we really think about it? This show explores how we make sound, how we hear it, how we can use it and most importantly how we can enjoy it!

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Sound of Science
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Sound of Science

Friday, 18th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min workshop for KS2.

What is a sound? Your students explore different ways of making noise in a carousel of activities before making their own musical instruments and performing an orchestral masterpiece.

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Spy School
Shows & Workshops

Spy School

Sunday, 20th November 2016 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min workshop for KS2.

Join our top secret spy school and battle through a series of maths challenges; including cracking codes, reading hidden messages, solving sequences and discovering hidden co-ordinates.

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Saturday Science Clubs
Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday Science Clubs

Tuesday, 28th March 2017 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver our Saturday Science Clubs in Oxford.

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Marvellous Maths
Shows & Workshops

Marvellous Maths

Monday, 5th June 2017 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

60 min show for UKS2.

"Where there is life there is a pattern, and where there is a pattern there is mathematics." Pupils will be challenged and engaged by a wide variety of mathematical topics.

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Circuit Detectives
Shows & Workshops

Circuit Detectives

Saturday, 10th June 2017 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

75 min workshop for UKS2.

Students are challenged to find the faults in a series of electrical circuits, taking a systematic approach to problem solving.

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Evolution in Action
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Evolution in Action

Thursday, 15th June 2017 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

90 min workshop for UKS2.

Pupils learn about variation, natural selection, adaptation and evolution through a series of practical and discussion activities that really help to develop their understanding.

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Super Suckers
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Super Suckers

Sunday, 25th June 2017 - Thursday, 1st January 2026

120 min workshop for UKS2.

Students learn how a basic motor works and use their knowledge of electrical circuits to build a working vacuum cleaner from everyday materials.

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Micro:Bot Mazes - Micro:bit coding workshop
Z Primary Schools

Micro:Bot Mazes – Micro:bit coding workshop

Friday, 1st January 2027

Pupils will learn how to use a BBC micro:bit to control a robot buggy, considering the importance of testing and...

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Thinking, Doing, Talking Science 1 – Bright Ideas Time
CPD

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science 1 – Bright Ideas Time

Tuesday, 30th November 2027

Twilight CPD for teaching staff, NQTs, TAs and science co-ordinators

An introduction to the Thinking, Doing, Talking Science project followed by a participative session where we explore various discussion techniques to encourage pupils’ thinking skills.

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Thinking, Doing, Talking Science 2 – Creative Investigations
CPD

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science 2 – Creative Investigations

Tuesday, 30th November 2027

Twilight CPD for teaching staff, NQTs, TAs and science co-ordinators

A hands-on exploration of different types of practical investigations suitable for KS1 and KS2.

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Thinking, Doing, Talking Science 3 – Focused Recording
CPD

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science 3 – Focused Recording

Tuesday, 30th November 2027

Twilight CPD for teaching staff, NQTs, TAs and science co-ordinators

Focusing pupils’ recording on the learning objective frees up time in lessons. This time can be used for dedicated discussion time or to allow greater pupil input into practical investigations.

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