Category Archives: Education

Life’s schools’ programme aims to provide hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on science education that cannot be replicated in the classroom. We also run workshops for adults – they make great team-building or breakout activities. Read our posts below to find out more about our Education Department. 

Collecting micrometeorites

Micrometeorites are tiny pieces of space dust washed out of the atmosphere by rain!

To collect your own, you will need:

  • Bucket or other container
  • Coffee filter paper
  • Strong magnet
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • White paper
  • Magnifying glass or microscope (optional)


  1. Put a small bucket or other container outside for a few weeks and allow it to collect some rain water.
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Fossiliferous fun

Our Science Club members had a blast on their summer field trip to Whitby hunting for fossils. Don’t worry if you missed out on all the fun, here’s our handy guide to fossil hunting. 

Planning: Choose a site. This fossil hunting website tells you where to hunt and gives you tips on what you might find there.… Read more

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A Sloe Winter Cocktail

Prunus SpinosaThe supermarkets are full of festive fare and are keen to sell us a variety of potions that can be hard to obtain at other times of the year. One of these is sloe gin, a curiously English concoction that doesn’t get the wider airing it deserves.

Sloe gin is simple to make; you just take gin and sloes and add sugar to taste.… Read more

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Is Seeing Really Believing?

Elephant Legs Optical Illusion“Our senses can be trusted, but they can be easily fooled.” Aristotle, 350BC

Optical illusions use light, shape, colour and pattern to create clever images that can trick and mislead our brains. The information seen by our eyes is processed by our brains – but it all happens so quickly (in about a tenth of a second) that your brain takes a ‘best guess’ at what’s there and can sometimes create perceptions that don’t match reality.Read more

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What’s behind the TARDIS doors? Explore our education department with Google Business View

Have you ever wondered what lies behind the double doors at the back of the Young Explorers’ Zone?

The answer is our education department, which is accessed via a very distinctive set of doors! Inside the TARDIS we provide over 40,000 educational experiences to school students every year, giving access to equipment and expertise that is not normally available in schools.… Read more

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The Importance of a Mathematical Education

If you were at a social gathering and came out with “That Shakespeare chap’s a bit rubbish isn’t he. I can never understand what he’s trying to say,” people might well regard you as a philistine. Yet, for some reason it’s perfectly acceptable to say “Of course I was never any good at maths at school.” There is nothing new in this, for when the Balfour Education Act was passed in 1902 in recognition of the way Britain was falling behind other European countries in science and engineering, sceptical politicians noted that “a Classical education was more suited for gentlemen.”

In the developed world, only Americans have a lower level of mathematical literacy than the British, and it’s not something of which we should be proud. … Read more

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60 Second Interview with Fran Scott, Science and Engineering Presenter

Tell us who you are:
For those of you who aren’t nine years old (and so haven’t seen me on the TV); I’m Fran Scott, a flame-thrower wielding, fun-loving, hard-working slight pyromaniac who loves showing science in novel, and yet still accurate, ways.

Now a Children’s Science Media Consultant; I’ve been in Informal Science Education for the past decade, starting in the Science Museum, London, where I wrote live stage shows and tours, and then moving into Children’s Television, Science Theatre and Publishing.Read more

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