Category Archives: Education
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)
- Put a small bucket or other container outside for a few weeks and allow it to collect some rain water.
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.
The 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
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
This post is guest authored by Jacalyn Laird.
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Biological Sciences (Zoology), before moving to Dorset to work as a field studies instructor on the Jurassic Coast. I enjoyed engaging the visitors with a variety of scientific concepts, which motivated me to study for the MSc in order to pursue a career in science communication.… Read more
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
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
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