Schools

Schools

We want Exeter Science Centre to be an invaluable resource for schools: to help supplement the curriculum, raise aspirations and boost enthusiasm for STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths and Medicine).

We run a number of projects and events for schools, and always freely share the resources we produce. Have a look at our resources + upcoming events & opportunities below.

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Resources

Hello Microbes!

This 1-lesson resource was designed for Key Stage 1 children to learn about microbes. It was designed in collaboration with Dr Nela Nikolic– a microbiologist at the University of Exeter, with funding from the Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE) and the Wellcome Trust. 

We explore what microbes are, how we couldn’t live without them, how good microbes help us to fight bad microbes and how bacteria defend themselves against viruses.

The teacher guide and presentation are available at the link below.

Using light to detect cancer

In this 1-lesson, hands-on workshop, your students can learn how physicists at the University of Exeter are detecting oesophageal cancer, in their research funded by Cancer Research UK.

We explore simple harmonic oscillators, travelling waves, sound waves in solids, and electromagnetism. Most suitable for KS5.

All the learning resources, including a teacher guide, student worksheet and short demo guides, are available at the link below.

ESC Live: Energy and Waste

In this project funded by the IET & IMechE, we visited energy generation facilities, meeting engineers from across the South West and streamed the visits live to local schools!

We’ve produced resources for each episode – and you can access them all at the link below.


COVID-19 Vaccine: Ask the Experts

We have produced a special set of YouTube videos where the experts answer questions from school students. Thanks to all the students and schools that have sent in their questions!

You can find the videos at the link below:

Operation Earth

We were delighted to be one of the science centres that took part in the Operation Earth programme, designed and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Association for Science and Discovery Centres. Our Operation Earth tour was generously funded by the Adrian Swire Charitable Trust. All the digital resources for the project are freely available on the Operation Earth website, and we’ve shared the resources we’ve made (including the project’s impact report) here.

Upcoming Events / Opportunities

We will be approaching secondary schools across the region in 2024 to take part in our new project: Our World From Space! If you’re a secondary school that fits our priority criteria (below) and are interested in us running a half or full-day event at your school for this project, get in touch!

How we prioritise schools for our projects + activities:

We’re trying to have the biggest impact we can with our limited resources – so we prioritise underserved audiences who would benefit most from taking part in our activities.

We try to prioritise schools located in areas that rank between 1-5 in the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (2019), or that have a wide catchment including more deprived areas, along with:
– a higher proportion of students on free school meals,
– lower progression to higher education.

We also aim to prioritise schools that we have not previously worked with.

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