Key Stage 2 at your school

For KS2, Techniquest offers a unique range of kits, challenge workshops, shows and even sessions in our portable Planetarium, Starlab, in the comfort of your classroom.

Supported by Morrisons Foundation

Techniquest staff can rapidly transform your school hall into a Science Theatre, and they can inflate a Planetarium brimming with stars and planets in less than half an hour. Classrooms can become miniature Techniquest exhibitions or interactive workstations for hands-on science exploration.

Online support resources accompany the outreach sessions to extend the learning experience. 

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  • Starlab — now with fulldome high quality digital projection.

    Now, your pupils can see the stars as never before as they take a close up look at the Solar System.
    With the new digital projector, your pupils will be immersed in the fulldome experience in this spectacular 360° Planetarium — without leaving school!

    Techniquest’s Starlab is a mobile, inflatable Planetarium that brings the night sky to your school hall. It can be set up in under 30 minutes and easily deflated to accommodate other uses of the hall during the day.

    Techniquest presenters structure each Starlab session around a selection from six short videos of choice. But no Planetarium session would be complete without a star tour in which pupils identify stars, planets and constellations in the night sky!

    Curriculum links:The sustainable Earth 1, 2

    • Show length: 30–40 minutes
    • Maximum class size: 30 pupils
    • Maximum of 6 sessions per day
    • Requires: 4.2m headroom, 7.5m x 7.5m floor space and 240v ac mains power supply.

    Voyage Through the Solar System

    Take a journey through the Solar System, exploring planets, moons and the star at the middle of it. What is the Sun made of? Discover the history of space exploration and find out what information we have gathered from space probes that we couldn’t have known from merely observing from Earth. How does gravity and atmosphere affect different planets? Which is the hottest, and which is the largest? How many moons are there in our solar system and how long is a day on Jupiter, or a year on Mars? Explore properties of all of the eight planets and their moons.

  • Shows

    Techniquest presenter involving a schoolchild in a physics experiment

    Invite Techniquest into to your school and transform your hall into a Science Theatre! With a variety of shows covering a wide range of topics, encourage pupils to question ideas, think independently, and stimulate an interest in Science and Maths.

    Each show is designed to support the teaching of the Curriculum for Wales. Post-visit support resources to extend the learning experience are available below.

    • Session length: 45 minutes
    • Maximum class size: 30 pupils
    • Maximum of 4 sessions per day

    Exploring Forces

    Pupils investigate and explore the real life applications of forces — how they help us or hinder us — in this fun, new interactive show. Explore friction, gravity, air resistance and magnetism, through the use of interactive demonstrations. Can they hit a bullseye on a dartboard? How can magnetism help us move? How does friction help in sports? Through investigations, pupils find out the answers to these questions and more.

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    Curriculum links:
    How things work

    Light Fantastic

    Welcome to the light dome, where colours cascade all about you! Come in and capture your shadow, see the effects of ultra violet light and use prisms to split white light into rainbows. How does light travel? How can reflection keep you safe after dark? Consider what the world would be like without the vibrant rays of the Sun, then witness glistening mirror balls, fibre-optic fountains and stunning visual effects.

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    Curriculum links: How things work

    NB. Please note that as this show is presented in a dome it can only be delivered alongside Night Lights and cannot be delivered alongside any other programme.

    Materials Magic

    Why are chairs made of wood, not jelly? What are smart materials and how can their extraordinary qualities be useful in emergencies, as well as everyday life? Discover amazing memory metals and how they mend broken bones. This magic show explores the different properties of solids, liquids and gases, and also demonstrates how some materials appear to resist being defined as just one of the three states of matter.

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    Curriculum links: The sustainable Earth

    Maths on the Menu

    (Years 3 & 4) There are too many unhappy customers in Luigi and Maria’s Italian restaurant. The staff don’t seem to know what they are doing — the pizzas are late and cold, with the wrong toppings. Can you use maths to save the restaurant? You will need to divide dough using fractions, play pizza-topping sudoku, help calculate the oven times and add up the bills. Let’s work together to make the restaurant a success!

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    Maths Detective

    (Years 5 & 6) There has been a break-in at Hetty Hitech’s laboratory. Techniquest’s Detective needs some quick thinking deputies to help on this top secret case. Can you outsmart a criminal mastermind? Solve number sequences to get past security, work out the height and weight of the culprit, and what sort of getaway vehicle sped away from the scene. Find facts to calculate the time of the burglary and help the Detective and Inspector Klus to crack the case!

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  • Challenge Workshops

    Techniquest outreach event in a school

    Challenge workshops offer the excitement of Techniquest’s hands-on approach to science in your classroom, and are led by a Techniquest presenter. Each workshop begins with a number of lively demonstrations, introducing the chosen topic, and then pupils are encouraged to apply their new-found knowledge to a challenging task, which they carry out in small groups. On completion of the task, pupils regroup and discuss their findings. They are encouraged to reflect on what they have discovered through experimentation.

    Each challenge workshop is designed to support the teaching of the Curriculum for Wales. Post-visit resources and extended teaching information to extend the learning experience are available below.

    • Session length: 45 minutes
    • Maximum class size: 30 pupils
    • Maximum of 4 sessions per day

    The Body Inside Out

    Can you catch a breath and measure it? How long is your gut, and why do babies have more bones than adults? Explore the organs in our amazing bodies and learn how to keep them healthy. Examine the heart, lungs, the digestive system and the brain. See the landscapes of your skin live on a video microscope and learn why you cannot always believe your eyes!

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    Curriculum links: How things work

    Sound Sensations

    Follow the journey of sound as it passes through materials and the air into your delicate inner ear. Explore how sound travels – can a tuning fork vibrate through water? Investigate how guitar strings produce both high and low notes and how the body of the guitar amplifies sounds. See how using different frequencies can even shift sand into intricate patterns!

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    Bright Sparks

    Where does current electricity come from, and what is static electricity? Watch a lightning bolt in your classroom and become part of a human circuit! Explore how we use electricity every day – what are electrical conductors and insulators, and what are the different sources for electricity? Can you build a simple circuit and work out how to add a switch into a circuit?
    Sponsored by Western Power Distribution.

    N.B. Teachers must inform our bookings staff if an individual with the class has a heart pacemaker or cochlear implant.

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  • Kits

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    Bring a Techniquest exhibition to your classroom! Techniquest kits each consist of 11 table top activities that are perfect for recreating the Techniquest experience at your school. You can either hire a kit for 2–5 days or a day of presenter-led sessions. There are a variety of Maths and Science kits available, and each consists of 11 separate table-top activities, making it easy to divide them between classes or set up together as a miniature Techniquest exhibition. They are specially designed to encourage enquiry and can be used to introduce new topics or to reinforce prior learning.

    Each kit is accompanied by extensive resource materials and support notes for teachers. This information is available below and will also be delivered with the kit as a bilingual hard-copy for use in class. The resource materials are designed to guide the teacher through a host of learning initiatives.

    The kits are easy to transport from school to school, and Techniquest encourages schools to work together to share the resources or to provide access to parents and the wider community. Kits will be delivered to your school, generally on the day before the date of hire, and picked up on the day after the last date of hire.

    Details for hired kits (unstaffed):

    • Kits are teacher-led; support materials are provided
    • Maximum class size: 30
    • Rental time: 2–5 days.

    Details for presenter-led kit sessions:

    • Session length: 45 minutes
    • Maximum class size: 30 pupils
    • Maximum of 4 sessions per day

    Forces

    Set up an array of exhibits exploring spinning magnets, spring forces and wind turbines. Can you make a structure that is earthquake-proof, or an arch bridge from five wooden blocks? How can you make a windmill spin faster and send a message in a tube of air? Investigate forces, while developing teamwork, and communication and number skills.

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    Curriculum links: Physical processes

    Light and Sound

    Can you see around a corner using a series of mirrors? Mix coloured light and change the shape of a shadow. Investigate how your voice works and the differences between high and low notes. How does sound travel and could you hear more if you could move your ears? Solving challenges in teams pupils can investigate and understand more about light and sound.

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    Materials

    Race bubbles, investigate buoyancy and become a rock detective! Can you identify the rocks with crystals in them? Or work out which material is the best electrical conductor? Use a video microscope to investigate your clothes, skin and hair close-up. Work in teams to discover more about materials, including making a swirling vortex, with these hands-on games.

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    Curriculum links: Materials and their properties

    Maths 1 or Maths 2

    Can you beat your classmates at 3D noughts and crosses? Multiply birthday candles using a mirror, solve domino and match stick problems and pack a box with different-shaped parcels. Can you move the Towers of Brahma and Hanoi? Multiply numbers, build pyramids and solve the Pythagoras Puzzle of 2D shapes, allowing you to explore practical maths through fun and teamwork.

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    Curriculum links: Numbers, shape, space and measures, and handling data

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