Wonderstruck Shows & Workshops
Since 2004 Wonderstruck has been all about inspiring wonder in the world around us. We work with children and adults in formal and informal settings to explore science in a hands-on, creative and spectacular way.
Nothing we do is off the shelf. You won’t find our workshops anywhere else because we make all of our kit in-house. Sure, some of it looks a bit home-made but that’s all part of our ethos. We want people to engage with the stuff we do and then go away and think about how they could do it themselves (just the safe stuff, of course!).
The last 13 years has been a wild ride. We’ve worked in hundreds of schools across the UK with groups from year R to post-16. We’ve run workshops and shows for 10 children and we’ve run them for just under a thousand. We’ve performed shows at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, the Bradford Science Festival and quite a few others. Most recently at the huge Shell Make the Future Live event at the Olympic Park, Stratford where we ‘warmed up’ for Alesha Dixon.
We’ve worked with trainee teachers and seasoned professionals to develop demonstration skills (theirs and ours!). In 2015 we were invited to speak to 250 teachers about our work at a conference in Madrid and again in Granada in 2016.
We’ve learned to do some crazy stuff. We can safely explode a car or a shed on stage (take your pick), take a shower in liquid nitrogen, dry our hair with a 6-foot long jet engine and set off 7 kilos of thermite safely on a school playing field. We’re also happy to lay on a burning bed of nails and have a concrete block smashed across our chest with a sledge hammer.
What does the future hold? We’re always learning and we’re always developing new ideas so we couldn’t really say. But that’s the way we like it.
Check out our workshops and shows here on STEM Directories or visit our website (www.wonderstruck.co.uk), our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderstruckwow), our YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/wonderstruckwow) or our Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/wonderstruckwow). Or you could just give us a call on 0845 5193 325 and we'd be happy to have a chat about what we could do for you.
We do some interesting things and we certainly appreciate the role that showmanship and entertainment plays in getting people to engage. Despite that, we never sacrifice science content in the name of entertainment. We explain everything we do.
All of our shows and workshops are stuffed with science and we expect people to leave our events knowing a bit more about the science involved than when they started. If we can do that and provided some fun into the bargain then we've done a good job.To book this activity, please contact:
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Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||05 September 2017|
|Last modified||05 September 2017|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Design and technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Physics, Practical work, Demonstrations, Chemistry|
|Age||4-5, 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19, FE/HE|
|Running times||A day|
Costs vary depending on whether you want shows, workshops or combinations of the two. They also depend on how many participants you have. Check out our individual listings for more info.
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