Graphing stories

The ‘Graphing Stories’ collection is a collaborative project run by Dan Mayer and the ‘BuzzMath’ team. Each story comprises a video that shows a practical situation where a measure, such as height or weight, varies with time. The situation is then replayed at a slower rate to help enable the...

Movies and magic

Movies and magic 9-11

Sometimes what looks like magic is actually science! In this programme, pupils will look at magic and movie tricks for inspiration and find out how it’s done. They explore how things are done to make movies look realistic, and investigate whether some of the themes or technology from the movies...

Engineering Careers: Cammell Laird

Here are 5 videos of people who work at Cammell Laird, the shipyard responsible for the building of the RRS Sir David Attenborough.  They range from early career apprentices to those who have worked their way up the ladder to be Principal Engineer.  You can hear...

Nix the tricks

The book ‘Nix the Tricks’ looks at tricks and short cuts used in maths, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding. If you cringe when a student says ‘cross multiply’ whenever they see a problem involving fractions, then this is the...

Student discussion


Fixperts is an award-winning, hands-on learning programme that challenges young people to use their imagination and skills to create ingenious solutions to everyday problems. The programme is equally relevant to design and technology, engineering and as a STEM enrichment activity.  



Lighthouse keeper challenge

This challenge provides a STEM activity day in which teams of children work together to design a way of getting lighthouse keepers back to the mainland from a lighthouse based on a small island 200 metres from the nearest land. The design will need to use a zip line to carry the keeper...

Computer network

Computer networks

A very comprehensive article explaining how computers communicate, what the internet is and what services run on it. On the third page (labelled page 34) there is a very good unplugged classroom activity that can be used to model how packets of data are passed by the internet. The document also...

Video Interviews with the Bloodhound SSC Team

Short video interviews with members of the Bloodhound SSC team, explain some of the engineering challenges involved in designing a land speed record rocket car. Interviews include: * Wheel design - John Piper, Engineering Director * Shock waves - Ben Evans * Air - Ben Evans * Mach numbers - Ben...


Careers in Space workshop

The Careers in Space workshop included inputs from: * Vicki Hodges on Astrium's STEM Ambassadors programme * Rosalind Azouzi on Space Tourism and the Next Generation * Lloyd Marshall on Apprenticeship opportunities with Astrium

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All our experiments are centered around SALT!

Salt is found in almost everybody's kitchen because of the extra flavouring it gives to our food. But did you know that we could do some cool experiments involving salt?

Kitchen Chemistry - Cake Tower

Food and Science, what could be better?  In this activity, Xplore! Science Discovery Centre will show you how to make a nice fluffy cake in minutes using your microwave.  Learn the Science behind what ingredients do and why they do it.  Bring and adult for this one (not just for safety, they'll want some cake too...

Back Garden Astro (part 1)

Are you interested in stargazing, but just can't wait until it (finally) gets dark?  Xplore! Science Discovery Centre has just the thing!  This activity sheet will teach you how to make constellations in a tube so you know what to look for at night, using only household objects.

Back Garden Astro (part 2)

In the last Back Garden Astro activity sheet, Xplore! Science Discovery Centre showed you how to make a consteallation in a tube.  In this one, we will show you how to make a Planisphere - a simple device that shows you what the sky should look like depending on the time of year!  Included are printouts for the...

Kitchen Chemistry - Bicarb & Vinegar

Bicarbonate of Soda and vinegar.  Two staples of home Science fun!  Xplore! Science Discovery Centre is here to explain the hardcore science behind this fun reaction, as well as some more fun experiments for you to try.  Let the fizzing begin!

Wild Bird's Cakes

We love food here at Xplore! Science Discovery Centre.  You know who else does?  Birds!  Use this sheet to help feed your feathered friends in the garden.  Included is a set of instructions and a recipe to create your very own bird feeder balls.

AfL Label Plant

Asessment for learning task, labelling plant, year 1.

Sports Science

This is a booklet created in conjunction with a working sports scientist. It can be used for a number of ubjects and by most age groups. If you do not have access to a Dynomomter, then just see how long you hold on to a rolled up towel, with maximum force, and record the time instead.

Tour of The Solar System

PowerPoint Presentation containing fun facts about the The Solar System culminating in a multiple choice quiz.

Practical Guide to Hydroponics

This publication is for anyone interested in teaching a range of skills and knowledge to children that is fun, exciting and hands on. The publication covers the basics of Hydroponics and how to reduce the amount of plastic waste by making Hydroponic systems using one-time-use plastic bottles and containers.