London Science school tour

A school science trip to London can prove an assault on the senses with so much to see and do, in so little time! The Science Museum is a world leader, as is the Natural History Museum, and depending on your group's speciality there are many more attractions to engage your students.

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A school science trip to London will educate, inform and inspire

With a legacy of influence on the world of science almost impossible to quantify, London is an ideal and close by destination for schools looking to take a science focused school trip. The city is blessed with dozens of institutions dedicated to scientific advancement from it's universities to the newly commissioned Francis Crick Institute, and in equal measure presents the opportunity to learn about historical discoveries and inventions.

A day or at least a morning at the Science Museum is a mandatory, it's sheer variety of subjects and fantastic exhibits such as Stephenson’s Rocket will enthrall your students, let alone the 3D and 4D simulations of space travel.

After that it's up to you where your group will learn and enjoy the the most. It could be the Florence Nightingale Museum or the Greenwich Museums and Observatory, amongst many other options.

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Centre of the Cell

Centre of the Cell stands out as the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories. Based at the Whitechapel Campus of Queen Mary University of London, the science education centre's orange "Pod" is suspended above the laboratories in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. "Pod" sessions are suited to students ages 7 - 18, covering KS2 - KS5 curricular studies. Interactive games explore the science behind the fascinating world of cells and the human body through the latest medical research.

 

“I thought everything was brilliant…It has inspired me to maybe become a cell scientist when I am older”

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Design Museum

The Design Museum is a mecca of inspiration and knowledge for Design and Technology and Science students Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Interactive workshops, both digital and analogue, have students exploring different mediums in a hands-on environment. Exercises follow national curriculum for Design and Technology and see students design responses to relevant and engaging briefs, developing design ideas that meet real needs in the working world.

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Overview

Day 1 - Depart School – Arrive London – London Eye

 

Day 2 - Science Museum – Natural History Museum

 

Day 3 - Royal Institution Masterclass and Faraday Museum

 

Day 4 - Free time, shopping – Depart London – Arrive School

Sample Excursions

The Science Museum, London

Science Museum

With over 15,000 objects on display, the Science Museum is a must see for any school science trip to London. It's the most visited science and technology museum in Europe and world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket are on display.

Interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates and you can experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in the amazing 3D and 4D simulators or even watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.


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The Royal Institution

The Royal Institution is devoted to scientific education and research and was founded in 1799. It's modern day incarnation is a fantastic opportunity for students of all ages  to learn about Science. Visit the Faraday Museum dedicated to the pioneering work of the scientist in electromagnetism.

 

If planned ahead, your school group can become scientists for the day, testing their own ideas by designing creative experiments at the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre. 

 

There's even a chance to attend a MasterClass - The Ri originally ran Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses for students aged between 12 and 14 and have since extended the programme to provide Mathematics Masterclasses for primary aged pupils, as well as cross curricular Engineering and Computer Science Masterclasses. Again, these need to be booked in advance.


Crossness Pumping Station

Crossness Pumping Station

The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system. It was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in April 1865.

It's a fascinating Victorian marvel of engineering that heralded the development and layout of modern London as we know it today.

 


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Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale became a living legend as the 'Lady with the Lamp'. When she died in 1910, aged 90, she was famous around the world. But who was the real Florence Nightingale?

 

The Florence Nightingale Museum follows her story and uncovers a woman of many talents, as well as flaws. Find out about her achievements and the reasons we remember her today.

 

Travel through three pavilions which take you on a journey through the life and times of Florence Nightingale. From her Victorian childhood to the Crimean War and onto her years as an ardent campaigner.


Wellcome building

The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities as well as publications, tours, a book prize, international and digital projects. 


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Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is a hugely popular attraction for schools and tightly so, it's breath taking architecture houses a collection of 80 million specimens spanning billions of years.


Greenwich Museums and Royal Observatory

Greenwich Museums and Royal Observatory

All the museums at Greenwich are wonderful but from a science perspective the Royal Observatory is awesome in the real sense of the word!

From standing abreast the Meridian to the exhibitions and numerous shows in the Planetarium, this is a fine way for your group to spend an afternoon.

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