Workshops for secondary schools

See Science offer a range of half day and full day bespoke workshops for secondary pupils.

The workshops are designed to provide secondary pupils with a series of challenges. The activities have been designed so that they can also be used as transition day activities.

The challenges are designed to facilitate learning, team working and encourage pupils' curiosity to find out how and why things work. During each challenge pupils will develop their problem solving, communication and innovation skills.

Secondary pupils who complete a full day can also register for a Discovery CREST Award.

For more information regarding the cost of providing workshops and availability please contact All materials and resources are provided.

The Space Challenge

In this activity, students will learn how forces can affect movement and how friction and gravity affects objects in motion. They will construct a space craft with a door or doors which can be opened and closed remotely. In a second challenge students design and build a vehicle (Mars Rover) that will travel across a surface in the fastest time possible. The students investigate how the wheels and propellers have a direct effect on the speed of their vehicles. The activity allows students to develop their teamwork communication and scientific recording skills by designing the fastest Rover for a race.

The Marble Roller Coaster Challenge

This activity will help students to learn how friction and gravity affects objects in motion. The students will build a marble run and experiment where to place bends and slopes in their roller coaster to meet the challenge. The activity allows them to develop their teamwork and communication skills. In a second challenge students construct a loop the loop marble roller coaster and develop scientific recording skills.

The Squashed Tomato Challenge

A STEM Challenge designed by Practical Action where pupils design and build a model to move tomatoes down a mountain. In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. 

To earn a living they need to sell these at the local market. The problem is getting to market involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountain side and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes may well be a bit squashed. Pupils are asked to design, build and test a way of moving tomatoes that won't squash them!

Suitable for pupils aged 11-14.

This activity is accredited by the British Science Association and can be used to gain a CREST Discovery Award.

Stop the Spread

Stop the Spread is a STEM Challenge designed by Practical Action where pupils are asked to research infectious diseases then design and build a model of a hand washing device for a school in Kenya. Infectious diseases are a global problem and cause millions of deaths each year.

Stop the spread is a STEM challenge which enables pupils aged 11-14 to research the problem then use their STEM and communication skills to design a hand washing devise and education materials for a primary school in Kenya.

This activity is accredited by the British Science Association and can be used to gain a CREST Discovery Award.

Gopher Science

Secondary students are introduced to a circus of 10 experiments and learn how to deliver the Gopher Science Lab activities to an audience. During this process they develop their skills in communication, innovation and increase their self-confidence.

This process gives all participating students ownership of their learning and helps them gain confidence. The Gopher Science Labs activities are simple hands-on science activities designed to build children's confidence and encourage their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work. All resources and materials are provided to enable students to deliver the activities at other events e.g. open evenings and transition days

The Physics of Flight

This lively hands on workshop is based on resources from the RAF 100 activities which examines the physics behind flying – explore topics examining the last 100 years of flight which include. Make a glider, codebreakers, relief operations and airdrops. Suitable for pupils from 11-14 yrs old


Try your hand a 10 different short activities using simple materials and examine the science behind them from straw oboes to loud noises – solutions to slime – let your imagination run wild. A hands on, imaginative workshop with plenty to do and talk about.