SCIENCE SCHOOL TRIPS
The limits of scientific discovery define the limits of our understanding as a species, and children’s natural curiosity of the world around them is the perfect basis for scientific enquiry. Whether you wish to run a trip focussing on physics, biology or chemistry, or indeed all three, we have a range of excursions which are sure to inspire your pupils’ interest and foster higher-order thinking skills. Please see below for some of our most popular science-based tour destinations, or contact us for more information.
Easily accessible from all parts of the country, London is a splendid destination for a Science-based day trip or tour and has a range of excursions which relate to every area and discipline of science. For biologists this includes the influential Wellcome Collection, not to mention the London Aquarium, Natural History Museum and the WWT London Wetland Centre. Botanists too will love exploring Kew Gardens, while those with a particular interest in the history of medicine will adore visiting the Fleming Museum and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. There is also the well-known Centre of the Cell at Queen Mary University, which is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories, which is sure to interest both biologists and chemists alike. For aspiring physicists, meanwhile, the Science Museum is a must-see attraction, while the Royal Observatory at Greenwich provides a uniquely historical backdrop for the study of the cosmos. Also worth a visit is the Thames Barrier, a marvel of modern engineering, as well as the Royal Institution, where the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre gives pupils an unparalleled opportunity to explore the many different facets of scientific experiment. Please visit our London page for more information on what other delights the capital has to offer!
Paris has long been the leader in the French scientific community and today offers visitors a number of attractions for those wishing to learn about Science. From the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, which is the largest science museum in Europe, to the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, Paris’ aviation museum at Le Bourget airport, the French capital is sure to fire your pupils’ imaginations and show the many applications of science. Also not to be missed is the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, while the Marie Curie Museum provides an incomparable insight into the life and work of one of Paris’ most famous scientists. Meanwhile, the Palais de la Découverte offers pupils a range of exhibitions relating to a number of scientific disciplines, including a Zeiss planetarium, and is strikingly located within the famous Grand Palais. Further afield is the EDF Nuclear Centre, a must for those studying renewable energy and power generation, while to the east sits Disneyland® Paris, for which we can provide a work-booklet to bring the science of the rides to life. Please visit our Paris page for more information on this ever-popular destination.
Belgium is an excellent destination for a Science school trip, and includes a number of fascinating excursions for budding young scientists. These include the House of Science in Liège which offers a number of experiments in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, which features the largest dinosaur hall in the world. Also in Brussels is the Royal Observatory of Belgium, with a Planetarium where your pupils can explore the wonders of the night sky, and the world-famous Atomium, which is a unique visitor centre designed to mimic the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Also not to be missed is the “Space Odyssey” Tour at the Euro Space Centre, which includes a number of exhibitions, a galactic maze, space-walk, and a full-size replica of an American Space Shuttle! Please click here to visit our Belgium page for more information, or contact us today.
Synonymous with Science trips is Geneva, home of the famous European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN. The world leader in experimental nuclear research, the centre and its famed particle accelerators have been at the forefront of scientific discussion and debate for decades; there is truly nowhere more inspirational for young scientists to visit, and it is sure to be the highlight of your science department’s academic year. Nearby, meanwhile, there is also the well-known Geneva Observatory, as well as the History of Science Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Why not contact us today for more information on this fascinating destination?
FUTUROSCOPE AND THE LOIRE VALLEY
Europe’s most unusual theme park is the perfect place to inspire young scientists, with a variety of rides to access science in an engaging and original way, including Virus Attack at the Dynamic movie theatre. The nearby Manoir de Clos Lucé is also well-worth a visit; final home of Leonardo Da Vinci, the manoir is now a museum to some of his most famous and ingenious inventions and has replicas of several for pupils to see. Please click here to visit our dedicated Futuroscope and Poitiers page for more information.