The cross-curricular challenges are designed for a range of abilities to encourage pupils to work together to help develop team skills as well as confidence as an individual.
Dependent upon the number of pupils you bring and the amount of time you can be on site, the visit usually includes:
30 / 40 minute Telescope Tour OR Science Show
2 or 3 challenges
Opportunities to explore the hands-on exhibits indoors & out (weather permitting)
Lunch break and visit to the shop
You will be given a structured timetable for your visit and before you leave we will gather together and announce the team winners.
Pupils remain under the supervision of their group team leader at all times.
Cost: £7.25 per pupil
Supervising adults FREE - 1 adult is required per team
You can add an additional Telescope Tour OR Science Show for an extra £1 per pupil.
Challenges are set against the clock; some are our own creation, whilst others will be a twist on a more familiar format.
-Bridge Building: fastest time wins with the construction of this large wooden truss bridge
-Tower Construction: tallest tower wins using our shaped foam blocks- we expect at least 2.5 metres!
- Tower of Hanoi: our own version of this amazing logical maths puzzle
- Launch Pad: a favourite straw & paperclip construction activity
- Decipher the Codes: crack the code to open the padlocks
- Lost in Space: Option 1 reassemble the planets in their correct order but don't fall off your gravity blocks or you will be Lost in Space. Option 2 - a more challenging version of the above, involving a variety of space objects.
Challenges can be mixed & matched in any number of ways to support curriculum topics. For example: Bridge Building, Tower Construction and The Launch Pad form a combination of physical challenges with an emphasis on design & construction; whilst the 'table based' Decipher the Codes and Tower of Hanoi would be suitable for logic.
It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of The Observatory Science Centre from 18th March 2020 until further notice.
This decision was made in the light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and recent UK government advice, which our charity has been carefully monitoring and following.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our absolute priority during this difficult time.
Given the uncertainty we are all facing, we don’t yet know when we will re-open. If you have booked group visits / upcoming events etc. we will be in contact when we return to work.
We sincerely wish good health for you and your families during these uncertain times and we can’t wait to welcome you back as we continue our 25th anniversary celebrations.
The Observatory Science Centre team
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support.