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Science and Industry Museum

Why aren't umbrellas made from sponge? Or mugs from wax? This fun, cross-curricular creative workshop explores product development.

We'll zoom down on two key parts of the process—prototype design and material science.

Students will take part in material science experiments, exploring the uses and implications of science, today and in the future.

They'll examine amazing magnified 'wonder materials', from aluminium foam to bamboo, before unleashing their creativity, designing new applications and products for these materials.

They'll pitch their product to the investors (that's you, the teacher!), before experiencing a peer review, pushing their ideas, vocabulary and curiosity further.

Choose a design challenge for your students from the following:

  • Emergency spacesuit: A crack in the ISS is growing—using the materials at hand, can you design an emergency spacesuit?
  • Hack the rocket: Bring the Rocket locomotive into the 21st century by adding new parts to update its design.
  • End of days: The Earth is toast. 10-foot cockroaches rule. If only we had an apocalypse-proof super-vehicle… 

Creative Science: Materials and Design creates a platform to experience STEM subjects in a different way by removing pressure and limits, promoting independent learning, and widening perspectives on careers. We'll mash up science with art, design technology and English to reflect the professional environment in a more realistic way.

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Taking part in experiments, students will understand that materials have unique properties, which can be changed through processing and combined with others to create composite materials.
  • Designing and pitching their prototype inventions, students will develop important communication and presentation skills, and be challenged to use scientific vocabulary accurately and precisely.
  • Through fun, open-ended and surprising activities, we'll challenge stereotypes around science, highlighting the importance of cross curricular skills and project work.