Make a Humpback Whale

Normally found in the krill-rich waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, the humpback whale swims up to 25,000 km per year, including to warmer waters to breed and give birth.

The seasonally-changing songs of male humpbacks echo through the ocean waters. Measuring up to 16m in length and weighing 25-30 tonnes, these large mammals eat krill, which they filter out of the water through hair-like bristles in their mouth called baleen. They are incredibly agile, often swimming near the surface, where they fluke and breach.

Colourful calculations

At the Whipple Museum we are very proud of our collection of maths equipment, including this cheerful “little professor” calculator. Colour him in and see what other mathematical equipment you can find around you! We'd love to see your finished results - share your photos with us on twitter @WhippleMuseum or by emailing whipplelearning@gmail.com. 

Paint like a petal

Flowers are nature’s artists.  Blues, purples, yellows and reds - they come in an amazing rainbow of colours and shades.  Download this activity to find out the science behind petal colour, make your own petal paint and create a beautiful bouquet of paper flowers.

Penguin Origami

It’s estimated that there are about 20 million penguins in Antarctica. When it’s really cold they huddle together to keep warm. The most extreme huddle ever recorded was 19 Emperor penguins within a square metre!

Have a go at making your own penguin. All you need is some paper, and a pen for drawing on the eyes.

Download instructions