Science, Exploration and Empire

Via gallery investigation, source analysis and discussion, students will get a glimpse of science from the diverse perspectives of colonial forces and native peoples. After being led around our collections by a museum teacher, students will be given sources and objects in order to prepare presentations on how colonialism and Empire affected science and vice versa.

Duration: Can be booked as: 

A 60-minute outreach session (online or in person) with ideas for activities to complete in class

or

A 90-minute session in the museum. 

The Art and Science of Light

About the Session 

This set of activities uses objects from the Whipple Museum to explore:

Links between art and science

Microscopes

Telescopes 

Reflection and refraction

Optical illusions and how they work 

Duration: Can be booked as: 

A 60-minute outreach session (online or in person) with ideas for experiments to complete in class

or

Museum of Zoology: School Visits

All bookings are subject to change in accordance with government guidance.

There is no charge for our standard school sessions, but donations are welcomed to support the Museum learning programme (recommended donation of £3 per child).

If you are a UK based school wishing to visit the Museum with your class, please use the booking form to make a request. Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays. We advise submitting a request at least 2 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment and allow time to receive a confirmation.

Botanic Garden: Book a Learning Visit

See booking form for details of visit types, groups numbers and costs.

If you are interested in an outreach visit to your school please get in touch via the email or phone number below.

Bookings for summer term 2022 open after October half term 2021.

Please email education@botanic.cam.ac.uk to check availability or call us on 01223 331875 to leave a message.

 

Please use the appropriate booking form below for your organisation:

Bouncy 'sea urchin' egg

How does burning fossil fuels threaten Antarctic marine life?

This experiment demonstrates the link between increasing carbon dioxide levels and ocean acidification and freshening oceans. Freshwater and more acidic water in the oceans make life harder for Antarctica’s marine animals.

The experiment and video were made by Nick Barrett. Nick is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge Earth Science Department and The British Antarctic Survey investigating the resistance of Antarctic marine species to predicted freshening and lower salinity in the Southern Ocean.