Bubble escape and drag race for schools

here are many different types of volcanoes. Shield volcanoes have a broad rounded shape and gentle splattery eruptions often described as fire fountains. Strato volcanoes are sharp and steep sided and have violent explosive eruptions. But what makes these two types of volcano look and erupt so differently? It is mainly controlled by how think (viscous) or runny the magma in the volcano is...

In this experiment you can use 3 different thickness (viscosity) liquids to see what differences runny or thick magma can cause in volcanoes.

Vinegar Volcano for schools

Volcanoes form when hot molten rock (magma) under the ground erupts at the surface, but what causes the molten rock to erupt? Eruptions are often driven by gases escaping…

In this experiment you can start a chemical reaction that creates a gas, and see how the gas escaping drives an eruption.

This experiment and video was devised by the Volcano Seismology group in the Earth Science Department, University of Cambridge.

Download the instructions and information sheet.

Sedgwick Museum: School visits

We offer facilitated workshops and self-led visits. There is no charge for our school sessions, but we welcome donations to support the Museum learning programme (recommended donation of £2 per child). Get in touch with the Museum Education Coordinator to discus your visit museumeducation@esc.cam.ac.uk

Exploring morning birdsong

The early morning is one of the best times to spot wildlife. Join the team from the Museum of Zoology as they listen out for birdsong and spot local wildlife in Cambridge as the sun rises.

Why not wrap up warm and open a window or head out into your garden – what can you see and hear?

Build a Dormouse Den

Gather up your blankets, sheets and cushions to build a nest fit for a dormouse. 

Join the Museum of Zoology to discover how dormice create a cosy winter hide-away and have a go at creating your own giant nest, big enough for you to take a nap in.

Twilight Visitors

At night, when the Museum is closed, some special visitors arrive and the only way of knowing they have been because of the footprints they leave.

See if you can guess each animal by it's shadow and match it with its footprint.

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.