Modelling Science

About the Session 

From an enormous protein structure to plaster casts of chicken heads, students will see models spanning different scientific fields, dating from the 18th century to the 20th. They will learn about the importance of models in scientific investigations and discoveries throughout Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will analyse the representation of concepts including electricity and genetic inheritance, have an in-depth look at the history of molecular models, and operate a mechanical model of the solar system.


About the Session 

This set of activities covers and expands on the Year 3 national curriculum unit "light", using objects from the Whipple Museum to explore:



Reflection and refraction

Transparent, translucent and opaque 

Duration: Can be booked as: 

One or more museum-led online sessions (up to an hour in total length) and a loans box of equipment for groups of up to six 


The Science of Musical Sound

About the Session 

From musical instruments to vibrations, and from sound waves to the inner ear, students will use objects from the collection understand how sound is made, travels and is heard. Through hands-on and observational investigation, they will explore how humans have created musical and scientific instruments enabling us to make music and communicate through the ages.

Duration: Can be booked as: