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Available at both sites. Experience an interactive, hands-on learning experience focused on STEM, Social Studies and Expressive Arts inspired by objects and stories from our collection. Workshops are available to be booked on demand.

Early/First Level

How the Pirates Turned the Tide, P2 – P4 (1 hour)
Ahoy landlubbers! Based on the wonderful new picture book by local author Greta Yorke, pupils will investigate recycling and keeping our oceans clean, all with a piratey theme! Arrgh!
TCH 1-06a, TCH 1-10a, SCN 1-15a / TCH 2-06a, TCH 2-10a

Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, Nursery – P3 (1 hour – 75 minutes)
Our most popular early primary workshop based on the book by Ronda and David Armitage. Join Mr and Mrs Grindling and try to keep today’s lunch away from those pesky seagulls! Join Mr and Mrs Grindling to try and keep today’s lunch away from those pesky seagulls and build your own giant lighthouse as a class!
EXA 0-02a, LIT 0-04a, TCH 0-10a / EXA 1-02a, LIT 1-04a, SCN 1-07a, TCH 1-10a

Katie Morag and Island Life, P1 – P3 (1 hour)
Using Katie Morag stories as a stimulus, pupils will learn about life on Scottish islands by visiting our puffer MV Spartan and virtually exploring the inside. We’ll then investigate maps of the island and calculate the best routes to deliver the mail. Finally, pupils will weigh and measure different objects to avoid overloading the mainland mail ship.
MNU 1-10c, MNU 1-11a, SOC 1-02a, SOC 1-14a

Ship Shape ScienceP1-P3 (1 hour) 
Pupils will take part in four science activities related to ships and the sea, including: floating and sinking, materials, balance and more.
TCH 1-06a, TCH 1-10a, SCN 1-15a / TCH 2-06a, TCH 2-10a

Under the Sea,  Nursery – P2 (1 hour)
Join Angie the Anglerfish as we journey from the beach to the deep sea exploring different habitats and objects we find in and around our oceans in this interactive STEM story. Afterwards we will investigate the objects we find. Do they float or sink? Are they living or not? Do they belong in the sea?
SCN 0-01a, SCN 0-15a, SOC 0-08a, TCH 0-10a / SCN 1-07a, TCH 1-06a

Second level and second/third level

Buoyant Adventures, P4 – P7 (60 minutes)
Explore buoyancy, density, floating, sinking and the science behind the world’s first ‘Eureka!’ moment in this interactive STEM workshop.
SOC 2-06a, SCN 2-08b, SCN 2-20a

Scottish Shipbuilding, P4 – P7 (75 minutes)
Combine STEM and Social Studies in the story of Scottish shipbuilding and its importance to the lives of people around the Clyde and beyond. Dive into the minds of Victorian scientists and engineers as you discover the wonder of steam power and explore fantastic forces and have the opportunity to handle and investigate historic shipyard objects.
SOC 2-01a, SOC 2-02a, SOC 2-06a, SCN 2-04a, TCH 2-10a

Investigating Titanic, P4 – P7 (60 minutes)
What led to the world’s most famous shipping disaster? Pupils will discover the science behind sinking ‘the unsinkable ship’ and will get to test out some historic lifejackets, write morse code messages and more.
SOC 2-01a, SOC 2-06a, SCN 2-08b

Powering Up, P6 – P7 (90 minutes)
A hands-on workshop investigating renewable energy for P7 classes, including wind, solar and hydroelectric energy. Created in partnership with National Museums Scotland.

Make a Museum, P6 – S3 (1 hour)
Fancy yourself as a Museum curator? Using our object handling boxes, replicas of our objects, design your own museum display and learn about working in a museum.
HWB 2-20a, SOC 2-01a / HWB 3-20a, SOC 3-01a, SOC 3-02a

Maritime Codebreaking, P6 – S3 (1 hour)
Codes have been used for centuries, to send distress messages from the Titanic, encrypt secret messages on the Enigma machine in WWII and even in Roman armies. In this numeracy-based workshop we’ll test some coding techniques and write our own.
MTH 3-13a, TCH 3-13a, TCH 3-14a


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