Double Period

Double period workshops take two 50 minute periods to run and are suitable for classes of up to 30 students. Please click on each workshop for a description, and further information regarding classroom requirements.

Dinosaur Biomechanics: How fast is a dinosaur?

This activity uses biomechanics and empirical equations to find out how fast different dinosaurs could run from footprint tracks. The examples used are based on real footprint tracks from rocks found in the UK, the European Alps, and the USA.

Different dinosaur tracks are lain down in a large space to represent different strides/speeds and students measure these to work out what might have made them and how fast it was travelling.

Year Group: S1-S6

Set-up time: 30 minutes

Requirements: A large space either outside (if weather allows) or in a room which is 18m in length. A basic knowledge of speed = distance/time and graphs is useful for the students to get the most out of this session.

Subjects: Geology, Physics, Biology, Maths

Fluvial Processes

This is a highly practical class where the pupils can observe erosion, transportation and deposition in action using our specially designed fluvial tanks.

Having created their own river networks, pupils will have the opportunity to design a settlement next to the river and consider how to best protect it from the risk of flood damage and erosion.

This workshop requires a ground floor classroom/space.

Year Group: S4-S6

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: A ground floor teaching space with access to a sink. The equipment for this workshop is very heavy, and the tanks themselves do not fit into lifts, so a ground floor classroom is an absolute necessity. Please note that this workshop involves sand and water and can be a little messy – a non-carpeted floor is therefore usually more suitable.

Subjects: Geology, Geography

As an extension, follow the link below to download this free app by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which lets you discover how people and wildlife depend on a river and its flow.

Geological Mapping

The space will be transformed into a geological mapping area. Rock samples will be placed around to mimic how geologists look at small outcrops in the field. The pupils will identify the different rock types and take strike and dip measurements of their orientation.

Once all the sites have been visited, pupils will produce a geological map of the area and work as a class to discover the geological history of the area.

Year Group: S2-S6

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: A large space either outside (if weather allows) or in a room which is 18m in length.

Subjects: Geology, Geography

Hydrology: Understanding the Hydrograph

An important part of understanding the water cycle, the concept of the storm hydrograph can be a tricky one for pupils to fully understand.

This practical workshop enables students to visually compare multiple hydrographs through the alteration of several different influencing variables, including precipitation volume, slope gradient and vegetation cover. Pupils plot a range of hydrographs based on these changing variables.

Year Group: Higher pupils

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: A room (preferably large-ish to allow us to set up 1 large table of equipment per 5 pupils) with access to a sink. Equipment for this workshop is an awkward size – unless the building has a large lift* a ground floor teaching space is required. Please note that, while we use tarpaulins, this workshop involves pupils working with water and can therefore result in some spillage.

*Equipment boxes are 1.3m long and need to be kept flat.

Subjects: Geology, Geography

Introduction to Geology

This workshop takes pupils on a journey through the Rock Cycle, discovering the forces that shape our planet and introducing how geologists study earth processes by examining different types of rocks and deducing their history.

Year Group: S1-S6

Set-up time: 40 minutes

Requirements: A classroom with desks for pupils to work at. Equipment for this workshop is heavy, so please ensure that a ground floor teaching space is available if there is no lift in the school.

Subjects: Geology, Geography, Environmental Science

Plate Tectonics and their Hazards

Plate tectonics is the driving force behind some of the Earth’s most devastating natural hazards. Pupils are first introduced to the theory of plate movements, tracking them through time to create the continents we see today and revealing the relationship to natural hazards. The workshop then takes a closer look at Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis, using practical activities including earthquake modelling, simulated volcanic eruptions and a tsunami evacuation race.

Year Group: National 4/5 pupils

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: One large space to accommodate all participating pupils (including tables and chairs). Equipment for this workshop is heavy – a ground floor teaching space is required if there is a not a lift in the school.

Subjects: Geology, Geography, Science

The slides used and the notes for this workshop are available to download below. A pupil worksheet is also available to download and print.

Plate Tectonics on Mars

The Role of Soils

Soils play a vital role across our planet and have major influences on human life – for example, through influencing agriculture and drainage. During this workshop, students are introduced to different Scottish soil types and undertake experiments to determine what role they play across the country, including investigating infiltration rates and soil fertility. Pupils are introduced to how to describe soils using crushed biscuits – please let us know if there are any dietary requirements.

Year Group: Higher pupils

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: Access to a sink is required. Please let us know any allergy information prior to our visit as part of this workshop uses edible ‘soils’.

Subjects: Geology, Geography, Environmental Science, Biology