Discovery Events

Discovery Events are half day (4 periods) or full day sessions. These challenges are group-based and can accommodate up to 100 students depending on available space and supervising staff.

Due to the large numbers participating in Discovery Events, GeoBus requires staff support from your school. Please provide a ratio of 1 teacher to every 20 pupils.

Click on each Discovery Event to reveal more information, including requirements.

Exploring Beneath our Feet

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 This activity is accredited by the CREST AWARDS scheme and can be used as part of the Discovery or Bonze award.

This Discovery Event provides pupils with a greater insight into the types of jobs available within the water, oil, gas and carbon capture and storage industries. The workshops are all interactive and include; rock identification in hand specimen and thin sections, porosity and permeability experiments and looking at seismic data.

Each group of workshops is tailored to the schools preferred resource from the following options: Water, Hydrocarbons or CCS. When booking please indicate on the booking form which resource you wish to focus on.

Year Group: S3-S4

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: A room large enough to accommodate all participating pupils, with desks and chairs set out into groups of 4. Access to power sockets is required for microscopes and a screen is required to display a presentation. Due to the large numbers of pupils participating in Discovery Events, GeoBus requires staff support from your school – please provide a ratio of 1 teacher to every 20 pupils.

Subjects: Geology, Geography, Maths, Technology, Physics, Biology

 

Journey to Mars

Half Day (4 periods) Discovery Event

Do you think there is life on other planets? Could humans live on another planet and are their resources out there we can use? So many questions about space and so few answer! In the GeoBus Journey to Mars challenge, students discover  how scientists look into space and explore other planets using a range of different technologies.

The day begins with all the students together looking at the similarities and differences between Mars and Earth. They then visit 4 different workshops in smaller groups to discover more.

Workshop 1: Scientific literacy – in science no idea is too ‘out there’, but convincing others that you are right can be a big challenge. In this workshop pupils study the evidence to decide for themselves whether or not there really could be life on Mars?

Workshop 2: Looking into space – this workshop explores the different technologies we use to look into space. Pupils have the opportunity to play with an infrared camera, millimetre waves radar, seismometer and a rover.

Workshop 3: Earth and Mars – scientists use their understanding of the world around us to help understand other planets. Using cores and 3D images students will look at features on Mars and try to work out why they are larger on Mars than on Earth.

Workshop 4: Resources and Rocks – one of the reasons we explore other planets is to look for resources that we can use. This workshop uses microscopes to look at the Martian rocks and discover the importance of small-scale evidence.

The day concludes with some space themed games to consulate learning, including lingo bingo.

Year Group: S1-S3

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: A large space for all students to start and end the challenge in (preferably a hall) and four separate classrooms (with projectors/projecting space). One of the sessions uses microscopes therefore one of these rooms requires power sockets. The equipment for this Discovery Event is heavy so please ensure that spaces are on the ground floor unless the school has a lift. Due to the large numbers of pupils participating in Discovery Events, GeoBus requires staff support from your school – please provide a ration of 1 teacher to every 20 pupils. 

Subjects: Geology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics

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Jurassic World

We’re currently working on revamping this Discovery Event but it includes activities on dinosaur biomechamics, extinctions and evidence for how other creatures lived alongside the dinosaurs.

If you are interested please get in touch!

Renewable Energy

Can be run as either a Full Day or Half Day (4 periods) Discovery Event

The full day activity can accommodate 120 pupils, the half day (4 periods) activity can accommodate 80 pupils.

This challenge is aimed at encouraging pupils to think about how to develop an efficient and cost effective wind farm, and is split into two main parts.

1. Pupils will be assigned roles within an energy company (groups of 4) and will be given a landscape and a set of maps. As a company, they will have to decide on, and justify, the location of a wind farm, then calculate the projected profits.

2. Pupils will design the blades for a wind turbine, including selecting construction materials. They will then be given the requested materials and will build their final design – the wind turbine’s electricity generation will be tested at the end of the challenge.

The winning company will be the one that has done the best on all challenges throughout the day, not just the best design.

When run as a full day, this enterprise challenge delves deeper into why we need energy and where we source it from, and includes a combustion experiment to demonstrate the product of burning a hydrocarbon.

 Year Group: S2-S6

Set-up time: 50 minutes

Requirements: A teaching space large enough to accommodate all of the participating pupils with desks set out into groups of 4 pupils. A screen to project the presentation is required, along with a power socket for testing the wind turbine designs. Due to the large numbers of pupils participating in Discovery Events, GeoBus requires staff support from your school – please provide a ration of 1 teacher to every 20 pupils. 

Subjects: Geology, Geography, Technology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry

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Scotland's Rock Story

Full day Discovery Event

Pupils will move around a series of work stations completing activities that will enable them to piece together the outline of Scotland’s fascinating geological history. They will have the opportunity to look at geological maps, a variety of rocks and fossils, animations of the formation of super-continents through time, and to see how rocks can be deformed.

Workshop 1: Scotland’s mountain building –  students look at how the Iapetus Ocean closed when England and Scotland collided, resulting in the creation of a mountain belt that we can still observe today.

Workshop 2: Scotland and continental drift – students look at how Scotland has drifted through time, and make lava lamps to model convection. Easy access to a sink is required.

Workshop 3: Scotland’s oldest rock –  students analyse Lewisian Gneiss, the oldest rock in Scotland and one of the oldest in the world. This is done through hand specimens and microscopes. Access to multiple plug sockets is necessary.

Workshop 4: Scotland’s volcanoes – students look at different igneous rocks, and discover more about different volcanic processes. Easy access to sink is required for clean up between each workshop.

Workshop 5: Scotland’s Environment –  students investigate different Scottish sedimentary rocks, and make their own fossils. Easy access to a sink is required.

Year Group: S1-S6

Set-up time: 60 minutes minimum

Requirements: A large space for all students to start and end* the day in (preferably a hall) and five separate classrooms (with projectors/projecting space). One of the sessions uses microscopes therefore one of these rooms requires power sockets. Another three should ideally have sinks/easy access to water. The equipment for this Discovery Event is heavy so please ensure that spaces are on the ground floor unless the school has a lift. Due to the large numbers of pupils participating in Discovery Events, GeoBus requires staff support from your school – please provide a ration of 1 teacher to every 20 pupils.

*At the end of the day the pupils complete a geological map, summarising what they have learnt during the day. Therefore this large space requires tables for the pupils to work at – alternatively two separate classrooms can be used and pupils can be split. Please contact us to discuss if this is not possible.

Subjects: Geology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics

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What to do with CO₂ ?

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 This activity is accredited by the CREST AWARDS scheme and can be used as part of the Discovery or Bonze award.

After an introduction including the Whoosh Bottle Demonstration and an Ocean Acidification Demonstration, pupils take part in four different workshops, exploring four careers related to CCS; geologist, geophysicist, geochemist and engineer. Working in teams, they will then use the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the day by locating a CCS site and trying to build the perfect reservoir.

Morning Session 1: Geologist

– CO2 Storage Rocks – understanding the main rock types that are useful in CCS using microscopes and hand specimens.

– Experiment on how rocks can be porous and/or permeable (or neither) and the influence on CO2 storage, including which rock types prevent the CO2 from leaking out of the storage rock.

Morning Session 2: Geophysicist

– CO2 Storage Rocks – oil and gas reservoirs can make very good sites for CO2 injection. In this activity the pupils use seismic data and their geology knowledge to work out what makes a good reservoir.

– Structural Trapping of CO2 – using clay to mold the formations that occur in the subsurface of the earth we will test to see what structures make effective traps and what structures encourage leaks.

Morning Session 3: Geochemist

– Properties of CO– pupils discover how CO2 behaves as a supercritical fluid, and investigate the transport steps involved in CCS.

Morning Session 4: Engineer

– CO2 Capture Experiment – this experiment involves creating and capturing CO2

– CO2 Transport Activity – interactive demonstration to illustrate how molecules of CO2 behave from capture as a gas, through compression to a supercritical liquid, to transportation deep under the ground.

Afternoon Session:

– CCS Mapping: Where to inject CO2 ? – pupils use the knowledge they have accumulated during the morning sessions to choose their company’s next CCS storage site.

– Reservoir Design Experiment – pupils design and build a reservoir that will hold the CO2 released through the pipe. When finished, their reservoir is tested using a CO2 detector.

Year Group: S1-S3

Set-up time: 60 minutes

Requirements: A large space for all students to start and end the challenge in with desks and chairs set out in groups of 4, plus four separate classrooms. One of the sessions uses microscopes therefore one of these rooms requires power sockets, another two require access to a sink. The equipment for this Discovery Event is heavy so please ensure that spaces are on the ground floor unless the school has a lift. Due to the large numbers of pupils participating in Discovery Events, GeoBus requires staff support from your school – please provide a ration of 1 teacher to every 20 pupils. 

Subjects: Geology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Maths

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“I thought it was good we got to actually build out turbine and we got to test them. Also I thought we got a great amount of time to do all of it! “