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Who wants to be a scientist?

Students will discover how scientists use their senses to study chemicals.

Who is it for: Key stage 1 and reception
Duration: 50 minutes
Young school student working in a lab during a education workshop.

Students will become a scientist for the day

Students will take on the role of a scientist and use real laboratory equipment to create new substances and reveal their hidden properties.

They will discover how scientists use their senses to study chemicals by making scents and jelly worms,  before ending the workshop with a dramatic whoosh!

Curriculum links

Key stage 1 and reception
Working scientifically
  • Use of everyday materials
  • Working scientifically

By the end of the workshops students will have discovered:

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How to use a range of laboratory equipment to safely handle and study chemicals.

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How scientists use their senses of sight, touch, and smell to study the properties of chemicals.

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That you can create new substances and reveal hidden properties of substances, by mixing chemicals together.

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How scientists use lab equipment to extract chemicals that can be useful in our everyday lives.