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Schools' and community engagement

School students in Life's Creativity Zone.

One of Life’s founding principles has been to bring science to different groups and communities. It’s something we’ve remained passionate about. 

Life can be inspiring, eye-opening and mesmerising – and we want it to be a place where everyone can thrive.

Here’s how we’re making it happen:

Science is for everyone

A North East student with teacher at a Life Science Centre school workshop.

Helping schools bring science to life

We’ve helped schools across the North East to add a little extra “wow” to their science curricula. Our workshops take place in real labs and making studies, giving students hands-on experience of the ideas they’re exploring.

Students from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 and above can discover a range of subjects in a new light – whether that’s space, human biology, engineering, or climate change. We’ll also help them discover new careers and opportunities that they might not have otherwise considered, many of which are available here in the North East

Community group taking part in an activity in Life Science Centre's Making Studios.

Creating a welcoming place – for everyone

We work with organisations across the region to offer events and clubs for those with specific needs.

We partnered with the North East Autism Society and in 2021, were the first cultural venue to receive the North East Autism Society Gold Standard award.

It’s an approach we’re adopting for other groups, including regular Science Clubs for families and young people from the deaf and sight loss communities.

Students learning in Mission Control, a hands-on exhibit in Life Science Centre's Space Zone.

Reaching out across the region

Life continues to work with groups in disadvantaged areas of the region – to ensure they can discover science and the opportunities that come with it.

Our team has showcased science demonstrations and mobile planetaria at fairs across the North East, and has held events to encourage younger people into STEM careers. We have also welcomed more than 3,000 people through the Local Authority Holiday Activity Fund and work with organisations such as The West End School’s Trust. 


Life has been awarded the Gold Standard by The North East Autism Society (NEAS), making it the first visitor attraction to ever receive the award.

The award recognises the long-term partnership between Life and NEAS which has led to improvements in the visitor experience for autistic people, and increasing staff’s understanding of autism and neurodiversity through on-going specialist training.

An award winning partnership

Life Science Centre logo
Watch our NEAS partnership video

“Getting kids interested in science is invaluable and Life is brilliant at it. From the enthusiastic staff to the wonderful exhibitions and workshops.”

Steph McGovern, television presenter

“It’s brilliant to work with our friends at Life who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of autistic people.”

John Phillipson, Chief Executive of North East Autism Society

“It’s so important that science is normalised, visible and accessible; having somewhere like Life in our city centre means that science is not something that’s hidden.”

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central


We welcome all our visitors and work hard to make sure our facilities are accessible to everyone.

School visits

Find out about our exciting workshops and science centre visits for your school.

Group visits

Life is a great place for community groups of all sizes to enjoy.  If you’re bringing 20 people or more, it’s best to book in advance.