Launchpad Project

This three-year outreach programme took the experiences and ethos of the Science Museum's innovative, hands-on Launchpad gallery into the classroom.

 

Overview

From 2007-2010, our Outreach team travelled to selected schools across the UK to deliver shows and workshops to students in Year 7 and S1 in Scotland. The project celebrated the re-opening of the Museum's popular Launchpad hands-on gallery following a major facelift.

The project reached over 8,500 students and 66 teachers.

Each school involved with the project experienced:

  • Danger! High Voltage! Show - a 45-minute show about electricity and magnetism, witnessing high voltage lightning flashes and conducting electricity through hands.
  • Science Communications Skills workshop - an interactive session developing communication skills using specialised demonstrations inspired by the Museum's Launchpad gallery itself.
  • The Launchbox Challenge - a hands-on workshop inspired by the Launchpad's On the Move film, to design and create a chain reaction contraption.
  • Finale - our team returned to each school where students presented their finished chain reaction contraption and performed the science demos they had learned.
  • Teacher training - a two-day training course introducing each aspect of the project, including online support resources.

Launchpad - egg trick explained

Sponsors

  • Principal Sponsor: Shell
  • Major Sponsor: Nintendo
  • Major Funder: The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • With additional support from: The Zochonis Charitable Trust