as creatives is one of the UK's leading providers of Science Workshops to primary and secondary schools. Taking approaches from the world of the arts, but always rooted in real and concrete science, our Creative Science workshops provide and excellent way of engaging students with science and supporting them in understanding the world (and worlds) around them.
Why go for a performance-based approach? Well, because science is dramatic, dynamic and directional!
Interplanetary Tours (EYFS – KS4)
From Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon to the photographs of pluto send back by New Horizons on its historic 2015 flypast of Pluto, we’re all entranced by our neighbours in the solar system. And we’ll know even more when Bruno, the British built rover, lands on Mars in 2018. Taking things one step further, this intriguing workshop asks pupils to imagine the day when interplanetary tours are possible. Informed by the discoveries of such spaceware as Voyager, Hubble and Cassini, they’ll plan, prepare and present short plays exploring the problems posed by visiting the sulphurous volcanoes of Venus, the gaseous storms of Saturn or the icy plains of Pluto. Just remember one thing: “In space, no-one can hear you scream.”
Pirate Science (EYFS – Year 6)
Captain Richard Morgan’s got a problem – because The Good Ship Mathematics is way too big to moor in Cloud Island’s tiny harbour. The answer? Smaller boats, of course – but the Captain needs help in finishing them. After exploring the mechanics of floatation with your pupils (in drama activities harking back to Archimedes!), he’ll set them a challenge: to complete model boats, which they will test back in the classroom. He’s got a second problem, too, as one of his shipmates is ill. And to help the Captain, pupils will need to learn all about Pirate Medicine!
Science Skills (EYFS – KS2)
What skills do scientists need – and where can we find them in the natural world? This quick-fired workshop, suitable for up to 60 children at a time, begins with a game identifying and cementing key content from topics classes are currently exploring – then answers these questions through a high energy drama activity that incorporates both team working and problem solving too!
Space Pirates (EYFS – KS2)
Our travelling pirate, Captain Richard Morgan, has a new ship – but the Solar Surfer sails through the stars, not the seas! And as the Solar Surfer is powered by solar waves, of course, it’s vital that the Captain understands the differences between Red Giants, White Dwarves and Black Holes. But that’s the problem: he doesn’t. So he’ll arrive at your school in search of help.
After working in small groups on an age-differentiated independent carousel of activities, pupils will have all the information they need to solve his problems for him. And they’ll do that by performing dramatic representations of a range of different possible life cycles for stars – and alerting the Captain as to exactly what he needs to look out for!
The Story of Flight (KS2 – KS4)
Discover how humankind left the earth’s surface for the skies and then space – and ultimately the stars – in this thrilling and action-packed drama-based workshop. Starting with the Icarus myth, pupils will explore, learn about and teach each other some of the scientific and technological landmarks in The Story of Flight, including Leonardo’s musings on helicopters, the Montgolfier brothers’ experiments with balloons, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s development of the aeroplane, Frank Whittle’s work on the jet engine and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
CSI: Forces (KS2)
In a new addition to our popular CSI range of workshops, CSI: Forces will set your pupils a problem – to use their knowledge and understanding of forces in identifying which of six suspects sabotaged the new Jupiter VII space rocket. They’ll take part in a number of activities, each releasing a force-related clue eliminating one of the possible criminals – until the Police Force becomes the most important force, as the miscreant is hauled before justice.
CSI: Periodic Table (KS3 – KS4)
Our CSI: Maths workshop proves successful all over the country, so, in response to popular demand, we’ve now developed a version that tests students’ science skills. CSI: Periodic Table sets them a problem – to use their knowledge and understanding of elements and compounds in identifying which of six suspect scientists murdered Professor Plutonium – and how. They’ll take part in a number of activities exploring the properties of particular elements or elemental families, each releasing a chemistry-related clue eliminating one of the possible criminals. Once they’re agreed on a name, they’ll have one final hurdle to overcome – to use all the evidence they’ve gleaned in determining exactly how the Professor was killed.
STEM Geodesic Domes
What connects science, maths, engineering space – and sport? Geodesity, of course! And our Geodesic Dome programmes offer students fantastic opportunities to cement their understanding of specific curriculum areas – and to celebrate and share their learning in a unique, eye-catching and inspiring way.
After recalling their learning in a creative manner, students will work to a template in using it to illustrate the 105 triangular panels that make up our Geodesic Domes. They’ll then be guided through a process that allows them to fit the triangles together to make hexagons and pentagons – and then to piece these together to construct the 2m high dome.
The View from Space
The theme of this year’s Space Week goes by the slightly unwieldy title of “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future” – but we’ve designed an exciting new workshop that brings this all to life. The View from Space makes clear just how our adventures in space can tell us as much about the Earth itself as about the solar system and beyond. And, rooted in real science, the workshop uses drama as a powerful way of reminding pupils just how fragile our planet is – and of the responsibility we all have to look after it.
After interactive exercises specifically designed to make clear exactly what “remote sensing” is (and what it can do for us), pupils work in small groups to plan, prepare, present and peer review short dramas in which astronauts on the International Space Station analyse remotely sensed data – and report back to Earth on the possible impacts of their findings. Members of the audience then have to choose from three possible courses of action – so the future of the world is literally in their hands.
Messages from Space
The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day is “Messages” – which provides a perfect link to Space Week 2016 and its theme of “Remote Sensing”. Which led us to ask ourselves: what if the planet Jupiter wanted to speak to us? How would it sound? What words would it use? And what if the giant black hole in the constellation of Sagittarius had a message for us? What would it be – and how would it be transmitted? After a warm-up activity exploring some of the characteristics of a range of inhabitants of the universe (including stars and comets as well as planets and black holes), and armed with age-differentiated FactFiles, pupils will answer these questions for themselves as they create and perform their own poetic Messages from Space!
Other Primary science workshops include: Expect the Unexpected, Making Sense of Sound and Fossil Hunters.
Other Secondary science workshops include: Counting the Cost of Carbon and Expect the Unexpected.
What people say about us!
“The workshop linked beautifully with our IPC topic – Mission to Mars and supported their learning about the features of different planets.” (Ms Hanford-Phillips, John Ball School, London)
“Our Year 6 children achieved incredible results in their literacy SATs this year – and I am sure that working with as creatives had a very positive impact on these results!” (Headteacher, Runcorn All Saints Primary School)
“as creatives are like a breath of fresh air – livening up teachers and students with fun and innovative methods of learning. The planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes results in a thoroughly professional delivery in which all participants are valued and respected.” (Head of Science, Holy Cross School, Bolton)
"Great timing for our SATS revision – light hearted but purposeful and the children were learning all the time. Thank you so much for an entertaining and enjoyable afternoon!” (Science Co-ordinator, Childwall Primary)
“The pace and variety of activities kept all the pupils engaged – and the dramas brought science to life!” (Teacher, Runcorn All Saints Primary)
“The levels of engagement and behaviour have been fantastic. These approaches will really help us!” (Senior Leadership Team, Broughton Hall)
Early Years Age 3-5, INSET Teacher Training, KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11, KS3 Age 11-13, KS4 Age 14-16, KS5 Age 16-18