Is the Geobus an actual bus that you can board?
No, I'm afraid not. It is actually a small, car-sized van that we use to transport all kit to and from the schools. But 'GeoVan' didn't have quite the same ring to it... This does mean that we will need a parking space organised for us for the duration of our visit and a space to teach inside the school.
Are the workshops really free?
Yes! Our costs are covered by our fantastic sponsors which means we can be completely inclusive. All we need is space inside the school to teach. You can check each workshop's room requirements on our workshops page.
On the very rare occasion that equipment is damaged or lost through carelessness, we may have to ask the school to cover replacement costs.
As we are a free resource, we focus mainly on visiting state schools. Independent schools are welcome to book a visit but we usually ask for a donation to do so.
What regions do you cover?
London and the surrounding areas. Basically, if your school is within a reasonable driving distance of UCL (less than 2 hours taking into account traffic) we can probably organise a visit. We do occasionally go further afield for public events such as science festivals so if you are aware of events that we can link up with whilst including a visit to your school please do feel free to get in touch!
It can all be done online! Firstly, decide which workshop you would like from our workshops page, then use our online calendar to check availability for a visit. Finally, fill in your details on our online form and submit. We'll get back to you asap to confirm your visit and discuss any other details with you.
How do i make a booking?
At present, yes, you can cancel your GeoBus booking without any penalty. In the future though, as bookings increase and spaces become limited, we may have to implement a minimum notice period for cancellations.
Can I cancel my booking?
For health and safety, a member of school staff must be present at all times during the workshops.
Do school staff have to be present during the workshops?
As GeoBus UCL is still relatively new we have a much smaller team than that at GeoBus St Andrews. This means we are a bit more limited in what we can offer schools at present. We are always developing new resources and as soon as we can secure more funding our team should hopefully expand as well as the range of workshops on offer.