GeoBus offers workshops to both Primary and Secondary schools. Workshop descriptions will give you more detailed information on the set-up times, session capacity, running time and target year groups. Please make sure you check the requirements carefully before booking a visit.

 

Primary School Workshops

 
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Earthquakes

Year groups: 4-6 (mature Year 3 groups as well) 
Max capacity per workshop: 30 students
Set up time: 25 minutes
Running time: 1 hour
Room requirements: Either tables set up so children can work in groups of 4 or a large open space where children can work in groups on the floor. Projector and screen.

This workshop introduces students to the structure of earth, where earthquakes happen and why, as well as the dangers of earthquakes. Pupils work in groups to try to create an earthquake proof building which is then tested on a shake table to simulate the shaking of an earthquake.

 
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Volcanoes

Year groups: 4-6 (mature Year 3 groups as well) 
Max capacity per workshop: 30 students
Set up time: 25 minutes
Running time: 1 hour
Room requirements: Either tables set up so children can work in groups of 4 or a large open space where children can work in groups on the floor. Access to a water source and sink nearby would be preferable. Projector and screen.

This workshop covers where and why volcanoes happen by looking at the structure of the Earth as well as tectonic plates. We then look at some different types of eruptions and simulate some small scale eruptions in the classroom and look at why volcanoes can be dangerous.

 
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Fossils

Year groups: 1-6 (can be adapted to suit most ages) 
Max capacity per workshop: 30 students
Set up time: 30 minutes
Running time: 1 hour (but can be shortened for younger year groups)
Room requirements: Either tables set up so children can work in groups or a large open space where children can work in groups on the floor. Access to a water source and sink nearby would be preferable. Projector and screen.

This flexible workshop can be adapted to be run with a range of different abilities. From simple handling and investigation of specimens, to producing salt dough models of fossils to take home. We have a few different activities that can be strung together to make the perfect session.

 
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Rocks and Minerals

Year groups: 1-6 (can be adapted to suit most ages)
Max capacity per workshop: 30 students
Set up time: 30 minutes
Running time: 1 hour (but can be shortened for younger year groups)
Room requirements: Either tables set up so children can work in groups of 4 or a large open space where children can work in groups on the floor. Projector and screen. Materials for this workshop are particularly heavy so either a ground floor classroom or access with lift.

A specimen led workshop that introduces pupils to different types of rocks and minerals and gets them to think about where they come from and what we use them for.


Secondary school Workshops

 
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Earthquakes

Year groups: 7-11 (can be adapted to suit most ages) 
Max capacity per workshop: 30 students
Set up time: 30 minutes
Running time: 50m - 1 hour
Room requirements: A classroom with enough tables and chairs for all students taking part, preferably set up in groups of 4. Projector and screen.

This session focuses on the locations and causes of earthquakes, they different types of plate movements associated with them, the waves created by an earthquake and finally the damage they can cause and how we can engineer around this.

 
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Volcanoes

Year groups: 7-11 (can be adapted to suit most ages) 
Max capacity per workshop: 30 students
Set up time: 30 minutes
Running time: 50m - 1 hour
Room requirements: A classroom with enough tables and chairs for all students taking part, preferably set up in groups of 4. Projector and screen. Materials for this workshop are particularly heavy so either a ground floor classroom or access with lift.

This session focuses on the locations and causes of volcanoes and the technology that is used to monitor volcanoes around the world. The workshop includes an interactive experiment into predicting volcanic eruptions as well as a chance to sample some of the technology first hand.