Be a Scientist for the Day

Outreach activities in the lab



On our 'Be a Scientist for the Day' programme we welcome primary school groups to visit our labs and find out what it is like to be a real biologist.

Pupils can carry out experiments, examine specimens under our microscopes, meet our insects and carnivorous plants and explore the wonders of our zoological museum.

Outreach activities in the lab

In the lab

In the lab we focus on what scientists do. We ask questions and then help the children to answer them using observations and experiments.

For example, we might ask 'How do insects avoid being eaten by predators?' The children then look at and handle a range of insects that use different adaptations to avoid being eaten. Or we might ask 'How do insects behave in different environmental conditions?' the children then carry out experiments to find out the answer.

Outreach activity in the museum

Outreach activity in the museum




In the Museum

While half your class is in the lab, the other half can explore our zoological museum. The reaction of most children (and adults!) when they walk through the door, is 'Wow!'. It is an 'old-fashioned' museum packed with skeletons and whole animal specimens in glass cases. Exactly the type of museum that most children have never seen before.

Here we always start with some free time to allow the children to simply explore and ask us questions freely about what they see. We then look at themes such as 'adaptation' and 'animal groups'. We often play 'Animal detectives' filling out worksheets and creating drawings of the animals from their skeletons.