Science Workshops for Primary Schools


From September 2017, Aberystwyth University’s Centre for Widening Participation will be offering local primary schools the opportunity to have an in-school science workshop delivered free of charge. 

Descriptions of our current courses can be found below.

Each workshop should last between 1 - 2 hours and will involve students carrying out hands-on experiments and reflecting on their results.

For further details or to discuss booking a session please contact Rachel Rees on or by calling 01970 621890.

Terms and Conditions

Requirements from the school for a workshop are as follows:

  • A maximum of 30 pupils can attend each session; 
  • Access to the room at least 15 min before and after the session to set up and clear away;
  • Access to a computer and projector to show a PowerPoint from a USB stick;
  • A teacher must be present during the entire session and be responsible for behaviour management;
  • A parking space near the entrance of the School for ease of carrying equipment;
  • Access to hot water is required for the Chocolate Challenge workshop;
  • Adequate floor space is required for the Slippery Slopes workshop; 
  • A risk assessment will be provided prior to the event taking place and needs to be agreed by the class teacher. 

Chocolate Challenge

Science: Chemistry

Suitable for: Years 5 & 6

Language: Welsh, English or Bilingual (please specify when booking)

Description: In the Chocolate Challenge workshop, pupils will investigate whether different variety of chocolate melt at different speeds. The aim is to develop pupils’ understanding of variables, fair testing and reproducibility.

Slippery Slopes

Science: Physics

Suitable for: Years 5 & 6

Language: Welsh, English or Bilingual (please specify when booking)

Description: In the Slippery Slopes workshop, pupils will investigate variables that effect the distance a car will travel along a ramp. Variables include the steepness of the ramp and the material it is made from. The aim is to develop pupils knowledge of forces in addition to their scientific enquiry skills such as fair testing and measuring.

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