Nature and habitat explorer box

The practical, fun and engaging school sessions aim to introduce students to all the exciting areas Coultershaw has to offer.

Hilary Cunningham, Community Engagement Officer, said: “We really believe that once our local schools realize the learning potential of our site, we could become a very popular destination for school visits. We naturally lend ourselves to engage children in science, engineering, and STEM-based activities and nature, all in a beautiful riverside location with a dedicated indoor learning space.

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As part of the workshops, schools can watch the historic water wheel drive the Beam pump to produce an amazing fountain, they can learn how the Archimedean screw turbine generates green electricity using water power and try to pump the water themselves using our vintage hand pumps, before being challenged to design a boat that floats and send it hurtling down a river. Those staying for a full day session will also have the option of completing our new Wind in the Willows trail.

In addition to the offer of schools on site, it is also launching Explorer Boxes that schools can borrow.

Hilary explains that through this they also hope to engage with local off-site schools. There are four boxes to choose from, each containing a variety of interesting objects and a teacher’s manual to help explain the various activities they contain.

The school can borrow an Explorer Box on the following subjects….

Nature & Habitat (designed for early years and Milestone 1) Students can learn about birds through a variety of interactive challenges, become expert leaf spotters, create buntings and try their hand at becoming a junior entomologist.

The Rother River (designed for Milestones 1 and 2) Students can discover some of the key features of rivers and canals, build their own canal and learn how to make paper boats.

Records of the Past (designed for Key Stage 1 & 2) Students will study the work of local photographer George Garland before being challenged to think like a photographer and arrange a variety of shots to create their own photo of group. This box included a digital camera and a tripod.

Junior Engineers (designed Key Stage 2) This STEM-based activity box includes a solar-powered water pump and build your own waterwheel kits.

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