The Easter holiday has come to an end so it’s time to start teaching the children again – and even if you don’t have kids, you’re never too old to learn something new. Thankfully, Castlefield’s own Science and Industry Museum has teamed up with the other four members of the Science Museum Group to make a huge amount of content available online. Below are three of the best ways to experience what is on offer.

Fun Activities

A huge array of educational activities are available on the Science and Industry Museum website, including games, apps and experiments. With these, young ones can investigate how sounds travel by using a coat hanger and string, make the perfect instant ice-cream, design their own space rover and find out how playing with paper aeroplanes becomes a lesson on the fundamentals of aerodynamics. The activities are easily searchable by subject, format, and age/Key Stage level.

Virtual Tours

The inside of the Science Museum in London has been photographed by Google Street View, to explore at your leisure. Also, all five Science venues are part of Google Arts & Culture, a platform that lets the public view art collections online. You can scroll through the annotated images and videos from 16 acclaimed exhibitions. Standouts include The Man-Machine, which centres on our quest to create robots in our own image.

Video and Audio

The official YouTube channel of Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum features countless videos hosted by industry professionals and even some famous faces. You can watch a lecture about the universe by Stephen Hawking, listen to Buzz Aldrin and Tim Peake talk about life in space and hear Bill Gates discuss breakthroughs in technology. And on Soundcloud, there are over 40 lectures and panel discussions, including one with the scientist turned rock star, Brian May.

Wed 13 May, Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP
, Tel: 0161 832 2244
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Fri 5 Jun 2020