London’s Science Museum is a publically funded museum and tourist attraction which is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. The Science Museum’s website provides resources for teaching science at KS3, including classroom and homework resources.
The resources available for KS3 science from this website are separated into 6 topics. These are Electricity and Magnetism, Energy Transfer, Light, Materials, Genetics and Brain Science and Medicine. Each of these topics features a range of activities which are related to KS3 science and teaching science at this level. They can be used in teaching science in the classroom, as a homework project or a challenge for a science club.
The Science Museum also offers ideas for KS3 science-related activities that are recommended for science and engineering clubs. These include projects such as a Martian shelter, bath fizzers and robotic bugs.
Inside the Science Museum itself, there are many hands-on, interactive exhibits for KS3 science pupils to explore, with have been created with the requirements of teaching science at this level in mind. The hands-on galleries that can help in teaching KS3 science include ‘Energy- fuelling the future’, which explores the importance of energy today and also its future implications, and ‘Launchpad’, a popular gallery which allows visitors to explore science and technology first-hand through exhibits and shows. Other galleries within the museum which feature exhibitions that are applicable to KS3 science cover the subjects of climate science, computing, materials, flight, energy, the future, the history of medicine, exploring space and the development of the industrial world. There is also a range of special exhibitions, events and an IMAX cinema that can help to teach KS3 science.
There is also a range of resources available to teachers available through the Science Museum and its website. These include training resources as well as ideas and material to help in teaching science at KS3. There are opportunities for teachers to explore the Science Museum without their pupils outside of normal opening times, courses that cover different areas of training for teaching science and ideas for engaging students through forming science clubs.