January 2012

Hands-On DNA: Bacterial Evolution

In Hands-On DNA: Bacterial Evolution, students step into the role of a clinical bacteriologist and use research-grade laboratory equipment to investigate DNA samples from new outbreaks of bacterial disease. This project will enable Key Stage 4 students to use cutting-edge equipment and the latest molecular techniques to explore evolution in action and their own DNA.

The Natural History Museum is one of 15 organisations selected for Hands-On DNA: Exploring Evolution, a new UK-wide initiative in collaboration with the Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Keep an eye on our website for further information

Evolution Day

Bring your Key Stage 4 students to an evolution-themed day at the Natural History Museum to support their GCSE content. Watch a screening of our cutting-edge interactive film Who Do You Think You Really Are?, and then, after lunch, recreate the famous debate around the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

This is a great day exploring how variation, natural selection and adaptation led to evolutionary change.

Find out more about the Great Debate and our interactive film

Meet scientists from the comfort of your classroom

You can’t always visit the Museum in person but you don’t have to miss out. In the spring term videoconferences follow our scientists as they go on field trips to Costa Rica and the Bahamas. Events for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 are timed to coincide with the National Science and Engineering Week from 9–18 March 2012 and we also run streamed videoconferences for A-Level students every Monday at 12.00.

The Museum was delighted to win the Content Provider category of the UK Education and Research Network (JANET) Videoconferencing Awards in December 2011. So come and see why by booking for 2012.

Videoconferences: Meet the Scientist

The Bird Table

Have you visited The Bird Table? This fun drop-in activity is led by our science educators and is suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2. Discover how penguins and other birds have adapted to survive, through activities that encourage pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of Antarctica, habitats and weather.

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AS and A-Level biology day

This unique day for post-16 students aims to inspire them about working in science and provides real examples of biology in use. Students meet Museum scientists, participate in a taxonomy workshop, and witness for themselves the scale of our collections.

Due to their popularity, the days book up very quickly. There are 30 places available between 10.30 and 15.30 on 5 March and 12 March.

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Find everything you need online

As part of our commitment to sustainability we are no longer posting out school brochures. Instead, all our programme news is available on our website.

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Education online

Call our Bookings Office on 020 7942 5555 for
school visit enquiries and bookings.

We look forward to seeing you soon.