Science Uncovered at Tring

School students in the Museum
  • 29 September 2017

  • 9.00-11.30

  • Free admission

  • The Walter Rothschild building

    Akeman Street, Tring

    Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP 

Get excited about real life science at this special event for secondary school students.

Workshops are designed to inspire and engage KS3-KS5 students with science in society and explore career paths in science. Part of European Researchers' Night, our annual festival of science is free.

Chat with Museum scientists including our world renowned bird collection curators. Meet science organisations at interactive stations, get hands-on with outdoor activities and challenge older students to take part in a live Q&A with extinction expert, Julian Hume.

Free learning activities

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  • Use a microscope to see organisms that are invisible to the naked eye
  • Learn how scientists work out whether a species is threatened with extinction
  • Explore opportunities to shape the future of the natural world with the Youth Nature Network. Join nature conservation forums and learn about projects and opportunities for skill-building that could lead to a career in UK and global biodiversity.
  • Find out about careers in ecological and environmental management.
  • Find out how species identification skills are important in natural history careers and how you can get involved in citizen science projects.

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  • Conduct your own DNA experiment by learning how to extract DNA from fruit
  • Play a game to seek out which species we are most closely related to
  • Discover which bacteria could be considered our closest bacterial relative

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  • Learn how Tring's bird research collections are used to solve mysteries and identify bird remains found in unexpected places such as aircraft engines, bags of food and archaeological sites

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  • Find out how scientists study meteorites and how these messengers from space are linked to space missions
  • Explore how scientists try to forecast major volcanic eruptions
  • Cobalt is a vital mineral used for mobile phones and medical treatments. Learn about the production chain from mining to disposal and what might be done to minimise environmental damage.

Rothschild Room

  • Find out how 3D-scanning bird beaks can help us understand how and why species diversify
  • Investigate how historic science records are important for twenty-first-century researchers


  • Check out the Wild Trax project for 11- to 18-year-olds and sign up to gain new skills, help nature and contribute to the local community

Special sessions for A-level and GCSE students, 10.00-10.30 and 13.30-14.00

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Extinct and endangered

Meet world dodo expert Dr Julian Hume and enter into a lively debate about how we understand and prevent extinction. Each session will be structured in two parts to get students thinking about issues facing the natural world and the role that science researchers play in conservation.

Part 1: What use is a dead dodo?

Julian is a world expert on the dodo. Find out how his research can help us understand how extinction happens. Could we have saved the dodo? Can we use what we know to prevent other extinctions?

Part 2: Save or sacrifice

There are only three northern white rhinos left in the world. Julian's work with rhinos has led him all over the world, from Kenya to the Czech Republic.

How far we should go to save individual species? Is it ethical to spend millions of pounds to save one species while we let others die out?

Make a booking

To find out more and secure a booking for your group, email us. In your email, please confirm the number of students, key stage and whether you would prefer the morning or afternoon session. 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722950. 

Science Uncovered 2017 at the Natural History Museum at Tring is also part-funded by SHARE Museums East. 

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