Tectonic Earth Show

Event information

Event type: show

Location: Attenborough Studio

Suitable for: Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16), key stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Capacity: 90 students

Duration: 30 minutes

Ticket prices:

£3 per student
Booking required

This show was previously called 'Rocks the House'

Learn about the powerful interactions that shape our planet in this action-packed science show.

Students will discover how tectonic plate interactions happen over different time scales, shaping landscapes, and how these processes can have profound effects on humans.

They will explore the mechanisms of plate tectonics by exploring the geological processes at plate boundaries, from constructive ocean ridges, destructive subduction zones and dangerous transform faults.

Students and teachers will have the chance to take part in fun demonstrations, such as shouldering the weight of the world's tectonic plates, getting to grips with the geophysics of cold custard and making an earthquake.

This show is designed for KS3 and KS4 Geography classes, and can be used as an exciting introduction to physical geography or to consolidate learning.

Further information

Curriculum links: Science - Earth and atmosphere; Geography - Human and physical geography

Support notes PDF (201KB)


School group visits to the Museum

The Museums at South Kensington and Tring have reopened to the general public. 

Due to Health and Safety guidelines we are unable to welcome back large group visits, including school groups, until further notice. This is for both self-guided visits and booked workshops and shows.

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Epic forces are at work every day, changing the face of our planet.

Explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live and don't forget to hold on tight on the earthquake simulator.

Volcanoes and earthquakes workbook

This free booklet helps your students explore our Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery. Find out about the world’s major volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and their impact on people. Explore the science of plate tectonics.

Student guide PDF (2.3MB)