Forces and Motion Workshop
Science workshop for schools based on forces
This workshop for schools was developed by a qualified Aerospace Engineer with experience in the industry. The workshop will help students further their understanding of forces and motion by engaging them in several practical activities. It covers concepts such as thrust, gravity, friction, drag and pressure.
2 x half-day,
max 60 students in a day,
contact us for bigger sessions.
Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form,
KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Build your own car
Learn about forces and motion and energy transfer by building your very own propeller toy car. Conduct an experiment to learn about the relationship between thrust, mass, and acceleration.
Students will learn about bridge engineering by building KNEX models. They will construct a beam bridge to stand a specific load. Additionally, students will learn how engineers can strengthen a bridge by adding trusses to the structure.
Fire Stomp Rocket
Launch a projectile in to air with a stomp rocket kit. A fun activity to learn about air pressure and thrust.
Typical Workshop Day
- Discuss how the motion of a car is affected by forces acting on it. Then relate this to propeller-toy-cars. In particular, discuss elastic energy, friction, thrust and drag.
- Hand out the parts required to build the propeller-toy-cars to students and discuss the function of each component.
- Practical - Build the propeller toy car and let the glue dry.
- Group practical - Split the children into groups and give them a KNEX bridge model to build. It will test their problem-solving skills. Students will then be challenged to come up with a design to strengthen the bridge to stand a load.
- Practical - Test the propeller toy car and discuss the relationship between force, mass and acceleration with the students.
- Game - Fire a stomp rocket and discuss how rockets can generate lift.