Since 2004 Wonderstruck has been all about inspiring wonder in the world around us. We work with children and adults in formal and informal settings to explore science in a hands-on, creative and spectacular way.
Nothing we do is off the shelf. You won’t find our workshops anywhere else because we make all of our kit in-house. Sure, some of it looks a bit home-made but that’s all part of our ethos. We want people to engage with the stuff we do and then go away and think about how they could do it themselves (just the safe stuff, of course!).
The last 13 years has been a wild ride. We’ve worked in hundreds of schools across the UK with groups from year R to post-16. We’ve run workshops and shows for 10 children and we’ve run them for just under a thousand. We’ve performed shows at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, the Bradford Science Festival and last year at the huge Shell Make the Future Live event at the Olympic Park, Stratford, where we ‘warmed up’ for Alesha Dixon.
We’ve worked with trainee teachers and seasoned professionals to develop demonstration skills (theirs and ours!). In 2015 we were invited to speak to 250 teachers about our work at a conference in Madrid and again in Granada in 2016.
We’ve learned to do some crazy stuff. We can safely explode a car or a shed on stage (take your pick), take a shower in liquid nitrogen, dry our hair with a 6-foot long jet engine and set off 7 kilos of thermite safely on a school playing field. We’re also happy to lay on a burning bed of nails and have a concrete block smashed across our chest with a sledge hammer.
What does the future hold? We’re always learning and we’re always developing new ideas so we couldn’t really say. But that’s the way we like it.
Our workshops and shows are designed to be exciting, engaging and packed full of science.
Our shows are some of the most spectacular you'll see in a school, involving a full-size rocket car, liquid nitrogen, gunpowder and a an exploding shed.
Our workshops are all team-based and most have a competitive edge. Not only are they full of science but we actively push the benefits of working with others.
We guarantee that your children will be talking about a Wonderstruck visit for a long time after the event!
Most of our exciting team-based workshops involve a key stage 2/3 maths element with simple time-speed-distance calculations and averaging. We can also include more advanced maths in our Rocket Workshop, looking at distributions and trajectories.
Our current shows include:
The Wonderstruck Rocket Show
The Super Sonic Sideshow
BANG! The Science of Movie FX
Our current workshops include:
The Fan-Powered Car Workshop
The Hovercraft Workshop
Compressed Air Rocket Workshop
Compressed Air Car Workshop
All of these workshops are team-based, exciting, full of science and amazing fun!
We can run on-site events for class-size groups all the way up to whole schools.
Please note that if you're booking a show you must be able to disable/isolate any smoke alarms or heat sensors in the hall and any adjacent areas into which smoke might drift. Our shows are not suitable for outdoor performance (unless you have a proper outdoor stage).
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