Airbus Foundation Discovery Space
The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space, in partnership with North Hertfordshire College, is backed and funded by Airbus, the Airbus Foundation and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
We offer school trips that spark the imagination, electrify the senses and galvanise young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Our education programme is linked to key stage 2 and 3 curriculum and is designed and delivered by North Hertfordshire College and tailored to each group’s needs.
Book now to visit our education centre where you can explore and learn for yourself; complemented by a programme of compelling presenter-led activities.
Why are Airbus Foundation Discovery Space great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Our centre providers three state-of-the-art discovery zones that provide a rich, interactive experience – complemented by exclusive access to the Mars Rover Yard, where you can witness history in the making.
Our discovery zones include:
- Learning zone: our learning zone is for presenter-led, hands-on activities and science shows
- Interactive zone: our interactive zone is where visitors can get hands on with our exhibitions which cover the themes of space, energy, materials, maths, forces and magnetism.
- Industry zone: our industry zone concentrates on how the STEM subjects link to careers and the world around us, and provides inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime viewing access to the Mars Yard, where visitors can actually see Airbus scientists and engineers building and testing the next Mars Rover as part of the ExoMars project.
What activities are available during group visits?
We offer a wide range of shows and activities, linked to key stage 2 and 3 curriculum. These are led by our amazing STEM experts who have many years’ experience between them and have inspired thousands of budding scientists and engineers!
Our interactive science shows cover diverse topics including sound, magnetism and even the science of bodily functions. Our shows keep visitors on the edge of their seats and there are always loads of opportunities for audience participation!
We have a wide range of ‘make and take’ activities where visitors will follow instructions to produce their own item to take home. Our take home items include real slime, shrinking plastic keyrings, kaleidoscopes or even using paint rockets to make your own splatter-patterned bags.
Our investigation workshops encourage visitors to observe, analyse and experiment. Our varied selection of workshops includes the opportunity to design, make and race balloon powered cars or conduct a blood pattern analysis. There’s even the opportunity to take part in our ‘Mars Attacks’ workshop, where visitors develop programmable robots using Lego Mindstorms, directly linking to the Mars Rover Project.
What size groups do you cater for?
Up to 90
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Our learning zone is a state-of-the-art classroom that schools can make use of - it's also where you’ll take part in our exciting presenter-led activities. Here, we've got lots of amazing equipment that we use to deliver our activities and science shows including a 3D projector and 3D printer
Is there first aid on site?
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes - we’re fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions regarding your group’s specific needs please get in touch - we’d love to help.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We can provide an area for your group to eat your packed lunches. You’ll need to bring your own food with you.
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