Secondary School Sessions

A secondary school class
Secondary School students at the Whipple. Image © the Whipple Museum

Below are list of sessions designed for Secondary school classes:

Portuguese Compass
Portuguese mariner's azimuth compass, by Joseph da Costa Miranda, 1711. Image © the Whipple Museum

Science and Exploration

Key themes: History and Geography

Age range: KS3

Duration: 90 minutes

What instruments did explorers take on board ship before they travelled the world? What role did navigational instruments play in the development of the British Empire? These are the questions students will explore as they look at a range of navigational instruments and globes displayed in the Museum. Through these objects, students will also get a better understanding of latitude and longitude, how different navigational instruments work and how maps and globes are made.

Break down of content: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet + 30 minute handing session.

Art and Science Session
An art and science of looking session. Image © the Whipple Museum

The Art and Science of Looking

Key themes: Art and Science

Age range: KS3

This session will focus in optical scientific instruments from the museum's collection exploring their ability to change how we see the world around us. Students will have the opportunity to sketch their own observations under a microscope, explore 2D and 3D by using stereoscopic viewers and look at other optical scientific instruments such as telescopes.

Duration: 90 minutes. Break down of content: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute handling + 30 sketching in galleries.

The Miniature World of Microscopy

Key themes: Science, History and Art

Age range: KS4

During this gallery-taught session, students will become familiar with the history of microscopy and will make their own observations of the miniature world by using a range of nineteenth and twentieth century microscopes from our handling collection.

Focussing on the achievements of Robert Hooke, Anton von Leeuwenhoek, and Charles Darwin, students will gain an insight into the development of microscopes and their manifold uses throughout history.

Duration: 60 minutes. Break down of content: 30 minute taught session + 30minute handling+ 30 minute self exploration.

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