What Happens When OxHOS Visits?
The OxHOS team will arrive at your school, with a selection of experiments and a group of volunteers. We usually require a couple of classrooms or a school hall to set up our equipment. This takes about an hour and we bring all the equipment that is required with us. All we need from you is access to electrical power and ideally a tap.
We will split the school day into sessions, where each session is a period of time that fits well into your timetable. Up to 60 pupils can attend each session. Pupils are divided into groups, usually of 4-6 students. Each group moves around the different experiments, typically spending around 10 minutes on each. We usually run 4 or 5 sessions in a day, seeing about 200-300 pupils in years 5-8, although OxHOS are very happy to discuss alternative requirements with you. (If you don’t have as many pupils as this in year 5-8 in your school we might still be able to visit, but we might come for a half day or also visit another nearby school on the same day.)
How Do Our Experiments Work?
Each experiment is demonstrated by an enthusiastic university student who will help guide the students through the experiment and explain the science behind it at a level appropriate to their age. Most of the experiments are hands-on and allow the children to have a go themselves. Children are particularly encouraged to ask questions and try out their ideas too.
We are currently sharing experiments with Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS), who have developed a huge range of experiments over the last 15 years. We can only ever bring a selection to a school on a given day, but we will always bring experiments which cover a range of science subjects. If you would like to have a look at the experiments that we have on offer, please have a look at the experiments list
on the CHaOS website.
What Do We Require From Schools?
- We will ask for an organising member of the science department to sign a Schools Contract.
- To set up our experiments, we need 2-3 classrooms or a school hall. We also require access to electrical power and ideally a tap.
- We require students to be supervised at all times, just like during a normal school lesson.
- It is helpful if your school can provide us with a school dinners for our volunteers.
Safety and child protection
OxHOS takes child protection and safety issues very seriously. Since our experiments are currently shared with CHaOS all of our experiments are risk assessed and checked by the University of Cambridge safety office annually.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in a school visit, please fill in the request form below, and a member of the OxHOS Committee will get in touch with you as soon as possible.