Noisy Toys Workshops United Kingdom
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What are our school workshops like?
These workshops are a culmination of ten years of Noisy Toys workshops in schools and at STEM events. They have been specifically designed for a classroom setting with clearly structured targets and outcomes, and also draw on our extensive experience of engaging young people’s enthusiasm at public events. We believe that elements of play, experimentation and exploration are invaluable tools to learning, and we have the experience to combine these elements for a unique educational experience.
Workshops and shows are led and performed by Stephen Summers who is a qualified teacher and an experienced Science Communicator, workshop leader and performer.
As well as countless workshops and assembly shows in schools across the country, these workshops have been featured at many national events and institutions including: The Big Bang Fair (national & regionals), UK Maker Faire, several mini Maker Faires and MakeFests, Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester), National Media Museum (Bradford), Manchester, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Wrexham Science Festivals, the British Science Association and many others.
What does a typical school workshop visit include?
A typical day at a Primary or Secondary school will often consist of an introductory Bass in Your Face assembly show, followed by workshops for the rest of the day. Other options are for an extra workshop instead of the show, or finishing with a show. Schools often use our visit to start a topic on sound or electricity. We often adapt the content to suit specific topics, so please get in touch to discuss how we can suit your requirements best.
Making & Tinkering
Students work in groups and are led through stages of constructing mini Noise Machines step-by-step, but then get a chance to develop their creations (helping themselves to extra resources) to experiment with -and refine- the sounds that are produced. They are encouraged to problem-solve when things stop working. Is it a broken connection, a dead battery or a short circuit? They are shown how to test and fix themselves, with help on hand if needed. All kits use low-power batteries and so it’s safe to use our fingers to connect live circuits; safely working with electricity and tools is addressed.
Sustainability & Upcycling
We look inside the magic boxes of electronic products, re-evaluating our relationship too them and taking back control. We discuss the environmental and social consequences of the disposability of consumer electronics and ask what can be done. All of the resources that we use are very cheap or freely available and we show young people how easy it is to start experimenting without needing to spend money or produce waste.