11-16 year olds are invited to join us for our hands-on weekly STEAM Club. Enjoy a creative twist on your STEM subjects using authentic materials to explore the skills behind mining.
Session 1 – Turbines
Discover the science behind how coal was used to generate electricity through steam turbines, then design and craft your own wind & water turbines as you look at alternative renewable sources of energy.
Session 2 – Circuits
Unearth the communication methods used in the mines using a connection of circuits, as well as discovering the importance of insulators and conductors by making conductive and insulating dough to light up LED lights to give more code signals.
Session 3 – Engineering coal removal
Design and engineer your own haulage and tracks to remove coal from the mines.
Session 4 – Lung dissections
Discover the effects of coal on lungs as you learn their anatomy.
Session 5 – First aid underground
Explore the common injuries which are sustained in coal mining and the methods of the mine’s first aiders when you design and make leg splints, used to remove injured miners from the pit, then create your own antibacterial cream to prevent infections.
Session 6 – Metal ore smelting
Uncover how coal was used in metal ore smelting by first producing your own metal oxide when you burn different metals and observations, then use coal to extract metal for your ore.
Session 7 – Gas tests
Investigate the toxic gases that can build up in the mines and how they were tested both in the lab and with miner’s lamps when you create your own gas to conduct tests on.
Session 8 – Gas mask making
Discover the different protective equipment that the miners wore through the ages and create your own gas mask to protect you from carbon particulates and toxic gases.
Session 9 – Neutralising mine water
Find out about mine water drainage and how the acidity is neutralised naturally by rock, as you take part in your own neutralisation reactions.
(Please note children must be accompanied by an adult – adults do not need to book)
We can offer help with transport costs to attend the session.
Date: 16/10/2022 – 20/11/2022