What better way to see and experience the real world of science than to visit Disneyland Paris where the theme is scientific thinking and exploring the creative application of scientific ideas?
Your students will experience the “Roller Coaster Science Project”, learning about the practical applications of the science of forces and friction, speed, pressure and velocity, acceleration and deceleration, plus the effects of gravity and Newton’s Laws of Motion.
The experience relates directly to the KS 3 science national curriculum in England and Wales (3.1 Energy, electricity and forces) and the Scottish 5-14 National Guidelines, Environmental Studies: Science (energy and forces).
Of course it has to be something rather special to follow Disney. We recommend a visit to the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie at Porte de la Villette – the biggest science museum in Europe.
While there, make sure you don’t miss Les Serres – three greenhouse spaces each of which is 32 metres high, 32 metres wide and 8 metres deep. And that, of course, is in addition to the planetarium, a submarine, and an IMAX theatre
Paris also offers the Palais de la Decouverte (“Discovery Palace”), a science museum located in the Grand Palais on Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt which contains exhibits for mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and biology, featuring interactive experiments with commentaries by lecturers.
Back on the tourist trail you should not miss the Eiffel Tower Tour. This gives students a behind-the-scenes view of the Tower, and although this may seem at first to be designed for engineering students, it is one of those visits that can appeal to everyone, no matter what their background.
It is also a perfect example of how one feat of science, design, technology and engineering can become a nation’s symbol and showcase. It is in fact the most visited monument that visitors have to pay to enter in the world.
A sample visit can be found on our website but do remember that tours can be arranged to suit your student’s specific needs and your specific interests.
If you would like to discuss your ideas please do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail address is ABarnett@studytrips.co.uk or call me on 0845 026 4661