We The Curious Portables! Science sets available to hire
Our portable exhibits are having their summer service and are therefore currently unavailable for hire.
Please contact us for more information about availability.
About our Portable exhibits
Our portable science exhibits are designed to extend the reach of our hands-on science centre and encourage active, discovery-based learning. They are a great way to bring exciting science to schools and colleges that may find it difficult to visit us, providing the opportunity to explore intriguing scientific phenomenon in the classroom and develop observational and critical thinking skills.
The Portables can be used in many different ways or environments and with a variety of audiences - all that is required is a table and access to a mains electricity supply. There are 14 to choose from and a set of 8 fits easily into the boot of a car.
View images of all portables here.
Each exhibit has an accompanying investigation worksheet and answer sheet to help structure and support student's learning. These are aimed at KS2 to KS4 and are fully updated for the new curriculum and available for download (see below).
How to Hire
Hiring a set of 8 Portables costs only £90 (+VAT) for one week. Additional Portables can be added at a cost of £10 (+VAT) per exhibit.
Please note that we require all hires to be collected and returned to We The Curious Science Centre and that the hire period runs from 9am Monday to 5pm Friday. Portables can sometimes be collected at other times (including weekends) by arrangement. Customers will also require adequate insurance to cover any loss or damage.
To find out more or to make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Risk assessments are specific to each organisation and location and so will need to be completed by you prior to use. Our Health and Safety guidelines and a generic (blank) risk assessment are available for download to help with this.
Portable exhibit details
Select from 14 exhibits below (subject to availability).
Float balls in an air vent to investigate forces and air pressure
Compare the energy from food with energy used during exercise
Future Fuels (currently unavailable)
Combust hydrogen and oxygen and use the energy to propel a ball
Hot or Cold
Use hot plates and thermo-chromic tiles to explore thermal conductivity
It’s a Drag
Explore resistance and surface areas as balls fall through liquids
Look at Light
Use prisms and a light box to examine how light travels
Investigate forces and electricity by dropping a magnet through tubes
Pump it Up
Learn about hydroelectric power by raising water to operate a turbine
Learn about lasers and reflection using adjustable mirrors and a laser beam
Investigate sound and standing waves with an adjustable speaker and stri
View stress and tension in different materials under polarised light
Find out how the huge things and tiny things in the universe scale u
Learn how capacitors store electrical energy
Use air pressure to propel a ping pong ball into the air