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Lab in a Lorry

Age group Any (year 3 upwards)
Activity type Subject specific (STEM)
Group size Maximum 10 per session for 1 lorry, 20-30 for 2 lorries (dependent on student ages) 
When On request throughout the year
Duration Typically, starting 10:30am or later and 3 x 1 hour sessions (flexible around timetable)
Location In your school/college

Lab in a lorryKingston University has invested in two mobile laboratories for use by schools, colleges and community groups. With these lorries we provide STEM taster sessions for learners in schools and colleges and run science sessions for groups in the community, including Girlguiding. We also attend community events like LoveKingston and larger science events such as STEMFEST and the Big Bang. The lorries use the latest equipment and are supported by university students studying STEM subjects.

To bring a lab in a lorry to your community group, please email the STEM Outreach Centre. For a school or college, fill out our contact form.

We will discuss the content of the sessions with you to ensure they are bespoke to the needs of your group and support students' learning in school or college. Here is a sample of the type of activities we have delivered to date:

Primary visit example activities

  • Nutrition: Anatomical model, sugar in food/drink, measuring sugar levels in food using refractometers, digestion experiment, where food comes from
  • Forensic science: CSI-style murder investigation using fingerprints, chromatography and light microscopes
  • Materials Science: Bridge building and materials testing
  • Heart and exercise: Effects of exercise on blood pressure and heart rate, heart rate of different animals

Pupils using microscopeSecondary/college visits

  • Biology carousel: Floid fluorescence miscroscope, light microscopes and body/insect samples, electrocardiogram (ECG) and heart anatomy, anatomical model
  • Microscopy: Floid fluorescence miscroscope, light microscopes and body/insect samples, USB and exhibition microscope looking at structures

We are now accepting bookings for 2018/19 academic year, please provide 3 date options when booking to help us facilitate your request.

Contact us

Education Liaison
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 6316
Email us

Contact us

Education Liaison
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 6316
Email us

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Pupil, The Kingston Academy

"I really liked this and hope to be a forensic scientist at university"

Science coordinator, Southville Junior school

"The kids and staff absolutely loved it and had a fantastic time"

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