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Science, Learning and Railways

Science, Learning and Railways

Our exciting Science, Learning & Railways Exhibition together with a Learning Centre is housed in two railway coaches and includes many interactive exhibits designed to interest and involve visitors in science and engineering.

Developed in partnership with three local schools, the Exhibition and Learning Centre is available to schools and colleges to help them to deliver the National Curriculum in science and in a variety of other subjects.

The Learning Centre has a flexible layout and can be provided with a range of training aids. We have a number of practical tools to demonstrate a range of engineering and scientific principles. These include operational model steam engines.

Science, Learning and Railways
Photo: Didcot Herald

In addition to the Learning Centre, educational visits can make use of construction kits in the Introduction area of the Science, Learning and Railways Exhibition, and the interactive “stations” of the main Exhibition coach.

The outdoor area around the Science, Learning and Railways Exhibition is still being developed and currently includes several large exhibits and a 'garden' railway.

Educational visits are tailored to meet the needs of each class. Pre-visit meetings are encouraged to discuss topics for study and practical arrangements.

The Science, Learning & Railways Project would not have been possible without generous grants from the Millennium Commission of £134,000 through the Rediscover Fund, a Biffaward of £34,000 and the substantial support received from St. Birinus School Didcot, Didcot Girls School and Faringdon Community College. The partner schools have also provided practical support with interactive exhibits in the outdoor area around the Science, Learning and Railways facility.


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