science oxford centre

The Science Oxford Centre is the UK’s first indoor-outdoor science education centre specifically for early years and primary-aged children, their teachers, and families to provide quality, experiential hands-on science. We give children the opportunity to experience the excitement of investigation, experimentation and discovery through activities which engage and challenge them. A the core of the Centre is the Exploration Zone, with twenty specifically-designed exhibits designed to encourage high-level thinking and engagement in children. There’s also a classroom space for workshops, a theatre for shows and 15-acres of woodland, ponds and grassland to explore. Our skills-based approach underpins all our workshops, shows and activities in the centre and outside in the woodland.

Located in Headington, on the eastern edge of Oxford, the Science Oxford Centre is open to primary schools across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and the surrounding region. It is open for school visits during the week and we run Family Days every Saturday as well as workshops and clubs in half term and school holidays.

For more information on the woodland, see here

And watch our film on the ethos of our new Centre here.

Investing in the next generation

The Trust is passionate about inspiring and investing in a new generation of science innovators. We know that primary-aged children who are encouraged to think critically and engage with the big ideas of science become more able to make informed decisions and flourish in our technological world. Independent research shows that by the age of ten many children will have already decided whether they are “into” science or not.

Oxfordshire is one of the UK’s most significant centres for science-based research and enterprise so investing in and supporting future generations is critical to maintaining the county’s position at the forefront of research and innovation.

Through our Science Oxford Centre and our education programmes, we aim to cultivate a positive attitude to science and lay the foundation for science learning. We give children the opportunity to experience the excitement of investigation, exploration, experimentation and discovery. We show them that science can be cool, can lead to an amazing career and can change lives.


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