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A fruit and vegetable power station


Students will experiment with this surprising green alternative to the battery by constructing and measuring the output of electric circuits.

A fruit and vegetable power station

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11 February 2019


Back to Nature


See the natural sciences in action! Explore Thwaite Island as a habitat for butterflies and micro-habitats for local wildlife.

Back to nature

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Canals: Can water travel uphill?


Explore water resistance, levers, gears and locks, experiment with our mini canal network, and record observations using tables and diagrams.

Canals, can water travel uphill

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Celebrate Christmas with the Horne family


Become a servant for the Horne family for the day and help them to celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Thwaite Watermill.

Celebrate Christmas with the Horne family

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From Rock to Pot


Students will study how processed minerals and rocks were used in the pottery industry by examining our collections of rocks, minerals and Burmantofts pottery.

From rock to pot

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Gravity


Design, build and test a number of different rockets and propulsion systems.

Gravity

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How to make coal tar soap


How do you make soap out of something black?

How to make coal tar soap

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Renewable Energy


Can we make Thwaite Watermill energy sustainable? Explore water, wind and solar power and how they can generate electricity.

Renewable energy

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Sir George Cayley – a great Yorkshire inventor


Discover Sir George Cayley’s claim to fame. Build and test flying machines and machines that could not possibly fly, exploring the science of aerodynamics.

Sir George Cayley

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Waterforce! A green energy source


Explore the mill to discover how water wheels work and discuss forces, then build working working model waterwheels, evaluate them on a test rig and explore the use of dynamos to generate electricity.

Waterforce

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Wartime at Thwaite Watermill


What did the Horne family of Thwaite Watermill do to help the war effort?

Wartime at Thwaite Watermill

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What did the Victorians do at Thwaite Watermill?


Follow the lives of the family, the servants and the workers of Thwaite Watermill as the production of putty becomes more mechanised.

What did the Victorians do at Thwaite Watermill

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