Thursday, 12 April 2012 1:37 PM
Science is one of the subjects in which students can really benefit from getting out of the classroom and seeing the things they have been taught in action. One of the best places to do this is the Dutch coast, which has a number of attractions that combine fun and learning.
The things you can study on science trips to the Netherlands range from growing flowers to the space programme, so you will find plenty of attractions that can be related to the curriculum. All you need to decide is which of the highlights to include in your itinerary.
The European Space Agency's largest research centre is based in the town of Noordwijk and features the fascinating Space Expo exhibition. Your students will learn about the day-to-day life of an astronaut and the experiences of the men who walked on the moon.
You can also arrange for them to take part in a simulated launch of an Ariane rocket, which is certain to be a memorable experience. For those interested in the science behind the space programme, there is a display of satellites that features some of the test models from previous missions.
All school trips to Europe should include at least one museum visit, but your students may not realise that is what they have been to after an afternoon at NEMO in Amsterdam. The science centre is packed with interactive displays and also uses films, theatre performances and demonstrations to inform its visitors.
Codename: DNA is an in-depth look at the role of genes, while students can learn all about the science behind the design of bridges and skyscrapers at the Amazing Constructions exhibit. Other subjects covered include electricity, use of hydrogen fuel, cosmic radiation and the brain.
Keukenhof gardens and Aalsmeer flower auctions
There are few more tranquil settings to teach your students about plants and nature than the beautiful gardens at Keukenhof, which are famed for their spring blooms and historical species. After seeing the gardens, take a trip to the flower auctions at Aalsmeer to learn more about the commercial side of horticulture.
A trip to the top of the Euromast tower in Rotterdam is guaranteed to be an exciting experience. The lift to the platform 100 m up takes just 30 seconds and once there you will be treated to panoramic views of the city. There are guides on hand to point out the main attractions and natural sights.