Invention Lab

During an assembly a group of ‘Handy People’ arrive to fix the new school bell. They take over the stage in an extremely over the top way using their circus skills, and proceed to build a contraption with a bell that’s out of reach. The bell has a big red control button on the other side of the room, which doesn’t work.

Using physical theatre, circus, and design technology – circus performers work with each class to contribute to solving the dilemma to ring the bell, using ‘Rube Goldberg’ contraptions (chain reaction machines).

What ensues over the following week is a series of workshops and physical circus performances with KS2 classes helping the ‘Handy People’ to complete the machine and finally ring the bell using an elaborate mix of scientific components.

Unleash your inner inventor and problem-solver with Invention Lab! This exciting 3-stage program uses circus performances and workshops to bring science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) to life for KS2 students.Through Rube Goldberg machine building challenges made from recycled materials, students collaborate, experiment,and celebrate the joy of scientific discovery, and help our specialist team of on-site inventors to create a machine of their own.

Testimonials

“It was great overall. The children worked so well collaboratively and learned a lot.” 

Teacher, Stroud Green Primary School, 2024

“My favourite part of the show was the ending, when they finally used the machine.”

Pupil, Stroud Green Primary School, 2024

“My favourite part of the show was the circus skills and use of props. The characters were strong and really funny.”

Teacher, Stroud Green Primary School, 2024

“It was so clever!”

Pupil, Stroud Green Primary School, 2024

“The interaction with the kids was great!”

Teacher, Stroud Green Primary School, 2024

Project Gallery

Musician meeting family
Musician sharing draft song with family
Sing Our Story Sharing Event

Pupil’s Designs

Musician meeting family
Musician sharing draft song with family
Sing Our Story Sharing Event
Musician meeting family
Musician sharing draft song with family
Sing Our Story Sharing Event
Musician meeting family
Musician sharing draft song with family
Sing Our Story Sharing Event
Musician meeting family

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