The Colour of Nature

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Cost: £50

Duration: 90 Minutes

Subject: Science

Numbers: 20

Level: KS3

Adults: One adult per 15 students

Session Summary

Get up close to the Museum’s collection to investigate colour adaptations in the natural world. Students will explore the physics behind colour, with a demonstration of how colour can be accurately measured with an optic probe spectrometer. Their newly acquired knowledge will be put to the test when identifying examples of colour adaptations in our Live Animal gallery. Then then ‘Inspiration to Application’ task will challenge students to develop and present an idea for a real world application inspired by the colour adaptations they have studied from the natural world.  rws-logo-116264-1

This workshop has been developed in partnership with the Natural History Museum and a range of regional museums with natural history collections as part of the Real World Science programme.

Session Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Identify colour adaptations in Museum specimens and live animals
  • Describe why colour adaptations can help an organism survive and/or reproduce
  • Understand colour as the reflection and absorption of different wavelengths of light
  • Watch a demonstration of how scientists measure colour using a optic probe spectrometer
  • Develop and present an idea for a real world application inspired by colour adaptations from the natural world
  • Have a broader understanding of how museums and universities can contribute to current scientific research
  • Be encouraged to ask questions about university life and careers in science

Gallery Time

During this workshop students will visit our Live Animal gallery.

If you are planning to spend time exploring other galleries at the Museum either before or after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form, below.

Make a Booking

If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630 or email


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