Mini Professors Durham


About the Classes

We hold weekly sessions for 2 to 7 year olds both in venue and online via Zoom. Every class is different, with a new and exciting scientific topic being taught each week, so your little one (and you) can attend for 2 years and experience something new each week. We cover everything from polymers to dinosaurs, maths to tropical rainforests and much, much more.

Our Mini Professors learn about the basic principles of scientific experimentation, whilst having loads of fun and generally getting stuck in. For our online classes, we ask you to prepare some items in advance of each class so that your Mini Professor can join in experiments along with Professor Toni.  All items will be simple household or supermarket items so you can easily access them, or you can choose to order an equipment box and get the majority of the items (except any liquids) delivered straight to your door by choosing this option when booking.

A typical class starts with our Mini Professors 'Welcome Song', followed by an introduction to the day's topic, with pictures and props, then our first experiment, where we encourage all our Mini Professors and their grownups to join in (and maybe get messy!). Next we have a short video, related to the scientific topic, then a story followed by another fantastic science experiment. At the end of the lesson we summarise what we have learned and end with the Mini Professors 'Goodbye Song'.

Each Mini Professors session lasts 40-45 minutes and follows a set format so the children know what to expect next. All the activities are concise and interactive, catering for the many different learning styles and keeping the little ones’ attention!

The children love to get involved in the experiments and it is a great opportunity to prepare them for nursery and school or extend learning while being home-schooled. Young children are so enthusiastic about science – they have inquisitive minds and they are not afraid to ask questions. We encourage the grown ups to join in too and carry on the learning experience at home with their children!