About the school workshops

We offer a range of free interactive fossil workshops for primary and secondary school students delivered in person by scientists from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences based at University College Cork.

Our workshops are suitable for primary classes from third class through to sixth class, and for secondary school Junior and Senior Cycle students. The workshop content is adapted to suit each age group.

The fossil workshops are directly linked to a variety of STEM subjects such as science and mathematics and link to important topics on the STEM curriculum such as climate change, biodiversity, animal behaviour, evolution, pollution, and even human physiology.

Students can interact with

  • real fossils
  • 3D printed materials
  • 2D and 3D puzzles
  • real laboratory equipment using UV light 

Students work scientifically by

  • questioning
  • observing
  • investigating and experimenting
  • analysing - sorting and classifying
  • recording and communicating

We currently offer three workshops. Each workshop is approximately 3 hours in duration and comprises multiple interactive activities. Workshops can be delivered individually or as part of a complete series. 

We have also developed a range of resources for you to try in your classroom check them out below!

The workshops include interaction with a collection of real Irish fossils on loan from the Education & Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland.

What our workshops do for your pupils


What teachers say about the workshops


What pupils say about the workshops


Teacher Resources

We have developed a range of teaching resources for you to use in your classroom including presentation slides, information guides to the presentations, activities and coming soon educational videos. Please select a topic below to view the resources available. 

How can I book a workshop?

Get in touch with us via email

Dr Jess Franklin

Dr Jess Franklin

Senior Engagement Officer

Professor Maria McNamara

Professor Maria McNamara

Professor of Palaeontology

Dr Panos Sianis

Dr Panos Sianis

Research Assistant

Ireland's Fossil Heritage

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30,