How do different forces operate – and what do they actually do?

"The main reason for the workshop was to engage the students and hopefully to develop more of an interest in science. The students definitely did this!" Head of Science, Notre Dame Catholic College

Workshop Description

CSI: Forces sets your pupils a problem – to use their knowledge and understanding of forces in identifying which of six suspects sabotaged the new Jupiter VII space rocket. They’ll take part in a number of activities, each releasing a force-related clue eliminating one of the possible criminals – until the Police Force becomes the most important force, as the miscreant is hauled before justice …

And we now have two new variants on this popular workshop, exploring how forces operate in two specific contexts: CSI: Rollercoaster and CSI: MoonShot!

Exploring: gravity, friction, upthrust, centrifugalism, centripetalism, magnestism.

"We really enjoyed the workshop, staff felt they gained a great deal from it, as well as the children. The children now recognise the “hidden” skills of science. They know that you need patience, observational skills, questioning and team work in order to succeed." St. Edward’s Catholic Primary School

KS2-KS3 / P4-P7
1½ hours – half a day (depending on how many classes)
30 pupils per workshop
School Hall


How many pupils can take part?

CSI: Forces can accommodate up-to 30 pupils per workshop. 

What is the format of the day?

Workshops last for 1½ hours – half a day (depending on how many classes)

Are there any technical requirements?

Each working space needs to be equipped with laptop/screen/projector, so pupils can view the supporting PowerPoint throughout.


Where will the workshops take place?

These workshops can take place in a classroom or the school hall.

Related Workshops

CSI: Rollercoaster

 Exploring forces in an easy-to-recognise context - the world of rollercoasters!

CSI: Maths

A series of challenging mysteries to engage your students and get them thinking logically! 

CSI: Reading Skills

Pupils who tell us they don’t like “reading” are always amazed when they realise quite how much skillful reading they’ve accomplished by the end of this fun and busy workshop!