Last updated 4 May 2017
The resources and information sheets listed on this long page are grouped under four headings:
- Information sheets about resources that can be loaned from See Science
- Resources for both primary and secondary schools
- Resources for primary schools
- Resources for secondary schools
See Science has a suite of resources that teachers in Wales can loan. All schools in Wales who request a STEM Ambassador can loan these resources from their local STEM Contract Holder See Science FREE of charge. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The resources are ideal for running in STEM Clubs and for CREST Award projects.
To download the pdf information sheets, right-click on the link.
- BrightSparks 4Kids Primary Controller Kits. Teach Sequence & Control with an easy to use ‘hands on’ approach that is functional and engaging for primary children
- Brightsparks4kids Simply Circuits.
- In The Zone – primary and secondary resources
- Practical Action – Wind Power Challenge
- Crime Lab – The Science Museum Crime Lab challenges students to solve a robbery attempt
- Launchbox – from the Science Museum –use ideas about forces and motion, energy transfer, materials, electricity and magnetism, light and sound to design and build a chain reaction contraption.
- Maths in a Box
- Practical Action – Squashed Tomato Challenge. Design, build and test a way of moving tomatoes that won’t squash them!
- The Furnace of Inspiration – although the information sheet is out-of-date, the resources are still valid and available.
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Computer Science Education Resource Guide
SmartScholar's Computer Science Education Resource Guide provides a wealth of resources, including: general computer science resources, computer science study resources, learn to code resources, computer science podcasts, computer science blogs, major branches of computer science, major figures in computer science.
KS2 resource booklet ‘ACT ON STEM’
ACT ON STEM was officially ‘launched’ last week in Ysgol Gwaun Gynfi, Deiniolen, and was shown on the Welsh language magazine programme ‘Heno’, last Thursday evening.
ACT ON STEM is the first bilingual STEM resource for Years 5-6 of its kind in Wales. It clearly brings the employer and industry messages into the classroom and promotes STEM skills in the region to promote safeguard the future of our local economy.
The free bilingual resource is available on-line with a variety of fun and interactive classroom activities linked to promoting STEM for KS2 pupils. It also has a short You Tube film to accompany the activities showing children role playing adults in the workplace. The film should be shown hand in hand with the activities to add value.
The North Wales Economic Ambition Board is very grateful for your full cooperation in our efforts to promote key messages from employers in relation to STEM skills and the opportunities young people have to work bilingually in a vibrant and growth sectors in North Wales.
Please contact Ffion for more information email@example.com.
Micro:bit case study booklets
We asked three engineers to design a program for their micro:bit that would help them to carry out a task within their working environment or everyday life. The result is a case study booklet and video for each, highlighting the problem they were faced with; the micro:bit’s solution; a link to the real code on the micro:bit website; and a quiz to ensure your students have understood the code.
BT STEM Crew
BT STEM Crew is a new digital education programme for 11-16 year olds, brought to you by the 1851 Trust and Land Rover BAR, the British team challenging for the 35th America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport.
With BT STEM Crew, teachers and students can harness the power of the America’s Cup to bring STEM subjects to life through free films, worksheets and interactive quizzes.
The Big Sunflower Project
The aim of the Big Sunflower Project is to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular conditions Centronuclear and Myotubular Myopathy. Team All About STEM took part last year and it was great fun, grab your seeds and get involved – IT’S FREE!
Those taking part will be added to the project map. There are stories and photos there from the last six years as well as pages about how the project began and on growing and harvesting sunflower seeds.
Maths resources for parents
Following feedback from parents/ carers, one recurring theme seems to be a fear of maths and supporting their child at home. So, Welsh Government have engaged with numeracy experts in Wales to produce a selection of maths resources aimed at 3 to 16 year olds to encourage parents/carers to engage with their children and support them with their maths homework.
FREE Principia Space Diaries & Resources: be like Tim Peake!
The Principia Space Diary is back. Once again thousands of school children have the chance to become space experts as they learn about British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake’s historic space mission.
The Space Diary programme aims to empower children and engage them in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning by giving them the chance to create and personalise their very own book while they follow Tim’s mission.
All lesson plans are differentiated for P1-5 (KS1 and KS2) for teachers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and extension activities provide extra challenges for those who need them. Download the first chapter of the Principia Space Diary here.
Teachers and home-school parents in the UK can pre-register from today in order to access the entire online programme for free when the materials are released on 30 January, 2017. Download the Principia Classroom Kit here.
Teachers also have the option to pre-order printed copies of the Space Diary to be delivered to their schools. Those who pre-order by 16 January 2017 will get £1 copies of the Space Diaries to ensure that all children have access to physical copies.
British Science Association: British Science Week 2017 – FREE Activity Packs
The British Science Association activity packs for British Science Week 2017 have just been released. Featuring resources from partner organisations such as BBC Terrific Scientific, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Food Teacher’s Centre, the packs are a perfect starting-point for planning events for your class for next year’s British Science Week. There are resources for early years, primary and secondary.
Packs includes details about the BSW poster competition, how to get involved with Demo Day and how to take part in the citizen science project for 2017.
New for this year are some short and snappy brainteaser activities in the resource pack, ideal for some form-time fun or for between lessons!
Click here to download your packs!
IPolar Explorer programme
STEM Learning is running the new education programme focused on the ship and its remotely controlled autonomous underwater vehicle, Boaty McBoatface. More about the resources available for teachers here…
Is There Anyone Out There?
This resource is based on the quest to discover more about the solar system through space projects such as the European Space Agency’s Aurora programme, and NASA’s Curiosity mission seeking to gather evidence of life on the planet Mars. It is funded by the UK Space Agency and developed by ESERO-UK and CIEC Promoting Science. Students take on the role of space scientists or space engineers to discover more about Mars. The activities in this resource are designed for students aged 9-12 years. Read more…
Apps for Good
Apps for Good is a linked scheme with CREST Awards; students will submit for CREST Bronze automatically through their apps for good forms.
- Open to UK primary and secondary schools, FE colleges
- Flexible course framework that can be delivered to students 10-18 within curriculum time, as a club or within timetabled enrichment
- Any level of teacher experience or subject knowledge
- Free for non-fee paying UK schools.
TechFuture Girls (formerly CC4G) is the girls-only after-school club that has been exciting 9-14 year old girls about computing for 10 years. Thanks to HP and other supporters it’s now available FREE to all schools.
This term, a whole new learning topic focusing on cyber security launches, sponsored by HP.
Principia Education Resources (4-18 years)
Calling all teachers! Inspire the next generation to reach for the stars using space in your classroom.
In 2015 Britain’s first European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake will be launched to the International Space Station. His exciting six-month mission presents a unique opportunity to use space as an inspiring context for learning in the classroom.
Teachers can download free of charge a range of education resources supporting Tim’s mission here.
The Royal Microscopical Society Microscope Activity Kit
Everything that you need to deliver exciting activities linked to the National Curriculum. The scheme is completely FREE!
Many schools have microscopes, but with so many constraints on time and resources it can be a challenge to plan lessons that use them effectively. We have worked with teachers to develop ideas for lessons and activities, and we have collected the resources necessary so that you can deliver them with confidence. Everything is contained within the Activity Kit. Primary schools can borrow the Kit for up to a term free of charge, it contains eight microscopes, a digital camera, activity worksheets and samples.
New Practical Action resource: The Plastics Challenge
Practical Action has launched The Plastics Challenge, a fantastic new STEM challenge based on waste pickers in Nepal. Scientific investigations include identifying and sorting plastics, looking at their properties, the efficacy of recycling and making bio plastics. The main design challenge involves either reusing or recycling plastics to make products for a specific user. The challenge is aimed at KS2-3 (9-14 years), there is a free poster linking to STEM careers and a video competition.
The BP Educational Service (BPES)
The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides inspiring and engaging resources to support the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We provide real-world examples, challenges and information using videos, interactive activities, worksheets and much more.
The resources are developed with the help of teachers and educational specialists and are FREE for teachers and parents of 4-19 year olds. They are curriculum linked and reflect our focus on energy, environment, leadership and business skills within the key curriculum areas of Science, Geography, Citizenship and PSHE/PSE/PSD, Literacy, Business Studies, Design and Technology, Engineering and Enterprise. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let Mathematics take you further – Careers in Maths Talks
Very few jobs are entitled ‘Mathematician’. But Maths can lead to some of the most exciting and well-paid careers. Being skilful in Mathematics is a priceless asset.
FMSP (Further Mathematics Support Programme) Wales is able to deliver careers in maths talk free of charge to all state funded schools. Students will be given an insight into how specific Mathematics topics are used in real life, examples of careers where Mathematics-rich degrees are required, University information and they will receive leaflets with information related to careers in Maths-rich subjects. If you would like to book a Careers in Maths Talk please contact the FMSP team on 01792 606845 or email email@example.com.
Teachers’ Club Science
Teachers’ Club Science is a new website where science teachers can get resources including videos, lesson plans, TV listings, scientific biographies, homework activities and more. All resources are free and new items will be added every month.
Host company Smart Learning’s aim is to create exceptional resources that are flexible enough for teachers to use in a variety of ways, yet when time is short provide enough support to save time!
These are some examples of the resources on offer:
- Find out more about what happens when science goes wrong with this resource on Genetic Mutation
- This useful video explains DNA to KS3 students
- This free worksheet contains questions about DNA which are based on the model used in the Smart Science series.
Delivering a range of exciting and inspirational STEM education programmes, free to primary and secondary schools across Wales.
- Mission X train like an astronaut
- ‘Is there anyone out there’
- Rocket workshops (supported by IOP Wales)
- Down to Earth
- Faulkes Telescope Project
- Coming soon 3D Astronomy and Space shows
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 01443 483005. Funded by National Science Academy (Department of Economy, Science and Transport, Welsh Government).
Big Ideas Wales
There is a section on the Big Ideas Wales website which outlines the teaching resources available, the curriculum materials are for young people aged 5-7, 7-11, 11-14 and also 14-19 learning pathways and key skills and 16-19 Welsh Baccalaureate.
Go Beserk website design tutorials
Go Beserk have written a book which teaches both primary and secondary school children how to make their own websites, using HTML and CSS. As well as the book they have created an e-book version, an iPad app, Amelia Earhart’s Flight Code Challenge, and online code checker. Go Beserk were recently been chosen as the Talk Talk Digital Hero for Northern Ireland. They are running a research project at Stranmillis University College to assess the impact of the book and will launch their report at an event in NI on 25 November.
Free supplies to run your school science classes!
VWR International enables science by supplying critical products to the world’s top companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, industrial, educational, governmental and healthcare industries. We supply an expansive choice of premiere products, such as chemicals, furniture, equipment, instruments, apparel and consumables, from a vast group of leading scientific manufacturers.
VWR UK hold a list of extensive stock items which are surplus to requirements and we would like to offer your school the opportunity to view this list and request items which you think would assist your school science – free of charge (there will be a standard delivery charge).
This is the first time VWR have undertaken this venture, and as we do not know what response we will get we would like to trial this for a period of one month. The first 50 schools to respond will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
If you would like a copy of the current list please contact Corporate Social Responsibility at email@example.com.
Citizen Science project – Worm Watch Lab
The Zooniverse have launched a new Citizen Science project, which may be of interest to schools. The Worm Watch Lab asks contributors to watch and wait for a wriggling worm to lay eggs, and hit the ‘z’ key when they do. It’s very simple and strangely addictive. By watching these worms lay eggs, the contributors help to collect valuable data about genetics that will assist medical research.
You can find out more and get involved here. Please forward to any of your contacts and networks who you think might be interested in participating.
Free resources for schools participating in the F1 in Schools
Any school participating in the F1 in Schools programme will get free Autodesk 3D CAD software for students and schools, which is worth many thousands of pounds. For more details go to www.engineeringinmotion.com or contact David Larkin – 0207 344 8444.
Materials Live: Inspiration in Materials and Engineering
Twitter@materials_live. FREE curriculum tied activities in smart materials. Seminars, interactive workshops, exhibits. Flexible delivery at your venue, Skype an expert or visit our campus or state of the art innovation and knowledge centre. Suitable for Key Stages 2-4 and A Level.
- Exotic materials – aerogel, ferrofluids,memory metal, smart materials
- Advanced electron microscopy and spectroscopy
- Aerospace, medical materials and renewable technologies
- 3D modelling, microstructures, 3D printing, X-Ray micro CT BASF and more
- Investigate material properties with a baseball pitching machine.
Potential Plus UK
Potential Plus UK launched its new look, having previously been the National Association for Gifted Children. Details of the launch and their activities at www.potentialplusuk.org/general_main.php?contentid=497
2050 debating toolkit
2050 debating toolkit has now been launched by the DECC to support the 2050 simulation tool. It includes resources for activities and workshops – example lesson plans, curriculum links (including some interesting maths ideas linked to sustainability). For more details go to www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/2050/2050.aspx or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A unique online collection of the very best films and photographs of over 15,000 of the world’s wildlife, providing a stunning audio-visual record of life on Earth, freely accessible to all at www.arkive.org.
Curriculum-linked FREE educational resources which can be found on the education section of ARKive: www.arkive.org/education/resources arranged by age category (5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and 16-18 years) which include teachers’ notes, classroom presentations and activities arranged by age group. Suitable for 5 to 18 year olds. They cover a range of key science and biology subjects including: adaptation, endangered species, food chains, Darwin and natural selection, classification, identification, conservation and biodiversity.
This website was created for schools to find maths resources online resources. More… www.brightonline.org.uk/Maths/index.html.
CC4G – try now, free
CC4G is a club designed for girls. Discover the exciting ways technology is used in music, sport, fashion and more through games and challenges. CC4G is a great resource for schools. You can try it yourself for two weeks, completely free. Have fun, play around, try it all out – and don’t forget to let us know how you get on. More… www.cc4g.net/.
Charles Darwin Trust
The website www.charlesdarwintrust.org contains resources for teachers including lesson ideas, images, interactives and videos and resources. Enquire with Darwin is a fantastic new suite of resources for KS2 and 3 science which supports science enquiry and learning outside the classroom.
The e-Bug school resource is an exciting, fun, FREE educational resource on microbes, hygiene and the spread of disease. It contains detailed lesson plans, a bank of resources including images, presentations, games, quizzes fact files and much more… Resources are tailored to primary and secondary students. More at www.e-bug.eu/eng_home.aspx?ss=1&cc=eng&t=Welcome%20to%20e-Bug.
The EdComs Teachers website
The EdComs Teachers website offers free, high quality resources and ideas for lessons across a full range of subject areas for both primary and secondary schools. All the free resources are produced in collaboration with teachers and linked to the UK curricula.
Register at www.edcomsteachers.com/complete-registration. Teachers who register can take advantage of the following benefits:
- Free online activities, videos, lesson plans, educational games and worksheets
- Special guest blogs
- Priority for getting their school on free school live tours
- Monthly EdComs Teachers newsletter summarising the best news and resources from the education world
- Automatic entry to the EdComs Teachers monthly £50 Amazon voucher prize draw!
AND if teachers register before the end of January, they’ll also be in with a chance of winning an iPad!
Exciting DNA & Biotech Kits!
Bring fun forensics and biotech into your classroom! More… www.edvotek.co.uk.
In the Zone
In the Zone is a London 2012 education and engagement initiative run by the Wellcome Trust. All UK schools have received an investigation kit to explore the vast capabilities of the human body. There is a complementary interactive exhibition touring the UK as well as an engaging laboratory experience visiting local festivals and events across the UK. More… www.getinthezone.org.uk.
In the Zone
A box of free resources should have arrived at your school very soon! Following the success of the Great Plant Hunt and Survival Rivals in 2009, ‘In the Zone’ will provide a physiology-related science experiment for every UK child of school age. More at http://www.getinthezone.org.uk/Schools/.
Donate unwanted science equipment to schools and colleges in the developing world. Every year LabAid sends tonnes of perfectly good, useful apparatus which would otherwise be destroyed to countries in Africa, Asia and Central America. For more details go to www.labaid.org or email email@example.com.
Practical Action D&T Activities
Our new website aims to be a one stop shop for sustainability resources across all D and T material areas and age ranges. For starter activities, ranging from exploring products through to sustainability terms and definitions, visit our new site. More… http://practicalaction.org/d-t-starter-activities?dm_i=6WS,MNK3,2QTKV4,1U1LQ,1.
Science Museum launches new online games
Futurecade is a suite of four online games, Bacto-Lab, Space Junker, Cloud Control and Robo-Lobster, which engage students with current and future applications of science through gameplay and powerful questions. Intended to provoke discussion rather than teach the science, the games are supported by teachers’ notes giving top tips for using Futurecade in the classroom. More… www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/futurecade?dm_i=I1,Q5AW,5SVEXV,23X40,1.
How can a clown, a juggler, a comedian and a rock guitarist inspire the next generation of scientists? www.SciEnts.co.uk is a simple, high quality and brand new ‘one-stop shop’ for teachers looking to book an entertaining science or maths show. There are 15 ‘troupe members’ to choose from, covering various STEM subjects and performance skills, from musicians and magicians to actors and circus acts.
SciEnts offers practical science opportunities that support teachers and complement school STEM enrichment to inspire the next generation of scientists. The site allows teachers quickly to select from primary and secondary and also gives guidance for teachers about booking and making their STEM engagement day or Science Week event run well.
Suntreck – Take a journey into space and find out more about the Sun and its effect on the Earth…
This interactive website has a wide range of classroom resources, school projects and ideas for space activities. More… www.suntrek.org/classroom-resources/classroom-resources.shtml.
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New STEM Teaching and Learning Resources for KS2
The North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB), with partner organisations, has commissioned the development of new and free KS2 classroom resources accompanied by a short film, to add value to national curriculum materials. More information here.
These short animations of Paxi, a friendly alien explores are a great way of introducing children to the Solar System, comets and finding evidence for life on Mars. More here.
Mission X: train like an astronaut
Carry out PE and science challenges to learn about keeping healthy in the context of space exploration.
Mission X uses the excitement of space exploration to inspire students to learn more about nutrition, exercise, science and space exploration. Schools who register for the challenge will receive invitations to a range of additional space outreach activities.
The activities in this resource are designed for students aged 8 -14 but can be adapted to older and younger age groups. They can also be used for afterschool clubs and informal learning events. Read more…
New STEM Teaching and Learning Resources for KS2
The North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB), with partner organisations, has commissioned the development of new and free KS2 classroom resources accompanied by a short film, to add value to national curriculum materials.
These classroom materials have been developed with local employers to inspire and engage KS2 pupils on the value and relevance of STEM skills for their future jobs and careers in North Wales.
Practical Action new resources for primary schools
We are delighted to launch our new Smoky Homes education materials for upper primary pupils. The materials contain lots of great STEM activities enabling pupils to design and make improved cook stoves to reduce household smoke pollution for a community in Nepal.
Junior Tax Facts
Junior Tax Facts explains to children, in very simple terms, what tax is and why it is needed – to provide the money to pay for the things that are essential to them, their families, communities and society as a whole. The programme consists of a short animated video, available on YouTube, supported by a comprehensive teachers’ pack, with lesson plans and interactive exercises, available to view or download from the TES website. The video is also available on DVD – simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out as many copies as are needed.
All the material, including DVDs, is available free of change.
The Crunch, created by the Wellcome Trust, aims to get children thinking about how our food, our health and our planet are all interconnected. Examining our relationships with food, and exploring cutting edge research, so that we can eat in ways that can keep our planet and ourselves healthy.
There are curriculum linked activities for children of all ages and plays which can be performed in school and which explore many issues around food security, sustainability and healthy eating.
Dig into The Crunch kits with your class this term. The kits have amazing resources for every age group to explore the links between our food our health and our planet. You will also find the resources and plays for 4-11 year olds which have been translated into Welsh.
Pumpkins Against Poverty – Great Harvest project
An exciting set of cross curricular activities for pupils aged 7-11 years to explore the difference that growing pumpkins can make to the lives of people living in flood prone regions of Bangladesh. The activities include exploring the life cycle of a pumpkin, making seed packets and pumpkin snacks. More here…
Bee Scene supports teachers facilitate learning outside the classroom, enabling children to explore the varied nature on their doorstep. Since Plant life’s Wild About Plants team launched Bee Scene we have supported 10,000 children to get out and about and use their observations to decide whether the local area could be good for bumblebees or not. Their results are posted on our website: www.wildaboutplants.org.uk/beescene.
Teachers can now apply for hard copies of resources which will be sent out in March 2013.
A treasure-trove of information and activities to support energy studies in UK schools. Energy Chest has been developed for pupils aged 8-14 years and is divided into three modules: Energy in Buildings, Energy and the Environment, Energy Sources. More… www.energychest.net/.
Do you know what energy is and what uses energy? What do you think a day without energy would be like? Explore the E.ON Energy Home by clicking on the rooms. More… www.eon-uk.com/EnergyExperience/85.htm.
Food-a-fact of life
FREE resources about healthy eating, cooking, food and where food comes from. Provides stimulating learning and supports curricula throughout the UK. For more details go to www.foodafactoflife.org.uk.
Microscopes for Schools
A new website to support microscopy in primary schools funded and run by the Medical Research Council and Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine. More… www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/microscopes4schools/index.php.
Primary Upd8: Free Darwin 200 resources
As part of the Darwin 200 celebrations, ASE’s Primary upd8 team are providing free Primary upd8 activities for primary school pupils. The Evolution Megalab and Primary upd8 Darwin 200 resources are available on the Primary ipd8 website www.primaryupd8.org.uk.
Renewable Energy Resources
Practical Action has class activities, posters, handouts and data on renewable energy in the developing world. More… http://practicalaction.org/education/renewable-energy-resources.
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Copper Development Association
The Copper Development Association supports education through a collection of online resources spanning Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These FREE materials have been developed in conjunction with, and reviewed by teachers.
The table on this resource page presents a wide range of subjects. matched to secondary age ranges – although most of the linked pages and downloads have valuable information for all age ranges. Each page has a set of questions and a link to an answers page.
If you have any comments or queries on any aspect of our education resources, please email email@example.com.
The Biochemical Society and the British Pharmacological Society have produced an interactive outreach activity about drug-target interactions called Medicine Makers. The guidance and instruction notes can be downloaded FREE here.
HMRC has produced an award-winning tax education programme for secondary school pupils age 14 to 17. Tax Facts was named ‘Best Free Educational Product of the Year’ in the 2016 Education Resources Awards. There are four YouTube Tax Facts, and the supporting teachers’ pack is also on the TES website.
For more information or to request the video on DVD email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasty free school resources
Dig into The Crunch kits with your class this term. The kits have amazing resources for every age group to explore the links between our food our health and our planet. Created by Wellcome Trust. Read more…
To infinity and beyond – Moonshots that are changing the world
If you are looking to get your students engaged in how design and technology can shape these global issues, the Wired Audi Innovation Awards are a great place to start. The awards showcase UK based moonshots, with each one demonstrating how both design and technology and STEM can make a difference to society. Read more…
People Like Me – resource pack targeted at girls aged 11-14
The People Like Me pack from WISE equips teachers and STEM Ambassadors with materials that can show girls from a diverse range of backgrounds that, if they continue with at least one STEM subject post-16, they are likely to have better prospects and more career choice.
WISE recommends using the pack in an all-girl setting, where girls have been found to feel more comfortable sharing their strengths and aspirations. The activity can work equally well in a science, maths, PSHE or careers session.
“If you want to open girls’ eyes to who they are and how their science and maths can help them access a HUGE variety of roles in the workplace, then this resource is for you!” Kate Bellingham, Engineer and Broadcaster
Download resources here.
Sense About Science: Ask for Evidence campaign
Sense About Science is launching a lesson plan and resources to give 13-16 year olds the opportunity to explore whether what they see, read, and hear is true, using evidence as the gold standard to evaluate claims. It’s free to download here.
Resources from BPES
Free video resource on light waves, lenses and photosensitive material for 11-14s
What happens to light when it passes through a lens? Take a trip to the Tate Liverpool and find out how photography works with the science behind photography video. If you want to go further, see how you can build your own pinhole camera , step by step. The videos have been designed to give the Light Waves content on the new curriculum a relevant real-world context.
Learn about polymer production and properties in the real world – free video and animations for 12 to 16s
The Polymer Production and Plastics video will help students understand why alkenes are useful for making plastics. The follow-up Polymer Properties animation will then show students how plastics with different properties are manufactured through the polymerisation of alkenes. Watch the video and animations here.
Free Motion and Forces video for 11-14s
How does an aircraft fly? This Motion and Forces video will help students to learn about the different forces – lift, weight, drag and thrust – which help keep planes up in the air.
Want to do more to inspire the next wave of women engineers?
As part of our goal to get more girls into engineering, we’ve launched a new initiative Sparxx specifically for girls between 11 and 18. The aim of Sparxx is to provide ongoing support to girls who show an interest in CRESTA (Creativity, Engineering, Science, Technology and Art) by providing targeted stream of communication through Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and newsletters.
For further details, contact the Sparxx team at email@example.com.
Engaging in Engineering
Dr Emma Carter of the University of Sheffield has been making a series of films aimed to appeal to 9 to 14 year olds and the first 6 are now available via Vimeo (and Youtube) as an online resource.
CREST resources from MP Futures – quarrying, pyramid designing, modular clinics and much more
Ideal for the summer term, these resources get students to debate the origins of pyramids, how they were made and design a modern day pyramid! Find out how quarrying, mineral products and mining impact everyday life and relate to the STEM curriculum.
The resources link with CREST Discovery, Bronze and Silver awards, and include Powerpoints, teacher guidance and student packs.
Resources to support practical work at A level in Wales
The Society of Biology with the support of the Nuffield Foundation, Science and Plants for Schools, British Ecological Society, Biochemical Society, Field Studies Council, Society for General Microbiology and the Wellcome Trust have put together a document to highlight resources to support practical work at A level in Wales.
URENCO Richie Lecture
URENCO, in partnership with the British Science Association, invited students in year 7 and 8 to the first Richie Lecture “Powering our Future Planet”. Sir David King, the UK Government’s Special Representative for Climate Change gave a speech introducing the school children to the topics of energy usage and sustainability. Watch the video highlights here. The Richie lecture proved to be a great success and will be held once again in the latter part of 2015.
ESA teaching films
ESA Education has released five new teaching films, aimed at an international A Level student audience or equivalent. These were written and presented by the National Space Academy with graphics produced by ESA.
The themes are:
- ATV1 Jules Verne – gravity, ballistics, gravity, multistage rocketry
- ATV-2 Johannes Kepler – orbits, Kepler’s Laws, simplified orbital mechanics, orbital reboost of ISS
- ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi – cosmic rays, solar weather and challenges of operating ATV in the space environment
- ATV-4 Albert Einstein – special relativity, general relativity, time dilation, GPS and relativity
- ATV-5 Georges Lemaitre – Doppler effect, spectroscopy, the expansion of the Universe, dark energy
The films are available here.
Learn Chemistry Partnership
More than 1,300 schools have signed up for the Learn Chemistry Partnership this years. By registering they hear about new resources via the monthly e-newsletter, get print copies of Education in Chemistry and The Mole student magazine, and complimentary Royal Society of Chemistry membership.
Brain: the inside story
A free interactive online resource on the brain and nervous system aligned to A2-level biology exam specifications, including:
- Brain structure
- Brain functions
- The nervous system
- Brain chemicals
The site will be finalised for launch later this year – in the meantine you can preview it and register for updates here. The site:
- Has been reviewed by teachers and tested by students
- Is curriculum linked
- Is relevant for all major exam boards
- Includes teaching resources and revision tools
This resource is being developed by Parkinson’s UK to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s and other conditions affecting the brain.
Inspiring Science Education
The Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy is proud to be a partner in the Inspiring Science Education (ISE) programme. Inspiring Science Education aims to motivate and stimulate teachers to attract youngsters to the world of scientific discoveries, natural and scientific phenomena and much more by providing them with access to the latest, interactive tools and digital resources within their classrooms.
As the UK National Coordinator of Inspiring Science. we will be disseminating educational resources and learning scenarios which encourage inquiry-based learning. The resources are being developed by us and partners from across Europe, and will be made available through a web-based portal.
To see what’s currently on offer have a look at our Educational Resources web page here at the School of Physics and Astronomy. Teachers who participate will also get a copy of Logger Pro, a data analysis and collection suite, for free (retail value: around £260). This software is available to teachers who we meet at one of our events (such as the one on 16th July – see below). We can also arrange for regional meetings if enough teachers will be present, and there will be webinars to support teachers as well. If you would like to investigate organising a more local meeting, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The participation process for Inspiring Science is relatively brief. There is a sign-up form to register your interest, following The next two steps are for each school to complete an e-Maturity questionnaire and an Action Plan. We can assist with those – details are here.
Discover Materials with IOM3
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Schools Affiliate Scheme (SAS) aims to provide support and resources which enrich the teaching of the materials topics in the 11 to 19 curriculum, provide teachers with the knowledge and understanding necessary to teach these areas with confidence and enthusiasm and provide links to members, organisations and universities that can provide additional support.
Standard membership of the scheme is free and gives teachers access to a wide range of resources through the SAS website. These include newsletters, support literature, magazines and journals, presentations, links to the Institute’s network of local societies and access to the Materials Information Service.
Members also have access to additional resources such as curriculum-related materials sessions in school, Materials Discovery Boxes or attending a conference for teachers, which incur a small charge.
The resources produced for members are appropriate to the materials topics featured in the science and D&T curricula from Key Stage 3 upwards and we are always open for suggestions for new resources that would improve your materials teaching.
To find out more about the Schools Affiliate Scheme please visit www.iom3.org/sas or contact Dr Diane Aston, email@example.com or 01476 513882.
Engineers without Borders UK
Engineers without Borders UK (EWB-UK) run a fantastic outreach programme through Universities in the UK. They may be able to deliver their ‘Power for the World’ workshop to your primary or secondary students.
Institute of Acoustics
Institute of Acoustics have just launched a new website (www.ioa.org.uk) with a careers section aimed at young people looking to make university/careers choices. There’s useful info about the profession – eg where to study, specialist areas, people profiles…
All students can now join the Institute free as a student affiliate on website. Principally aimed at sixth formers and undergraduates but will also be of interest to other school pupils wanting to learn more about the subject.
Royal Society of Chemistry launches Learn Chemistry Partnership
The Royal Society of Chemistry is inviting teachers and schools to connect with the world’s leading chemistry community via a new partnership programme.
Learn Chemistry Partnership is a free programme that offers teachers and schools a package of benefits to help them inspire their students and bring chemistry to life in their classrooms.
For a limited time, teachers who register their school for the partnership receive a huge periodic table wall chart for their classroom.
Founders4Schools connects teachers with entrepreneurs and founders of growing, successful businesses. It is a free programme for teacher in the UK.
On the ‘about us’ page they say: “Students also hear about real-life applications from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, making a critical link to how learning STEM directly relates to growing and scaling successful enterprises”.
Google Science Fair
The fourth annual Google Science Fair has now launched! Students have between now and 12 May deadline to submit their projects online.
There are exciting new resources for teachers and students including age-appropriate lesson plans and an Idea Springboard, a fun online tool to help students come up with an idea for their project by combining what they love, what they’re good at and a challenge they care about.
The RIBI Technology Tournament
The RIBI Technology Tournament is accredited for CREST Discovery. Teams of four Design & Technology students with an interest in engineering and science subjects compete in a full day out of school event to devise and build a solution to an unseen technical task.
CITB CREST Awards video
One of our newest partners, CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), have released a film which follows an all-girl school in Bath doing their Bronze CREST Sustainable Communities Award – from the construction site visit at the start of the award to receiving their certificates once they have achieved the award. You can watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFDA4W97m9E
CITB are really keen to get more schools/colleges/employers involved in the award, so if you would like more information please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM – Pathways and Options
A PowerPoint presentation about the joys, benefits – and potential pitfalls – of a STEM career. Created by Environmental Biology postgrad Ross Davies, its informal graphic style will engage and inspire students who may be considering a STEM career. You can download the presentation here (right-click) - and there's also a Word version of the text here.
CREST Discovery Award
Focus on fun, teamwork and transferable skills. They are typically completed by 11-14 year olds in 5 hours (usually in one day). Often whole year groups or classes do the awards together.
Want to get started straight away? Why not try the brand new Community Garden Challenge – downloadable pack and introduction video to get started with this new activity from the National Science & Engineering Week team.
For more information about the CREST Discovery Award, click here
CREST Discovery has also already linked with a number of partner schemes, including the IET Faraday Challenge Days and London Transport Museum’s Inspire Engineering days. Find out more about these new links here.
CREST Discovery Community Garden Challenge resources are now ONLINE!
The Community Garden Challenge has been designed to help teachers run an engaging one-day activity with 11 to 14 year olds for National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) and can lead to a CREST Discovery Award for those taking part.
The challenge comes with a n easy-to-run challenge pack that can be downloaded from the Association website, as well as an introduction video including interviews with teachers and students who took part in the pilots (and Sheila Toper!).
As an added incentive, schools that undertake the challenge as part of National Science & Engineering Week by officially registering their involvement will be entered into a prize draw to win a fun farm trip.
For more information on the Discovery Award, and links to the NSEW resources, visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/CrestDiscovery.
STEM Careers Resource Database
The National STEM Centre has developed a searchable database of up-to-date STEM careers information from across the web.
The STEM Careers Database provides easy access to careers information from a range of high-quality sources, including professional bodies for fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Food security debate kits from I’m a Scientist - Get me out of here
I'm a Scientist have released their latest debate kit for student, this time the topic is global food security, sustainability and making sure people around the world have access to a healthy balanced diet. The kits can be used to develop students’ debating and discussion skills around difficult issues, and encourage them to consider problems from a range of different aspects.
You can find more information here. Please feel free to share this with any of your networks.
GSK Scientists in Sport
GSK's Scientists in Sport programme aims to inspire 11-14 year olds to think differently about science, using sport to show how exciting it can be. The programme provides teachers with resources including interactive activities, lesson plans, lab ideas and worksheets, to help bring science to life in the classroom. More… www.scientistsinsport.com
Future Morph has been created to show that studying science, technology, engineering or maths beyond the age of 16 isn't just a one track road to becoming a scientist or engineer – the skills and knowledge you gain are valuable in almost any career and will make you very employable. More… www.futuremorph.org.
STEM Careers Database
An openly accessible STEM careers resources database, which brings together several existing catalogues of STEM careers materials. More… www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/stem-in-context/careers-database.
CREST partners up with Connecting Classrooms
Do you want to give your learners a chance to study climate change in a real life global context? Are you interested to see how science is taught in other countries, and how we can learn from each other? Would you like the opportunity to visit a school overseas and share your experience? If so, an international schools partnership could be for you!
The British Council and the British Science Association are working in partnership to enrich science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities in the classroom in the UK and abroad through CREST Awards and Connecting Classrooms.
Connecting Classrooms supports schools and colleges with:
- Connecting With A School Overseas
- Developing Global Citizenship And Skills For A Global Economy
- The Professional Development Of Teachers In The Uk
- A £1,500 grant to visit your partner school.
We Are Aliens
Looking for physics, chemistry and biology activities linked to space or activities for STEM Clubs? All the activities are backed up by videos featuring National Space Academy Lead Educators or Anu Ojha (Education Director, National Space Centre). The activities are mainly aimed at KS4 and 5, but some can be used for KS3. They have been developed and used as part of the National Space Academy programme. More… http://wearealiens.com/resources/
10 Amazing Jobs You Could Land With the Right STEM Education
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This interactive book was created by TSL Education in collaboration with Keith Gibbs and Alessio Bernardelli. You can download the book from your iPads here.
Enough food for everyone if?
The new IF resources are designed to help pupils get to grips with some of the key issues connected to food and hunger, and learn about the impact on real people’s lives. Pupils are encouraged to think critically about the challenges we face in tackling global hunger, and to come up with their own ideas and solutions. More…
Textiles and Sustainability
In the UK, we currently throw away a million tonnes of textiles each year. The production of these textiles has made an environmental footprint as each stage of the product’s lifecycle, as well as possible exploitation of people involved in the production.
There are many ways in which Textile designers and consumers can address sustainability. This link will take you to material information, design activities and inspirational products to help you make informed choices. More…
Research Councils UK (RCUK)
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has released a podcast which discusses the importance of engaging young people in science and research, following the launch of its School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI). The initiative, which exceeds £3.5 million in total, is funding 12 projects over the next three years, each of which involves a variety of activities to develop longer-term engagement between universities and schools.
Podcast and further details can be found at:
Details to the original press release with the list of successful projects can be found at:
New free online resource for STEM Clubs Cosmic Comics blasts off with the first episode of a new astronomy comic and associated resources. Please could you let your networks know about the new resource. It is available free from www.cosmiccomics.eu or for more details email email@example.com.
Tomorrow’s Engineers is a careers programme led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering which aims to promote engineering to young people aged 11-14.
Tomorrow’s Engineers produce a range of careers resources which are available online. These include, a ‘What is Engineering?’ PowerPoint presentation, postcards for students, a leaflet for parents, career route maps and a resource pack for teachers. They are a great resource for careers events, STEM clubs and for STEM activity sessions. For more information visit the Tomorrow’s Engineers website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/resources.cfm or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biology – new classroom resources
Created by STEMNET, the Astra Zeneca Teaching Trust, the Society for Biology and 4Science. The six practical activities enhance the Biology curriculum, and can be run by STEM Ambassadors and teachers to give students the opportunity to relate school science to the real-world challenges experienced by STEM professionals.
The activities explore the following topics:
- Colour questions – what happens when coloured substances are mixed with oil and water?
- Improving glue – can we develop a stronger glue?
- Eat your greens – can we stop food from going off but still keep it tasty and nutritious?
- Exploding cells – why can’t the concentration of our body fluids change?
- Take your medicine – why are there so many different kinds of pills?
- Save our conkers – what’s happening to our conker trees? Will they survive?
The six resources are freely available as pdfs from the STEMNET website: www.stemnet.org.uk/resources/other/50.
The Society of Biology has launched a new grade of membership for 14-19 year-olds which aims to bridge the gap between the classroom and ‘real world’ biology. School and college students can join for just £5 per year. Membership will give them access to a great range of services, including an online subscription to The Biologist magazine. More… www.societyofbiology.org/membership/bionet.
19 case studies with cross-curricular themes and all you need to run the activities which would be short term projects. More… www.bowlandmaths.org.uk.
Classroom Medic Career Finder App
The app tells you what the job entails, what qualifications in school are needed and where to find more info with direct links to the NHS Careers website. It is completely FREE to download and is a quick and easy way to discover the 45 careers in Health Care Science. There is a film to accompany each career. For more information contact email@example.com.
CS4FN – Computer Science for fun
Welcome to the fun side of computer science! Explore how computer science is also about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun. More… www.cs4fn.org
Drugs in Sport: FREE Debate Kit
Sports science is more topical than ever and the use of drugs in sports is not going away. Bring lively, topical debate to your classroom by ordering a FREE debate kit, asking students should ALL drugs be banned in sport? Each kit, designed for students aged 11–18, contains a well-researched lesson plan and characters for students to adopt. These free kits have been produced by the award winning I’m a Scientist team with funding from The Physiological Society. Sign up and read more information at http://debate.imascientist.org.uk/?dm_i=I1,Q5AW,5SVEXV,23X44,1.
Futurecade is an innovative online suite of games that allows students to explore how science and technology impacts on their everyday lives. Futurecade’s four games – Bacto-Lab, Robo-Lobster, Cloud Control and Space Junker – are based on scientific research happening today. Use them as a stimulus to engage your students in a fun, interactive way, and get them thinking about how technology might impact on their future. More… www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/futurecadelearning.
The Institute of Physics – how to build a fish tank cloud chamber
The Institute of Physics have developed a Cloud Chamber Workshop. If you want to run a workshop at your school contact cerian@firstname.lastname@example.org IOP Teacher Network Coordiantor. To see how well the Cloud Chamber works visit http://alessiobernardelli.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/fish-tank-cloud-chamber/.
The Institute of Physics – new resources
- The IoP has launched an email discussion list for all physics outreach/school liaison staff. The aim of this list is to allow contributors to share experiences, discuss issues in the area of schools outreach and to keep up-to-date with events and resources to support your work. Sign up on www.iop.org/activity/outreach/resources/sosn/page_53446.html.
- The IoP and National HE STEM Programme have produced a series of short careers video clips to illustrate the breadth of options available to those who study physics at A-Level and beyond. Each clip is 5 – 8 minutes long, designed to appeal to 14-16 year olds, and is linked to the GCSE curriculum. More… www.iop.org/hestem/careerclips.
- The IoP have also produced a Guide to Good Practice in Public Engagement with Physics. More… www.iop.org/publications/iop/2011/page_50862.html.
IOP STEM Club pack
The IOP STEM Club pack is available for download at: www.iop.org/education/teacher/extra_resources/stem/page_41714.html.
The NRICH maths website
There are loads of activities for all age groups… plus a link to their Maths and Sport website http://nrich.maths.org/public.
Nuffield Council on Bioethics – biofuels teaching resources
Based on the Council’s report, ‘Biofuels: ethical issues’, which was published earlier this year, these resources aim to help students consider the advantages and disadvantages of different types of biofuels that are being produced or may be produced in future as renewable sources of energy for transport.
The activities include case studies and a role-play exercise to help explore the various motivations that are driving the biofuels industry in different countries, and the possible impact that biofuels can have on people’s everyday lives. It’s all free to download at www.nuffieldbioethics.org/education/education-teaching-resource-biofuels.
A new maths careers section on the Plus website bringing you all you need to know about the wide range of careers that use mathematics – from avalanche research and planning the Olympics to designing computer games or saving lives in developing countries. The section gives you easy access to career profiles and in-depth career interviews, as well as advice from employers and useful information on how to enter a career with maths. More… http://plus.maths.org/content/Career.
Practical Biofuels Activities
An extensive practical biofuel activities for school engagement and outreach has been developed by BBSRC that enable researchers and teachers to engage young people with the science and issues surrounding bioenergy and biofuels. The resources provide general introductions to biofuels and practical activities with further information and supporting powerpoints to help in the delivery of the activities. More… www.bbsrc.ac.uk/society/schools/practical-biofuel-activities.aspx.
The Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Chemistry in the Olympics’ website and global experiment
The global experiment will test the effects of sports drinks on athletic performance. Alistair Brownlee, twice world champion triathlete and former chemistry student, introduces our global experiment site and talks about the role chemistry played in his own education and how chemistry is vital to his sport. More… www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/collections/sport.
Science, Engineering and Technology for the New Generation
If you want to inspire your students to study STEM subjects, remember this brand new interactive website gocracker.com. Your pupils can find information and news about STEM subjects, industry sectors, apprenticeships, colleges, universities and leading employers. There are free iPhone apps to download, there is a video collection (goTV) and they can access hundreds of web resources dedicated to STEM.
Visit the ‘For Teachers’ section where you can find links to great teaching resources, fun days out and forthcoming local STEM events. Order free pocket cards to give out to your students and A3 posters to brighten up your classroom!
Gocracker has also launched a monthly competition for schools – ‘The Gocracker Champion School’. To enter all you need to do is encourage as many of your students to register on gocracker.com and you could win the Champion School Trophy engraved with your school name and the month and year you have won.
Solar System that could be used with Android devices
You can access them from this blog post http://alessiobernardelli.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/the-virtual-sky-android-apps-for-the-physics-teacher/. Please leave a comment on the blog.
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase – book now!
The RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme is an outreach activity that gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques.
Delivered by university students, the events have a strong emphasis on encouraging school pupils to consider studying chemistry and the career opportunities available.
STEM: Build Your Future
A suite of FREE materials for students aged 14-16 from Army in Education. The STEM Careers Presentation focuses on the importance of STEM across a variety of careers. In the Design a Hovercraft Lessons students can put their STEM skills into practice, planning and designing a hovercraft. And finally in the Build a Hovercraft Workshop student teams build their designs and test their models with materials supplied by their Careers Adviser. You can take a look at them here www.army.mod.uk/armyineducation/24342.aspx and they also offer to send one of their army careers advisors to kick it all off with a presentation about the materials.
This suite of materials has been developed in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering to support teaching and learning for the 14-19 engineering diploma. More… www.practicalaction.org.uk/education/sustainable-engineering.
Virtual Experiments – online Physics experiments
Virtual Experiments have been developed at the University of Reading for students at GSCE-level and above. These virtual experiments are recorded versions of real experiments. They enable students to carry out experiments online. Most of the experiments have bqqqqqqqasic interactive prompts to explain the equipment and which buttons to press. Students feel in control of the experiment, choosing different variables and collecting different measurements in whatever order they choose.
Some of the videos also have simple scripts and worksheets for teachers, although these will need to be targeted at the appropriate level for your students. The videos are high quality and the instructions are clear. It’s a great website for demonstrating and discussing the experiments you are unable to carry out in the classroom.
Topics include reflection, rates of growth and photosynthesis, resistors, Hooke’s law and many more. More… www.reading.ac.uk/virtualexperiments/index.html.
The Virtual School: calling all physicists!
The Virtual School’s vision is to create an innovative, FREE education resource that reaches learners all over the world. To help us achieve this we need the support of passionate physics teachers! More information at http://thevirtualschool.com.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute – new schools resource on malaria
Malaria challenge is a free multimedia educational resource for 14-18 year old students and their teachers. The aim of the resource is to raise awareness of malaria by exploring the different stages of the Plasmodium lifecycle and discussing methods for treating and preventing the disease. The resource contains 3D animations, scientific images and videos of the parasite as well as interviews with world leading malaria researchers.
Teachers can download the resource for free from www.yourgenome.org/teachers/malariachallenge.shtml but there are also free CDs of Malaria Challenge that that can be sent out to teachers across the UK. If a teacher would like a free CD of Malaria Challenge they can be requested be email at email@example.com with their name and school address. This offer will operate on a first come first serve basis.
WISE on the Web
A new web area for WISE has been launched on the UKRC website – www.theukrc.org/wise. The WISE pages have exciting role models, access to networks and newsletters, interactive resources on apprenticeships, and a wealth of information for girls, teachers, parents – and women at all career stages in STEM.