Inspiration for British Science Week

Lauren Tong
19th February 2019
Scientific experiments to reinvigorate science lessons with secondary students

Reach for the stars in your lessons with these top science-specific and cross-curricular science resources

With British Science week on the horizon, 8 - 17 March, it is the perfect time to reinvigorate STEM in the classroom with new and exciting lessons. In order to celebrate, we have chosen a selection of science-specific and cross-diciplinary resources to celebrate Brisish Science week this year.

Science resources

Kitchen Science - STEM activities

A downloadable booklet of fun science activities using everyday ingredients, with notes for teachers. This booklet contains step-by-step instructions for science activities and experiments that are safe and easy to do in the classroom or at home.

By Science Museum Learning

Curiosity Project STEM dropped timetable /enrichment day

Looking for hands on activities to make engineering relevant in the classroom? Keen to showcase the variety of career opportunities STEM subjects can lead to?

Siemens Curiosity Project has developed a dropped timetable that offers a menu of themed activities and workshops that ignite curiosity.

The guide has been designed to help you deliver a full day of activities or provide inspiring one off enrichment events. There are 6 fun and interactive workshops to choose from, alongside themed curriculum-linked activities and games.

See the full bank of Curiosity Project resources at siemens.co.uk/curiosity/en/workshops.htm

By jennyevans20

Mission to Mars

This KS3 resources explores the science, technology, engineering and maths involved in the space exploration. Students investigate the STEM behind launching a rocket, landing a spacecraft on another planet and how science and engineering can make it possible to live on another world.

By Royal Academy of Engineering

Big Picture Project - A Beautiful Planet

Big Picture Project gives young people a unique perspective on our beautiful and changing Earth, through the eyes of an astronaut. The STEM project, which has at its heart the breathtaking new IMAX® film, A Beautiful Planet, empowers them to see that small actions in their everyday lives have maximum impact when we all work together to instigate positive behavioural change.

Students are tasked by an astronaut to carry out scientific experiments and research into everyday water, waste and travel habits, and then apply an 'IMAX® Scale Tool' to assess the huge potential impact for change in their school, their country and across the UK. The resource is suitable for educators of young people aged 7-14 and includes: environmental case studies; fun facts about the Earth and life aboard the International Space Station; three lesson plans with PowerPoint presentations and activity sheets; an editable certificate and more.

Showing in selected IMAX® screens from Friday 27th May.
These resources were created in partnership between Into Film, SUPER and IMAX®.

To start your free Into Film club visit www.intofilm.org/clubs
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By IntoFilm

Do you want to know a secret? - genetic testing

Students receive a sealed box that contains a chance card. Opening the box represents taking a genetic test. Students work in research groups to explore the issues surrounding genetic testing to help them make an informed choice about whether or not to open their box at the end of the activity.
By Science Museum Learning

101ish STEM Club Ideas

Formally downloaded over 1600 times, I have added new activities and removed some old ones so this powerpoint now contains over 90 STEM club activites that are ready to go. The shortest activity is 10 mins, the longest could be up to 4 hours. At one per week, that is almost 3 school years of STEM Clubbing!!!
By ash_harness

Complete GCSE Science Revision Game - ARTICULATE!

This board game is based on the hit title "articulate", with a similar playing style to Taboo!
This game was adapted with a focus on Year 11 GCSE Science, with topics from all 3 science disciplines and is applicable to most exam boards.
This activity acts as a great revision tool for whole classes or small intervention groups to ensure they are familiar with all the key words from across all 3 disciplines.
This activity has also been used as both a starter/plenary for classes in Year 9 --> Year 11 and as a reward at the end of a term!

How to use the resource?

(It does work well if a class set has been printed and laminated in advance of play).

1. Students play the game in pairs (this is good for accommodating larger class sizes). There should be a maximum of 4 pairs to each board game template.
2. Each pair takes it in turns to describe as many key words (corresponding to the colour they are on, on the playing board) to their partner but...

a. You cannot SPELL the word, or say how many letters it has.
b. You cannot SAY any part of the word.
c. You cannot use “rhymes with” or “sounds like".

3. If their partner guesses correctly, these cards are kept to the side and another is picked QUICKLY and described until the time is up!
4. Students count up their number of correct cards and move this number of spaces around the playing board.
5. Students can pass if they are unsure on how to describe the word/can not guess it! This saves time!
6. If students land on a star on the playing board - they need to describe and guess ONLY the words with a star next to them on the playing cards (this is a mixture of words from all 3 science disciplines).
7. The winner is the first pair to move their counter to the finish segment!

ENJOY!!

Please leave a review/feedback once you've used this resource so it can be adapted for others!

(Note: I do not own any of the rights associated with the playing title/game)
By sophie55_hanson

Practical Science Careers project

A series of 8 practical activities, put into the context of careers in Science. This is aimed at KS3 students, introducing some practical skills.

Aims of the project: To learn about some careers in Science, and to try some out. To develop investigation skills as required in the KS4 core practical’s included at GCSE.

Students get to experience being an Aerospace engineer by designing and testing paper planes, a Biochemist by testing urine samples, a Biomedical scientist by testing different anti bacterial soaps, a Chemical engineer by investigating recipes for bouncy balls, a Civil engineer by designing and testing bridges, a Forensic scientist by taking and analysing finger prints, a Mechanical engineer by making cotton reel motors, and a Pyrotechnic technician, by testing firework colours and making sparklers.

Each includes a job profile page to be filled out using the national careers service website to provide context for the lesson.

Also included is a handy technician guide.

This is designed to be handed out as a student booklet, with each career taking around 2 single hour lessons to complete, aimed at KS3 students. Students develop their investigation skills, as well as learning about some different careers in Science.
By beccy597

Cross-curricular resources

CREST Bronze - Pick Up and Run Project Ideas

This booklet gives you some easy-to-use project ideas, and photocopy-able worksheets. Linking closely to the curriculum, projects fall into three categories: Research Investigation/Design and Make Science Communication CREST is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).It gives 11-19 yr olds opportunities to explore real world projects in a dynamic way.
By CRESTAwards

Island Survival

Mini project about surviving on an island after being shipwrecked. Activity to be completed each day and then a literacy task to complete a diary thinking about life on the island.
By edwards.el

The Big Brother Lab

The Big Brother Lab is a resource I made that is designed to get the pupils to debate the relevance of some of the greatest scientists of the past (and one present!), and evict them in order of how important they think their discoveries were, with the most important being crowned the winner. The task places an emphasis on justification of their decisions, so it’s designed for them to hone their Sc1 skills. Some of the information on the discoveries may not be 100% accurate, but you can change it as you see fit. The instructions are on the first page. My top set GCSE class really got into it when they did it. (It’s aimed at higher level pupils.)

By ironic lettuce

CREST Silver - Pick Up and Run Project Ideas

This booklet gives you some easy-to-use project ideas and photocopy-able worksheets. Linking closely to the curriculum, projects fall into three categories: Research Investigation/Design and Make Science Communication CREST is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).It gives 11-19 yr olds opportunities to explore real world projects in a dynamic way.
By CRESTAwards

KS3 Science Project

PowerPoint and task cards aimed at a KS3 class (initially planned for Year 9) to complete a poster, written assignment and a model for a specific area of Science to present in a Science Fair.

For each of the task cards a detailed list of requirements for each part of the project is included, with ideas for extension work to earn more points and homework ideas as well.

I used this resource straight after my students had completed their end of year test as a fun and engaging activity, when complete pupils presented their projects to the class and I awarded certificates for best written assignment, best poster, best model and best overall project.
By SWiftScience

STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Maths Project lessons

A collection of STEM Science Technology Engineering and Maths worksheets and accompanying power point presentations. I use them with both KS3 and KS4, fantastic engagement tool.
By carladdi

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