British Science Week 2017

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

British Science Week is a national celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring a range of events and activities across the UK. It is run by the British Science Association (BSA) and will take place from March 10 to 19.

The BSA provides free activity packs of inspiring ideas that you can do in your classroom or at home, with information about what you will need and how to extend the activities.

The theme this year is “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world around them.

Partners include the Roald Dahl Literary Estates (with experiments inspired by George’s Marvellous Medicine), while other activities are featured from the Royal Meteorological Society, Food Teacher’s Centre, BBC Scientific Terrific and others.

Pupils can also enter the annual poster competition and be in with a chance of winning prizes including science and art activities. The theme of this year’s competition is also “Change”.

Now in its third year and new for primary schools in 2017 is Demo Day, an annual campaign during the week that aims to inspire school teachers to explore new concepts, provoke discussions and generate excitement through running science demonstrations. This year it will take place on Thursday, March 16.

Demo Day is also an opportunity for teachers of all subjects to showcase the science in their discipline. For example, PE, food technology and geography educators are also encouraged to get involved in Demo Day and highlight the cross-curricular relationship between science and the wider curriculum, to celebrate its diverse range of applications. A range of resources and suggested activities are available on the website.

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