Videos offer creative science ideas

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A set of six videos and written resources aimed at key stage 2 students have been launched to help teachers introduce creative and experimental science into their lessons.

The resources have been launched by the Royal Society and Professor Brian Cox and are available online. The Brian Cox School Experiments encourage youngsters to investigate a series of real-life activities across biology, chemistry and physics and are relevant to the curriculum across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

They tackle topics such as working out how to clean dirty water, investigating whether plants need soil to grow, learning how exercise affects heart rate and why different types of chocolate have different melting points, figuring out how to change the pitch and volume of a sound with instruments made in the classroom, and identifying what factors affect the size of shadows.

Each set of videos focuses on one experiment and features two teacher-facing videos and two student videos for use in the classroom. The videos for students illustrate the real-life context for the experiments that they are working on.

Prof Cox said: “If we want to produce the scientists and engineers of tomorrow, we need to inspire young people by putting creative experimentation at the heart of the science curriculum. We hope that these videos will be a useful resource that will help teachers who might not have a science background to feel confident to deliver practical science in the classroom.”

You can access the resources at

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