Five fantastic teaching resources to use on British Science Week 2023
With British Science Week here, there are many things teachers can use to make the day full of adventure for their class. The ten-day celebration of all things scientific is a golden opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the subject to students and make a lasting impact. The theme of British Science Week this year is ‘connections.’ Help your students discover how objects interact with each other with these five brilliant teaching resources:
Atomic Tom UK on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@atomictomuk2534/videos
Atomic Tom has filmed himself doing experiments based on the theme of connections for British Science Week this year. He is friendly, and his videos are short and easy to understand, so you and your students can replicate the experiments in class whenever you want. SATs Companion recommends his Food Chains video!
The Egg Drop Challenge: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/egg-drop-challenge-6408374
This free resource by Carl Farrant consists of a PowerPoint and an order form. This activity provides an opportunity to build a proper structure that keeps an egg secure and out of danger from a fall of three metres. It also has a financial incentive because children have a small budget to buy materials to make their structure as good as possible. You can make it more interesting by handing out a chocolate egg to the person who keeps their egg protected.
British Science Week’s 2023 Poster Competition: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/poster-competition/
Show your students that there is a connection between art and science by encouraging them to enter British Science Week’s poster competition this year! Get their creative juices flowing by making a poster on any STEM topic related to the theme of connections. There are many prizes for the winners, including an animal adoption pack and a family ticket to the Brooklands Museum! The closing date for entries is 6 pm on Friday, 31st March 2023, so get creating!
Watch the Forces Live Lesson on BBC Teach: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/british-science-week-forces-live-lesson/z93wmbk
Monday mornings are boring for anyone, especially students. You can stream BBC Teach’s live lesson about forces on Monday 13th March at 10:am. This lesson allows Key Stage 2 students to use their knowledge of gravity, friction and air resistance to help Frankie, a Live Lessons astronaut trapped in space, get back to earth by making a space shuttle. The program links with the current curriculum for 7 – 11-year-olds and allows them to learn how objects move between surfaces and what forces can stop them.
Go to a science-based event: https://sciencelive.net/whats-on/
The classroom is not always the best place for people to learn. Science live is a great search engine that will allow you to find numerous science-based events in your area. It not only shows events for adults and families, you can also search events designed specifically for primary and secondary schools. More events will appear as the week progresses, therefore, you should book tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!
What do you plan to do with your students for British Science Week? Comment below or message us on SATs Companion’s Twitter account!