- The Big Bang Competition
The Big Bang Competition lets more young people than ever showcase their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects and is open to UK residents in full-time secondary education
- Design for a Better World
Design for a better world offers an exciting new global design challenge and competition for students aged 11-14 years. The deadline for entering the competition is the 16th December 2016.
- The Squashed Tomato Challenge
Challenge your students to take on a real life problem affecting people in Nepal.
- Timstar Blog
Timstar monthly blog posts focus on all different aspects of Science Education. Each month from these you can learn great tips, receive free lesson plans and useful templates.
- Timstar Team
Building a relationship with our customers is vital in achieving our aim of becoming a responsive team, dedicated to your needs. We have a 50-strong team including ex-teachers and technicians offering expert advice, customer support, product demonstrations, training and CPD workshops.
- Timstar Newsletter
Timstar offer a termly newsletter packed full of quality articles, competitions, technical tips and lots more. Did you know that any science or education article featured in our Newsletter receives a £25 M&S voucher?
- Curriculum resources for practical and investigative science
Working together with the ASE to help deliver an excellent and inspiring education for all young people, these co-authored resources support science departments to integrate engaging and purposeful activities within their current schemes of learning.
- Trajan MiPlatform
The MiPlatform: Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
- Edina Trust
The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.
- Practical Action Posters
A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
- Technology Justice
Questions around technology and the right to access it in today’s world and more are explored in this engaging set of resources for students aged 9-19.
- Moja Island
Evaluating renewable energy resources, Moja Island is a discussion based 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.
- Practical Action evaluation tools
Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
- #techjustice in action
A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
- Water for the world
Help pupils find out about access to water and build their own filters. An activity developed with Engineers Without Borders as an education outreach workshop for pupils aged 7-14.
- Small Is Challenge
A design challenge for students aged 7 to 14. Students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us lead a more sustainable future.
- Measles alert!
A dramatic multimedia simulation of a modern measles outbreak, using real data from the 2013 Swansea epidemic. Children take on roles in an Outbreak Control Team and use their maths and science skills to analyse and fight the outbreak.
CFA has produced new and engaging resources to support KS2 teaching about microorganisms. Downloadable lesson resources include a lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation and pupil copy-masters.
- Practical Action the 6R's
The 6Rs activity is a hands on activity where students look at the 6Rs of sustainability, recycle, reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, rethink. Suitable for students aged 14-18 it is relevant to D & T, geography and engineering.
- Practical Action galleries
Images from Practical Action's projects around the world, helping poor people use technology to improve their lives. All images can be used by teachers and students for educational purposes.
- 100 Small things
A free colourful A1 Poster for students aged 7-18 with 90 ideas of small things they can do to make a difference to their global community and environment, plus space for them to add 10 ideas of their own. Divided into the 6R’s ( Reduce , Reuse, Recycle , Repair, Refuse, Rethink) it can be used as a great teaching resource as well as a poster.
- Who's most at risk
Who's most at risk? is an exciting role play activity that enables pupils aged 11-18 years to understand some of the key factors that place people around the world at risk from the effects of natural hazards.
- Global learning opportunities linked to the curriculum
These documents identify opportunities where teaching in a global context enriches pupils’ learning in the new science curricular for ages 7-14 and give examples of Practical Action's teaching resources for science. They are available for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland curricula.
- Optika Trinocular Microscope
An innovative way to teach microbiology, the Optika trinocular microscope is an advanced instrument, which allows students to use the binocular eyepieces for their investigations whilst you support them via the vertical monocular eyepiece
- Energy and the Global Goals
Two short activities to develop pupils understanding of why energy is essential if we are to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
- Power for the world
Downloadable resources aimed at pupils aged 7-14 working in teams as they learn about energy, energy resources and differences in energy access around the world. They go on to design and build their own wind turbine
- The wind power challenge
A hands-on activity where students are given minimal materials and challenged to design a wind powered machine that can lift a weighted cup off the floor. Teachers instruction sheets, related video clips and even certificates are available to download.
- Copper Development Association 2016 Poster Competition
The 2016 Copper Education Competition: Curious About Copper results have been announced. Find out about the winners and their winning posters here!
- RSoB Encouraging Scientific Enquiry
This year the Royal Society of Biology will be running an exciting new training course on Making Science Memorable and Encouraging Scientific Enquiry for Primary School Teachers. Hurry - the course is on 5th July!
- Weird Fish Lady
Arrange a visit from the WeirdFish Lady. Scientist, author and undersea explorer Gloria Barnett invites pupils to discover an exciting new world. Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience, Gloria will introduce children to creatures and habitats that make the sea such a wondrous place.
- National Women in Engineering Week 2016
Welcome to this National Women in Engineering Day update. With less than a month to go to #NWED2016 on 23 June we hope that you have all got something planned to celebrate the day.
- Google Expeditions in fieldwork
Invitation to be a part of an exciting project which aims to evaluate the use of Google Expeditions in fieldwork. Google Expeditions provides students and teachers with access to over 200 Virtual Reality (VR) landscapes which are viewed using affordable Google Cardboard viewers combined with a smartphone.
- Solarcentury solar energy resources
Solarcentury, together with SolarAid and in association with the University of York, have developed science resources for 14-16 year olds which will help answer questions about the impact and uses of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Africa and the UK.
- National Insect Week
A week of activities nationwide, National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects - 20th - 26th June 2016
- Floating garden challenge
A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 pupils The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before. Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis.
- Plastics Challenge
An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years from Parctical Action to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.
- Antibiotic Apocalypse
To help with teaching about antibiotic resistance, watch the innovative short film, Antibiotic Apocalypse. The film was created by an interdisciplinary team formed by Game Dr, Little City Pictures, UCL (Dr Adam Roberts) and University of Glasgow (Dr Daniel Walker).
- WISE National Women in Engineering Day
The National Women in Engineering Day is taking place again on 23 June 2016 and this is your chance to support, inspire, celebrate and raise the profile of your amazing female engineers.
- Salters' National Awards for Science Technicians
We are delighted to announce that for 2016 these awards are in collaboration with both CLEAPSS and SSERC. The aim of the Awards continues to be about highlighting the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work to take place.
- How medicines work
How medicines work: the ongoing battle between people and disease. Throughout human history people have suffered from both communicable and non-communicable diseases. And throughout history people have looked for ways to treat or cure those diseases.
- ASE Book Award
Starting in 2016, this new award has been designed to celebrate science writing that educates and inspires science learners of all ages. Closing date: Friday 1st July 2016
- News from Gratnells
Granells announces collaboration with national charity Potential Plus UK. In a unique agreement, which aims to help fulfil the potential of Britain’s schoolchildren, independent charity Potential Plus UK and Harlow-based manufacturer Gratnells will collaborate on a range of projects during 2016
- Copper news from Athens
Two kindergartens in Athens are leading a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys that will continuously kill germs, helping reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
- Space School 2016
Space School 2016 is a three day residential astronomy and space science event at the University of Kent for 15-18 year olds. The event will run from midday Friday 29th July to 5pm Sunday 31st July.
- Jeans for Genes Day 2016
The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children affected by genetic disorders. Join in by planning your own event for Jeans for Genes Day on 23rd September 2016
- Copper and electricity: generation, transformers and the grid
This resource explores how generators produce electricity, and how electricity is subsequently distributed. It considers the principle of electromagnetic induction and how this applies to generators and transformers.
- Reactivity of copper: etching and patination
Copper is low on the reactivity scale but reacts slowly in the atmosphere to develop an attractive pale green patina. It also reacts with ferric chloride solution and copper chloride which make copper etching possible.
- Copper, pathogens and disease
This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.
- Long-term availablility of copper
This resource explores the long-term availability of copper in terms of known reserves, copper production and recycling.
- Copper in wind power
Copper is a vital metal in making wind power possible. Copper provides the conductivity, corrosion resistance, strength and flexibility to meet all the demands of harsh conditions, where servicing and repair are very expensive.