- 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.
- Support for A Level practical work
Timstar are proud to present curriculum documents which support and promote purposeful practical work. Written in partnership with ASE, they identify and provide guidance for a multitude of practical work opportunities within the revised A Level specifications.
- STEMTech Conference 2016
The 3rd Annual STEMtech Conference and Showcase, "Skilled for Success", will take place at the Telford International Centre on 13th and 14th June 2016.
- 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).
- Top 50 Women in Engineering List
The Top 50 Women in Engineering List (WE50) is open to all women in Britain who work in the engineering sector, and is being run in partnership with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), key employers and associated organisations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dr Edwina Jenner
A discussion-based activity comparing the ethics and scientific processes of Dr Jenner’s work with those of modern clinical trials.
- The Great Vaccine Debate
A two-part history and science activity that develops children’s ability to understand and use sources to answer history and science questions relating to vaccination.
- Making Movies
Children learn about some of the main creative and technical roles that go into making a film, and use the JAMES film to explore some key creative techniques such as music and basic camera angles.
- Trajan MiPlaform
The MiPlatform: Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
- ASE Conferences and Events
ASE events and conference offer teacher-led professional development opportunities and are held at UK-wide venues.
- National Insect Week 2016
National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. Between 20-26 June 2016 there will be events across the country, and activities and resources are available at www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk
- The BBC micro:bit
Philip Harris is really excited to be working with the BBC to deliver their brand new BBC micro:bit to your door. The BBC micro:bit has loads of great features including Bluetooth, a motion detector and it can even tell what direction you’re going in.
- Out & About with Industry
An index of industrial museums in the UK
- Research Focus
Research is an integral part of science. These free resources help embed real world research in the classroom so that students gain a better understanding of how science works.
- CONNECT Young Founders
A very different, very fun experience for budding innovators that will help bridge the gap between an idea and commercial viability. Open to students aged 16-18 and resident in Northern Ireland, five finalists will receive an 8 week summer internships, £1500 each, and mentoring from an expert entrepreneur
- Gopher Science Labs
Simple hands-on science activities to build children's confidence and encourage their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work. This project supports transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups.
- Royal Society of Biology: Biology Challenge
An e-poster is available online to help encourage your school's students to take part. The competition aims to: Encourage an interest in biology beyond the school curriculum and stimulate curiosity in the natural world. Involve as many pupils as possible in a challenging and interesting biology competition.
- Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants
The Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants are open! The Biochemical Society have grants of up to £1000 available to help fund activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience, or more general biology, to young people and the community.
Inspiration for your career: Watch people telling their career stories through video in their own words. Good careers advice that students find relevant and interesting isn’t always easy to find and perhaps your students need help to decide if they want to take science subjects at GCSE or A-Level, so why not inspire them by exploring some of the career paths that sciences can lead to?
- Sunny Schools
SolarAid’s free downloadable education resource, addressing the issue of climate change and solar power with a global dimension. The programme helps primary schools to bring these vital issues to life in an investigative and practical manner, increasing understanding around energy and global citizenship whilst working towards a more sustainable school and community life.
- Hydrogen: fuel of the future?
How can hydrogen fuel be produced safely in cars? In this activity students consider how research into fuels derived from ammonia could be used to ensure future fuel security whilst reducing harmful emissions.
- Contaminated Crops
Nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima have resulted in land being contaminated by radioactive isotopes. In this activity students consider how research into variations in the uptake of radioactive isotopes by crop plants could be used to reduce human intake.
- Protecting Communities in Africa from Pneumococcus
In this activity students consider the design of clinical trials to test the effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccines for community protection in The Gambia, and interpret results from the original research trials.
- Fundraising for lions
Fundraising for lions competition: This fantastic fundraising pack will empower your students to take some social action while having great fun learning about Asiatic lions. Open for students aged 3 to 18 years of age.
- Copper in the Home
Copper is essential to modern living. Brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) is also important. There are many uses of copper and brass in the home. This resourcse supports pupils to explore uses of copper in the home interactively.
- Copper in History
Copper has made vital contributions to sustaining and improving society since the dawn of civilisation, from the most basic tools of the Copper Age almost 10,000 years ago, through to the Large Hadron Collider, as can be seen in the timeline poster above. This resource describes some of the uses of copper throughout history.
- Copper Alloys: Introduction
The history of alloys goes back thousands of years. Long before electricity was invented, ancient man discovered that copper alloyed with tin made the very first useful alloy, bronze. Bronze is much harder and stronger than copper and much tougher (less brittle) than flint or stone. This resource introduces the idea of alloys for pupils and the multitude of copper alloys which exist.
- Strength of Character
An English-focused activity about the importance of characters in storytelling. Children discuss some key concepts and terminology relating to characters, and use them to explore the characters of James and Dr Jenner in the JAMES film, to discuss other characters they have met in film and literature, and to enhance their own creative writing.
- Picturing Dr Jenner
Children explore some of the most famous paintings depicting Dr Jenner’s revolutionary experiment on James Phipps. Using the concept of artistic licence, they discuss why the paintings of the same event are so different. They use the paintings and their learning as inspiration to create their own pieces of art depicting the experiment.
- Philip Harris
Philip Harris is one of the UK’s leading supplier of science equipment and resources for schools, colleges, laboratories and universities.
Solarcentury is in business for a purpose: to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change.
- ZSL London Zoo
Bring your pupils along for a visit at ZSL London Zoo and discover all that ZSL has to offer.
- ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
With so many different species housed at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, the UK's biggest zoo, your trip will be full of excitement.
- A Level Practical & Product Listing
Timstar have compiled the relevant practical and product listings required for A-Level Physics, Biology and Chemistry for students to attain the required practical skills
- Timstar Junior Scientist
The Timstar Junior Scientists initiative is continuously inspiring tomorrow’s scientists!
- Curriculum Resources
Working together with the ASE to help deliver an excellent and inspiring science education for all young people.