How can teachers celebrate British Science Week?


British Science Week acts as a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and provides an opportunity for teachers to embrace new and exciting topics.

Spanning ten days from 8 March 2019, the theme for this year is around ‘journeys’ and around one million pupils are set to take part.

Last year saw more than 2,300 events taking place in all corners of the UK, helping to raise awareness and boost understanding of core subject areas.

The annual celebration is designed to inspire teachers and to provide a platform for them to inspire the scientists, mathematicians and engineers of tomorrow.

British Science Week is supported by a number of high profile organisations, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), science firm 3M and the Guinness Book of Records.

For 2019, there is also a partnership with Eurotunnel to mark the engineering project’s 25th anniversary, in the hope of showcasing it to new audiences.

This can be easily tied into the theme for this year, which provides plenty of openings to encourage debate and healthy classroom discussion.

A class could be encouraged to consider the journey of a building from design through construction to completion, or the journey that a professional athlete must go on to reach the Olympics.

Or children could be tasked with discovering the journey that famous mathematicians and scientists went on as they developed their theories – such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie or Stephen Hawking.

Based on the theme for 2019, British Science Week has a range of resources available, including activity packs, to help both primary and secondary school teachers.

In a bid to provide an inspiring set of projects and challenges, the packs include scientific activities that can be done both in the classroom and at home – such as mummifying an orange and creating time capsules.

Teachers are encouraged to use the ideas for inspiration and to modify them to suit their own needs in the classroom.

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