Exploration and discovery

The theme for this year’s activity packs is “exploration and discovery.”  The activity packs for 2018 are now live!

Encouraging young people to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world all around us. 

Click HERE to find out more 


Click HERE to access the Primary Resources pack

Click HERE to access the Secondary Schools resources pack

2018 STEM Clubs Week- 5th-10th February 2018.

As part of the 2018 National STEM Clubs week, STEM Learning are launching their new STEM Clubs Programme.

There are plenty of ideas to get you started for STEM Clubs Week.

Click here to find out more about STEM Clubs Week

Click here to find out more about the new STEM Clubs Programme.

What is Apps for Good

Our goal is to transform the way technology is taught in schools; to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create solutions to the problems they care about, using technology.

Rodrigo Baggio, CDI Apps for Good, Founding Chairman & Founder CDI Global

Why we exist

Traditional education systems are wasting talent. Many young people are de-motivated by traditional teaching methods that leave them ill-prepared for the real world. Technology is advancing apace, exciting the imagination of young people, who want to use it to make, play and share. Yet traditional schooling lags well behind, missing this opportunity to engage, especially those students most disaffected with standard lessons. Teachers who want to use technology to create more exciting ways to learn feel frustrated they cannot do more.

We want to build a new global generation of problem solvers and makers: students who can create, launch and market new products that change the world. We believe that technology can be a great equaliser and a massive force for good to transform lives and communities around the world.

What we do

Apps for Good is an open-source technology education movement that partners with educators in schools and learning centres to deliver our course to young people 10-18 years of age. We provide the course content, training and connections to our Expert volunteers, and then let teachers do what they are best at – inspiring and guiding young people.

In the course, students work together as teams to find real issues they care about and learn to build a mobile, web or social app to solve them. Like professional entrepreneurs, students go through all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, technical feasibility and programming to product design, deciding on business models and marketing.

What our students learn

Our course teaches coding and the fundamentals of the digital world, while also developing skills in problem solving, creativity, communication and teamwork. With a focus on solving real issues that matter to young people, our students learn the full software product development process in a ands-on way.

Visit www.appsforgood.org for more information on this invaluable free of charge resource

CISCO Little Big Futures

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected. Getting everyday objects to send, receive and process data to solve real-world issues.

CISCO and STEM Learning have relaunched the Little Big Awards for 2017 to now be Little Big Futures. This programme has a collection of resources for students aged 11-14 to participate in five one-hour lessons across the STEM subjects and STEM clubs.

One hour resources

Each resource includes subject-specific investigations, exploring the Internet of Things. You don't need any specific technology for these interactive and engaging activities. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life. They give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.

We will be sending some great IoT prizes to schools getting involved and sharing online. 

The Little Big Futures programme is aimed at students aged 11-14 and has a collection of five one-hour lessons across Science, Maths, Computing, D&T and STEM clubs. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life and give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.

To find out more about the Little Big Futures, please visit www.stem.org.uk/little-big-futures

We are linking the resources with Tomorrow’s Engineers week (6th – 11th November) and our media campaign will be highlighting the use of these resources during this week with spot prizes (IoT kits) for schools who upload their work that stands out. #LittleBigFutures They will not just be solely for use during this week but we thought it was a good vehicle to promote them.

We will then be launching the CISCO sponsored CREST Discovery Award resources in mid-November. These will be 5 hour investigative resources across the same subjects covering IoT and Fire Safety. STEM ambassadors can be requested to support schools (hopefully there will be enough CISCO and firefighter SA’s) to cover the needs. Schools can claim back (up to £100) the cost of application for the CREST award. More information will be sent out over the next few weeks.

For all the info, please click HERE 

For more information on the Science Society Week, click HERE 

For competition details click HERE

“Are you a secondary school ICT or computing teacher? Looking for some extra support to help teach game design to your students and a chance to discuss game design with other educators? Apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network!”

I just wanted to let you know that we have now launched applications for our BAFTA YGD School Resource Network – a new branch for our outreach programme taking place in 2018.

We are encouraging secondary school ICT/computing teachers and educational mentors to sign up and receive support from BAFTA YGD to introduce game design to their students.

Successful applicants receive a free YGD resource pack and will be invited to join our school network to meet with other teachers/mentors and take part in our BAFTA YGD events across the UK.

Teachers can sign up using the application form found here

Anyone who doesn’t meet the criteria but would like to be considered for a pack can register their interest here (code clubs, afterschool clubs, STEM Ambassadors, care workers etc.):

Further information and links to the FAQ page

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to get more involved yourself!

Kind regards, 

Melissa Phillips

Freelance Event Producer

07803 230 244

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

 +44 (0) 20 7734 0022

Find us on bafta.orgFacebookTwitter and YouTube

If you teach game making or coding in a UK secondary school, apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network.

Are you a secondary school ICT or computing teacher? Looking for some extra support to help teach game design to your students and a chance to discuss game design with other educators? Apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network!

Apply now and you could get access to a whole host of useful resources to support your teaching. The Network is available to participating secondary schools across the UK. To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a non-fee paying secondary school based in the UK (or afterschool club) that covers students of a secondary education age
  • the school must have over the national average (14%) of pupils receiving free school meals
  • Intend to use the BAFTA YGD Resources as part of their lessons in game design

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A free copy of our BAFTA YGD Idea Generator Card Game
  • Further information on our YGD Worksheets
  • Access to exclusive networking and outreach workshops across the UK
  • An invitation to join our closed Facebook Group to connect with other secondary school teachers teaching game design
  • Updates on BAFTA YGD Resources and Games News via our monthly YGD newsletter
  • Participating schools may also be invited to attend BAFTA YGD workshops in their local area (we'll be announcing dates soon) and asked to potentially host events involving visits from industry experts to help inspire your students.

Secondary School IET FREE Posters

A range of free classroom posters to download or order to have delivered direct to your door!

IET Faraday offers a range of free secondary curriculum support posters within three main areas.

i.Reference posters relating to various aspects of electricity and power.

ii.Topical posters created to support the IET's vision of 'Engineering a Better World.' Posters include a variety of topics from 3D printing to nanotechnology and even cybersecurity.

iii.Case study posters to highlight current engineering work and inspire students to get involved in these areas.

Posters are A2 in size but are folded into an A4 pack to be sent easily through the post.

All of these posters are updated and the collection is added to on a regular basis so do check back on this page to see when new posters have been added.

If you would like to suggest topics and/or content for future posters then please get in touch via faraday@theiet.org

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Primary School FREE Posters

A range of free classroom posters to download or order to have delivered direct to your door!

IET Faraday offers a range of free primary curriculum support posters within two sets.

Suggested poster display

The first 5 posters listed below can be used as stand-alone posters to add colour to your classroom, but they do also join together in the style of a jigsaw to add another dimension to your poster display! 

Poster topics

The following 10 posters are all individual posters which cover a range of topics from radio waves and robotics to section drawings and electrical safety. 

Order or download

All 15 posters are included in the order pack or you may download each poster individually to build up your own collection. 
Posters are A2 in size but are folded into an A4 pack to be sent easily through the post. 
All of these posters are updated and the collection is added to on a regular basis so do check back on this page to see when new posters have been added. 

For more information, click HERE

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BP Educational Service boosts support for primary science teaching with Science Explorers

Science Explorers is a brand new collection of resources from the BP Educational Service, offering free curriculum-linked science learning materials for primary school pupils aged 5 to 11.

These fun, free and flexible resources are designed to appeal to primary teachers who are less confident in science teaching. Through the programme’s interactive app, videos and classroom activities, Science Explorers helps to encourage engagement with science from an early age.

Developed with science subject specialists, backed by the latest research and designed to inspire teachers and pupils alike, Science Explorers is an exciting new science learning tool for primary schools.

Find out more about Science Explorers: http://on.bp.com/2rmpadN

Register with the BP Educational Service to access the resources today: http://on.bp.com/2sefHcu

Free GIS for your School (Geographic Information Systems)

As part of our continued not-for-profit work we are providing free access to ArcGIS Online for all UK schools.

ArcGIS Online is a complete, cloud-based mapping platform that makes teaching with GIS easy. There is no install, you just need a browser to get stared. ArcGIS Online works on PC’s, Mac’s, and mobile devices.

If you are a teacher at a UK school you can apply for your free subscription now by simply filling out the required details here.

Or check out their website https://schools.esriuk.com/

Student teams can apply to be part of an exciting robotics challenge that sees them involved in ‘aviation missions’. Teamwork, robots, design, discovery, fun and loads of LEGO are all part of the mix, as are real-world challenges, teacher support and some great prizes.

The lowdown

This isn’t a one-off challenge. It’s a curriculum-linked programme that sees students (11-14s) working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.

Student teams across the country learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting aviation missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets. From speed racing to humanitarian aid, they’ll demonstrate their skills at challenges held around the country.

The journey starts in school. The challenge events are the culmination of a ten-week extra-curricular or in-school programme where students learn how to design and control their robots to complete the aviation challenges. It’s all with the help of our structured activity plans and learning software, and we’ll also provide you with training and equipment.

Activities can be run with your team outside the classroom or during lessons. The challenge could take your team all the way from regional heats to the national final!

The learning

Your team will research, design, plan, implement and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem – developed with support from the Royal Air Force and Rolls-Royce – gaining feedback on their work from the engineering community. The challenge will open up potential new careers to your students and help put their school learning into context.

Applications for the 2017/2018 Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics challenge are now open until 12th July.

Click the shortened link below for more details


Check out the brand new careers resource from Tomorrow's Engineers.      

It explores how to get jobs in 12 different areas of engineering 


Post STEM Ambassador Activity-Teacher and School Evaluation 

Have you recently had a STEM Ambassador visit or carry out an activity at your school?

We would be really grateful for your feedback on how this went to help us to improve.  The survey only takes around 5 minutes to complete and is simple.  Link below to the evaluation :- 


Thanks for your time!


Discover free BT STEM Crew curriculum-linked resources for 11-16s in biology, physics, maths and design and technology. Each topic includes a film, interactive quiz, downloadable student worksheets and curriculum links.

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For more information on these free resources visit  https://stemcrew.co.uk/resources


Dear sir/madam,

I am writing to you concerning an exciting opportunity for your school to have some free performances of a science communication show from our ‘Zombie Science’ lecture series.  These spoof University lectures have been developed in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, the Wellcome Trust, and Time-Tastical productions. They are aimed at Secondary school students (S3-6), and cover the real science behind a Zombie outbreak, using it as a means to educate, enthuse and inform audiences about the biological sciences.

This is an extension of a previous Wellcome Trust funded project 'Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies Public Engagement Programme' in which over 36,000 people and 84 secondary schools have already participated. A showreel of the shows is available at the following link:


We can present up to three shows per day and we have availability throughout the academic year 2016/17 during which we could visit your school.  Normally a visit would cost £300 but the Wellcome Trust have provided funding to partially subsidise the project.  Funding is limited so early booking is essential.

An overview of the science areas covered is available in the booking form.  If you would like to book shows for your school please complete this online form and someone will be in touch with you shortly to arrange a suitable date:

Lisa Di Meo



Make a difference – be an engineer

This new, interactive presentation introduces 11-14 year olds to engineering, inspiring them to think about a career in engineering. Developed in collaboration with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Physics, Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, along with input from teachers and volunteers, it covers the diversity of engineering with the central message that engineers can improve people's lives and solve problems around the world.

**NOTE: We strongly recommend that you read the Presenter guidelines before delivering this presentation. You can download these using the button below or find out more by reading the 'Presenter guidelines' section below.

Download presenter guidelines

Download the presentation

The presentation covers:

- What engineering is
- What engineers do
- How engineers impact on our everyday lives
- The range of jobs engineers are involved in through real life examples
- The different routes you can take to a career in engineering
- Where the jobs will be in the future

It has 13 examples of real engineers to explore with children along with videos of them at work, ideas for short activities you can do and discussion points to get them and keep them engaged.

Presenter guidelines

To help you understand how to use the slides we have developed a set of Presenter Guidelines which walk you through slide by slide so you can feel confident when you deliver the presentation to young people. 


For more information please visit Tomorrow's  engineers careers page, using the shortened link below.


Save Lives as an Engineer 

Engineering can save lives in numerous ways.

Many types of engineering can be employed in helping communities affected by disasters like earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis and avalanches.

From using equipment to rescue people, providing shelter, restoring electricity and sanitation to making lives better in the aftermath engineering can save lives. With training, medical devices and detection systems against future disasters engineering can help rebuild lives affected by disaster too.

See our teaching resources below to help explore how a career in engineering can help make the world a better place.

If you would like to order hard copies of these documents, please visit our career resources section.

Practical Action- New STEM resources 

Practical Action have now launched the 2 new STEM Challenges- Design for a better world, and Global Goods.

For more information about the challenges please visit:-



Mars Mission Debate Kit Additional Resources

The Mars Mission Debate Kit asks the question:

Should we send a human space mission to Mars?

The kit allows students to look at the argument from all sides; to explore the social, technological, physiological, and ethical issues around sending a human space mission to Mars.

All the facts in the Mars Mission Debate Kit have been researched. This page is populated with references and additional information relating to the kit.

How have your students’ opinions changed?

The aim of the kit is to explore the social, ethical, technological, and physiological issues around sending a human space mission to Mars. We’ve created an online survey to help you track your how your students’ opinions change throughout the activity.

Find the online survey here and let us know how your students’ opinions change through the debate

Suggested extension activity

The eight characters in the Mars Mission Debate Kit each provide a different point of view on sending a human mission to Mars. Ask your students to consider any other view points which may not have been covered.

For example, how will our perception of ourselves as humans (or of the Earth as the cradle of life) change if we discover life on Mars or elsewhere?

To find out more about the Mars Debate Kit or I'm a Scientist get me out of here, and their fantastic free resources, use the link below:-


Software for teaching and learning computational biology

Free loan boxes for schools

We provide free loan boxes to schools who are interested in teaching and learning bioinformatics. Each loan box consists of 10 Raspberry Pi computers and all necessary peripherals, apart from monitors. The loan boxes come installed with the latest version of our 4273π materials, suitable for sixth-form level and with links to the Scottish Higher curriculum in Biology and Human Biology.

The loan boxes were made possible thanks to funding from Teachers Together and Access for Rural Communities projects at the University of St Andrews. This allowed us to buy lots of Raspberry Pi Model 2 computers, Rii keyboards, USB power adaptors, powered USB hubs, VGA to HDMI adaptors, extension cords and micro sd cards.

The loan boxes were first used during the Teachers Together Conference in 2015 at the University of St Andrews. Teachers Together is a partnership that encourages links between Higher Education and schools. Around 50 teachers from Scottish State Schools attended the conference, and they were given the opportunity to learn more about selected disciplines within the University.

A group of around 20 teachers chose to be introducted to the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews. The group first attended an introductory talk by Dr Jacqueline Nairn, and afterwards learnt about PCR techniques and bioinformatics. The 4273π team gave a hands-on demonstration of the Raspberry Pi and some of the 4273π materials for learning and teaching bioinformatics.

The teachers “really enjoyed learning something new”. They said the best part of the worshop was the “introduction to Raspberry Pi”, and “getting to experiment on the computers, something I don’t get the chance to do much”, and that they were “previously unaware of the technology”. They appreciated the “practical help and explanations”, and thanked the team “for helping me and explaining without making me feel clueless”.

Visit  http://4273pi.org/news/ for more information 

The Scheme is currently closed for applications but opens early 2018 again.

If you are a school and have still not registered for your BBC Micro:bit, use the link below to register your school.


For more details about this new and exciting resource pack from IOP, please click the link below


For more details about this new and exciting resource pack from IOP, please click the link below


For more details about the Ashfield Music festival resources from IOP, please click the link below:- 


For more details about the Ashfield Music festival resources from IOP, please click the link below:- 


A set of training and teaching resources for teachers, STEM Ambassadors and an interactive app for girls to help educate and inspire,

  • Welcome to PEOPLE LIKE ME - the revolutionary approach to engaging girls with careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). People Like Me uses the natural tendency of girls to articulate their self-identity using adjectives, to show them that people like them are happy and successful working in careers in STEM.
  • This pack equips teachers and STEM Ambassadors with materials that can show girls from a diverse range of backgrounds that, if they continue with at least one STEM subject post-16, they are likely to have better prospects and more career choice. The pack contains a quiz to show girls where people just like them are happy and successful in their work, which can also be downloaded as a free app from the Apple store.
  • The pack is targeted at girls aged 11-14. WISE recommends using the pack in an all-girl setting, where girls have been found to feel more comfortable sharing their strengths and aspirations. Research shows that the vast majority of boys use verbs rather than adjectives to articulate their self-identity, which means this approach is less likely to offer them useful insight. Trialling has shown that verb-based people often struggle with the exercise and become uncomfortable.The activity can work equally well in a science, maths, PSHE or careers session.

People Like Me was launched at the National Media Museum in Bradford as part of British Science week. Since the launch, People Like Me sessions have been delivered by WISE to diverse groups of girls from a variety of schools. The feedback from the girls has been overwhelmingly positive:

‘I might change what I thought I would do – Hair and Beauty to Engineering!’

‘I have learnt that it is very important to keep my options open… and that I can combine many other subjects with Science to find something I am passionate about doing in the future’.

Bespoke Packs

Bespoke packs offer the opportunity to personalise People Like Me to contain specific information about your organisation, industry sector or region.

Organisations who are producing a bespoke pack with WISE are:

  • Network Rail
  • Babcock International
  • National College for Onshore Oil and Gas
  • SEPNet.

Bespoke packs are in progress for Tech, Energy and Construction sectors. If you would like to get involved in a bespoke pack please contact Ruth Farenga for more information.


Licensing provides the benefits of being able to charge third party organisations for the delivery of People Like Me, as well as listing on the WISE website as ‘licensed’ to deliver People Like Me and use of the ‘People Like Me – licensed’ logo in marketing materials.

A number of organisations are pursuing licensing in the delivery of People Like Me including Salesforce, STEMNET and Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. Licensing of STEMNET will allow for mobilisation of STEM ambassadors across the UK to offer co-ordinated effective outreach for girls.

If your organisation is interested in licensing, please contact Ruth Farenga for more information.

For Individuals:

WISE are offering training in the delivery of People Like Me for individuals such as STEM ambassadors or teachers. The first sessions will be held in London, Bristol and Leeds early in 2016. If you would like to attend a People Like Me training session, then please visit the following pages to book your tickets:

"If you want to open girls’ eyes to who they are and how their science and maths can help them access a HUGE variety of roles in the workplace, then this resource is for you!" Kate Bellingham, Engineer and Broadcaster

Pack contents:

  • an explanation of the facts behind this approach and how it works
  • a set of top tips for teachers, to support with advising pupils on identifying their strengths and applying them to STEM careers, and with applying the ‘People Like Me’ approach to every day teaching
  • session guidance with a lesson plan and suggestions for how the materials can be used
  • quiz for girls to choose adjectives and define their ‘self-identity’
  • glossary to help girls choose the adjectives that best describe them
  • analysis showing girls how their self-identity maps onto roles where their personality would fit well and introducing them to careers where science or maths qualifications are an advantage
  • supporting materials including a USB flash drive with a presentation to consolidate girls’ learning
  • poster showing the 12 personality types
  • flyer for parents/carers that can be photocopied and sent home

"I thought the session was excellent, it was pitched at the right level to engage the students. I particularly liked that the science options were not overly forced onto the girls - it is far more powerful if the girls come to their own decisions. Many of the girls that attended the session have been asking questions about possible science-related jobs and A levels."Mr Moth, Wildern School

We are grateful to all the organisations and individuals whose generous sponsorship has allowed WISE to make the resource pack available free of charge. We hope People Like Me helps you to show girls there are many more opportunities in science than they think. Good luck with the sessions and please let us know how you get on.

Download Flyer 1

Download Flyer 2

Download Poster

Download Powerpoint presentation

Download Teaching resources

Download background research

Press Release


WISE- People Like Me 

School Resource Pack 


New Bespoke People Like Me Resource Packs for Schools

Physics, Digital & Electronics

Following the successful launch of the People Like Me campaign by WISE and the school resources pack, WISE have now launched 3 Bespoke packs- Digital, Electronics & Physics.  

To access these fantastic resources please use the link below 


Find your role on the Space Crew- Quiz 

Take this personality test and quiz to work out what role you would be best suited to and your Role in Space


3ml is an on line resource to break down barriers to understanding. Learn about the Science of Space through the Science of Reading.


Practical Action Resources & STEM Challenges- Primary & Secondary

Practical Action has some great innovative resources for schools and young people.

We have some fantastic materials available to make sessions exciting and engaging, giving the opportunity to learn lots, think about even more and make a real difference.

Using real case studies from our projects, bring the real world into your classroom and fundraise for Practical Action so that together we can make a real difference to some of the poorest families in the world.

Beat the Flood challenge

An exciting challenge to design and build flood-resistant homes

Flooding due to climate change can have a devastating effect on people's lives. Set on the fictitious island of Watu, pupils explore how STEM skills can be used to help communities be better prepared for flooding.

The challenge: Working as a team pupils design and make a model of a home able to withstand the effects of flooding...then test it by standing it in water and blasting it with a hose pipe!.

The challenge is perfect for STEM clubs and integrating into your D&T and science lessons and for pupils to gain a CREST Award.

The teacher guidance and pupil activity sheets needed to run the challenge are free to download below.

Plastics Challenge

An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.

The challenge can be used flexibly as part of the formal science and design and technology curriculum in the UK, or to run a STEM club or enrichment day. It offers opportunities for pupils to engage with:

· Practical science investigations and enquiry based learning

· Designing and making products from waste plastic for a UK or international market

· A video competition enabling them to share their experience of the challenge.

Power for the World

Working in teams pupils explore issues around renewable energy in the developing world and build their own wind turbines. Through an interactive starter activity pupils discover how energy access via the National Grid differs between their own country and Kenya. They look at renewable energy solutions and in the main activity have the opportunity to design and build their own wind turbine.

The Power for the World Activity was designed to be delivered by university engineering students from Engineers Without Borders - UK as a schools outreach activity. If you are interested in students coming to your school to deliver this as a free workshop then please look at their flier for more information then email maketheline@EWB-UK.org

Plastics Challenge

An exciting new challenge to find solutions to problems caused by waste plastics globally.

Beat the Flood challenge

Challenge your pupils to use their STEM skills to design and make a model of home for their community living in a flood-prone region of Watu Island.

Floating Garden Challenge

Challenge students to find a solution to a problem faced by farmers in Bangladesh...how to grow crops even when their land is flooded as a result of climate change

The Squashed Tomato Challenge

A fun hands-on activity based on a real life problem in Nepal. The challenge: to design and build a model system that can transport tomatoes. Suitable for a CREST in a day award.

Small Is ... Challenge

Suitable for KS2-4 students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us all lead a more sustainable future.

Water for the World

Pupils discover the importance of access to water; the different ways dirty water can be made safe to drink then go on to build their own water filter.

Power for the World

Pupils discover out how access to energy differs around the world and get the chance to build their own wind turbine

Wind Power Challenge

Using scrap materials students design and build a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height...powered by a hairdryer. Suitable for KS2-5.

Design challenge : Water harvester

A new primary D&T or STEM project to design, make and evaluate a water harvesting system for a school garden.

Moja Island

Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.

Global CREST challenges

Global CREST challenges are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food.

STEM challenges in schools

We're pleased to share with you the range of ways in which Practical Action's STEM challenges are used in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.

The resources designed for the schools outreach can also be used by teachers to deliver to their class themselves. They are designed for both primary and secondary students and are suited to a 60 min or 90 minute session, but could be extended.

A perfect activity for a science or STEM club.

Please do email schools@practicalaction.org.uk to request a free set of Practical Action's renewable energy posters to support this activity.


Pumpkins Against Poverty

Our latest resource offering a range of cross curricular activities for primary schools based on growing pumpkins in Bangladesh.

GeoBus is available to visit all secondary schools in all educational authorities around Scotland. Teaching packages cover broad areas of Earth science aimed at supporting STEM subject teaching generally, and highlighting career opportunities in Earth science and other STEM subjects.

GeoBus Aims

1. To support Earth Science teaching in secondary schools by providing resources that are not readily available to educators.

2. To inspire young learners by including new research outcomes in the teaching packages, which at times will be presented by researchers.

3. To provide a bridge between industry, HEIs, Research Councils, and schools to highlight career opportunities in geology specifically, and Earth sciences and STEM areas generally.

Our fundamental aim is to engage with pupils to enhance their understanding of Earth science, and provide resources and support to teachers across the UK whose main subject may not be geology.

GeoBus is developing research-led teaching packages for schools, involving young researchers. Part of our funding comes from the NERC programme called Long-term Co-evolution of Life and the Planet .

Earth science builds on all the pure science subjects, and concepts in physics, chemistry and biology are easily conveyed through Earth science topics.

GeoBus is a mobile unit developed to support teachers who are introducing Earth science concepts into the secondary school chemistry, physics, and biology curricula, as well as the geology and geography curricula.

All of the GeoBus teaching packages are based around hands-on and interactive learning, and all the resources involved in the activities are brought to the school.

Career prospects in geology, or Earth sciences more generally, are very good at the moment. Another aim of GeoBus is to improve the linkage between schools, universities, and industry, and to promote careers in Earth sciences.

An innovative aspect of GeoBus is that early career researchers across STEM subjects will develop research-led teaching packages. These early career researchers are also inspirational teachers and effective communicators of what it’s like to be a scientist.


§ Single Period Workshops § Coring Through Time § Earthquakes: Building Challenge

§ Fascinating Fossils § FUNdamentals of Rocks § Geological Mapping § Geological Time

§ Magic of Minerals: Light and Identification § Magic of Minerals: Molecular Structure

§ Monitoring Volcanoes § Panning for Gold Scotland’s Climate

2. § Double Period Workshops

§ *NEW* Plate Tectonics and their Hazards § Carbonates and Weathering § Dinosaur Biomechanics: How fast is a dinosaur?

§ Earthquakes: Waves *REVISED ACTIVITY* § Fluvial Processes

3. § Enterprise Activities

§ *REVISED* Drilling for Oil (Available from Easter 2015) § Journey to Mars

§ Renewable Energy § Scotland’s Rock Story

4. § Field Excursions

§ Advanced Higher Field Skills § Field Trips

Workshops last 50 minutes and cover a wide range of topics. They can be run with up to 30 students. Workshops can be adapted so that they are suitable for different secondary school stages. If required, workshops can be linked together to provide a half day or full day session.

All of our double period workshops take two 50 minute periods to run. If your school periods are shorter than this please contact us to discuss options for booking as some of the timings can be flexible.

Enterprise challenges are half day (4 periods) or full day sessions. These challenges are group activities and up to 100 students can be accommodated, depending on available space and supervising staff. Please see individual pages for requirements and timings.

Our field season runs from Easter to October half term. Field excursions are run over a full day and the GeoBus team can facilitate groups of up to 30 students for River field work, 40 for all other types of field work. The students will have the opportunity to see what real scientists get up to “in the field” and practise a range of data gathering methods.

With advanced notice, visits can be adapted to suit a wide range of additional support needs.

For more information on this excellent free of charge resource, please visit www.geobus.org.uk

SPECTROSCOPY IN A SUIT CASE Introduction to Spectroscopy

Spectroscopy is the study of the way light (electromagnetic radiation) and matter interact. There are a number of different types of spectroscopic techniques and the basic principle shared by all is - Spectroscopy in a Suitcase.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase:-

The RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme is an outreach activity which gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Scotland.
To enquire about booking a session for your local school, please contact N.G.A.Bell@sms.ed.ack.uk For more information about the scheme please visit www.rsc/org/education

A very popular free of charge resources with Secondary schools looking to run short debates in the classroom. With a range of different topics, each debate kit which is free of charge to teachers contains a detailed lesson plan and teacher's notes, as well as 8 different character cards to run the debate.

What is a Debate Kit?

Our Science Debate Kits develop students’ discussion skills around scientific issues. They contain 8 debate cards outlining the opinions of fictional characters with an interest in a given science topic, and teachers notes to help you to carry out the lesson effectively. Some of our debate kits also include online resources.

The science curriculum calls for a greater debatecards2understanding of the limitations of science and the potential ethical questions surrounding it. Our science debate kits are designed to meet this demand. Their neutrality, together with role play, offers students the opportunity to explore the different sides of the issue and compare others’ points of view.

For teachers, the kits provide an effective and structured resource containing up-to-date information, which can be used again and again with little effort or preparation. They are also a great way to introduce ethical issues that are otherwise difficult to bring out in the classroom.

We have received lots of positive feedback from teachers, including praise for the topics covered, content and structure of the debate kits. If you want to have a look at our previous kits, you can access to online PDF versions of all them here. If you’d like us to keep you on the loop of debate kits, sign up now!

Really looking forward to trying out this new debate kit. Previous ones have set the bar high!” – Sue Howarth, Teacher

The Debate Kits


Make sure to sign up to receive copies of the latest kits as they’re released!

Resources for Teachers

On the I'm a Scientist website at the teachers resources section you’ll find all the teaching materials we’ve developed for the I’m a Scientist event. They’re designed to develop students’ debating and discussion skills, and help the event run as smoothly as possible in your classroom.

Materials for running the event


Teacher notes

Lesson plan materials

Lesson 1: “You’re the Judges!”

Lesson 2: “Meet the Scientists”

Other materials and useful links on the site

  • Evictions poster (PDF)
  • Live chat booking page – Live chats can be booked any time during the two weeks of the event, though you must be signed up to take part in the event; we’ll email you to let you know when you can start booking chats.
  • Staffroom – The staffroom is open during the two weeks of the event from 9am to 5pm. You can chat with the moderators and it’s a great place to get help quickly.

For more information, please visit http://imascientist.org.uk/


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Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)


With the new School term approaching, have you considered getting a visit from the RZSS Wild about us Scotland bus. Check out their website to find out more and their planned tour of visits in Scotland. Suitable for primary and secondary schools


BP Education resources

BP have a wide range of free education resources for both Primary pupils and National 5 and Higher level for Secondary pupils all mapped to CFE.

For more information please visit

Scotland’s leading source of inspiration, excitement and resources for young scientists and engineers.

Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) is a Scotland wide primary and secondary school education programme run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and supported by many of our members.

Our projects are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Pupils work alongside their teachers, real engineers and scientists putting their problem-solving skills to the test on themed investigations that will feed their curiosity and fire their imagination.

Whether you're a young person eager to explore an exciting career in STEM, a teacher looking for STEM resources with a punch, or a company who wants to form positive links with education, this site will help you find out more about us and what we can do for you.
SCDI’s Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC) programme

Our flourishing network - engaging with over 22,000 primary and secondary school students across in excess of 1,100 school Clubs - spans the length and breadth of Scotland, from Shetland to Dumfries, and is supported by a wide range of SCDI Members.

Visit the YESC website for further information: www.yecscotland.co.uk
and engage with us on Twitter @scdiYESC

The Contact and Education Centre is a purpose-built facility serving as a focal point for community engagement and education during the building of the Queensferry Crossing.

Its main aims are to provide high-quality contact, outreach and education centre services to local residents and visitors while emphasising the FRC Project’s purpose, investment value and innovation in construction, as well as promoting the potential benefits a career in engineering can provide.

Situated in Queensferry on the Edinburgh side of the Forth Road Bridge, the Contact and Education Centre offers panoramic views of the existing road and rail bridges, and provides a perfect platform to view construction of the Queensferry Crossing.

The Contact and Education Centre hosts a range of events and activities including:

FRC Project Exhibition – Queensferry Crossing Construction

Open every Saturday 1000 – 1600 (March – October)

The FRC Project Exhibition is where members of the public can explore exhibition panels about the FRC Project, view detailed bridge models, meet with members of the FRC Project team to learn more about the construction of the Queensferry Crossing and enjoy spectacular views of the Forth Estuary.

No booking required.

FRC Project Presentation Series – Queensferry Crossing Construction

Last Friday of every month 1000 and 1300 (March – October)

The FRC Presentation Series provides an in depth look at the construction of the Queensferry Crossing with an opportunity to hear from project engineers in detail about various aspects of the construction of the Queensferry Crossing and its connecting roads. Presentations take place on the last Friday of every month (March – October) at 1000 and 1300.

No booking required.

FRC Project Presentations – Queensferry Crossing Construction

The FRC Project team also takes group bookings from universities, colleges, professional organisations and community organisations interested in visiting for a presentation about the construction of the Queensferry Crossing. A member of the FRC Project team provides a presentation followed by a Q&A usually lasting up to 1 hour.

Booking required.

FRC Schools Programme

Monday – Friday (August – June)

Would your pupils like to find out more about engineering, bridges and the construction of the Queensferry Crossing?

Our trained and knowledgeable staff can lead a range of visits in the stunning Exhibition Area which provides an excellent learning environment with detailed bridge models, exhibition panels about the FRC Project, audio visual resources, interactive learning challenges and spectacular panoramic views of the Forth Bridges, including views of the Queensferry Crossing under construction.

Primary School Programme (P3 – P7)

  • Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing topics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges
  • Classroom lesson plans and resources available for distance learning
  • Teacher led sessions available

Secondary School Programme (S1 - S6)

  • Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing topics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges
  • Project Exhibition Panels available for distance learning
  • Teacher led sessions available

*booking required: visits from 0930, 1000, 1230, 1300 (all 2.5 hours)

Contact us

To find out more about what's on offer at the Contact and Education Centre or to book a visit for your group to learn all about the Queensferry Crossing under construction, contact us via:

Email: frcenquiries@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 0800 078 6910


Forth Replacement Crossing Contact and Education Centre
Adjacent to Forth Road Bridge Administration Building
South Queensferry
EH30 9SF

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