Well British Science Week 2018 has started and we hope all schools are taking the opportunity to participate in this fantastic event. So what is this all about? Well British Science Week 2018 takes part each year and is run by the British Science Association. The event lasts for 10 days and this year runs from 9th March to 18th March and has been designed to help celebrate science, technology, engineering and maths. It provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, science communicators, STEM professionals as well as the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.
If you are a primary school and unsure of what you would like to do, you can visit the main site which provides topics and activity pacts, you can download them here. This year the activities focus on ‘exploration and discovery.’ Of course you do not have to cover this theme and are free to design your own activities and investigations.
Do be brave and encourage children to undertake their own investigations. If you have data loggers then get them out and encourage the children to use them. Use other technology during this time as well, for some examples and ideas.
- Photography – use digital cameras and record their work, compare camera with an iPad and see which has better functionality.
- Data loggers – collect real-time data during their work.
- Films – record their investigations or make Green screen presentations about the topic in your school.
- Use podcasts/MP3 recorders so children can talk about their work.
This is only a few suggestions and I hope they help. If you do decide to focus on Space and the Moon as part of ‘exploration and discovery’ then we have some resources here to help you. If you think next year you would like some support to incorporate technology into your science week then do contact us.