Sparks Will Fly

This collection provides three primary science resources which link to the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture ‘Sparks Will Fly’, given by Prof Danielle George in 2014. Produced by the University of Manchester's Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub.

The Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution were started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and are now broadcast on national television every year. They are the UK's flagship science series.


A New Revolution

This resource aimed at primary learners, links to electricity, design and technology and aspects of literacy. Children learn about motors and how many objects use electricity to improve their usefulness. Looking at a variety of objects they compare their features and then take on the role of an entrepreneur and...

Making Contact

This lesson aimed at upper primary links to aspects of sound, electricity and design and technology. Looking at how we use technology to communicate with each other, children think about how telephones work, from string-can phones to modern mobile devices. Provided with different scenarios children decide on which...

The Light Bulb Moment

In this lesson aimed at lower primary, children find out about the uses of light bulbs, other than providing light. Children work scientifically observing, comparing and contrasting the features of different light bulbs and sorting them into groups according to similarities and differences. They then work as ‘light...

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