Graphing stories

The ‘Graphing Stories’ collection is a collaborative project run by Dan Mayer and the ‘BuzzMath’ team. Each story comprises a video that shows a practical situation where a measure, such as height or weight, varies with time. The situation is then replayed at a slower rate to help enable the...

Movies and magic

Movies and magic 9-11

Sometimes what looks like magic is actually science! In this programme, pupils will look at magic and movie tricks for inspiration and find out how it’s done. They explore how things are done to make movies look realistic, and investigate whether some of the themes or technology from the movies...

Engineering Careers: Cammell Laird

Here are 5 videos of people who work at Cammell Laird, the shipyard responsible for the building of the RRS Sir David Attenborough.  They range from early career apprentices to those who have worked their way up the ladder to be Principal Engineer.  You can hear...

Nix the tricks

The book ‘Nix the Tricks’ looks at tricks and short cuts used in maths, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding. If you cringe when a student says ‘cross multiply’ whenever they see a problem involving fractions, then this is the...

Student discussion


Fixperts is an award-winning, hands-on learning programme that challenges young people to use their imagination and skills to create ingenious solutions to everyday problems. The programme is equally relevant to design and technology, engineering and as a STEM enrichment activity.  



Lighthouse keeper challenge

This challenge provides a STEM activity day in which teams of children work together to design a way of getting lighthouse keepers back to the mainland from a lighthouse based on a small island 200 metres from the nearest land. The design will need to use a zip line to carry the keeper...

Computer network

Computer networks

A very comprehensive article explaining how computers communicate, what the internet is and what services run on it. On the third page (labelled page 34) there is a very good unplugged classroom activity that can be used to model how packets of data are passed by the internet. The document also...

Video Interviews with the Bloodhound SSC Team

Short video interviews with members of the Bloodhound SSC team, explain some of the engineering challenges involved in designing a land speed record rocket car. Interviews include: * Wheel design - John Piper, Engineering Director * Shock waves - Ben Evans * Air - Ben Evans * Mach numbers - Ben...


Careers in Space workshop

The Careers in Space workshop included inputs from: * Vicki Hodges on Astrium's STEM Ambassadors programme * Rosalind Azouzi on Space Tourism and the Next Generation * Lloyd Marshall on Apprenticeship opportunities with Astrium

Latest community resources

Introduction to Coding With Python

An Introductory 'Coding with Python' course, consisting of six 30-60 minute tutorials. Aimed at 10 years and older, prior experience of coding (such as Scratch) is required.

Users will need the IDLE app and trinket.

Topical Science Updates

Topical Science Updates are monthly newsletters for schools focusing on some of the big, quirky and interesting science stories in the news. 

Each month 3 or 4 stories are featured to help teachers embed topical science in their everyday teaching.

Each story has links to articles, video clips and...

Tinkering as an inclusive approach for building STEM identity and supporting students facing disadvantage or with low science capital: Considerations from a reflective practice experience with teachers

Engaging with Tinkering is a highly stimulating and complex experience and invites rich reflections from museum practitioners and teachers. "Tinkering as an inclusive approach for building STEM identity and supporting students facing disadvantage or with low science capital” presents the...

Explorer Dome Light Worksheet KS2

The difference between light sources and reflections,

Measuring shadows,

Light pathways,

Making shadow animals,

Colour mixing.

Explorer Dome Space worksheet KS2

Questions to understand the difference between days and year, 

Make you rown mnemonic for the planets,

Make the moon and the earth to scale,

Make the solar system to scale in distances,

Spot the constellation (the Plough, Leo the lion, Orion)

Charlie & the C Monsters

‘Charlie & the C Monsters’ is a free 6m: 40s film (or series of 1m short films) and a print-your-own A4 16-page comic/colouring book that explain without words what you need to know about how Covid-19 is spread and prevented. With a story by ...

Keeping Covid Away: Covid-19 comic and worksheet/drawing challenge

The comic (available in 11 languages!) tells the story of Covid. What is it doing in town? How can we stop it sticking onto us and jumping onto others?

The associated worksheet includes a dot-to-dot activity...

Alien Detectives

Alien Detectives  is a fun and educational online resource to help you learn all about invasive non-native (alien) species brought to you by the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative.  The huge array of activities includes presentations...

CHEMpanion: Your Chemistry companion

I thought I'd share a small website that I have created to generate randomised practice problems for Chemistry students. Most of the content is aimed at A-Level students, although some content is suitable for GCSE students.

This is a work in progress and is being updated and added to as and when I get time...

How Camouflage Can Protect Prey from Predators

This blog post teaches students how animals use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. It also discusses how similarly the...