These resources have been reviewed and selected by STEM Learning’s team of education specialists for factual accuracy and relevance to teaching STEM subjects in UK schools.

The History of the Universe

This resource, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, introduces the age of the current universe and what its final fate may be.

The video answers some questions about what science currently knows about the fate of the universe, but it is also likely to get students asking many more questions. Clearly animated, the video should be accessible to all, even if it explores some very difficult concepts. This includes the idea that if the strength of the dark energy changes over time the universe may end in a 'big crunch', or even in a 'big rip'.

A short activity accompanies the video where students are asked to create a timeline of the history of the universe so far.

Show health and safety information

Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.

Information on the permitted use of this resource is covered by the Category Three Content section in STEM Learning’s Terms and conditions.