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School science technician networks: a guide to setting up one and making it succeed

This guide, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, draws on the advice of a number of experienced senior science technicians on how to set up a technician network. A local science technician network is a great way to share expertise, solve problems, gather ideas and to carry out cost effective...

Biology Challenge

Biology Challenge is an online competition which takes place in schools with students supervised by their teachers. Questions will be set on the school curriculum but the Biology Challenge will also reward those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching...

The Uncover copper competition

This competition, run by The Copper Development Association calls on students to uncover copper, seeking it out in buildings, health and medicine, and new applications in renewable energy and sustainable transport systems. They produce an A3 poster that explores copper's applications and the chemical, physical and...

National Schools' Observatory -Liverpool Telescope

The National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) provides UK and Irish students with free access to the Liverpool Telescope, a professional grade telescope, making this an excellent resource for extended research projects or science clubs.

Students can make their requests from their classrooms using the Go...

Big bang UK competition

Students enter either as a team or as an individual and showcase their projects at regional heats. The best projects from across the UK are then invited to the national finals, which are held at the Big Bang Fair in March each year.

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Maths in motion challenge

Using tried and tested ‘Cloud’ based software that simulates the setting up of a racing car, students, working in small teams, complete a series of STEM relevant tasks in an effort to produce the perfect car. This ‘virtual’ car is then entered into a competitive race in the hope of winning it. The Challenge also...

Heart Surgery and Dissection

Make your heart dissection lesson more engaging with this resource.  These materials help students to understand more about how the heart works and also includes a step-by-step guide to dissecting a heart obtained from a butcher.

In the first part of the resource, various aspects of cardiac biology are...

Squashed tomato STEM challenge

This Practical Action resource presents a fun hands-on and brains-on challenge for Key Stages Two to Five.

The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local...

Rocket science: final report

In the summer of 2016, six hundred thousand children became space biologists as they began a 35 day experiment to sow and grow rocket seeds that had spent six months on board the International Space Station.

This report tells of the journey these young people...

Google Earth

This is a how-to manual to make the most out of your school grounds as a place for investigation, enquiry and inspiration for the pupils at your school.  t provides the tools to run an exciting 6 to 8 one hour session school grounds project and sets out how to use a range of ICT and multimedia tools to add an extra...

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