British Science Week: 13 – 22nd March 2015

Are you a science teacher in need of inspiration? This week we’re sharing experiments, personalised science stickers and lots of fun facts to get your lesson planning mind thinking.

British Science Week is a ten day event of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

The British Science Society is the charity behind the week, they aim to put science at the heart of our society and culture. From 13 – 22 March, events and celebrations will be taking place across the UK. 149622-00Institutions from universities and schools, to museums and community centres are getting involved!

Find out if there is an event happening near you by visiting

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UK Solar Eclipse- Friday 20th March 

During British Science Week, on the morning of Friday 20th, 80-95% of the sun will be hidden from view.

The British Science Society have created a pdf (open here) to help children understand why a solar eclipse happens. The download suggests the use of food, (mainly cake!) to explain what happens when the moon blocks the sun from view.

This event is set to be big worldwide and is the first of its kind since 1999 so it’s not one to be missed!

A few experiments to recreate in your class to celebrate British Science Week: 

Fizzy rocket bottles are a great outdoor activity from The Royal Institution of Great Britain:

One for older children from the SciShow on YouTube shows how lemons can be used to transfer electrical energy:

For even more experiment ideas head over to our post from World Science Day: you’ll find ideas for children of all ages.

9 fun science, maths and technology facts:

  • Did you know that there are 206 bones in the adult human body and there are 300 in children (as they grow some of the bones fuse together).
  • The first coast-to-coast telephone line was established in 1914.
  • The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus, with an estimated surface temperature of 864 F (462 C).
  • There is enough fuel in a full tank of a Jumbo Jet to drive an average car four times around the world.
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  • The animal with the largest brain in relation to its body is the ant.
  • Televisions first went on sale in the late 1920’s
  • Around 1495 Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for a humanoid robot.
  • 9 is the 1 billionth digit of Pi

Let us know what your British Science Week plans are in the comments below or get in touch on Twitter @SchoolStickers