British Science Week 2018
9th - 18th March 2018
Here at Science Boffins HQ, we are really excited because we now have a new focal point - 9th-18th March 2018 the date for British Science Week 2018. Science Boffins will be going to Primary School Assemblies around the UK and presenting Science Workshops during this National Science Week. We don't pretend to be teachers but we will make Science fun despite trying to sneak in elements of literacy, numeracy plus PSHCE and all from as little as £1 per pupil.
See below for details of our exciting School Workshops.
We already have a number of new and repeat schools, so to avoid disappointment book now to reserve your preferred date. Register your interest for British Science Week using the form at the bottom of this page.
States of Matter
Back by ever popular demand: We will invite your pupils to join a fascinating interactive journey. Understanding that everything around them is made of atoms will lead us on to a discussion of the three states of matter illustrated by the children in a vivid demonstration of Penguins in the Antarctic. They will then be introduced to Dry Ice, undoubtedly a top fun demonstration in our repertoire. Dry Ice burps, giant bubbles and fire extinguishers will ultimately give way to individually making a small quantity of instant ice cream for on the spot consumption. Science does not get any better than this. Subject to a small premium for the supply of dry ice.
Plasma Balls - Playful Polymers
A workshop bringing together some visual effects from the film industry with a very scientific slant almost guaranteed to have your pupils’ jaws drop with amazement. Let them create Frankenstein like plasm flashes. You bet they will fancy having electricity pass through their bodies in order to light a fluorescent tube or see a miniature lightning strike. They may even get a high voltage shock on their noses. Moving on from Tesla coils we talk about polymers and how they are used on film sets to make noxious slime. The technique is fascinating and the resultant take home pot of slime – irresistible.
Superhero Workshop - New for 2018
Almost every child dreams of being their favourite superhero, and all superheroes have one thing in common; they save the world. In this interactive workshop your pupils have the opportunity to learn how they can save the world, without wearing capes and pants on the outside! From filtering dirty water to using natural energy in everyday life, this renewable energy workshop will allow the future generations to learn the future of energy, and how their small differences can both change and save the world
For our biological boffins we can provide them with the opportunity to look at plants. Going down to their roots and how they transfer water and nutrients to the plant we build our way up to flowers and why they’re pretty colours. Be a bee transferring pollen between flowers and making seeds, we then look at what’s inside those tiny seeds… and of course we can’t leave leaves out. Finally, see if you can get into a venus fly trap without being eaten!
Animals Including Humans Workshop
Humans are animals in their own right, but just how similar are we? In this interactive workshop new for 2017 we look at where different animals stand in the food chain. A focus on diets and how a balance is critical to healthy living precedes our “Gums to Bums” experiment which shows this food travelling through the digestive system into our blood. Some timely exercise will allow the children to see how the heart pumps blood around the body to maintain their energy levels.
British Science Week 2018 Funding
The British Science Association are offering three grant schemes to support activities and events for British Science Week 2018; one for schools, one for community groups and one for British Science Association branches.
Applications for grants close on 13th November 2017 at 12 noon.
Funding for British Science Week 2018 comes in three forms:
Kick Start Grants
Kick Start Grants – for schools in challenging circumstances to organise events for British Science Week. This can be up to £300 (Kick Start Grant) or up to £700 for activities that also involve the local community (Kick Start More Grant).
BSW Community Grants
BSW Community Grants – between £500 and £1000 grants for community groups who work with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and not currently engaged in a science activity.
BSW Grants for BSA Branches
BSW Grants for BSA Branches – up to £1000 of funding for British Science Association branches to run local events for British Science Week. This scheme is open to volunteer branches only.
Applications for funding is now open. For more information and to find out if your school or group is eligible, please visit the British Science Week website.