British Science Week - 6th-15th March 2020

Feb. 14, 2020

British Science Week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.

This year’s theme is centred on ‘Our diverse planet’. The British Science Association has produced a range of activity packs for schools with different ways to celebrate our amazing ecological, cultural and societal diversity. There are also activities that focus on the diversity of knowledge, through to STEM careers and subjects. The packs have been designed to make incorporating British Science Week as smooth and seamless as possible.

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Purple Mash has a wealth of resources to support you in school to celebrate British Science Week, from mashcams, to writing frames, planning a fair test to saving our environment; the list goes on and on. We have collated a range of resources in our Science and Engineering week folder and have highlighted our five favourite resources that you could use during this week, if you're a Purple Mash subscriber.

  1. Antartica 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica. Since then it has been a destination for explorers and scientists whose voyages help inform us of the role this continent plays in our world. You can use our Polar Explorer Mashcam with the children to write about their expedition. There is also our Polar Explorer pairs game where children have to match the correct fact to the correct explorer – we've made these resources FREE for all users during British Science Week.
  2. Environmental issues and looking after our diverse planet has been in the news recently, so why not get the children to create a poster to encourage pupils and staff in the school to save energy especially when using technology, or why not get pupils to research renewable energy sources and produce a leaflet to highlight these. (Purple Mash Subscribers only).
  3. Children can use one of our many Mashcams to either write about famous scientists including: Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Edward Jenner, or put themselves in the role of a scientist.

4. Carrying out experiments during the week is a great way to engage pupils and we have a fair test booklet to help children plan and carry out a fair test as well as a comparative test writing frame for children to use to write up their experiments.

5. For science leaders make sure that you've downloaded your Science Leaders Toolkit which includes; action plans, audits, capturing pupil voice and top tips to support you in your role throughout the year.

Whatever you choose to do for British Science week we would love to see you work on our Twitter or Facebook pages using the hashtag #BSW20