Celebrate STEM with British Science Week

From 10th -19th March 2017 British Science Week will be hosting a range of events and activities to inspire young people

We all know it can be challenging to educate youngsters in innovative ways that don’t run the risk of their minds wandering. Independent schools regularly top league tables and produce well-rounded students, so the pressure to maintain this standard can be daunting. Science and maths can be particularly intimidating subjects for a lot of people as they’re often seen as technical and boring. However, they also have the potential to be fascinating, fun and inject a sense of creativity and inquisitiveness into students. Therefore, if you’re looking for inspiration on how to feed your pupils minds this year, look no further than British Science Week (BSW).

BSW is a national celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths – featuring fascinating events and activities across the UK. It is run by the British Science Association (BSA) and will next take place from 10th-19th March 2017.

There will be a variety of flagship events happening all over the country during the week as well as activities in schools from all corners of the UK. Last year, thousands of events took place, engaging more than 1.6 million people.

Schools and families are an extremely important part of BSW and there are plenty of ways you can get involved. The BSA provide free activity packs full of inspiring ideas that you can do in your classroom or at home, with information about what you’ll need and how to extend the activities if you’d like to take them further. The theme of this year’s is “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy. It is also a chance for young people to consider the changes they can enact to have a positive impact on the future.

if you’re looking for inspiration on how to feed your pupils minds this year, look no further than British Science Week

Pupils can also enter the annual poster competition and be in with a chance of winning an array of prizes. The theme of this year’s competition is also “Change”, to link in with the activity packs. Students are asked to investigate or imagine the different types of changes occurring in science and the natural world around them.

Posters will be judged on how creative and well-researched the ideas are and how well the poster has been made or drawn. For more information on how to enter, visit BSW’s website.

Now in its third year and new for primary schools in 2017 is Demo Day; an annual campaign during BSW that aims to inspire school teachers and technicians to explore new concepts, provoke discussions and generate excitement through running science demonstrations. This year it will take place on Thursday 16 March and teachers who are planning to run a demonstration on Demo Day can pledge their involvement. The pledges will be added to an interactive map which will display all participants from schools across the UK.

By getting pupils involved with subjects in an active, exciting way, it feeds their learning and curiosity. Linking science to the real-world through demonstration is an extremely effective way of reinforcing learning and giving pupils a sense of importance in what they’re being taught. BSW is a perfect platform for giving a new edge to your student’s learning and making them feel a part of something bigger.

To find out more information about BSW and how you and your school can be involved, visit their website. There will also be further announcements over the next month, including exciting events new for 2017, so do keep checking back and follow the hashtag #BSW17 on Twitter for important news and updates.

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