National Science and Engineering Week March 6-15

Rachel Hayward | 06 March 2009
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National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten-day celebration of science, engineering and technology and runs from March 6-15 2009.

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Science magnified. Photo © British Science Association

Museums and science centres, as well as schools and colleges, are amongst the venues holding events to promote NSEW. Find out about what’s happening near your school or college on the British Science Association website.

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Getting to grips with a science experiment. Photo © British Science Association

For example, budding scientists can go along with their families to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham for a weekend of science fun.

You can take a look at what’s in store in the video footage of Magna Science Adventure Centre’s Kitchen Sink Show.

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Science fun at the Kitchen Sink Show. © Magna Science Adventure Centre

On Saturday March 14, you can help to round off National Science and Engineering Week with a bang or two at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre.

Their explosive demonstrations will explain changing materials by heating, cooling, burning and mixing.

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Science fun outdoors. Photo © Ness Botanic Gardens

And if you can’t get to the venues, here are some recommended links to get your pupils inspired:

The Glasgow Science Centre has games, experiments, worksheets, posters and activities on areas including: Our Material world, Energy and Forces and Maths and Technology.

Or how about the downloadable fun and games from Inspire Discovery Centre?

The Science Museum has lots of science-related online games.

So too does the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s website. You will also find helpful related teacher content accompanying the games.

There is also a great competition for schools. To celebrate Darwin200 and the International Year of Astronomy, the British Science Association and The Future is Wild are launching a nationwide school competition to explore what Darwin might have discovered if the Beagle had taken him, not to the Galapagos Islands, but to a new planet where life exists.

This competition, aimed at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, will get children to explore the life forms that Darwin might have discovered on one of four environmentally different and isolated islands on an alien planet.

The British Science Association site has more detailed information on how to enter. You will need to hurry though because the competition closes on March 16 2009.

If you'd like to find out more about Darwin events this year and resources, the Darwin200 website has detailed information for schools.

You can also look at our article, Darwin: our natural selection of the best resources around.

National Science and Engineering Week is co-ordinated by the British Science Association and funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), in partnership with the Engineering Technology Board (ETB).

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