National Science and Engineering Week 2010 for teachers

By Rachel Hayward | 09 February 2010
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News: National Science and Engineering Week, the nation's largest celebration of science, runs from March 12 – 21 2010 and there are some great resources on the British Science Association website to engage your pupils with science.

This year the theme is Earth, in order to tie in with the International Year of Biodiversity, and includes everything from the Earth's amazing wildlife and people to its place in the Universe and how it works.

What on Earth
How about the What on Earth project for National Science and Engineering Week? In conjunction with the Open University's iSpot, What on Earth encourages everyone to go out into their gardens or local parks and rediscover their surroundings with a fresh pair of eyes. Take a photo, upload it to the site and get it identified.

What on Earth is also offering a biodiverse green roof to a school or educational building in the country that collectively uploads the most photos before the end of March. This has been sponsored by green roof developer Sika Sarnafil in conjunction with wildlife expert and Dusty Gedge.

Endanger Rangers
There is also a Key Stages 1 - 4 poster competition called Endanger Rangers. The idea is for students to carry out research into animal and plant species that are under threat of extinction and then explain the effects this loss would have on other species and their habitats and what actions must be taken to prevent this happening in the form of a poster.

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"I'm one of Nature's Engineers me." Courtesy British Science Association

Nature's Engineers Competition - Innovation from nature's creativity
Four annual passes to the Eden project plus travel are up for grabs in the Nature's Engineers competition.To be in with a chance of winning, your pupils should write 100 words about what nature's small engineers can teach us most and why.

The proposed top-10 Nature's Engineers are: Termites, Bees, Moles, Beavers, Weaver birds, Dung beetles, the Pistol-snapping shrimp, geckos, water bell spiders and leafcutter ants.

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Did you know that Stag beetles are in danger of extinction? Courtesy British Science Association

Save our Species
The UK is at risk of losing a number of our native and most-loved species due to modernisation of farming, gardening and forestry management. Save our Species is an online poll that can be carried out in the classroom during National Science and Engineering Week. The almost extinct corncrake, the stag beetle, the hazel dormouse, the greater horseshoe bat and the common bluebell are the Star Species for National Science and Engineering Week.

Watch the five videos of experts and some familiar faces talking about their most-loved endangered species. Find out what makes the species important, why they are endangered and cast your votes. Alternatively, pupils can use the videos as the basis for their own research into each of the endangered species, presenting their findings in groups in class.

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The British Science Association website has plenty of events and activities as well as resources for schools to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week. Courtesy British Science Association

And there's more...
Check out the British Science Association's Resources and Activities for more information and activities. There are free, downloadable resources including this year's 'What on Earth' activity pack, 'Rockin' Crystal's' pack and 2010 online quiz. All of the previous years' activity packs are on offer too - you can try out Einstein's birthday pack or carry out high-speed 60-second science.

There's also a handy What's On - Events and Activities section to peruse.