This week we are celebrating British Science Week at Services For Education.
In fact, we’ve been inundated with blogs from our colleagues about the topic – we’re just really into science here.
Now, one of the questions our science team get asked a lot by both teachers and parents is “how can we get more kids excited about science.”
And a lot of that is about how well it is taught at school… I can’t be the only one who remembers science lessons being delivered in a stale and monotonous manner back in the day?
But a great way to boost interest quickly is to let children get hands on with a topic, engaging them so that they can have fun and learn at the same time.
So this week, I’ve been pulling together a list of some of the family-friendly science activities Birmingham has to offer! Whether a parent or a teacher, I’m sure you’ll love some of these too.
1. Birmingham Think Tank
I am sure this is hardly a surprise entry for those of you who are familiar with Birmingham.
The award-wining science museum, filled with interactive exhibitions and events is unmissable.
There are all sorts of fun things to explore including a Planetarium, Marine Worlds Gallery, Science and Industry Collection to get children (and adults) buzzing about science.
2. The Lapworth Museum of Geology
Who doesn’t love a good old dinosaur? The University of Birmingham’s geological exploration is unique and guaranteed to impress. And it’s free!
“From rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes, and even dinosaurs, the Museum captures the imagination of all ages.”
3. The Botanical Gardens
This is the perfect place to go if plant science is on the agenda, hosting Tropical, Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid houses with over 7,000 different plants to discover.
Plus, they offer a range of packages for nurseries, primary or secondary schools with curriculum-linked teaching sessions included.
4. The National Space Centre – Leicester
Do you have any budding astronauts in your midst? Check out the National Space Centre.
Albeit not in the centre of Birmingham, Leicester is just one small journey away and it’s definitely worth the travel.
They have plenty of interactive galleries, boast the UK’s largest planetarium and will provide an “out of this world experience” for children and adults alike.
5. The Big Bang Fair
If you move quickly, you might be able to grab yourself some tickets to the fun and completely free Big Bang Fair at the NEC.
The event hosts workshops, exhibitions and shows about all sorts of topics including all areas of science and engineering.
Children will be shocked and inspired by supercomputers, virtual reality, (safe) chemical reactions, robot wars, 3D printers, and they’ll get an opportunity to invent for themselves.
6. Open Learn Science Courses
If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous to put together, it is worth having a look at the free online courses put on by Open Learn.
Aimed at adults and older children, the science modules available cover a range of standard, weird and wonderful topics.
Here are some examples: Volcanic hazards, Particle physics and Moons of our Solar System.
For those who are really interested in science, this is an absolute goldmine of information.
7. Curiosity Box Science Workshops
Looking for a classroom solution? You should check out Curiosity Box’s Science Workshops.
In partnership with Services For Education, the fun, interactive science workshops bring the science curriculum to life for EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2, building children’s skills in ‘working scientifically’ by making predictions, undertaking testing and understanding design modifications.
Pocket Rockets explores states of matter, properties and changes in materials and Cool Catapults explores how things move, forces, gravity, friction and resistance, building confidence and curiosity.
Science Week may almost be over but Birmingham is absolutely filled with opportunities to keep getting excited about Science.
We haven’t even mentioned the vast number of natural habitats across the area.
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment in the box below, we’d love to hear from you.
Finally, if you’d like any more information or advice about teaching science in schools or science workshops please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or have a browse of our Science Week Blog Series!