A new campaign to engage children with practical science is being launched to UK primary schools in time for British Science Week – 8th to 17th March.

Spectacular Science gives schools access to free experiments and activities, helping teachers to bring the wonders of science into primary classrooms. Provided by Empiribox, the resources encourage children to have fun with practical science. They also show pupils how science plays a part in their everyday lives and many exciting jobs – with video contributions from astronaut Tim Peake and climate scientist Ella Gilbert.

Primary schools signing up for Spectacular Science will receive a whole range of resources to celebrate British Science Week – including videos, classroom activities and a free lesson experiment kit. From building a rocket to designing a bug hotel, the activities will bring learning to life, helping children to see science as enjoyable and accessible.

Teachers can access the free resources ready for British Science Week 2019 by visiting www.empiribox.com/spectacular-science

One of the schools already taking part is The Granard Primary School in Putney London. Climate scientist Ella Gilbert made a special visit to the school before half term, where she led an assembly about life in Antarctica to mark the start of the Spectacular Science campaign.

Ella, a scientist at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, enthralled pupils with stories about her visit to the South Pole. The children asked lots of questions about sea lions and penguins and watched a special film of Ella flying through the clouds above Antarctica.

Janet Breeze, Lower Key Stage 2 Phase Leader and Science Coordinator at Granard School said:

“We were delighted to host the Spectacular Science assembly and to welcome Ella Gilbert to our school. The children really enjoyed hearing about life in Antarctica and learning about climate change.  It was inspiring for them to meet a real-life scientist – and to see how science can lead to such an exciting and important job. We’re looking forward to continue having fun with practical science over the course of the year.”

Ella Gilbert said:

“It is always an energising experience to talk to children about the environment. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Getting young people excited about the world around them from a young age is the key to inspiring the next generation of scientists who will be able to tackle the world’s most pressing environmental problems.”

Empiribox works with primary schools across the UK, helping teachers to deliver inspiring lessons and fun practical investigations to engage younger children with science.

Primary schools are encouraged to get ready for British Science Week by downloading the free Spectacular Science resources at www.empiribox.com/spectacular-science.

A special video interview with astronaut Tim Peake will be launched to schools at the end of Science Week.  

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