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British Science Week - 5th-14th March 2021

Feb. 23, 2021

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages and will take place between 5-14 March 2021

British Science Week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.

This year’s theme is 'Innovating for the future'. The British Science Association has produced a range of Activity packs which have been created in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Mewburn Ellis and 3M. The packs contain lots of activities around the theme this year and are able to be used at home or in the classroom. The packs have been designed to make incorporating British Science Week as smooth and seamless as possible.

Purple Mash has a wealth of resources to support you in school to celebrate British Science Week, from MashCams, to writing frames, we have a range of resources that you can use during the week. We have collated a range of resources and have highlighted a few of the resources that you could use during this week if you are a Purple Mash subscriber.

You could start by asking children what innovation means to them and use 2Connect to gather and share their thoughts. Use our STEM slideshow to explain to children what STEM is and why it is important to our futures. They could then design a futuristic gadget invention for a competition, what would their gadget look like? How will it change the future? They could carry out some research into inventions that have shaped the world and changed our futures and put together an information leaflet. Are robots the innovation of the future and should we integrate more robots into society? Children can use this template to write their points. 

As part of British Science Week, they are also celebrating the diverse people and careers in science and engineering and looking at #SmashingStereotypes. They have put together a collection of stories from amazing science superstars that children can find out more about. Children could also research into their local community, who are the scientists and encourage people to share their stories. There a range of writing projects around famous scientists within Purple Mash that the children could use, from researching into the life of Maggie Aderin-Pocock to finding out more about Srinivasa Ramanujan, there are over 20 other writing projects choose from. Children can also use one of our Science Mashcams to write about the job they would like to do in the future and how they would innovate the future.

Whatever you choose to do for British Science week we would love to see you work on our Twitter or Facebook pages using the hashtag #BSW21.