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SUMMER STEM IDEAS for Primary Schools

Friday 7th July 2017

The holidays are almost here, so if you’re looking for inspiration for September, book one of our brilliant hands-on science workshops or check out our Top 3 ideas to add a spark to your school’s STEM programme next term!

Science Oxford offers a full fun-packed programme of interactive shows and workshops, such as the Sound of Science show and workshop, Evolution in Action, Waterwheels and many more which can take place at your school. Our Planetarium Tour returns this November, book early to avoid disappointment! Don’t forget, Membership includes two free weeks of Kit Loan, from Bubbles to K’NEX, plus 25% discount on all our workshops and up to two hours of our expertise.

Our Top 3 ideas!

1 – I Love Your City/ I Love My City – Grenoble twinning photography project

Your school could take part in an exciting twinning project, as photographs snapped by primary school children from Oxford and Grenoble will be exhibited next year! The twinning committee is on the look out for four more primary schools in Oxford to be part of a creative photography project developed by Grenoble Primary School in France, launching in spring 2018. Pupils will work with a professional photographer to take and share photos of Oxford with pupils in Grenoble (and vice versa). The photos will be exhibited along with a commentary created by the students.  Contact Cathy Lewis on [email protected] for more details.

2 – Gopher Science Lab: free fun

How do butterflies drink? Can you smell as well as a shark? Why do slugs and snails need slime? These and other very important conundrums are tackled in ‘Gopher Science Lab’, a free booklet available from the Royal Society of Biology. It’s full of fun practical ideas designed for upper KS2, all of which use simple, easy to find equipment and ingredients.

Download the PDF here.


3 – Superstar Challenge

From worm-charming championships to journey sticks, fingerprinting techniques or testing the perfect cup of tea, sign up for the Star and Superstar Awards with the British Science Association for free super-fun resources for Primary schools! The website is packed with easy to use resources, including specially adapted challenges for SEN students. Plus, your Superstars can win a certificate and iron-on badge for completing challenges! Registration is free.

So – now you are brimming with ideas for super-science sessions next September, relax and have a happy summer holiday!


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