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BBC Terrific Scientific - Nationwide Primary Science Investigations in 2017

18 November 2016

BBC Terrific Scientific - Nationwide Primary Science Investigations in 2017

A new project was launched yesterday for UK Primary Schools called BBC Terrific Scientific. The campaign consists of 10 nationwide investigations and hopes to encourage 1 million children to take part. Terrific Scientific will also enable children to undertake genuine research using their science enquiry skills to inform the work of leading universities. The investigations are designed to be accessible and use everyday items.

Science and Wildlife Presenter, Liz Bonnin is an ambassador for Terrific Scientific and feature in this introductory film which explains what the campaign is all about.

I don’t know the answer either, let’s find out together.

ASE President, Professor Danielle George MBE comments,

‘Terrific Scientific is an amazing opportunity to provide teachers, parents and children with the resources to feel confident about science. Confidence to not just do the experiments but to go further and ask; what else can I do? What else can I try? We have some great teachers in this country who want to inspire, who want to go that extra mile, who want to push the boundaries a bit. We can all think of a teacher who inspired us in some way. It might not have been when they gave us the answer to a question, instead it was much more about them saying; I don’t know the answer either, let’s find out together."

Quick Summary

Primary schools across the UK will be able to take part in any or all of the five investigations that are have planned.

  • Aimed at 9-11 year olds and fits with the curriculum across the UK
  • Teaching resources made available for each investigation including a series of live lessons
  • The Terrific Science box will be sent to every primary school in the UK with materials to aid teachers in carrying out the investigations
  • A unique interactive map of the UK, enabling schools to upload their results from each investigation.(This will feed into real research being conducted by some of the UK’s leading universities)
  • The investigations will be:

No.

Investigation

Questions

Date

1 Taste What happens when I eat? Am I a supertaster? January 2017
2 Water Where does our water come from and why is it different across the UK? What is the water cycle? February 2017
3 Time Do I change when the clocks change? March 2017
4 Trees What's so important about our trees? May 2017
5 Speed How can you slow down the fastest runner or wheelchair racer in your school? June 2017

Schools can sign up at www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific to take part.

There will be five more investigations from September 2017.

Tweet using #TerrificScientific