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Browse the events and activities happening during British Science Week!

We’re rounding up some activities and events you could get involved with this British Science Week! Start planning for March now, you can even get involved with some of these suggestions before…

Something for everyone

Nature’s Calendar webinar

Want to contribute to one of the UK’s longest written biological records? Nature’s Calendar is a list of natural seasonal events and their timings. The list consists of almost 3 million records and spans 300 years!

This year, British Science Week is partnering with Nature’s Calendar to recruit more recorders – we need you to tell us when Spring starts, so we can compare the findings to previous and future years.

If you want to take part tune into the webinar, Thursday 14 March at 6:00pm. We’ve got a special announcement coming…

Register for the webinar!

Question Time, British Science Week edition

The British Science Association (BSA) will host another edition of their own Question Time panel event. This time around, we’re looking into young people’s concerns about the future, and the role of science, society and policy to address these.

This discussion will take place on 7 March 2024, with a live audience of young people from London. Confirmed panellists are Clover Hogan (Founder and CEO, Force of Nature) and Kai Leighton (Director of The Mental Shift CIC and youth board member at Beyond). More speakers are to be announced.

Tune in on YouTube, 6:45pm on Thursday 7 March

The Big Plastic Count

Between 11-17 March 2024, thousands of schools, households, community groups and businesses across the UK will be coming together to count their plastic waste!

The investigation will reveal how much plastic we are throwing away, and what really happens to it afterwards. The results will be presented to our politicians, to help them lead the way at the global talks that could finally phase out plastic pollution for good.

Sign up and get your free pack with everything you need to take part

Ideas for schools!

The Live Assembly #BSW24

Primary school teachers and pupils! Join the Royal Observatory’s Curator of Time (yes, a genuine job title!) on a journey exploring the origins of telling time, and the evolution of time-telling instruments.

We’ll find out what solutions inventors and innovators of the past came up with to measure time, help navigators at sea, and standardise time – ensuring people in and across communities were using the same or similar time.

Don’t worry if you missed the live stream, the assembly is available to watch on YouTube.

Rewatch the assembly here


BBC Teach Live Lessons

Race against the clock with BBC Teach in an exciting Live Lesson for primary schools.

Mwaksy Mudenda and Zoologist Yussef Rafik need your pupils’ scientific knowledge to tackle invertebrate-themed tasks and uncover the secrets hidden in the Live Lessons escape room.

With expert guidance, KS2 students will explore life cycles and metamorphosis in this 30-minute curriculum-linked programme based around the British Science Week 2024 theme of ‘Time’.

Tune in on BBC Teach and CBBC on Monday 11 March, 11am

The British Science Week poster competition

Back with a bang is our annual poster competition, now open for entries. Get your class to create a poster on the theme of ‘time’, and pick the top 5 to enter into the national competition!

There are plenty of prizes up for grabs 🤗

Check out the rules and categories

NFU Education Science Farm Live

After the success of Science Farm LIVE 2023, NFU Education are inviting you to join them again to celebrate British Science Week AND National Careers Week with three new, free, live and curriculum-aligned digital Primary work experience sessions!

This year, they’re inviting you to step into the boots of a farmer and a farm vet to discover how they spend their days; explore key STEM topics in a real-life context and gain first-hand experience of the world of work.

Find out more information here

Time and space activities for all with the Royal Observatory Greenwich!


Make, Do and Maintain Workshop: Crafted Time

Activity description

Discover the impact of time on fabrics during a special edition of Make, Do and Maintain craft sessions. Join the ROG for a fascinating talk on fabric evolution, followed by a hands-on upcycling experience creating textile coasters. Learn embroidery and applique techniques while considering the biodegradability of your chosen fabrics. All supplies included—just bring yourself! 

 Essential information 

Location: Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre 

Date and Times: Saturday 9 March 2024 | 1pm – 2.30pm 

Prices: Free (+ £1.00 booking fee) 

Book here

Primary teacher CPD Workshop: Time and space

Activity description

An interactive workshop for primary school teachers focusing on common myths in astronomy, with a special emphasis on time and seasons. Whether you’re new or experienced, bring your teaching challenges and solutions to engage in practical demonstrations and discussions. Connect with fellow educators at the ROG, including optional breakout rooms and networking.  

 Essential information 

Location: Online 

Date and Times: Tuesday 12 March 2024 | 4.30 – 5.30pm 

Prices: Free 

Register here

Observatory Unlocked Event

Activity description

Explore the cosmos with astronomers at the ROG in this fascinating workshop on using telescopes as time machines. Uncover the secrets of the Universe through images captured with invisible light, beyond the visible spectrum. 

This drop-in science demonstration is open to all visitors to the Royal Observatory (recommended for ages 7+). 

 Essential information 

Location: Octagon Room, part of the visitor route round the historic Observatory buildings

Date and Times: 9, 10, 16 and 17 March | 11am-2.30pm  

Prices: included with the Royal Observatory admission

Book here

Diving into the Dark – Think Space Lecture: Supermassive Black Holes 

Activity description

Explore the captivating world of supermassive black holes with Dr. Maitrayee Gupta and the ROG. Join this free lecture to explore these gravitational titans, their cosmic influence, and their role in unravelling the universe’s history.  

 Essential information 

Location: Online

Date and Times: Friday 15 March 2024 | 6pm – 7pm 

Prices: Free

Register for free