Resources

These activity sheets and education / career resources can be used in schools, colleges or at home, and are suitable for secondary (or high school) and college students (11-19 years). They cover STEM, STEAMM and the social sciences.

Check out our latest activity sheet!

In each activity sheet, you’ll find:

• Talking points to get you thinking about the topic you’re interested in
• Science experiments you can do at home or in the classroom

Check out our latest education / career resource!

In each education and career resource, you’ll find:

• Resources from STEM and STEAMM organisations
• Educational programmes
• Career guidance
• Other support programmes

Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves

The GrEAT Network
Ignite your passion for space science with the Black Hole Hunter and Space Time Quest games.

You’ll also need this article:
GrEAT potential: why China and the UK are working together in gravitational-wave research

Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Science

Dr Leigh Orf
Watch Leigh’s collection of jaw-dropping tornado videos and try out a simple experiment in atmospheric pressure.

You’ll also need this article:
Using supercomputers to simulate super tornadoes

Microplastics

Microplastics

Professor Jay Brandes | Dodie Sanders
Get involved with marine science and help the planet to boot with these international citizen science projects.

You’ll also need this article:
Microplastic pollution: how bad is it and what can we do to solve it?

Gravitational Astrophysics

Gravitational Astrophysics

Dr Paul Lasky
Make a model of a black hole, and find out how to get involved in astronomy with these awesome citizen science projects.

You’ll also need this article:
Why gravitational waves are of supermassive importance

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Professor Terri Camesano
Antibiotic resistance is a major issue. Take a look at these videos and fact sheets to find out why; and discover what it’s like to be a chemical engineer with chemical engineering activities.

You’ll also need this article:
The need for antimicrobial peptides in a world of antibiotic resistance

Theoretical Chemistry

Theoretical Chemistry

Dr Mark Tuckerman
Theoretical chemists need to know how to code so start by learning the basics in Python – and use simple chemistry to make potato, salt water and lemon clocks!

You’ll also need this article:
Fuel cells: A new way to power the world

Digital Technology and Mental Health

Digital Technology and Mental Health

Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos
Test your skills at spotting fake news, play the Fairness Top Trumps card game and see if the computer model of Barack Obama’s head fools you!

You’ll also need this article:
Can we trust what we see online?

Operations Research

Operations Research

Professor Larry Snyder
If you enjoy logic puzzles, you’ll love Larry’s logic-tastic activity sheet! Create a supply chain to survive a zombie apocalypse, test your skills in the Root Beer Game and solve the Travelling Salesman Problem.

You’ll also need this article:
From platinum to smartphone: How maths models can be used to streamline supply chains

Marine Geoscience

Marine Geoscience

Professor Bram Murton
Follow Bram into the depths of the ocean: explore careers in marine geoscience, visit the National Oceanographic Centre and follow the adventures of Boaty McBoatface, an autonomous underwater vehicle.

You’ll also need this article:
Marine Geoscience: Just a drop in the ocean

Glaciology

Glaciology

Dr Ellyn Enderlin
Explore glaciology with Ellyn: make your own ‘glacier goo’, check out a glacier simulation tool to see the effects of climate change and play the penguin game.

You’ll also need this article:
Why do some glaciers melt faster than others?

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Professor Chris Jones
Start thinking like a chemical engineer and develop a problem-solving product; investigate carbon dioxide and discover more about acids and bases.

You’ll also need this article:
Can this research team reverse climate change?

Self-Organising Particle Systems

Self-Organising Particle Systems

Dr Andréa Richa
Explore the rules of swarm behaviour, think about what swarm robots could be used for in your local area and write an algorithm for making toast!

You’ll also need this article:
The superpower of swarms

Nucleur Physics

Nucleur Physics

Dr Jacek Dobaczewski
Explore nuclear physics using LEGO or watch a TEDEd video to learn more about nuclear structure.

You’ll also need this article:
The atomic nucleus: Greater than the sum of its parts

Oceanography

Oceanography

Professor Marc Frischer
Don your mask and snorkel and dive into oceanography! Start an aquarium, see plankton with your own eyes, or take part in a citizen science project. Whichever activity you choose, it’s bound to cause a splash!

You’ll also need this article:
The tiny animal at the centre of the marine ecosystem

Astrophysics with Stacey Habergham-Mawsom

Astrophysics with Stacey Habergham-Mawsom

Stacey Habergham-Mawsom
Have a go at using the Liverpool Telescope from your home, and try out other space activities to see if astronomy is the career for you.

You’ll also need this article:
101 things to see in space – and all from your living room

Molecular Biology and Big Data

Molecular Biology and Big Data

Dr Kim Hammond-Kosack
Become a plant detective and identify common plant diseases. Learn about plant genetics and diseases, and why Big Data is so vital.

You’ll also need this article:
Saving plants from disease

Victorian Poetry

Victorian Poetry

Dr Simon Rennie
Uncover working-class Victorian poetry from the Lancashire cotton famine database, learn more about it and use it as inspiration to write your own poem.

You’ll also need this article:
A working class hero is something to be

Forest Pathology and Entomology

Forest Pathology and Entomology

Dr Lori Eckhardt
Explore the trees, woodland and forest near you and use this resource to identify insects and plant diseases.

You’ll also need this article:
Getting To The Root Of Pine Decline

Science Communication

Science Communication

Roger Bacon Scholars
Find out if you’re a good communicator and learn how to talk about complex ideas to non-scientists.

You’ll also need this article:
Paid To Study, Research And Communicate Science

Hydrology

Hydrology

Dr Emile Elias
Explore unique resources from the Asombro Institute for Science Education, aimed at arming you with key information on climate change, the water cycle and agricultural systems.

You’ll also need this article:
Learning To Live With Less Water

Geology

Geology

Dr Rónadh Cox
Discover how to measure objects that are just too big to put on a weighing scale, and use photogrammetry to make a 3D image of your friend!

You’ll also need this article:
Can Storm Waves Move A Boulder As Heavy As Six Blue Whales?

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

Dr Andrea Holmes
Discover nanotechnology and learn how to make artificial snow and a liquid crystal thermometer.

You’ll also need this article:
Find. Identify. Act.

Earthquakes

Earthquakes

Dr Alex Copley
Find out whether seismology (the study of earthquakes) is for you and learn about an earthquake hot spot: Alaska

You’ll also need this article:
Studying Earthquakes To Save Lives

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Dr Christine Wekerle
Chris and her team have designed an app to help young people build on their resilience. Explore clinical psychology and find out what the contents of your pockets say about you!

You’ll also need this article:
Finding Joy In An App

Optics and Photonics

Optics and Photonics

Dr Alexis Vogt
Almost all the technologies we use today are reliant on optics and photonics. Get a free DVD. Or, make your own telescope, light fountain and shimmering lens.

You’ll also need this article:
The Future Is Bright With Optics

Tissue Engineering

Tissue Engineering

Dr Dave Hay
Tissue engineering and stem cell research are a relatively new science, offering exciting prospects for human health. Discover what stem cell research can do for us, and the effects of toxic chemicals on a beef liver.

You’ll also need this article:
Growing Human Liver Cells In A Dish

Marine Biology

Marine Biology

Sarah McAnulty
Find out more about working in marine biology, how studying sea creatures can help us understand our own bodies, and test your local waterways with water testing kits.

You’ll also need this article:
What Can We Learn From Bobtail Squid?

Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves

The GrEAT Network
Ignite your passion for space science with the Black Hole Hunter and Space Time Quest games.

You’ll also need this article:
GrEAT potential: why China and the UK are working together in gravitational-wave research

Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Science

Dr Leigh Orf
Watch Leigh’s collection of jaw-dropping tornado videos and try out a simple experiment in atmospheric pressure.

You’ll also need this article:
Using supercomputers to simulate super tornadoes

Microplastics

Microplastics

Professor Jay Brandes | Dodie Sanders
Get involved with marine science and help the planet to boot with these international citizen science projects.

You’ll also need this article:
Microplastic pollution: how bad is it and what can we do to solve it?

Gravitational Astrophysics

Gravitational Astrophysics

Dr Paul Lasky
Make a model of a black hole, and find out how to get involved in astronomy with these awesome citizen science projects.

You’ll also need this article:
Why gravitational waves are of supermassive importance

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Professor Terri Camesano
Antibiotic resistance is a major issue. Take a look at these videos and fact sheets to find out why; and discover what it’s like to be a chemical engineer with chemical engineering activities.

You’ll also need this article:
The need for antimicrobial peptides in a world of antibiotic resistance

Theoretical Chemistry

Theoretical Chemistry

Dr Mark Tuckerman
Theoretical chemists need to know how to code so start by learning the basics in Python – and use simple chemistry to make potato, salt water and lemon clocks!

You’ll also need this article:
Fuel cells: A new way to power the world

Digital Technology and Mental Health

Digital Technology and Mental Health

Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos
Test your skills at spotting fake news, play the Fairness Top Trumps card game and see if the computer model of Barack Obama’s head fools you!

You’ll also need this article:
Can we trust what we see online?

Operations Research

Operations Research

Professor Larry Snyder
If you enjoy logic puzzles, you’ll love Larry’s logic-tastic activity sheet! Create a supply chain to survive a zombie apocalypse, test your skills in the Root Beer Game and solve the Travelling Salesman Problem.

You’ll also need this article:
From platinum to smartphone: How maths models can be used to streamline supply chains

Marine Geoscience

Marine Geoscience

Professor Bram Murton
Follow Bram into the depths of the ocean: explore careers in marine geoscience, visit the National Oceanographic Centre and follow the adventures of Boaty McBoatface, an autonomous underwater vehicle.

You’ll also need this article:
Marine Geoscience: Just a drop in the ocean

Glaciology

Glaciology

Dr Ellyn Enderlin
Explore glaciology with Ellyn: make your own ‘glacier goo’, check out a glacier simulation tool to see the effects of climate change and play the penguin game.

You’ll also need this article:
Why do some glaciers melt faster than others?

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Professor Chris Jones
Start thinking like a chemical engineer and develop a problem-solving product; investigate carbon dioxide and discover more about acids and bases.

You’ll also need this article:
Can this research team reverse climate change?

Self-Organising Particle Systems

Self-Organising Particle Systems

Dr Andréa Richa
Explore the rules of swarm behaviour, think about what swarm robots could be used for in your local area and write an algorithm for making toast!

You’ll also need this article:
The superpower of swarms

Nucleur Physics

Nucleur Physics

Dr Jacek Dobaczewski
Explore nuclear physics using LEGO or watch a TEDEd video to learn more about nuclear structure.

You’ll also need this article:
The atomic nucleus: Greater than the sum of its parts

Oceanography

Oceanography

Professor Marc Frischer
Don your mask and snorkel and dive into oceanography! Start an aquarium, see plankton with your own eyes, or take part in a citizen science project. Whichever activity you choose, it’s bound to cause a splash!

You’ll also need this article:
The tiny animal at the centre of the marine ecosystem

Astrophysics with Stacey Habergham-Mawsom

Astrophysics with Stacey Habergham-Mawsom

Stacey Habergham-Mawsom
Have a go at using the Liverpool Telescope from your home, and try out other space activities to see if astronomy is the career for you.

You’ll also need this article:
101 things to see in space – and all from your living room

Molecular Biology and Big Data

Molecular Biology and Big Data

Dr Kim Hammond-Kosack
Become a plant detective and identify common plant diseases. Learn about plant genetics and diseases, and why Big Data is so vital.

You’ll also need this article:
Saving plants from disease

Victorian Poetry

Victorian Poetry

Dr Simon Rennie
Uncover working-class Victorian poetry from the Lancashire cotton famine database, learn more about it and use it as inspiration to write your own poem.

You’ll also need this article:
A working class hero is something to be

Forest Pathology and Entomology

Forest Pathology and Entomology

Dr Lori Eckhardt
Explore the trees, woodland and forest near you and use this resource to identify insects and plant diseases.

You’ll also need this article:
Getting To The Root Of Pine Decline

Science Communication

Science Communication

Roger Bacon Scholars
Find out if you’re a good communicator and learn how to talk about complex ideas to non-scientists.

You’ll also need this article:
Paid To Study, Research And Communicate Science

Hydrology

Hydrology

Dr Emile Elias
Explore unique resources from the Asombro Institute for Science Education, aimed at arming you with key information on climate change, the water cycle and agricultural systems.

You’ll also need this article:
Learning To Live With Less Water

Geology

Geology

Dr Rónadh Cox
Discover how to measure objects that are just too big to put on a weighing scale, and use photogrammetry to make a 3D image of your friend!

You’ll also need this article:
Can Storm Waves Move A Boulder As Heavy As Six Blue Whales?

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

Dr Andrea Holmes
Discover nanotechnology and learn how to make artificial snow and a liquid crystal thermometer.

You’ll also need this article:
Find. Identify. Act.

Earthquakes

Earthquakes

Dr Alex Copley
Find out whether seismology (the study of earthquakes) is for you and learn about an earthquake hot spot: Alaska

You’ll also need this article:
Studying Earthquakes To Save Lives

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Dr Christine Wekerle
Chris and her team have designed an app to help young people build on their resilience. Explore clinical psychology and find out what the contents of your pockets say about you!

You’ll also need this article:
Finding Joy In An App

Optics and Photonics

Optics and Photonics

Dr Alexis Vogt
Almost all the technologies we use today are reliant on optics and photonics. Get a free DVD. Or, make your own telescope, light fountain and shimmering lens.

You’ll also need this article:
The Future Is Bright With Optics

Tissue Engineering

Tissue Engineering

Dr Dave Hay
Tissue engineering and stem cell research are a relatively new science, offering exciting prospects for human health. Discover what stem cell research can do for us, and the effects of toxic chemicals on a beef liver.

You’ll also need this article:
Growing Human Liver Cells In A Dish

Marine Biology

Marine Biology

Sarah McAnulty
Find out more about working in marine biology, how studying sea creatures can help us understand our own bodies, and test your local waterways with water testing kits.

You’ll also need this article:
What Can We Learn From Bobtail Squid?

Education and Career Resources

All About STEM
All About STEM have it all! STEM events, resources, activities, STEM ambassadors, STEM clubs, CREST Awards, apprenticeship and careers support… and they run The Big Bang North West in the UK!

My Career Options
My Careers Options uses sophisticated psychometric testing to help young people discover careers that suit their personality, interests, preferences and skills. For a 50% discount use this code: MCFUT120

Asombro Institute
Asombro Institute for Science Education is a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing natural science literacy through place-based education.

Skype a Scientist
Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world. Find out how to book a Skype session with one of over 2,000 scientists.

Amazing Apprenticeships
Amazing Apprenticeships works with the UK Government to provide information on UK apprenticeships.

STEM Learning
STEM Learning offers free teaching resources, CPD, talks with STEM ambassadors and bursaries. Although UK-based, many of its resources are relevant worldwide.

National Science Teachers Association
NSTA promotes excellence in science teaching. Primarily US-based, its teaching and CPD resources are relevant worldwide.

WISE
WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) campaigns for gender balance in science, tech and engineering, and has lots of resources for young women and teachers.

National Schools’ Observatory
Register with NSO for free to access the world’s largest fully-robotic telescope and learn all about the Universe with their extensive web resources.

Scientix
Scientix is a free-to-access community for science education in Europe, funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Directorate.

Curious Minds
Curious Minds and its Participatory Science Platform encourages young people, teachers, schools and researchers to work together to create a Nation of Curious Minds.

All About STEM
All About STEM have it all! STEM events, resources, activities, STEM ambassadors, STEM clubs, CREST Awards, apprenticeship and careers support… and they run The Big Bang North West in the UK!

My Career Options
My Careers Options uses sophisticated psychometric testing to help young people discover careers that suit their personality, interests, preferences and skills.

THE MCO ASSESSMENT AND TOP10 REPORT COSTS £47.00. FOR A 50% DISCOUNT USE THIS CODE: MCFUT120

INTERESTED IN A BULK LICENSE FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR ORGANISATION? CONTACT MCO:

www.mycareersoptions.co.uk/discount/MCFUT120

Curious Minds
Curious Minds and its Participatory Science Platform encourages young people, teachers, schools and researchers to work together to create a Nation of Curious Minds.

Asombro Institute
Asombro Institute for Science Education is a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing natural science literacy through place-based education.

Skype a Scientist
Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world. Find out how to book a Skype session with one of over 2,000 scientists.

Amazing Apprenticeships
Amazing Apprenticeships works with the UK Government to provide information on UK apprenticeships.

STEM Learning
STEM Learning offers free teaching resources, CPD, talks with STEM ambassadors and bursaries. Although UK-based, many of its resources are relevant worldwide.

National Science Teachers Association
NSTA promotes excellence in science teaching. Primarily US-based, its teaching and CPD resources are relevant worldwide.

WISE
WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) campaigns for gender balance in science, tech and engineering, and has lots of resources for young women and teachers.

National Schools’ Observatory
Register with NSO for free to access the world’s largest fully-robotic telescope and learn all about the Universe with their extensive web resources.

Scientix
Scientix is a free-to-access community for science education in Europe, funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Directorate.