Free activity packs for British Science Week  

British Science Association partners with Royal Observatory Greenwich to bring ‘time’ to life for all ages. 

The 30th annual British Science Week takes place over ten days from 8 to 17 March 2024. This national celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths is marked by schools, libraries, museums as well as businesses and community groups. The week is co-ordinated by the British Science Association and funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

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This year’s theme is ‘Time’, and four engaging, free-to-download activity packs bring the subject to life, providing a wealth of inspiring ideas and activities for early years (0-4), primary (4-11), secondary (11-14) age groups as well as mixed-age community groups. 

Activities include a ‘Seasons Wheel’, where participants creatively map out the differences they experience throughout the year and identify seasonal changes. The ‘Water Clock’ activity guides primary school students in building one of the most ancient time-telling devices. Activities aimed at secondary-school students including learning to tell the time using the stars. 

Packs full of activities from previous British Science Weeks are also available from the same link. 

Hannah Russell, Chief Executive of the BSA, says: ‘At the BSA, we’re delighted to be working with the Royal Observatory Greenwich to celebrate British Science Week’s 30th anniversary. The historic significance of the Royal Observatory to modern timekeeping across the world makes them the perfect partner for this year’s theme of Time. 

‘As part of this year’s activities, we are really pleased to be offering students from across the UK access to the Royal Observatory’s collection during British Science Week, and the opportunity to learn about the history of timekeeping, as well as its relevance to their lives in the present day. We’d like to thank the Royal Observatory for their support in creating a British Science Week programme which is awe-inspiring, cross-curricular and open to all. We can’t wait for the Week to begin!’  

Paddy Rogers, CEO of Royal Museums Greenwich, adds: ‘The Observatory was England’s first purpose built scientific building. It has since become the home of Britain’s most significant and iconic reference standards, Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world. Teaming up with the BSA, we intend the public to enjoy to learn and love the science behind the icons. This will be a truly exciting week.’ 

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