The ABPI has a separate Resources for Schools website with interactive content and animations to support science teaching and learning. The resources are in line with the curriculum, and many of them link topics studied in school to their application in industry and research.
If you’re a science teacher, embracing events such as British Science Week can be a great excuse to set aside extra time in the curriculum for science. During this week there are also lots of extra activities put on around the country for families.
There are a number of science and technology centres around the country you can visit. They often have a range of interactive activities alongside factual content, and are great for school trips or family visits at weekends or during school holidays.
Centre for Alternative Technology (Wales)
Centre for Life (Newcastle)
Glasgow Science Centre
Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester)
Science Museum (London)
Wellcome Collection (London)
Winchester Science Centre
Teachers may also want to get in touch with the local STEMNET. This is a network of scientists who are willing to volunteer their time to provide enrichment activities relating to science, technology, engineering and maths. STEMNET could help you to find local scientists to come into your school to give workshops and talks. More information can be found on the STEMNET website.
Your school may have a lunch time or after school science club, or may welcome help in trying to set one up. Schools can access ideas for science clubs from a number of providers including the British Science Association, which runs the science enrichment programme CREST Star, and Salters' Chemistry Club.
There are numerous science festivals and exhibitions that are run up and down the country, such as the Big Bang Fair. These are often one-day or weekend events with many interactive activities and demonstrations, and can be a great way for both children and adults to engage with science. A list of the annual science festivals can be found on the BIG website. Keep your eyes open for events going on in your local area.
Holiday science camps are a great way to give your child the chance to embrace science outside of the classroom alongside other enthusiastic children. These may involve a mixture of classroom activities, fieldtrips and other activities. Look in the local press and use the internet to search for camps in your local area.
Many of the camps for post-16 students are held in universities, giving students the chance to experience science at a higher level. Some universities even run free courses for academically talented students, for example the Sutton Trust summer school. There are normally a limited number of places per school, and teachers may need to make the application for places. If you’re a parent and are keen to encourage your child’s interest in science, approaching your child’s science teacher with some of this information and discussing the options may help.
If students want to gain more of a hands-on experience of being an active scientist, and are already considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, you may want to encourage them to apply for work experience, and possibly look for Nuffield Research placements or a CREST Award placement.
More information can be found on our Getting experience page.