National Science & Engineering Week

The UK's widest grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering


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Demo Day

For National Science & Engineering Week 2014 we generated a wave of inspiring science demonstrations in UK secondary schools with the first national Demo Day on 20 March 2014. See the pledge map of teachers and technicians who participated!

The excellent resources that were created for Demo Day can still be used by teachers and technicians! They include:

Demo: The Movie

This 30-minute film follows science teacher Alom Shaha as he goes on a journey to explore the use of demonstrations in science teaching. The film tells an interesting story and aims to encourage secondary science teachers to think about how and why they use demonstrations in their teaching.

Free demo videos & written guides

Teachers and technicians nominated their favourite video demonstrations, and our judges chose the best six to be turned into video guides with accompanying written guides.

The movie and demonstration videos and guides are all available in the National STEM Centre eLibrary collection.


Additional online video resources for great practical demonstration ideas

Practical Biology, a partnership between the Society of BIology and the Nuffield Foundation.  A collection of experiments that demonstrate a wide range of biological concepts and processes, with experiments placed within real-life contexts.

Practical Physics, a partnership between the Institute of Physics and the Nuffield Foundation. Practical activities designed for use in the classroom with 11- to 19-year-olds.

Practical Chemistry, a partnership between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Nuffield Foundation. A collection of experiments that demonstrate a wide range of chemical concepts and processes.

Learn Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry. Chemistry resources for demonstrations.

Ri Channel, Royal Institution of Great Britain. Re-digitised footage from the Ri archive and a range of high-quality videos from filmmakers and scientific institutions.

Physics Education, Institute of Physics. Physics video and audio resources for those in education.

Teachers TV, TES. Video content categorised by school level and subject, including practical tips, lesson ideas and lesson starters.

At-Bristol YouTube channel, At-Bristol Science Centre. Behind-the-scenes looks at exhibits and experiments that bring science to life.

ScienceLink, Association for Science Education. Index of useful sites with resources (not necessarily videos) for science teaching, organised by subject.


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