National Science & Engineering Week

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


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our world in motion: theme 2012

Our world is constantly in motion, from the groun beneath our feet to the clouds above our heads - everything around us moves.

Communication: theme 2011

From mobile phones to satellite technology to how animals communicate in the wild, communication is all around.

What on Earth is going on: theme 2010

Take on the role of weather scientists, engineers, farmers and botanists and undertake investigations on Earth's amazing properties.

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Competitions & prize draws

School and online science and engineering competitions for National Science & Engineering Week including the popular poster competition for primary schools, Get Set Demonstrate for science teachers and online challenges for all ages.

NSEW 2014 competitions and prize draws

In the year 2114... national school competition

Demo Day 2014

ITCH - The Big Science Read

Mentos Fountain Challenge

School prize draw

NSEW Event Awards

Past competitions & prize draws

  • What a waste school poster competition 2013- We teamed up with EDF Energy's the Pod to challenge all UK schools to design something made from waste materials.

  • Prove it! was the online video competition for all ages created for National Science & Engineering Week 2012 to collect 30-second stories about 'Our world in motion'. Check out the entries here.


  • ran a national maths competition for schools specially for NSEW 2012. Over 80,000 pupils took part, answering around 22 million maths questions over ten days.