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British Science Week

Updated Monday 13th March 2017

Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!

British Science Week is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages, coordinated by the British Science Association.  To find out what is going on across the UK to celebrate, visit the British Science Week Event Calendar and keep up to date by following British Science Week on Twitter.

To celebrate we have compiled a range of FREE resources for you to explore and enjoy. Click on the links in each of the following sections below to explore a topic further, look at the wider subject area or to see what modules are available to study with The Open University.

Choose from the following selections:

Biology - Genomes 

Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person’s behaviour and health. Genomes are composed of DNA, and a knowledge of the structure of DNA is essential to understand how it can function as hereditary material. DNA is remarkable, breathtakingly simple in its structure yet capable of directing all the living processes in a cell, the production of new cells and the development of a fertilized egg to an individual adult.

Unzip your genes in this quiz to determine whether common traits are heriditary or influenced by the environment, and learn the basic rules of genetics to try to fill your fish tank with as many high-value fish as possible! 

Want to know more? Listen to a podcast on Darwin and Inheritance, watch a video on decoding DNA and read all All about chromosomes

If you would like to do deeper with genes and DNA, why not try exploring one of these FREE courses:

You can also visit all of the OpenLearn content on Biology and see what courses you could study with The Open University

Chemistry - Chemical Elements

From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. To learn more about chemical elements why not watch a video showing how patterns and trends between the chemical elements helped to shape the Periodic Table, learn about noble gases or alkali metals or investigate the chemistry behind fireworks with the resources below: 

Environmental Science - Ends of the Earth

Explore the Arctic and Antarctic with our interactive map and download a copy of the Frozen Planet poster to explore the poles from the comfort of your home!

Want to explore further?

Geology - Tectonic Plates and Continental Drifting

Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest, given that it a topic very often featured in popular science programmes on TV and radio. Examine how the evidence for the movement of continents was gathered and how this movement relates to, and generates, geological features and phenomena such as ocean basins, mountain ranges, volcanoes and earthquakes. Alternatively, test your current knowledge with our quick-fire challenges on Slip Slide Collide!

You can also dig deeper into all OpenLearn content on Geology, find out what you can study with The Open University and also explore one of following FREE courses:

Physics and Astronomy - Out of this World! 

Why not go on a 60 second adventure in Astronomy? Or several? Below you can learn about the noise created by The Big Bang, and you can download the entire podcast in iTunesU for FREE.

Thinking about studying physics or astronomy? Or just want to be blown away by what is out of this world? Why not go where many have gone before and venture into some of our FREE courses on the subject?:

Download a timeline of the history of the universe and make an impact with our Meteorite interactive game! 

Health Sciences - Pain!

Pain - we all understand what pain is, don't we? Or do we? Why not take our Pain Quiz and see how much you really know about pain? Decided you don't know enough? Try one of our FREE courses to learn more! 

Has pain awoken your brain? Find out more about what you could study with The Open University


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