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British Science Week

Updated Tuesday, 7 March 2023
Celebrate all things science with British Science Week! We've got free courses, games, animations and more...

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. See below to explore a topic further.

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.

Learn the basic rules of genetics to try to fill your fish tank with as many high-value fish as possible in our game or try a FREE course on gene therapy or gene testing! 

Chemistry - Chemical Elements

From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. You can discover more about chemistry in our free course or explore the darker side of chemistry in our article on poison and our interactives on forensic evidence.

Environmental Science - The Oceans

Explore the Earth's oceans and ocean life with our free course game and quiz.

Geology - Tectonic Plates and rocks

Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest. 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! We also have a fantastic Geology Toolkit for you to enjoy.

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.

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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?:

Spend 15 minutes on Mars in our interactive or make an impact with our Meteorite interactive game! You can also find out more about asteroids and meteorites in our collection.

Health Sciences - Anxiety and pain

Focusing on anxiety, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions in our FREE course 'Understanding anxiety'. Plus, pain - we all understand what pain is, don't we? Or do we? Try one of our FREE courses to learn more! 


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