How to take part in free online science sessions with experiments you can try at home

As part of British Science week, from March 5 and 14, Big Science UK will be running free online sessions for schools and home-schooling families.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 5:43 pm

Neil Harrison and wife Helen launched Big Science UK in 2015 after they were inspired by their own children’s delighted reactions to the educational science experiments they carried out at home.

Neil, of Sunderland, will be live everyday of the week at 2pm on the firm’s Youtube channel with fun experiments that can be done either at home or in school.

The firm says the sessions will be like a ‘PE with Joe Wicks’ format but instead they will be ‘Science with Neil’.

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Science with Neil will take place from March 5 to 14

“We announced the live sessions on our social media, and the response has been amazing, with teachers and local community groups across the UK confirming their participation,” said Neil, who worked as a Science Technician at Harton Academy in South Shields when the firm launched.

"We are so happy for the amazing response to our Science with Neil live online sessions for British Science Week.”

Each day Neil will cover a new science topic including – forces, the Solar System and flight – which will include an experiment every child can do, whether at home or school.

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The equipment or materials used will be non-specific everyday items.

There will also be a follow up task set which Neil says will be fun and suitable for all ages.

In the build up to the first session on Friday, March 5, the firm will confirm what sessions will be on what date and any equipment or materials needed for the sessions.

Neil added: “We understand that the government have set a provisional date for children to potentially return to school on Monday, March 8, this coincides with British Science Week.

"We also understand the amazing work teachers and school staff are doing across the country. These live online sessions are mainly planned for children to have fun and engage with science, but also give teachers, support staff, parents and carers some science fun to enjoy.

"They are also planned to help children across the country with there educational needs, and to help teachers with their planning and hopefully workload.”

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