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Science Equipment

Purchasing science equipment with an Edina grant is a good way of embedding and extending children's hands-on experience of science in school. Many schools have used their grant to buy large pieces of science equipment they could not otherwise afford, or have used the grant scheme as an opportunity to 'stock up' the classroom science boxes.

Science Experiment Ideas

The Edina Trust has created a document for experiment ideas using test-tubes:
Test-Tube Experiments

TTS have experiment ideas on their website, and the resources you will need in order to carry out these experiments:
The M & M Experiment
Popping Rockets and Bath Fizzes

TTS have generated a list of resources that they consider 'Essentials For Your Science Cupboard'. This list was compiled with the help of the Edina Trust's Lancashire consultant, Shehnaz Vorajee. To view this list, please visit:

What we will NOT fund

The grant is intended to be used directly for hands-on science activities for the children. Therefore the Edina Trust grants cannot be spent on teaching resources or CPD training. The Edina Trust will not fund expensive computer equipment such as iPads, expensive gardening planters, furniture such as seating or storage, or items used solely for 'dressing up' such as lab coats.

Science equipment case studies

Baines Endowed Primary School, Lancashire

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Baines Endowed Primary School used some of their grant funds to purchase materials for recording science. The children enjoyed using these - moving away from the reliance on exercise books for recording their work. The school also used a large part of their grant to purchase materials for Kitchen Science, the focus of their science day. This allowed the children to devise experiments using everyday materials. The older children in Year 6 worked with all the other classes to research and carry out experiments together.
The older pupils chose experiments that the younger children would find exciting and that would allow them some hands on science. They were also able to explain the science behind the experiments and worked independently to devise experiences for the younger children and make power points to illustrate their work further.

"The way that Year 6 worked with all the other age groups in the school was a particular success. I think part of this success was that they were working with everyday materials and were intrigued by what they could do by simply mixing kitchen basics. The way in which the children all interacted and communicated was also really rewarding."
(Science Co-ordinator, Baines Endowed Primary School)

Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School, Fife

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Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School used their grant to purchase the 'Living Eggs Experience' - an incubator and ready to hatch eggs was delivered to the school for an experience that lasts two weeks. During this time, the eggs hatched in the small incubator and the chicks were then moved to their larger heated incubator. The school had a total of ten chickens - the first one hatching at the after school Green Club! The school commented that it fit very well with their new eco topic, 'Food in the Environment'. The chickens are now living with families in the village so they get regular updates and visits!
For more information on the Living Eggs Experience, please visit

"[The chickens] enthralled us with their antics and how quickly they developed! I would certainly recommend this experience to another school"
Headteacher, Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School

Balladen Community Primary School, Lancashire

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Balladen held a science day and bought a range of science equipment with their Edina grant. The pupils conducted experiments with the consumables and science equipment purchased for experiments covering topics such as electricity, forces and life cycles.

Barsail Primary School, Renfrewshire

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Barsail Primary School in Renfrewshire used the grant to purchase a variety of equipment, including five 'natural battery' kits. Groups of pupils were given the kits and were simply instructed to 'make electricity'! The children spent the afternoon experimenting with different metals, liquids, and temperatures, and eventually one group of pupils managed to make an LED light up. The children shared this knowledge amongst themselves until everyone had managed to complete the task. The school judged this to be a fantastic lesson.

The school ties its science work into other subjects as well, making links in the Curriculum. For example, they looked at Van Gogh's early industrial paintings while studying fossils fuels and alternative energy sources.

The school looked for external opportunities to support the children's learning, for example by inviting parents and friends with science backgrounds to come in and speak. They were able to find a PhD Microbiologist who came in to speak to three classes, and also brought in a 'Top Trumps' style game featuring various bacteria, which the children loved!

"The additional funding from EDINA had a wonderful impact on the children as it meant we were able to acquire resources that we would not normally be able to afford."
Science Co-ordinator, Barsail Primary School

Bishopton Primary School, Renfrewshire

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At Bishopton Primary School the pupils learned about forensic science when CSI Bishopton had to solve the case of the Bishopton Bandit! The pupils solved the mystery by learning how to extract DNA, looking at hair and fibres under the microscope, using fingerprinting techniques, experimenting with the properties of various materials, and much more! The school was able to cover a variety of topics in a fun, hands-on way.

On another topic, pupils carried out an experiment on an interesting plant known as a 'Resurrection Plant'. The plant can survive without water for months, or even years! It may look dead, but when water is added, it appears to 'resurrect' in a matter of hours. Pupils at the school created a time-lapse video of this happening using an iPad. This covered curriculum topics about adaptation, and linked the experiment to technology.

The school also used the grant to buy a butterfly garden, a wormery, a bee-and-bug sanctuary and other minibeast-related resources. The students were able to attract and study various minibeasts and the school also linked the topic to various other subjects, for example by making butterfly line-drawings and cooking insect biscuits!

St Bride's Primary School, Fife

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St Bride's Primary School purchased science equipment for class experiments with their Edina grant. The children had a lesson on circuits and conductors and showed an excellent understanding of how to make a functional circuit with a bulb and a motor. The children also carried out investigations into the evaporation of water using their new measuring cylinders. One pupil was so inspired by the work carried out using the equipment that she generated her own set of instructions at home!

Broomlands Primary School, Scottish Borders

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Broomlands Primary School used their Edina grant to purchase weather equipment for their topic on climate. The pupils used a thermometer, rain gauge, barometer and an anemometer to record the weather for a week.

"We really enjoyed learning about the climate! We loved learning about the weather and how to measure it!"
(Pupil's Report, May 2009)

Eccles/Leitholm Primary School, Scottish Borders

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Eccles/Leitholm Primary School purchased equipment for their new science club, which helped the children learn about topics such as electricity, forces and materials. The Edina grant helped the school buy crocodile leads, magnets, motors and more.

Grange Primary School, Lancashire

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Grange Primary School ordered a wide range of science equipment with their Edina Trust grant. This was used to develop a more investigative approach to science, led by pupils' questions and with an increased amount of practical work. This has been very successful, where a number of pupils "recall investigating bubbles as their favourite lesson this year and can also remember what they learnt from it."

"I find science far more enjoyable to teach and fun for pupils, although often a lot messier!"
(Science Co-ordinator, Grange Primary School)

Kelty Primary School, Fife

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Kelty Primary School bought lots of equipment with their grant, to enable the children to carry out practical activites and experiments. Equipment such as magnets, microscopes and thermometers were puchased, now all stored as shown in the photo below.

"We've got equipment to do experiments. It makes us feel like scientists!"
Pupil, Kelty Primary School

"There has been a great enthusiasm created for science across the school"
Depute Headteacher, Kelty Primary School

Larkfield Children's Centre, Inverclyde

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Larkfield Children's Centre in Inverclyde used their Edina Science Grant to purchase a variety of science resources including a Butterfly Garden, Life Cycle Puzzles and Outdoor Learning Boards as well as a Living Eggs project.

All the resources purchased tied in with the current curriculum for excellence, promoting science based thinking at a very early age.

"The children took part in group discussions giving their ideas and thoughts about what they wanted to learn. When we took delivery of the caterpillars the children had some understanding of the cycle caterpillar, chrysalides, [and then] butterfly. We took photographs to record the changes of these small caterpillars. The children drew and painted pictures, making displays out of a range of art and craft materials. They planted flowers in new planters and potatoes in potato bags. We had discussions about why the butterflies need flowers and plants to survive. When the caterpillars were in the chrysalis state was the day we took delivery of the Living Eggs. It was a very exciting day for the children, parents and staff...

…When the first butterfly appeared out of its cocoon the children were very excited and they helped collect wild flowers and grass from our nursery garden to put into the net. One by one the butterflies appeared. Once again the parents would come in and help their child count how many we had. On the day we were releasing the butterflies, every child, staff members and some parents came to watch. This was a great ending to our life cycle project."

"We had no issues with the scheme at all. It was very straightforward and user friendly. We will be hoping to apply successfully again next year!!"
Depute Head of Centre, Larkfield Children's Centre

St Margaret's Primary School, Lincolnshire

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St Margaret's Primary purchased a variety of equipment including log boxes. The log boxes allowed children to record light, sound, and temperature, using their computer skills to record and analyse the data. The school also purchased talking boxes that can play a recorded message. For example they used them to learn about 2D shapes. The teacher recorded descriptions of the shapes and the children had to guess which shape was hidden in the box. The school purchased beakers and cylinders as well, which have enabled children to make accurate measurements in their science experiments.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Fleetwood, Lancashire

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The pupils at St Mary's were encouraged to design and create pampering products, which they then sold to parents. All the ingredients used were natural, and the children could observe the changes that are caused by mixing products. The children experimented with amounts and ingredients, making science real to their experiences.

Great Milton Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Great Milton Primary School applied for a bird observation nest box with accompanying software, so that when birds entered the box, a video camera was triggered and filmed the activity within the box. The pupils were kept up to date with the developments via the interactive whiteboard, and kept a bird box diary.

Moss Side Primary School, Lancashire

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Moss Side bought a whole range of exciting science equipment with their Edina Grant, for all the school to use. This included nature viewers; used to study the environment around us, petri dishes, digital microscopes and a digital camera. As well as this they invested in a "Climate Change, Energy and Environment" CD Rom, renewable energy kit and "Sand, Snow and Solid Physical Science Wonder Kits".

"The "Climate Change, Energy and Environment" CD Rom provided us with lots of information and was a very valuable resource"
(Science Co-ordinator, Moss Side Primary School)

Our Lady and St Gerard's Catholic Primary School, Lancashire

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Our Lady and St Gerard's held a seaside themed day to help develop pupils investigative and enquiry skills. The school used their Edina grant to purchase equipment including a variety of sand (such as moon sand and snow sand), pipettes and beakers.

Pitlessie Primary School, Fife

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Pitlessie Primary School used the science equipment purchased with the Edina grant in the Junior class (Primary 4-6) to undertake experiments on pond weed. These experiments used beakers with various different things added to the weed to see how it reacted. The weed was put in salt, bleach and water as a control. The children recorded what happened to each piece of pond weed in the beakers as a result of the different environments they were placed in.
Other science experiments were done by the headteacher with P4-7 class and also the whole school. The Infant class (Primary 1-3) took part in basic experiments too using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to blow up gloves over a beaker.

"Being able to purchase these items for the children has been a great asset to the school and has made taking part in any experiments required for their projects much easier to undertake. It also encourages the children to have an interest in science in the world around them."
Headteacher, Pitlessie Primary School

St Serf's Primary School, Fife

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St Serf's Primary School purchased equipment for a new science programme. The school implemented a weekly science activity session, and have covered topics such as magnetism, water resistance, forces, air resistance and colour.

Larkfield Children's Centre

Shellingford Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Shellingford Primary School made use of a variety of science equipment during a visit from Think Tank.

Sinclairtown Primary School, Fife

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Sinclairtown Primary School used their grant to strengthen existing cross curricular links between science and topic work. The school chose materials which would enhance hands-on learning as part of their inclusive practice - ensuring learning opportunities for all. The school's purchases included: teeth demonstration model, cross section tooth model, weather vanes, anemometers, posters (for topics such as teeth care and the human body) and more.

"All our children have agreed that these resources allow us to learn more about science, and have fun at the same time!"
Teacher, Sinclairtown Primary School

Thorneyholme RC Primary School, Lancashire

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Thorneyholme Primary School held a whole school dinosaur project, featuring aspects of geography, history, art and literacy, as well as science. Pupils took part in a real archaeological dig, using dinosaur skeletons and fossils bought using the grant money and a loan from a museum to allow lots of children to get their hands dirty at the same time. The school then invited parents and members of the community to their dinosaur museum where pupils gave talks and acted as guides.
Thorneyholme also used the grant to purchase equipment to enhance their nature area.

"Nothing left us disappointed.."
(Science Co-ordinator, Thorneyholme RC Primary School)

Wheatley Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Data Logging equipment to fulfill science and ICT curriculum objectives:
"Using sensors to monitor what happens during a science investigation brings a new dimension to science. Using sensors allows the children to explore and investigate changes instantly e.g. sound, light and temperature. The aim of this technology is that children are able to interpret data or tell the story of a graph, and are able to recognize patterns and trends in data…"
"We are very grateful to the Edina Trust for supplying us with this Data Logging equipment. It will be used to enhance our science lessons across the whole school. Without this grant we would have not been able to afford it."

(Head Teacher, February 2007)

Whitefield Infant School and Nursery Unit, Lancashire

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Whitefield Infant School and Nursery Unit used their Edina Trust grant to purchase ICT equipment to help them with their "Classroom Under the Sky" project. This project has taken them to to Wycoller Country Park, Thanet Lee Woods, Offshoots permaculture project, Lomeshaye Marshes and their own nursery garden. Activities at Wycoller Park included: a investigation to find the warmest habitat for a hedgehog, planting bulbs and becoming nature detectives to find signs of nocturnal animals. The equipment was used by the children to make their own video recordings and their photos were put into talking books.
In their nursery garden, with the teachers from Forest Schools, children had a bonfire where they learnt about reversible and irreversible changes. Willow twigs were stripped by the children before they were put into a metal box and smoked for several hours. With the charcoal that was created the children made their own pictures.

"The resources purchased through the Edina Grant Scheme have greatly enhanced this project throughout the year, benefitting more than 150 children."
(Science Co-ordinator, Whitefield Infant School and Nursery Unit)

Yarrow and Ettrick Primary Schools, Scottish Borders

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Partner schools Yarrow and Ettrick joined forces and held an electricity project day. Pupils used a component and robot kit and an electricity science kit. Their day was further enhanced by a Generation Science interactive electronics workshop called "Madlab", who taught them about circuit boards, soldering irons and more!

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