Science weeks are an excellent way to inspire and enthuse children. A science week can be a great way to focus on one topic or teach a broad range of topics through methods such as practical investigations. Many schools incorporate visits, workshops and experiments into their week to make it both fun and informative.
2. Science Visits
Science visits out of school (science venues):
Many schools have used a grant from the Edina Trust to fund science trips out of school. There are many exciting places to visit across the UK.
Science visits into schools (science workshops and shows):
Many schools incorporate visits as part of their science week or as a one off addition to enhance the learning of a certain science topic. However, it can be expensive to take a class out on a trip as travel costs are high so many science providers now run outreach programs to cater for schools that otherwise could not fund a trip.
A list of some of the places local to your school and/or workshops the Edina grant has funded can be found on our Science Providers page.
3. Science Equipment
Purchasing science equipment with an Edina grant is a lasting 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 science cupboard.
4. Grounds for Science
A science grant from the Edina Trust can also be put towards a project to regenerate school grounds. In the past many schools have created Forest School areas and wildlife areas. These can be used to enhance the teaching of science, offering an opportunity to learn outdoors.
5. Gardening Resources
Gardening projects are a great way to get children working outside and in groups. Many schools have used their garden to teach aspects of the science curriculum. The maximum grant available for gardening resources is £420, and the remaining grant can still be used for other science topics. And don't forget many gardening activities can be done using cheap or recycled materials!
Take a look at free gardening resources available to UK schools on our Gardening Resources page.
6. Science Subscriptions
As part of your science grant application, consider including a request for a school-wide science subscription such as:
Association for Science Education E-Membership
Learning through Landscapes
Grounds for Learning