British Science Week. Image credit: British Science Association

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British Science Week is a national initiative that has been running since 1994. 
Supported by UK Research and Innovation, it is a ten day celebration the whole community can take part in and enjoy. For children, this is a wonderful opportunity to engage them in science-themed events, demonstrating how science links with other school subjects and has fascinating real-world applications.
British Science Week falls between 8–17 March with the theme for 2024 being 'Time'. With the 30th anniversary of British Science Week, this theme celebrates the passing of time since British Science Week began and looks to the future.
Time is key to so many discoveries in science, technology, engineering and maths. Evolution looks at how plants and animals changed over a long period of time, the Earth’s movements show us why we have seasons and different time zones. In fact, the study of all the celestial bodies in our universe are centred around time; we talk about stars and planets being light years away – the distance light travels over a year.
Life cycles are all about how organisms grow and die during their time on our planet. The average human lifespan is almost 73 years. Scientific innovations are also intertwined with time. The passing of time prompted the invention of ways to mark it, from the sundial, to the pendulum clock to digital clocks – where would be without them? Time is also vital in engineering; complicated machines have moving parts that all need work in time with each other for the machine to work smoothly.
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British Science Week taster packs

Taster packs focusing on this year's theme 'Time' can be downloaded from the British Science Week website.
The taster packs provide fun and engaging ways to introduce the theme to children. 
The packs have been created in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and 3M, and cover three different stages: early years, primary and secondary. Previous packs from 2018–23 are also available to download.
British Science Week 2024 taster pack image
Image credit: British Science Association
British Science Week
Image credit: British Science Association

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