National Events

British Science Week doesn’t just happen in Reading but all over the country and there are lots of different ways to get involved! 

Operation Weather Rescue

This year, our Zooniverse citizen science partnership is with Operation Weather Rescue. They’re a team of (local) researchers who are working tirelessly to digitize old weather records.  Their project utilises the tried and tested method of people power; drawing on invaluable help from members of the public by asking them to enter pieces of historical weather information into their database. 

We have identified two decades of important historical weather data that has never been digitised – and we need your help to rectify this.  Every day since 1860 the UK Met Office has produced daily weather reports from across western Europe. Many of these records have now been scanned or are archived in libraries across the globe. However, much of the data within these books hasn’t been digitised. The most accurate way of doing this is manually entering the data into a computer.  

All in all, there are over 2.5 million pieces of data that we need entered from this period – something that would take the team – made up of researchers from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, the University of Reading and the Earth System Research Laboratory – years to enter themselves. We want to see how far the UK public can get through this huge data set, over the duration of British Science Week. 

Want to get involved- check out the webpage or come along to our Weather Rescue Event in Reading to get involved and hear more about the project from the scientists themselves!


Run with the Ancestors

Are you a keen runner? Why not sign up to our virtual race Run with the AncestorsTake a step back in time and learn more about the fascinating history of Britain over 5 or 10km.

Run with the Ancestors tells the story of Britain’s ancient history. Starting with a barren landscape in the absence of humans, to the behaviour and customs of prehistoric humans, this immersive app allows you to explore it all while you run.

The narration features Professor Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins and Dr Silvia Bello, Human Evolution Researcher at the Natural History Museum in London. Their expertise help explain the phenomena encountered during the run. From tools used by our first ancestors to evidence of domesticated dogs, you’ll gain an accurate insight to early humans in Britain.

From the blustery climates of yesteryear dominated by Woolly Mammoths and sabre-toothed cats to the arrival of our first ancestors and their unique traditions, take a step back time and run through Britain’s remarkable history.

The website and app are now open for sign ups to the virtual race and will remain open until the end of British Science Week 2019.  It’s completely free but will only be opened for a limited time, so don’t miss out!


Poster competition

Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of Journeys.

This year’s competition is being kindly supported by Guinness World Records.  Your students can make their poster about anything involving journeys.

The five best posters from your school can be entered into our UK-wide competition with the chance for students to win an array of prizes including a special Guinness World Records prize.

Closing date for 2019 entries: Friday 5th April at 6pm.

For more info, visit the British Science Week website.


Activity Packs

Themed around ‘Journeys, our activity packs provide easy-to-do, hands-on activities that parents and teachers can easily run with their students and children. From creating tunnels, time capsules and perfume to keeping a nature log and mummifying an orange, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re a parent looking for fun and easy science activities to try at home – from scientific experiments to nature trails to making a time capsule – or a teacher trying to organise your lesson plans for the year ahead, the resources are educational, fun and can be adapted to your needs.