The Science Museum Group has joined forces with BBC Bitesize Daily to bring the thrills and fun of science into living rooms across the country in a week-long experiment extravaganza.
From Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July, the Science Museum Group will work with BBC Bitesize Daily, which airs every day on BBC iPlayer and Red Button, to deliver science lessons for the week and further its mission of helping young people build more confidence in science. Children will have the chance to do tabletop experiments at home, led in the studio by expert Explainers from the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, while large-scale demonstrations will be conducted for the show using exhibits at the Science Museum’s Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery in London.
BBC Bitesize Daily is the BBC’s biggest ever education offer. Its partnership with the Science Museum Group, the world’s leading group of science museums, forms part of a bumper summer term of activities planned for school children aged five to 14.
The activities are inspired by the Science Museum Group’s extensive online resources, which have been designed to support learning from home and in the classroom.
During the week-long partnership, expert Explainers from the Science and Industry Museum will be encouraging learners to delve deeper into science by getting involved with hands-on activities at home and sharing their creations with BBC Bitesize and the Science Museum Group online. They’ll be tasked with using everyday items to conduct engaging experiments, like making instant ice cream and using water to defy the laws of gravity. The wonderful world of science will also be revealed through spectacular experiments from the Science Museum’s Wonderlab, including the creation of a hydrogen balloon fireball and a journey through the human digestive system.
Susan Raikes, the Science Museum Group’s Director of Learning, said: ‘We’re really proud to have teamed up with BBC Bitesize Daily to provide this fun, interactive and informative programme of activities. Science surrounds us all every day and during these strange times, it’s great to continue igniting curiosity in young people – and in parents and carers! – and revealing wonder through this initiative by maximising our online resources and introducing some of the marvels from our museums directly into people’s homes.
‘We are really missing our school and family audiences; every year, more than 600,000 school children visit our five museums across the group. With lots of young people still currently learning from home, these daily lessons will be particularly useful for the final stretch of the school year – and beyond – when families will be looking for new ways of keeping young people engaged.’
BBC Bitesize Daily is available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. For more information, visit the Bringing Science To Your Living Room page. For more information on the Science Museum Group, visit www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk or view its online learning resources.
For more information, please contact Amrita Pal in the Press Office on 020 7942 4096 or Amrita.Pal@ScienceMuseum.ac.uk.
About the Science Museum Group
The Science Museum Group is the world’s leading group of science museums, welcoming over five million visitors each year to five sites: the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York; the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford; and Locomotion in Shildon. We share the stories of innovations and people that shaped our world and are transforming the future, constantly reinterpreting our astonishingly diverse collection of 7.3 million items spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Standout objects include the record-breaking locomotive Flying Scotsman, Richard Arkwright’s textile machinery, Alan Turing’s Pilot ACE computer and the earliest surviving recording of British television. Our mission is to inspire futures - igniting curiosity among people of all ages and backgrounds. Each year, our museums attract more than 600,000 visits by education groups, while our touring exhibition programme brings our creativity and scholarship to audiences across the globe. More information can be found at group.sciencemuseum.org.uk.