Mar 13

National Sceince and Engineering Week 2012 logo

With National Science and Engineering week officially upon us it is all go here in the ARKive office, and this year looks set to be our busiest (and best) NSEW yet!

We have 9 visits to schools scheduled over the next week and a half, from Bristol to Glastonbury, and Bath to Midsomer Norton, where we’ll be aiming to engage and inspire over 850 bright new minds!

Our STEM Ambassadors are busy putting the finishing touches to our new resources; including ‘The Power of Plastic’, a module examining the impact of human activity on the environment, and ‘Adaptation to Movement’ which explores how and why animals move and the extraordinary variety of ways in which they do so – and ties in neatly with this years NSEW theme ‘Our World in Motion’.

As if all that wasn’t enough, half of our STEM team will be travelling up to the NEC Birmingham for ‘The Big Bang Fair’ – the largest educational fair of its kind in the UK. Last year the event drew crowds of over 29,000 people during the three days, and this years event promises to be even larger. Our stand is in the ‘Go Global‘ Zone (GA13), so do please pop along and say hello if you’re attending the Big Bang later this week.

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Do you know which sharks can be found lurking in British Seas? Or which tree has seeds known as helicopters? Well, come along to our stand to tell us the answer or to find out for yourself. We’ll be running another brand new activity at the Big Bang – ‘ARKive’s Web of Wildlife’. We need your help to build our four food webs – whether you fancy trying to assemble the British Woodland or the African Savannah there are lots of fascinating facts to learn along the way.

ARKive Media Researcher Becky helping create ARKive's Web of WildlifeARKive's Web of Wildlife - in the makingWe’ll also be testing your skills on ‘Survival’ – our awesome endangered species app – how long will you survive?

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week we hope you have a brilliant time – we certainly can’t wait to get stuck in. Let us know what you’re up to, whether it’s at school or with friends and family.

Why not enter our Creative Climate Change Challenge and combine your scientific and creative skills by coming up with a unique way to communicate the problem of climate change and inspire change.

National Science and Engineering week runs from the 9th -18th March. The Big Bang fair is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 15th-17th March. Search for events in your area on the British Science Association website.

Laura Sutherland, ARKive Education Officer