Activities for Schools

The Public Engagement teams at our UK sites aim to bring all of STFC’s world class science to life for a range of audiences, especially teachers and young people. There are a huge range of activities available for schools from each of our sites, together with a wide variety of teaching resources.

Get inspired by STFC’s research, and explore our science and technology in all its diverse fields: Large facilities - from giant telescopes, to lasers, supercomputers and the Large Hadron Collider - helping physicists, chemists and biologists to understand our world and the Universe beyond.

Events for Schools at our National Laboratories

The LHC model
(Credit: STFC)

Each of our National Laboratories has a dedicated schools programme, involving tours, talks, activities and lots more. To find out more visit the following webpages:

Free resources on the web

Free Leaflets, Posters, Wall Charts and Booklets are available for schools at no charge directly from the STFC Public Engagement Team and can also be ordered via the website.

Borrow the Moon

Chris Frost talking in front of a class.
(Credit: STFC)

Schools, museums and clubs can borrow samples of Moon rock brought back to Earth by the NASA Apollo astronauts. The pack also includes meteorite samples, one is an actual piece of Mars. Educational support material suitable for all ages, together with Moon maps and photographic slides allow this resource to be tailored to the needs and abilities of any group. Normal loan period: One Week, Monday - Friday.

Teaming up

STFC and partner organisations offer a range of web-based resources that include interactive learning activities, curriculum links, lesson plans, general project information and input from scientists involved in projects.

Everything Dinosaur
Everything Dinosaur offers a wide range of dinosaur themed teaching activities, fossil workshops, dinosaurs in school and out-reach visits in support of science teaching in the United Kingdom.

National STEM Centre eLibrary
A website where teachers can find thousands of free resources across a broad range of science subjects.

School Science
A very useful website supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK) (link opens in a new window) that contains a huge number of resources across a number of topics and age ranges.

Materials World
A free resource about material science produced by STFC, tailor-made to meet the requirements of A level Physics courses.

LHC Resources for Schools
A link to useful resources for schools about the Large Hadron Collider.

A website dedicated to the Large Hadron Collider containing useful resources for teachers.

Using a telescope.
(Credit: Max Alexander/STFC)

Particle Physics UK
A website for anyone interested in learning more about particle physics. A useful site for teachers who want information on visits, masterclasses, speakers and links to organisations that offer free publications.

Particle Detectives LHC Simulator
This is an exciting award winning web-based resource for teaching 14 - 16+ year old students 'how science works' and particle physics

A STFC funded website where you can find out more about the Sun and its effect on the Earth 

Lasers & Plasma Physics
Useful links to websites for Schools and Education

Oxford Sparks
Oxford Sparks is a portal for engaging with a wealth of exciting science taking place across Oxford University. Here you can find a number of free resources including videos, science trails, activities to try at home, mobile phone apps, games, podcasts, virtual tours and plenty more

TES Teaching Resources
TES currently has over 62,000 free teaching resources lesson plans, classroom activities, revision guides and whiteboard resources which have been uploaded, reviewed and rated by members of the teaching profession. Simply type your subject area (i.e. Astronomy) into the search bar to bring up all of the related resources.

UK Space Agency 'Learning Zone'
UK Space Agency's Schools and Education section contains free learning resources.

Institute of Physics
The IoP's Schools and Colleges section of the website highlighting latest curriculum development initiatives, Affiliated Schools Scheme and professional development.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for educators

We operate a new suite of CPD opportunities on our engagement themes: dark sky discovery, big data and computing, our material world, big telescopes and inside the atom.


The STFC Small Awards Scheme - The scheme provides funding from £500 to £10,000 for projects where a school works in partnership with a research organisation and other schools or the community to develop the awareness of, and enrich teaching through STFC’s facilities, astronomy, nuclear and particle physics or space science. This is a competitive scheme with two closing dates per year.

The STFC / IoP / IET Schools' Grants Scheme (link opens in a new window) - Up to £600 for projects and events to enrich the teaching and learning of physics & astronomy.

Experts on Call

STFC schools liaison officer - The officer is available to help individual teachers or groups of teachers by:

  • arranging talks and INSET training
  • providing information on STFC science
  • giving advice on visiting our sites
  • linking schools with their local university research groups
  • finding resource materials

STFC Particle and Nuclear Physics Outreach Officer - The officer can help teachers by:

  • helping to arrange physicists to visit your school
  • advice on visiting CERN
  • providing advice on Particle and Nuclear Physics teaching resources

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000