The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations. The Council supports research facilities, scientists and engineers world-wide, operates world-class, large-scale research facilities and provides strategic advice to the UK government on their development.
Our UK research facilities are at:
International partners include:
The Council also maintains observatories in Hawaii and La Palma.
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.
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.
Practical advice on visiting the following facilities:
Experts on Call
STFC schools liaison officer - The officer is available to help individual teachers or groups of teachers by:
Scientists and engineers to talk at your school
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 £500 for projects and events to enrich the teaching and learning of physics & astronomy.
CREST Awards (link opens in a new window) - The nationally recognised scheme for project work in the fields of science and technology is run by the British Science Association. Aimed at students aged 11-19, these awards encourage students to develop their scientific curiosity, problem solving and communication skills.
The National Particle Physics Masterclasses (link opens in a new window) One-day classes for A level Physics Students and their teachers are held at many universities, plus Rutherford and Daresbury Labs throughout the country in March and April.
Nuffield Science Bursaries (link opens in a new window) - A scheme to help post-16 students take part in science based projects during the summer holidays. Supported by Research Councils UK.
Visit our Labs
The STFC organises a wide range of scientific lectures and events, ranging from the highly specialised and technical, to hands-on learning for schools.
For General enquiries and to order materials contact the Public Engagement Team.