Celebrating British Science Week 2022

10 Mar 2022

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The Martian
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British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, and takes place between 11-20 March 2022. This year's theme is 'Growth', which is a fitting one for our turbulent times and links to multiple areas across STEM subjects.

Whether you decide to explore plant growth in your window box or discuss the impacts of economic growth on our society, or even consider your own personal growth over the last twelve months, ‘Growth' as a theme offers a huge range of topics to delve into as part of your British Science Week 2022 activities.

To celebrate, British Science Week have developed four outstanding downloadable activity packs, with one for early years, one for primary, one for secondary and one for the community at large. They are also coordinating science events across the UK so check out Science Live to find what's happening in your area.

Meanwhile, our Scientific Literacy resource uses film as a stimulus to help secondary students develop scientific literacy and apply their scientific knowledge to issues in the modern world. Careers in Film Through Science can be used by both primary and secondary students, and asks them to apply their understanding of light and shadow to recreate a range of film genres as they are introduced to the work of a Director of Photography. The latter is particularly useful as we come to the end of National Careers Week.

Many of the films on our streaming service for schools, Into Film+, can really bring STEM subjects to life for young people. All are accompanied by film guides that contain pre and post-film questions, extension activities and suggestions of titles to watch next, with films such as The Theory of Everything even featuring exclusive interviews with those involved in making them.

The titles have been split into primary and secondary sections to make life easy for teachers, with the primary one featuring the brilliant short, The Little Bang, which can be a great tool if you don't have time to play a full-length feature.

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Secondary

Hidden Figures is a particularly crucial title here, first of all because it's story of three African American mathematicians who contributed to the success of the first American to orbit Earth, ties nicely into the theme of 'Growth'. It also comes with the resource, Hidden Figures: Pretty Curious, which helps students explore diversity, equality and careers in STEM. 

A number of years ago, we held an insightful Q&A with leading female scientists, Maggie Aderin Pocock and Alice Bunn after a screening of Hidden Figures. It celebrates their careers and successes in the world of science, so is well worth including with any study of the film.

Last but not least, as part of last year's science week, we focused on VFX and the work of a Previs Supervisor. Constructing the visual world of a film using 3D models and virtual storyboards, a Previs Supervisor helps to distil a director's vision. You can learn more about the work of a Previs Supervisor by watching our exclusive video below, where industry professional Faraz Hameed explains what his role entails.

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