Science and STEM Clubs

Off the shelf resources for running extra-curricular clubs for children, with Children's University accreditation available

Aimed at teachers or other adults looking for support to introduce a science or STEM club to primary aged children, PSTT has created a number of free to download, easily-accessible club packs.

Each pack provides:

  • an overview of how to run the sessions and list of all the resources required (simple, everyday materials) for 8 sessions.
  • an activity sheet for each of the 8 sessions, giving the session leader guidance on organising the activities, which will include a practical challenge for the children, key facts/science and ideas for questions and further activities.

Some packs also contain a fact sheet for children to take home to encourage them to share findings with their families and take their learning further.

All activities are validated by the Children’s University and as such count towards accredited learning for any children taking part.

Created by PSTT College Fellow and Regional Mentor Kate Redhead, the Engineering Our World club introduces 8 famous scientists, engineers and artists as a springboard for group-based engineering challenges.

The Sensory Sparks club, created by PSTT College Fellow and SEN specialist teacher Julie Neil, provides activities aimed specifically towards children with special needs.

New for 2020!

A Challenge Chasers club, created by Janet Morris, provides 8 science activities presented as challenges to solve for children aged 7-11.

The Earth Explorers club, created by Kathryn Grahame, aims to develop environmental awareness through activities and is suitable for children aged 5-7.

Coming soon!

PSTT has plans to launch additional club packs in the near future - keep an eye on our social media feeds for launch news.

You may also be interested in our Science Clubs CPD Unit which can be accessed here.

Engineering Our World

Engineering Our World resources could be an early step towards addressing the inequalities that currently exist in those who partipate in science post-16 and those who do not. You can read more about the benefits of introducing scientists' work (historical and contemporary) in the primary curriculum with regard to science capital and social justice in an article published in Science Teacher Education* (2020) - Introducing scientists to primary children: Does this always enhance children's science capital?

*We are grateful to the Association of Science Education (ASE) for making this article open access.

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Engineering Our World Overview

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Emily Roebling

Activity sheet - to build a bridge between two supports that will hold 50g

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Emily Roebling

Fact sheet

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Gustave Eiffel

Activity sheet - to build a tall and stable structure

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Gustave Eiffel

Fact sheet

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Activity sheet - to construct a boat that will carry an object without sinking

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Fact sheet

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Activity sheet - to make a flying machine: a hoop glider

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Fact sheet

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Marie Curie

Activity sheet - to find out about things that cannot be seen

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Marie Curie

Fact sheet

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Mary Sherman Morgan

Activity sheet - to construct a balloon rocket that will travel along a string for at least a metre

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Mary Sherman Morgan

Fact sheet

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Rube Goldberg

Activity sheet - to use a mechanical chain reaction to make a ball roll into a basket

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Rube Goldberg

Fact sheet

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Stephanie Kwolek

Activity sheet - to make an egg protector

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Stephanie Kwolek

Fact sheet

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Earth Explorers

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Earth Explorers Overview

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Bursting with life Activity

Create a biodegradable pot and sow wildflowers

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Bursting with life Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on the importance of biodiversity for life on the Earth

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Buzzing Around Activity

Create a magnetic pollinator model

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Buzzing Around Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on the importance of insects as pollinators

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Exploring the oceans Activity

Make a sinking diver

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Exploring the oceans Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on the importance of life in the oceans

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Going under ground Activity

Make a wormery

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Going under ground Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on the importance of worms for healthy soils

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High in the clouds Activity

Make and test paper planes

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High in the clouds Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on the importance of the air

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Icy Blast Activity

Free an Arctic explorer from the ice

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Icy blast Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on life in the Arctic

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In a spin Activity

Making a paper spinner

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In a spin Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on seed dispersal

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Power up Activity

Create a wind turbine

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Power up Fact Sheet

Children's fact sheet on energy sources

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Challenge Chasers

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Challenge Chasers Overview

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Blooming! Activity Sheet

Use water absorption to open a paper flower.

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Clean Me! Activity Sheet

Create a filtration system to clean water.

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Egg Drop! Activity Sheet

Protect an egg that is dropped in the hen house.

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Escape! Activity Sheet

Construct a sail boat the both floats and moves quickly across water.

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Mini Hovercraft Activity Sheet

Build a hovercraft to overcome friction.

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Light Maze Activity Sheet

Use mirrors to pass light through a maze.

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Race! Activity Sheet

Construct a balloon-powered vehicle.

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Slow the drop! Activity Sheet

Make a parachute to save a LegoTM figure.

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Sensory Sparks (SEN)

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Sensory Sparks Overview

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Booming Balloons

SEN focus: gross motor sills, anticipation, responding to sound and movement

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Catch the Worms

SEN focus: fine motor skills development, cause and effect, observing results

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Chocolate bridge

SEN focus: observation skills, comparative testing

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It's all curtains to me!

SEN focus: exploration of materials, learning to sequence and sort

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Nature's perfume

SEN focus: sensory exploration of small, showing pleasure/displeasure from a range of herbs

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'Pop' goes the rocket to the Moon!

SEN focus: sequencing, following instructions, anticipation, responding to sound and movement

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Sound skittles

SEN focus: gross moto skills, anticipation, responding to sound and movement

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Stretchy socks

SEN focus: simple observation skills, ordering size, introduction to measure, making predictions comparative testing

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Safety Notice and Disclaimer


PSTT advises teachers to refer to either the CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

PSTT is not liable for the actions or activities of any reader or anyone else who uses the information in these resource pages or the associated classroom materials. PSTT assumes no liability with regard to injuries or damage to property that may occur as a result of using the information contained in these resources. PSTT recommends that a full risk assessment is carried out before undertaking in the classroom any of the practical investigations contained in the resources.

All materials are ©Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and are freely available to download and share for educational purposes. Whilst educators are free to adapt the resources to suit their own needs, acknowledgement of copyright on all original materials must be included. Rights to images included in the resource have been purchased for PSTT use only – as such, these images may only be used as part of this resource and may not copied into or used in other materials.

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