DIY Science

Science projects to try at home, especially if you can't get out this National Science Week

Three of the activity sheets


As most of our events are being delivered online this year, and are very definitely not hands-on, we've produced the series of activities to help you to get into some science at home or in a nearby park.

We'd love to know how you use them - tag us with a photo on social media #scienceweek.

Download all (7.1 MB, zip).

Backyard Science

Weather Station

"Lovely day for it!" Why do people talk about the weather so much? Why not spice up the conversation with some real weather science and build your own weather station.
Download now (315 kB, pdf).

Backyard Bioblitz

Animal Detective

There are animals around us everywhere and you can find traces of them if you know how and where to look. How many signs of animals can you find in your local environment?
Download now (455kB, pdf).

Flower Dissection

Flowers might look pretty but take a closer look and you will see that flowers are packed with amazing structures to attract pollinators and to help them reproduce.
Download now (352 kB, pdf).

Insects at Night

Insects such as ants, dragonflies, butterflies, and grasshoppers are most active during the day but, apart from pesky mosquitoes, what insects are most active at night?
Download now (355 kB, pdf).

Backyard Astronomy

While you're outside catching insects, take the time to look up and do some astronomical observations. In August you should be able to see Jupiter, Saturn, the Southern Cross and maybe the ISS or other satellites. You can also do observations of the Sun and Moon in the daytime.

Satellites and Shooting Stars

Most things you see in the sky are far away from Earth, but some are a lot closer than you think.
Download now (1.3MB, pdf).

Moon and Sun

They are the two brightest objects in the sky, and coincidentally they appear to be the same size when viewed from Earth.
Download now (1.1MB, pdf).

Stars & Planets + plus August Star Charts

With just your eyes and some guidance you can see planets, many stars and constellations, nebulae, and nearby galaxies. And your phone can take good photos of them.
Download now (2.5MB, pdf).

Astronomy When it's Cloudy

Sometimes objects in the sky won’t be visible. Cloudy conditions might be the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep, but they’re also wonderful for exploring space from indoors.
Download now (1MB, pdf).