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How to run a science club
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The BA supports a network of schools across the UK who use our enrichment activities in science clubs.

How to run a science club in Primary School (PDF 662KB)

How to run a secondary club in Secondary School (PDF 667KB)

Why run a science club?

A successful science club can:
  • motivate and encourage students of all ages and abilities
  • allow students to explore their own interests and ideas
  • develop problem-solving skills
  • stretch gifted and talented students
  • build confidence of all students
  • provide opportunities for formative assessment
  • help build management skills of new staff
  • encourage links between schools and industry
  • provide publicity opportunities for your school or department
How to run a science club?

Many science clubs are run during lunchtime or after school. However, you can run science club activities during normal curriculum time, e.g. between topics, or in short bursts, e.g. at the end of term or during National Science and Engineering Week.

Science clubs can be run jointly between primary and secondary schools, helping bridge the gap between the two.

Case study - Bridging between primary and secondary schools (PDF 428KB)

You can get support for your club from the BA, from SETPOINTs and from , the science discovery clubs network. Your local may be able to provide Science and Engineering Ambassadors (SEAS) to help deliver activities.

You might also find it useful to search our online directory of science presenters at .  You can search by subject, age range or area of the country and read reviews of the presenters.

What to do with your science club?

Try out the following:

  • Investigations and projects
  • Award schemes e.g. the BA award schemes, ,
  • External trips to local industries and science centres
  • Egg race challenges
  • Science fairs
  • Science communication activities e.g. debates, drama, journalism
  • Concept cartoons
  • Competitions
  • Guest speakers e.g. parents, scientists, SEAS

Find out how a BA Science Club operates here