Home learning resources
Useful resources for supporting children in their home learning, collected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to members of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) and Scottish Public Engagement Network (ScotPEN) for their contributions to this collection of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning resources.
Health and safety
Please note that although these resources have all been recommended by science communication professionals and involve use of household items, we have not been able to perform health and safety screens for individual activities due to the large number of resources available. We strongly encourage adult supervision in all cases. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to ask for advice about any of the activities listed.
How things work and things to make, including outdoor activities. Live show at 11am every weekday.
Carol Vorderman presents National Curriculum-aligned maths teaching for ages 4-12.
Science fair project ideas searchable by age range.
Online science games which cover chemistry, biology and physics concepts.
Home science experiments and information on other topics including geography and history.
Safe, search engine-like encyclopaedia covering a range of topics and questions.
Episodes and online games which teach about the human body and medicine - hosted by three medics.
Activity packs introducing science concepts, including DNA, cells and viruses.
Project looking at a range of brain health topics, suitable for 6-12 year olds.
Range of fact-checked resources on stem cells, searchable by age right up to adulthood.
Themed activity packs for under 5s, 5-11 years old, and 10-14 years old.
Resources for primary and secondary schools (biology, chemistry, physics, computing, D&T & maths) as well as activities for 16+ and family groups.
West of Scotland STEM Ambassadors online resources, typically delivered in schools.
Resources for schools and homes, including Kitchen Science.
Chemistry-related articles, demonstrations and learning for a wide range of ages.
Maths learning resources which can be filtered by age group from 0 to 16+.
The BBC's flagship learning site, including revision tools and daily lessons for all ages.
Engineering resources for teachers, STEM Ambassadors and After School Clubs.
Hands-on science resources for school and at home.
Home science activities searchable by kit or topic.
Science and maths activities which can be filtered by age, duration and materials cost.
A range of biology-related activity kits for school or at home.
Activities for children and adults relating to materials, atomic physics, big data and telescopes amongst others.
A huge list of high-quality virtual tours including aquariums, farms, space stations, museums and galleries, zoos and aquariums, historical landmarks and more.
Thanks to Sophie, Ethan and Michelle for this contribution!
Live camera feed from the panda enclosure.
Videos from the zoo and teaching children how to create wildlife-friendly spaces locally.
Explore the NMS Collections online.
Virtually explore and learn about the 17 tallest structures in the world.
Thanks to Amelia for this contribution!
A huge channel of explainer videos arranged by topic. Includes an excellent series about the immune system.
Recorded talks by experts on a vast range of topics, all 18 minutes or shorter.
Channel of animated short videos on a large variety of topics, from philosophy to medicine.
Not just Christmas Lectures! Accessible lectures on a variety of topics.
A video about each element of the periodic table.
A Twitter account for all things ornithology. Livestreams daily at 9am.