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Science and Industry Museum teams up with BBC Bitesize Daily to give children a taste for science from home

The Science and Industry Museum has joined forces with BBC Bitesize Daily (produced at Media City UK in Salford) to bring the thrills and fun of science into living rooms across the country.

From Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July, the Science Museum Group will work with BBC Bitesize Daily, which airs every day on BBC iPlayer and Red Button, to deliver science lessons and further its mission of helping young people build more confidence in science. Children will have the chance to do tabletop experiments at home, led in the studio by expert Explainers from the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, while large-scale demonstrations will be conducted using exhibits at the Science Museum’s Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery in London.

BBC Bitesize Daily is the BBC’s biggest ever education offer. Its partnership with the Science Museum Group, which includes both the Science and Industry Museum and Science Museum, forms part of a bumper summer term of activities planned for school children aged 5 to 14. 

The activities are inspired by the Science Museum Group’s extensive online resources, which have been designed to support learning from home and in the classroom.

During the week-long experiment extravaganza, the Science and Industry Museum’s team of expert Explainers will be encouraging learners to delve deeper into science by getting involved with hands-on activities at home and sharing their creations with BBC Bitesize and Science Museum Group online. They’ll be tasked with using everyday items to conduct engaging experiments, like making instant ice cream and using water to defy the laws of gravity. The wonderful world of science will also be revealed through spectacular experiments from the Science Museum’s Wonderlab, including the creation of a hydrogen balloon fireball and a journey through the human digestive system.  

Sally MacDonald, Director of the Science and Industry Museum, said:

"We’re really proud to have teamed up with BBC Bitesize Daily to provide this fun, interactive and informative programme of activities. Through our learning resources and these daily lessons, along with the large-scale experiments filmed inside the Science Museum in London, we’re reflecting the kind of experiences usually on offer to visitors. It’s great to have the opportunity to continue igniting curiosity and revealing wonder in learners without them even leaving the house. 

“We are really missing our school and family audiences and normally welcome over 80, 000 schoolchildren a year on school trips alone. With lots of children still currently learning from home, these daily lessons will be particularly useful for the final half-term of the school year, when lots of families will be looking for new ways of keeping young people engaged."

BBC Bitesize Daily is available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. For more information on the Science Museum Group, visit www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk or learning.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/learning-resources to view its online learning resources. 

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For more information, please contact communications manager, Alex Urmston, on 0161 606 0160/ alex.urmston@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Notes to editors

About the Science and Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world.

From textiles to computers, the objects and documents on display in the museum tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  The museum's mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

The Science and Industry Museum site is on the site of the Liverpool Road Station terminus of the Liverpool Manchester Railway, the world's first purpose-built passenger railway. Among its internationally significant buildings are the world's first passenger railway station and the oldest existing railway goods warehouse. In total there are two Grade I listed buildings and four Grade II listed buildings on the site.

The Science and Industry Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.

About the Science Museum Group 

The Science Museum Group is the world’s leading group of science museums, welcoming over five million visitors each year to five sites: the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York; the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford; and Locomotion in Shildon.

We share the stories of innovations and people that shaped our world and are transforming the future, constantly reinterpreting our astonishingly diverse collection of 7.3 million items spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Standout objects include the record-breaking locomotive Flying Scotsman, Richard Arkwright’s textile machinery, Alan Turing’s Pilot ACE computer and the earliest surviving recording of British television.

Our mission is to inspire futures - igniting curiosity among people of all ages and backgrounds. Each year, our museums attract more than 600,000 visits by education groups, while our touring exhibition programme brings our creativity and scholarship to audiences across the globe. More information can be found at www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk.