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STEM resources list

Simple list of resources available to UK teachers, free from the Royal Society or available through other organisations.

Teaching resources

The Royal Society produces a variety of educational resources across the spectrum of science. Our resources showcase current cutting-edge scientists and their research, as well as providing support for learning about the scientific process through current and historical examples.  

Many of our resources focus on hands-on activities and experimental work. You can find our resources for teachers on TES and the National STEM Library.

  • Brian Cox school experiments - (Primary, experimental, easy-to-run)
    Brian Cox, the Society's Professor for Public Engagement in Science, presents a series of video resources to increase Primary teachers' confidence with experimental science and relate the experiments to the real world. The resources support six experiments across the primary science curriculum, and each written resource is supported by four short videos: A set up video, experiment video, real life video and research video. The equipment needed is basic, and readily available from local supermarkets. They are tried and tested activities, used by teachers across the UK. 
  • Inspiring Scientists - (Primary, Secondary, careers, experimental, easy-to-run)
    Inspiring Scientists is a series of resources to help develop students’ understanding and awareness of science and the diversity of scientists. The activities that accompany the profiles, divided into primary and secondary (age 11-16) levels, relate to the area of research that the scientist is involved in. Each resource consists of teacher guidance, an activity worksheet, the scientist’s timeline and a video profile. (Primary, experimental, easy-to-run)
  • Commonwealth Science Class - (Secondary, international, experimental, discursive, easy-to-run)
    Enthuse your students about science and excite their curiosity about the world around them. The materials in this pack will encourage young people around the world to take part in experimental science investigations and consider some of the long term global problems that scientists are working on, but have not yet solved. The pack consists of four exciting units that develop knowledge, skills and principles from across the scientific disciplines.  Each unit includes a short film about the theme featuring an eminent expert and local school children, and questions for discussion and debate.

Teaching research / policy reports

  • What is Machine Learning? - (2017, Secondary, infographic) 
    Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence that allows computer systems to learn from examples, data, and experience. Through enabling computers to perform specific tasks intelligently, machine learning systems can carry out complex processes by learning from data, rather than following pre-programmed rules. The Royal Society’s programme of work on machine learning has been investigating the potential of this technology over the next 5-10 years, and the barriers to realising that potential.
  • Machine Learning in the world around you - (2017, Secondary, infographic) 
    Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence that allows computer systems to learn from examples, data, and experience. Through enabling computers to perform specific tasks intelligently, machine learning systems can carry out complex processes by learning from data, rather than following pre-programmed rules. Find out about some of the ways in which machine learning is used in the world around you.
  • Making education your business guide - (2016, Primary, Secondary, in-depth guide, case studies)
    Collaboration between teachers and employers can help to ensure confident, well informed and inspiring teaching which helps motivate young people to study STEM and see where these subjects can take them. Developed in collaboration with CBI, this guide sets out five simple steps that can be followed by a company when planning to engage with schools or colleges. It describes the practicalities of setting up a programme, giving key advice at each stage to ensure that the programme supports inspirational STEM teaching. The case studies presented throughout this guide highlight the key features of successful, mutually beneficial, education schemes.
  • Vision for science and mathematics education - (2014, Primary, Secondary, in-depth review, case studies) 
    The Royal Society’s ambition for the next 20 years of science and mathematics education is that it should enable people to make informed choices, empower them to shape scientific and technological developments, and equip them to work in an advanced economy. There is currently excellent practice in primary and secondary schools and colleges across the UK’s four nations. The Vision for science and mathematics education from 5–18 years of age offers a way to build on these foundations and to ensure that the UK's education systems meet the needs of all in the 21st century.
  • Shut down or restart - (2012, Primary, Secondary, review, case studies) 
    This report analyses the current state of Computing education in schools and sets out a way forward for improving on the present situation. With support from the Royal Academy of Engineering and others the Royal Society has used its ‘convening’ role to bring together a wide range of distinguished Computer Scientists and stakeholders to explore problems and propose solutions. We aspire to an outcome where every primary school pupil has the opportunity to explore the creative side of Computing through activities such as writing computer programs (using a pupil-friendly programming environment such as Scratch). At secondary school every pupil should have the opportunity to work with microcontrollers and simple robotics, build web-based systems, and similar activities. We recognise that not all pupils will wish to seize these opportunities, but they should be able to do so if they do wish to.
  • Understanding unconscious bias - (Primary, Secondary, overview)
    This short animation introduces the key concepts and current academic research around unconscious bias. Aimed at our selection and appointment panel members, it can also support teachers learning how to recognise bias in oneself and others.

External resources

  • STEM Directory - (Primary, Secondary, list)
    The STEM Directory is a database of providers offering STEM enhancement and enrichment to schools and colleges locally and nationally.  Teachers can easily search for shows, workshops, debates, challenges, visiting speakers and more.
  • Inclusive Science Teaching - Tips for teachers  - (Primary, Secondary, overview, diversity)
    A poster suitable for display in the staff room, giving a quick summary of the Institute of Physics’ advice and guidance around inclusive science teaching.