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Online and interactive science games and experiences

Enjoy digital highlights from our 2021 Summer Science programme below. Discover our top selection of free online games, fun digital activities suitable for all the family and immersive content to pass the rainy days, all created by our research groups. 

Family friendly activities

The bee trail

Help Barney the honeybee and his friends on their quest to discover their favourite flowers. Catch the bees to look at the pollen collected by each insect and work out what plants they have been visiting.  

The bee trail
Take the slime challenge

Slime challenge

It’s time to get messy and take the slime challenge. Watch the how-to video for a guide on how you can make biomaterial slime from home, with the help of some famous faces.

Top games

Landmine or bottle top?

Step into the shoes of the deminers helping to clear land still contaminated by landmines and unexploded bombs. Using your detector, see if you can identify an unexploded mine, shell or debris. Careful not to waste your time clearing rubbish though!

Landmine or bottle top?
Mars detectives

Mars detective

Put your crime scene solving skills to the test in this interactive murder mystery. Can you use the same techniques as the ExoMars rover help to find the stolen diamond?

Polypill Pharmacy

Join the Polypill Pharmacy as an apprentice and serve clients their personalised medication before the end of the day. Make sure you 3D print the right pills to meet your customers prescription needs.

Polypill Pharmacy

Perfect for a rainy day

Can you beat the escape room?

Escape Room

Can you save a city from pollution in this online escape room? Decode the clues and see if you can beat the room - all you need is a pen and paper!

Interested in more?

Our Summer Science research groups have created a range of fun and immersive actvities for you to explore. Visit the Summer Science hub and unleash a world of exploration and discovery through this year's cutting-edge research. 

Alternatively, take a look through more of our highlighted content below: 

Flood predictor: Discover the different factors that are involved in a flood event such as how wet the soil is and what the weather is doing. Then put your flood prediction skills to the test in the virtual simulator to see if you could be a weather forecaster.

Spike hero: You’ll need quick fingers to snap and sort these signals recorded by neurons in the brain. Can you ‘spike sort’ your way to a top score? 

Tanis impact event: Walk the final footsteps of dinosaurs with this animation sequence showing their last moments on Earth before the mass extinction event that occurred 65 million years ago. 

Tumour landscapes: Journey through a tumour landscape and try to identify the types of cells that make up a cancer tumour.

Carbon stories from around the globe: From the air we breathe to the seas we fish in, discover carbon stories from around the globe and use the data mode to see the shifting levels of atmospheric carbon over the past 20 years. 

Mining a sustainable future: Explore how we mine the minerals and metals needed for green technologies in a sustainable way so that we can future proof our planet’s supply of precious resources. 

Want to be involved in real research? 

Do you have a bee hotel in your garden? Calling all bee hotel owners, we need your help to carry out the first citizen science project looking at how bee hotels are being used across the UK. Follow the link below to find out more. 

AcCELLerate: Take part in this citizen science activity that enables you to contribute to real life research. Can you help Ecty the cell measure structures found within the mouth and train their programme to identify the tissue samples more quickly in the future?  

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