Biology Week is a great opportunity to encourage enthusiasm for biology in and around the curriculum.
2014 School spotlight: Hereford Cathedral School and Altrincham Girls' Grammar School organised great programmes of Biology Week activities which might inspire you to get involved this year.
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Biology: Changing the World celebrates the great biologists of the past in order to inspire those of the future. The website, mobile app (available on apple and android) and schools resources are packed with information and activities about the biologists that shaped the world we live in. There are also a number of classroom resources available for a 7-11 year old audience. Visit the website or contact us for hard copies of the poster and teacher notes.
The Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the mutual benefits of combining art and science. If you would like to encourage your students to enter this year's competition, you can use our specimen drawing presentation, school poster, or take a look at last year's winners! Submit your entries by Friday 4th September 2015. Winners will be announced as part of Biology Week 2015.
There are a diverse range of careers available in the biosciences. Find out more about technicians and research assistants working in a variety of fields around the country by reading and watching our technicians careers profiles. More resources are available in our careers section.
BioArtAttack was a biology-themed art competition that took place over summer 2014 - see the full shortlist. Although the competition will not open in 2015 we encourage BioArtAttack projects to continue and for young people to create a biology-themed art collage, model or sculpture. This is a chance to get young people thinking about the biology that is in the world all around them, as well as exploring the possibility of communicating a scientific message through art. Please show us your #BioArtAttack on twitter!
We have been really impressed with the activities which teachers put on during Biology Week 2014, and we hope many will do the same in 2015. You are welcome to use any Biology Week event materials, and we would love to hear what you have planned.
Here are some ideas for 2015:
Where does your food come from? What impact does it have on the environment? How much food gets wasted? We have produced resources which are free to use for science, geography and PSHE teachers. This video is also ideal for assemblies.
Assembly or form time: this three minute animated video about food waste is designed for use in assembly, form time or PSHE, and is accompanied by notes.
Our Scottish Branch also held a schools lecture: Will there be enough food in future? by Professor Tim Benton FRS, which can be watched for more information.
Biology GCSE lesson: ‘Inputs into beef cattle’ – how cattle are reared in the UK, how the biomass decreases up the food chain, the environmental issues associated with beef farming, and nutrition information.
Geography lesson: 'Where food comes from', including a case study of a chocolate bar with the origins of its different ingredients. The lesson will tackle the concepts of food miles and carbon footprint, and cover some of the environmental and socio-economic issues arising from food production around the world, showing the importance of considering scientific and social issues together.
The resources were developed with the support of the Global Food Security (GFS) programme. The UK's main public funders of food-related research are working together through GFS to meet the challenge of providing the world's growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of nutritious food from less land and using fewer inputs. In particular, BBSRC and DFID as GFS partners have provided input to these resources.