BBC Learning, with key partners the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, is developing a mass participatory science campaign for primary school aged children, and welcomes proposals from research associates and academics for new and exciting scientific discoveries that might be enabled by large data collection by children across the UK.
Schools will take part in a series of investigations on a theme of ‘my world’ over the course of an academic year – some will be small-scale experiments but others will be large-scale investigations with the possibility of mass data collection from schools across the UK. Results and data could be uploaded to a dedicated ‘My World’ website to enable children to explore a larger data set and compare their findings with those in different areas of the country.
The project provides a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation in science whilst also generating valuable research data. Investigations should focus on the following five curriculum areas for year five: forces; animals including humans; living things & habitats; properties and change of materials; and Earth and space.