Energise Anything activity centre

Discover science in unexpected ways! Our free resources are designed by STEM experts to bring energy to classrooms – and fill homes with exciting scientific experiments, too.

Explore core scientific concepts

Watch our three fun animations, then use the activity sheets to explore core scientific ideas. The classroom activities link directly to the primary and secondary curricula – find out how in the guides below.

Energy is electrifying

Join our engineer as he fixes broken circuits and encounters a few surprises on his journey to discover how electricity links the Northern Lights, bumblebees and the human body.

For the classroom (five to 11-year-olds): insulator or conductor?

Find th​e bravest in your class with our practical electricity activity. What is the most unusual material your pupils can find that is a good electrical conductor?

For the classroom (12 to 18-year-olds): defibrillator

A fun activity challenging your pupils to set up an electrical circuit and explore how a defibrillator works.

For the home (five to 11-year-olds): lightning challenge

Kick up a storm and create your very own lightning. Can your children make objects glow and spark in the dark without setting anything alight?

For the home (12 to 18-year-olds): electronic music

Find out how to make music with electronic synthesisers and create a new soundtrack for one of our animations.

Generations of power

Travel through time to reveal mankind’s discovery of power, and the mammoth advances we’ve made to generate cleaner energy. Cow disco, anyone? 

For the classroom (five to 11-year-olds): solar oven

Challenge your pupils to design and build a solar oven. How can they make their design as effective as possible?

For the classroom (12 to 18-year-olds): power on Mars

How could we power a human colony on Mars? Will your students have the power generation solution?

For the home (five to 11-year-olds): self-propelled car

Using objects you find in the recycling bin, bedrooms or kitchen drawers, ask your children to build a self-propelled vehicle.

For the home (12 to 18-year-olds): energy wasters

Seek the electronic vampires and other energy wasters in your home. Find ways to reduce the amount of power they use.

The nature of insulation

What can one unique family of penguins learn from nature about keeping warm? Enjoy a few DIY mishaps and fashion tips as they explore home insulation for their cosy night in. 

For the classroom (five to 11-year-olds): penguin huddle

Design an experiment to investigate why a penguin huddle keeps so much heat.

For the classroom (12 to 18-year-olds): ice cream conundrum

Can your students crack the ice cream cone conundrum and keep a cold treat from melting?

For the home (five to 11-year-olds): ice lolly challenge

Challenge your children to make a cool box to store an ice lolly.

For the home (12 to 18-year-olds): energy saving

Help protect your community from fuel poverty. What can you do to improve efficiency?

The ‘science capital’ that parents can give their children provides a real confidence boost and can install a valuable life-long interest in STEM subjects. These relevant and engaging resources are a great way of helping parents do this.

Kate Bellingham

The ‘science capital’ that parents can give their children provides a real confidence boost and can install a valuable life-long interest in STEM subjects. These relevant and engaging resources are a great way of helping parents do this.

Kate Bellingham

Engineer and Broadcaster