What to expect

Got any future scientists or mini STEM lovers in the family? If you're planning your half-term, the Francis Crick Institute is the perfect place to start. From the 25th-30th May your children can become scientists through a series of free interactive activities, online resources and live science investigations galore.

Different activities are available to do at any time, including making your own lava lamp, drawing what you see under a microscope and loads more. There are also daily themes and classes to take part in, with a new resource released every day from 11am. If you don't manage to access it live, don't worry as it'll be kept on the website for you to check out later.

  • On Monday, join Crick scientist and Great British Bake Off star Yan for some scientific baking fun! Yan will be showing you how to decorate a cupcake like a cell, which means you'll be able to indulge in a yummy snack after you've learnt all about the science behind baking.
  • Tuesday's focus will be on art - search around your house for art tools, learn how to make ink and then design a lab experiment collage.
  • On Wednesday there will be even more crafts, where you'll be learning all about red blood cells and then making a blood cell-inspired badge, keyring or even a bracelet!
  • Put your new knowledge to the test with Thursday's family quiz and see if you can beat your parents.
  • On Friday you'll get the chance to ask all your scientific questions to Steinar, Crick's resident COVID-19 virus expert, who will be teaching you all about coronavirus in a kid-friendly way.
  • Get involved in a live science investigation on Saturday with Ellie and make your own invisible fire extinguisher!

So, start planning which investigations you'll be checking out, make use of your time off and get ready for science class with a twist! For even more interactive science investigations, check out Wacky Wednesdays or Virtual Science Space.

What you'll need

  • Access to WiFi.
  • It will depend on the activity you're taking part in but you'll be given a list of resources or things you may need to use in your scientific investigations on the day. Check out the website to find out exactly what you need.
  • For Monday's cell cupcake decorating session, you'll need plain cupcakes, icing, big round sweet (chocolate buttons or fried eggs etc.), oval sweets (eg. jelly beans), sweets with a filling like strawberry pencils, long thin sweets like strawberry laces, gummy rings and small round sweets like Smarties or M&Ms.

What you'll do

  • Head to the Francis Crick Institute's website at 11am from 25th-30th May and you'll see a new theme or idea for the day.
  • Follow along with the suggested activities, take part in live Q&As and bring science class to your home.
  • You can access all resources apart from the quiz afterwards so even if you miss the live sessions you'll still be able to participate

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The Francis Crick Institute is a scientific institute studying the biology of health and disease. They focus on trying to understand why and how diseases develop and turn their knowledge into cures and preventative measures for illnesses like stroke, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. With around 1,500 scientists under their roof, this is the largest biomedical research facility in Europe. Not only are they leaders in their field, but Crick also runs a series of events and educational open days throughout the year, from primary school children to adults.

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