Terrific Scientific!

UBoC are teaming up with BBC Learning, the University of Leeds, and the Woodland Trust for Terrific Scientific, an ambitious new campaign to inspire primary children to get excited about science.


Terrific Scientific is a major 18 month UK-wide campaign to bring practical science into the classroom and into our homes.

Instead of lab coats and test tubes, the campaign will urge pupils, teachers and parents across the UK to grab lemons, leaves, tap water and other everyday items to join in with exciting and accessible mass-participation investigations.

As part of Terrific Scientific, children around the country will be learning about the importance of the trees in and around their school grounds and collecting data to send to scientists at the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) centre at the University of Leeds. This data will allow the scientists to work out how much the trees are helping fight climate change, tackle air pollution and reduce flood risk.

Wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin speaking at the Terrific Scientific launch.
Wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin speaking at the Terrific Scientific launch.

During the campaign, teachers will be provided with a range of online resources, and an interactive Terrific Scientific map of the UK, enabling schools to upload their results from each of the scientific investigations and compare them with other schools.

Primary schools across the UK will be able to take part in any or all of the five investigations that are planned from January to June 2017. Our tree investigation will be taking place in May 2017 – watch this space!

Schools can sign up at: www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific to take part.