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Royal Institution Science in Schools

Interactive science brought to your school.

Royal Institution Science in Schools

Science shapes our everyday lives and the world around us. At the Ri we are encouraging everyone to develop a lifelong journey with science, and we believe that begins best with children and young people.

We are the largest national provider of school science shows in the UK and have a 200 year pedigree of public engagement.

A bespoke Science in Schools package from the world famous Royal Institution:

  • Adds to the curriculum and enhances science education, through two performances of your chosen science show for students
  • Helps build teaching skills and meets mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, through training for your teachers
  • Generates support for science in the home and has fundraising potential for PTAs, through an evening show for families
  • For primary school students, our shows inspire a sense of wonder and excitement with science; for secondary, they sustain or re-energise a passion that may have waned. For all they create an opening to the possibilities of science, that skilled teachers can exploit for the student’s benefit.


Minimum of 10 participants, maximum of 150 participants.



Dates and Location

Our presenters are based all over the UK with no travel limit, and we never charge extra for travel. Our research showed that one of the most common barriers to accessing STEM enhancement and enrichment is being remote from science centres, so we aim to address that need.


Full day with two performances of a student show, one CPD session, and one community show is included in the package. Each session runs for approximately one hour.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Chemical engineering
    • Energy and environment
    • Materials, products and manufacturing

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

What the teachers say

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