BESS researchers have worked with educators to produce learning resources and to run activities about how we benefit from nature. These are available to download here and on the national STEM e-library and STEM ambassador resources. The BESS Directorate is particularly grateful to NRG BESS members, Terry Kirk (North Yorkshire Schools Science adviser), Engaging Science, NYBEP and the STEM ambassadors programme.

CBESS researcher Hilary Ford running the 'love your saltmarsh' activity in Bangor.

Urban BESS researcher Paul Richards at a 'Be a bee' event in Sheffield.

 

BESS learning resources aim to:

  • Encourage children to work scientifically and understand the scientific process. 
  • Have curriculum linked learning outcomes. 
  • Have options to extend beyond the curriculum and do cross-curricular activities. 
  • Highlight the relevance of ecological science and geography to society. 
  • Inspire the next generation of researchers. 
  • Encourage outdoor learning. 
  • Influence adults and encourage activities and conversations at home. 
  • Reconnect children and adults with the natural world.
Be a Bee

BESS be a bee materials, Laura Harrison

Be a bee is an activity about bees, pollination and food security. Participants forage amongst different species of flowers collecting nectar with their honeybee or bumblebee before returning to fill the hive or nest.  Participants discover that they transfer pollen between flowers, with fruit produced if the pollen matches.

The curriculum linked instruction packs are aimed at researchers running activities at events such as science festivals, but could also be used by teachers in a classroom setting.  The core activities are designed for 7-11 year olds, but there are suggested adaptations for younger and older participants and extension activities.  The packs also include profiles of BESS researchers.  

PDF Download (approx 2.5 Mbytes):  NERC-BESS-Honeybees

Love your Saltmarsh 

Love your saltmarsh was produced by Cai Ladd and the BESS resarch programme to initiate discussion about coastal management. When there is no saltmarsh and mudflat in front of a Lego town, participants discover that they spend more of their chocolate coins to build and maintain a higher sea wall.

Love your saltmarsh materials

The curriculum linked instruction packs are aimed at researchers running activities at events such as science festivals, but could also be used by teachers in a classroom setting.  The core activities are designed for 7-11 year olds, but there are suggested adaptations for younger and older participants and extension activities.  The packs also include profiles of BESS researchers.  

PDF Download (approx 2.5 Mbytes):

Researcher profiles

BESS researcher and NRG BESS member Arjan Gosal

Here a few of the researchers involved in the BESS programme explain their work and their passion for science. These profiles are aimed at early secondary school students and intend to highlight both the relevance of ecological science to human wellbeing and research as a possible career option.

PDF download: BESS Early Career Researcher Profiles