Stretch and Challenge

click on the link above to go to the summer projects page

The Royal Institution put on a number of fun events each year specifically for family groups. These are held in the theatre, and are brought to life with demonstrations and audience interaction. Topics range from the science of fireworks to the challenges of climbing Everest.

Click the link below to see upcoming events.

Solar power has the potential to fulfil our energy needs, but developing efficient solar cells is difficult work, and scientists still have a long way to go. Find out more about the different kinds of solar cells we use and how they are made with this resource from The Solar Spark, at the University of Edinburgh

Suggested reading


Horrible Science Series

Eye Benders: the science of seeing and believing [Clive Gidfford]

What makes you YOU? [Gill Arbuthnott]


The elements [Theodore Gray]

Honey, Mud, Maggots and other medical marvels [Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein]

Why does asparagus make your wee smell? [Andy Brunning]

Sixth form:

What is Chemistry? [Peter Atkins]

The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into the Land of the Chemical Elements [Peter Atkins]

Reactions: The private life of atoms [Peter Atkins]

Four laws that drive the universe [Peter Atkins]

Why Chemical Reactions Happen [James Keeler and Peter Wothers]

Molecules at an Exhibition [John Emsley]

The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison [John Emsley]

Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases [John Emsley]

Bad Science [Ben Goldacre]

The chemistry of explosives [Akhavan, Jacqueline]

Magic molecules – how drugs work [Aldridge, Susan]

Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History [Penny Le Couteur]

The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the periodic Table [Sam Kean]

Why does asparagus make your wee smell? [Andy Brunning]

Elegant solutions : ten beautiful experiments in chemistry [Ball, Philip]

The chemistry of fireworks [Russell, Michael S]

The Chemical History of a Candle [Michael Faraday]

Resources on the web