Celebrating British Science Week

If you’re travelling through the UK Passenger Terminal Building between 15 - 17 February, pop in for some FREE science fun.

If you’re travelling through the UK Passenger Terminal Building between 15 - 17 February, pop in for some FREE science fun.

2019 marks 25 years since the Channel Tunnel opened and, to celebrate, Eurotunnel has partnered with the British Science Association to support British Science Week (8 – 17 March), which is also celebrating its 25th birthday this year! As a warm up to British Science Week, we will be running hands-on sessions for families during February half-term and will be giving away themed activity packs to keep children occupied on their journey across the Channel.

British Science week

We’ve taken inspiration from the land the Tunnel was excavated from. It comes from Chalk Marl, a geological formation made up of earth containing heaps of preserved fossils dating back to the Cretaceous Period, when dinosaurs roamed across what was then land. In the UK Passenger Terminal Building, children will have the opportunity to model their own dinosaur from Play-doh, sketch one using their imagination or colour in one of our Dino templates. We also have a Eurotunnel half-term pack of taster activities to give away, featuring science word searches, odd-one-out games and dot-to-dot.

British Science Week is the largest grassroots celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths with events taking place in schools and communities across the UK, from local libraries to national museums.

British Science week

The overall theme of British Science Week this year is journeys. As well as physical journeys connected to travel and transport, this also includes lifecycles, water cycles, product journeys and journeys through space and time. And, of course, we’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel.

Our schools’ activity packs, available from the British Science Week website, are chock full of inspirational ideas around this theme. There are three packs available online: Early Years, Primary and Secondary. Each pack offers creative, straight forward, hands-on activities that parents and teachers can do with their children and students. From creating tunnels, time capsules and perfume, to keeping a nature log and mummifying an orange, there’s something for everyone!

From Monday 18 February, the special Eurotunnel half-term pack will be available for download too. Other things to look out for during British Science Week include…

  • A big ‘citizen science’ project. Citizen science is where researchers ask the public to help contribute to their work. This year’s activity will be a web-based project and is a great opportunity to participate from the comfort of your own home.
  • A special 5k and 10k race called Run with the Ancestors – a smartphone app which charts one million years of Britain’s history. From the blustery climates of yesteryear dominated by woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats to the arrival of our first ancestors, take a step back in time and listen to a unique soundtrack as you run – created by Six to Start, the team behind the popular fitness app, Zobmies Run! – charting Britain’s remarkable history.

You can either participate virtually, via the app (free to download on iOS or Android), or book a ticket to take part in the live race event at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (accessible on the South Eastern rail line from Kent) on Saturday 16 March. The 5k run is ideal for beginners or families with older children, while the 10k run can test the stamina of more seasoned runners. All entrants will be rewarded with a unique Run with the Ancestors medal. Dressing up is optional but welcomed.

Further details about all these events and activities – and more! – can be found at www.britishscienceweek.org.

Whether you join us at the UK Passenger Terminal Building this February half term weekend, or get involved during British Science Week itself, please share your pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #BSW19.