Selection Box Science


The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair has teamed up with TV science presenter Greg Foot who has come up with a series of cracking experiments that will be sure to keep you entertained over the festive season.

Christmas time is the perfect time to be fun and festive in the classroom with these experiments. From creating a Christmas light spectacular with only a tin of festive sweeties to making your own home-made pin-hole camera, Greg has devised a series of short videos which show kids how to have festive fun with science this holiday season.

Each experiment can be viewed in around a minute and requires only easily available household items.

Download the full set of instructions and list of ingredients.

The Big Bang UK Fair Christmas experiments are:

Wrapper's Delight – create a Christmas light spectacular with only a tin of festive sweeties and a torch


One in a Million – create your own completely unique snowflake with the ancient art of origami


Capture Christmas – ditch the digital camera for your own home-made pin hole version


Nappy Christmas! – make it snow inside with nothing more than a baby’s nappy and some water! 


Blizzard Ice-cream - it’s snow joke! You really can use snow to make delicious ice-cream 


The Big Bang Candy Canes – make this traditional treat with just a few simple ingredients 


Poinsettia pH – you can use this beautiful bloom for more than just decoration. A distilled liquid from the plant can tell you if something is acid or alkaline 


Christmas Connections – discover how the twinkle gets into your Christmas lights 


Selection Box Structures – do more than stuff your face with your selection box this year by turning your sweet treats into an edible bridge 


Christmas Custard Power – learn how to walk on water with this crazy custard powder trick 


Sprout Shooter – Get rid of your sprouts with a wrapping paper cannon using your vacuum cleaner! 


Crystal Constellations  - Grow your own galaxy of Christmas decorations with nothing more that pipe cleaners and salt


Greg Foot commented:

“We’ve designed these simple and fun experiments to help overcome Christmas cabin fever using nothing more than wrapping paper tubes, selection boxes and other festive bits and pieces.

“By showing the next generation how science and engineering plays a part in the festivities, we hope to inspire them to get more hands-on and come to The Big Bang Fair next year.”

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.

It takes place from 13-16 March 2019 at The NEC, Birmingham, and will celebrate and raise the profile of young people’s achievement in science and engineering and encourage more young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths initiatives with support from their parents and teachers.

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