Defying Gravity: The Archimedes Screw

Who was Archimedes?

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physician, inventor and engineer, born in Syracuse, Sicily, in 287BC. He was the son of an astronomer and mathematician named Phidias.

In the third century BC, Syracuse was a hub of commerce, art and science. Archimedes developed a natural curiosity and affinity for problem solving. He travelled to Egypt to study in Alexandria before returning to Syracuse, where he dedicated his life to research and experimentation across multiple fields. read more

A life of Science: Marie Curie

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Background

Marie Curie was born with the name Maria Slodowska on the 7th of November, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland. Her parents were poor teachers and she was the youngest of five siblings. Her father, Władysław, was a maths and physics instructor.

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In 1883, Maria received her high school diploma, achieving a gold medal for excellence in mathematics. Her sister Bronia was at medical school in Paris and to help to finance her studies Maria worked as a tutor and governess from the age of 16. Maria’s goal was to join Bronia in Paris to study at the Paris Sorbonne University. In order to pass the entrance exams, Maria took night courses to learn additional chemistry, maths and physics. read more

10 reasons why an educational toy isn’t just for Christmas

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We believe educational toys and games aren’t just for Christmas; they inspire a lifetime love of learning! Play nurtures development and is the foundation for all learning, helping children to build everything from communication and language skills to imagination and creativity. With this in mind, we’re confident that our educational toys will be played with all year round and have put together a list of ten areas of development that they support. read more

Our STEM in Action range has been recognised as ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the Findel Supplier Awards!

Pictured: Louise Benstead (right), Learning Resources®, accepting the award from Chris Mahady (left), MD of Findel.

Learning Resources’ pioneering work in developing hands-on STEM resources, has been recognised for the second time this year with a Findel ‘Best Product Innovation’ Award!

Launched in January, the range comprises of six teacher-friendly kits meeting the STEM needs of primary classrooms.  STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and defines an approach to learning that asks children to solve real-world problems through enquiry based processes. read more

What’s Hot This Month?

Early year’s science!

This month you have loved our early year’s science ranges including Primary Science and GeoSafari® Jr. Science in the early years lays
the foundation for understanding the world and encourages observation, prediction, problem solving and discussion skills.

March has seen young scientists across the UK working scientifically and solving problems in aid of British Science Week- a ten day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and now that the clocks have sprung forward to British Summer Time and there are brighter evenings, there is even more opportunity to take part in outdoor scientific discovery. There’s plenty of time to prepare for spring term and offer a head start to young learners with inspiring resources that help to foster the development of early STEM skills. read more

Learning Resources has won an Education Resources Award!

Learning Resources was presented with an Education Resources Award in the ‘Primary Resource or Equipment – Curriculum learning resources including ICT’ category for its STEM Robot Mouse Activity Set. Held on the 18th of March, the awards honour the quality and diversity of products, schools and the most dedicated members of the education sector. In their eighteenth successful year, the awards are organised by BESA, the trade association representing educational suppliers in the UK sector, and Brilliant Marketing Solutions. read more

What is STEM?

Emma Vanstone, Science Sparks

Emma is a busy Mum to three children and passionate about science education. You can find Emma’s experiments and activities at Science Sparks which is full of fun, creative and engaging science based activities for children of all ages, perfect for home or at school. Find out more at Science Sparks read more