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Missed taking part in all of our wonderful hands-on activities at the Festival? Here's a selection of online resources from across the University and from our Festival partners. We’ve split them into different sections for different age/education level categories: primary/family-friendly, secondary, A-level/further education and adult. Click on your level of interest to go straight to your list.

Primary/family-friendly

Archaeology and Anthropology

Life in Ancient Egypt: Amarna, Resources for Schools

Web pages from the Department of Archaeology dedicated to children (ages 7 – 11), teachers and schools. Here you will uncover a time capsule of ancient Egyptian daily life at the archaeological site of Amarna from the time of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and find insights into fascinating stories linked to the archaeology of Amarna. Explore our free resources to access information, activity worksheets and films. 

Museum of Classical Archaeology - Things to do at home

You don't have to come into the Museum to make the most of our exciting collection - check out some of these online resources to bring the Cast Gallery into your home - there's something for everyone, from printable colouring sheets to Key Stage 2 learning resources about the Ancient Greeks.

 

Biology

Science and Plants for Schools

Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) creates opportunities for teachers and students to find out more about plants and to become more interested in plant science. Follow the link for lots of resources for students at primary and secondary school levels and beyond.

Wellcome Genome Campus

What is DNA? What is a gene? What views do people hold about genomics and genetics research? You’ll find answers to these questions and more on this fact-filled website, produced by the Public Engagement team at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

Babraham Institute

Online resource with Life Science materials developed for students and teachers, including classroom activities and experiments to try at home.

MRC-LMB

Online resources from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology with activities to do at home, primary school teachers hoping to bring science into the classroom, or scientists wanting to run public engagement activities – there is something for everyone.

British Society of Immunology

Resources on vaccines and the coronavirus as well as activities to try at home including the secret life of snot, which was due to feature at the festival!

MRC Epidemiology Unit

In the twin villages of Great and Little Snackington, much like communities everywhere, food is an important part of everyday life. But does where we live, work and play shape what we eat? Includes the game and lots of information on the science that underpins this activity.

 

Computer Science

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Check out their online learning courses, maker projects and code club resources.

 

Earth Sciences

Cambridge Volcano Seismology Group

Find out how volcanos teach us about the movement of magma in the Earth's crust, rift zone dynamics and the structure of the Earth itself through videos, articles and activities to do at home.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Try your hand as a geologist aboard HMS Beagle or find out more about the Wenlock Reef, one of  the museums most famous fossil collections. Visit Deep Earth Explorers and explore what is happening in the earth's mantle and core. Celebrate the new Dawn of the Wonderchicken online exhibition by Daniel Field, learn about different types of bird and how they are adapted to the environment they live in. Follow the How to sheet and use the Information sheets to help you 'Build a Bird'. And, although the museum is closed to visitors, they are still open online if you have a rock or fossil that needs identifying!  

 

Maths

Millennium Maths Project

MMP a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public. The focus of the project is on increasing mathematical understanding, confidence and enjoyment, developing problem-solving skills, and promoting creative and imaginative approaches to maths. The project consists of a family of complementary programmes, including the NRICH website, Plus online mathematics magazine.

Think Maths

This site contains a wealth of maths resources, puzzles and videos. Katie Steckles, Ben Sparks and Matt Parker are regularly contributors to this site and have all been part of the Cambridge Science Festival in previous years.

 

Physics & Astronomy

Marvin and Milo - Institute of Physics

Simple, fun physics experiments you can try at home, with the help of Marvin and Milo (and detailed instructions!) New experiments are uploaded monthly.

Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy are offering a series of online public astronomy talks via their YouTube channel and the chance to 'Skype a Scientist' and be connected with an astronomer for a space-related chat, a Q+A session, or just to discover new images and videos.

 

Multiple Subjects

The Polar Museum

Complete an expedition diary as part of a home school challenge, discover more about Antarctica through films and activities and explore our exceptional collection of material related to Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge Science Centre is a fun space for discovery, a place where children and young people can get their hands on science, try stuff out and learn. While we are all At Home, try some of their great interactive activities.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Access to online exhibitions and new Look, Think, Do activities which have been designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together. New resources are added throughout the week and are designed both for families at home and for teachers as part of curriculum linked online learning resources.

Hay Festival Programme for Schools

The Hay Festival have made author talks from their Schools Programme free online. There are 55 fun filled and inspiring events to choose from including '100 things to know about space' and discussions with STEMettes on inspiring and supporting young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Darwin Correspondence Project

Learn all about Charles Darwin, evolution, practical science, and life in the 19th century through these free, fascinating and fun downloadable activities for children ages 7-11 and 11-14 years. Find out how Darwin himself worked by exploring the objects in his study, or watching videos about his specimen collections, his journey round the world, and how he developed his ideas. 

Diamond the Game - Print and play

Are you ready to make a scientific breakthrough in one of the biggest research facilities in the world? Created by Dr Matthew Dunstan from the University of Cambridge and Dr Mark Basham and Dr Claire Murray from Diamond Light Source, this board game puts you, your family and friends in the role of a researcher at the Diamond Light Source, visiting different beamlines to make progress in projects in Physics, Chemistry, Cultural Heritage, and more. 

 

Secondary

Archaeology and Anthropology

Museum of Classical Archaeology - Things to do at home

You don't have to come into the Museum to make the most of our exciting collection - check out some of these online resources to bring the Cast Gallery into your home - there's something for everyone, from printable colouring sheets to Key Stage 2 learning resources about the Ancient Greeks.

 

Biology

The Cell Explorer

Free, online interactive 3D model from The Gurdon Institute that enables students to explore sub-cellular structures and processes (e.g. cell division) in detail. The website also contains student worksheets. Suitable for A-level or advanced GCSE students.

Museum of Zoology

Activities and collection links designed to compliment science teaching in the classroom and at home. Incudes Nature Classroom, resources specifically geared toward the KS1 and KS2 science curriculum, Evolution: the hungry birds game where you play the game as a bird, 'eating' as many non-toxic butterflies as possible to stay alive and the Museum blog which includes animal related craft activities and research stories about the collections and the people working to better understand and protect the natural world.

Science and Plants for Schools

Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) creates opportunities for teachers and students to find out more about plants and to become more interested in plant science. Follow the link for lots of resources for students at primary and secondary school levels and beyond.

I'm a scientist, stay at home!

This year the I'm a Scientist Disease Detectives Zone is supported by the Wellcome Genome Campus. Teacher registration is open and, once registered, students will be able to ask questions to, and chat online with researchers and find out how we study DNA to understand disease.

Babraham Institute

Online resource with Life Science materials developed for students and teachers, including classroom activities and experiments to try at home.

British Society of Immunology

Resources on vaccines and the coronavirus as well as activities to try at home including the secret life of snot, which was due to feature at the festival!

MRC Epidemiology Unit

In the twin villages of Great and Little Snackington, much like communities everywhere, food is an important part of everyday life. But does where we live, work and play shape what we eat? Includes the game and lots of information on the science that underpins this activity.

 

Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry

New ideas and resources for secondary teachers teaching chemistry from home. Includes on-screen experiments and ideas on how to teach practical chemistry remotely (free registration required).

Compound Interest

A closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis, explaining them with easy-to-understand graphics. Includes infographics for all 118 elements, developed as part of IYPT2019.

 

Computer Science

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Check out their online learning courses, maker projects and code club resources.

Sonic Pi

This is a code-based music creation and performance tool that could be used as part of Computer Science or Music lessons. It enables you to learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from classical and jazz to grime and EDM. 

 

Earth Sciences

Cambridge Volcano Seismology Group

Find out how volcanos teach us about the movement of magma in the Earth's crust, rift zone dynamics and the structure of the Earth itself through videos, articles and activities to do at home.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Try your hand as a geologist aboard HMS Beagle or find out more about the Wenlock Reef, one of  the museums most famous fossil collections. Visit Deep Earth Explorers and explore what is happening in the earth's mantle and core. Celebrate the new Dawn of the Wonderchicken online exhibition by Daniel Field, learn about different types of bird and how they are adapted to the environment they live in. Follow the How to sheet and use the Information sheets to help you 'Build a Bird'. And, although the museum is closed to visitors, they are still open online if you have a rock or fossil that needs identifying!  

 

Engineering

I want to study engineering from the Department of Engineering

Over 300 problems adapted from A Level maths and physics papers and 200 more difficult problems designed to reflect some of the challenges in university engineering interviews and courses. Includes video tutorials and a “confused” button for when you get stuck!  For GCSE level, Maths Builders teaches maths problem solving skills and for GCSE and A level, Wired is a puzzle-platform game that teaches about electricity.

 

Maths

Millennium Maths Project

MMP a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public. The focus of the project is on increasing mathematical understanding, confidence and enjoyment, developing problem-solving skills, and promoting creative and imaginative approaches to maths. The project consists of a family of complementary programmes, including the NRICH website, Plus online mathematics magazine.

Singing Banana

Engaging and fun videos about maths by James Grime, who is a frequent contributor to the Science Festival and was due to give a talk about the Enigma Machine in 2020. 

Think Maths

This site contains a wealth of maths resources, puzzles and videos. Katie Steckles, Ben Sparks and Matt Parker are regularly contributors to this site and have all been part of the Cambridge Science Festival in previous years.

 

Physics & Astronomy

Isaac Physics

Physics insight and understanding comes through doing physics, in particular solving problems. Isaac is designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE, through Sixth Form, to university.

Marvin and Milo - Institute of Physics

Simple, fun physics experiments you can try at home, with the help of Marvin and Milo (and detailed instructions!) New experiments are uploaded monthly.

Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy are offering a series of online public astronomy talks via their YouTube channel and the chance to 'Skype a Scientist' and be connected with an astronomer for a space-related chat, a Q+A session, or just to discover new images and videos.

 

Psychology

Psychology A-Z

The Department of Psychology's research goes from how groups of neurones in our brains interact with each other, to how groups of whole individuals can behave very differently from when we are on our own. These studies include a diversity array of poulations, including different cultures, personalities, genders and age groups. Psychology is truly a subject about and for, everyone!

 

Multiple Subjects

The Polar Museum

Complete an expedition diary as part of a home school challenge, discover more about Antarctica through films and activities and explore our exceptional collection of material related to Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Naked Scientists

Popular science podcast. Based at Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), the Naked Scientists are a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to help the general public to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine.

Cambridge Digital Library

A home for the discovery of digitised material and research outputs from the University of Cambridge and beyond.

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge Science Centre is a fun space for discovery, a place where children and young people can get their hands on science, try stuff out and learn. While we are all At Home, try some of their great interactive activities.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Access to online exhibitions and new Look, Think, Do activities which have been designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together. New resources are added throughout the week and are designed both for families at home and for teachers as part of curriculum linked online learning resources.

Hay Festival Programme for Schools

The Hay Festival have made author talks from their Schools Programme free online. There are 55 fun filled and inspiring events to choose from including '100 things to know about space' and discussions with STEMettes on inspiring and supporting young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

HE Plus

Covers a huge variety of subject areas, and all resources have been produced by Cambridge postgraduate students or academics, designed specifically for Year 12 students.

Rhymes and Scribbles

A youtube channel of science poems combined with doodles to explain the story behind important research. The content is created by Dayana Hristova, a Cambridge PhD student in pathology.

Darwin Correspondence Project

Learn all about Charles Darwin, evolution, practical science, and life in the 19th century through these free, fascinating and fun downloadable activities for children ages 7-11 and 11-14 years. Find out how Darwin himself worked by exploring the objects in his study, or watching videos about his specimen collections, his journey round the world, and how he developed his ideas. 

Diamond the Game - Print and play

Are you ready to make a scientific breakthrough in one of the biggest research facilities in the world? Created by Dr Matthew Dunstan from the University of Cambridge and Dr Mark Basham and Dr Claire Murray from Diamond Light Source, this board game puts you, your family and friends in the role of a researcher at the Diamond Light Source, visiting different beamlines to make progress in projects in Physics, Chemistry, Cultural Heritage, and more. 

 

A-Level/further education

Archaeology and Anthropology

Archaeology Reading List

Students can pursue their interests in Archaeology, Assyriology, Biological Anthropology and Egyptology in advance of making an application or while waiting to start their degree. This suggested reading list is for prospective undergraduates, with a selection of books and online resources, including podcasts, blogs, and videos.

 

Biology

The Cell Explorer

Free, online interactive 3D model from The Gurdon Institute that enables students to explore sub-cellular structures and processes (e.g. cell division) in detail. The website also contains student worksheets. Suitable for A-level or advanced GCSE students.

Explore Epigenetics

A free 3-part toolkit for teaching or learning about epigenetics, designed by A-level teachers for A-level students. Includes printable worksheets along with an interactive animation enabling students to consolidate knowledge and develop scientific skills and literacy.

Science and Plants for Schools

Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) creates opportunities for teachers and students to find out more about plants and to become more interested in plant science. Follow the link for lots of resources for students at primary and secondary school levels and beyond.

Wellcome Genome Campus

What is DNA? What is a gene? What views do people hold about genomics and genetics research? You’ll find answers to these questions and more on this fact-filled website, produced by the Public Engagement team at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

I'm a scientist, stay at home!

This year the I'm a Scientist Disease Detectives Zone is supported by the Wellcome Genome Campus. Teacher registration is open and, once registered, students will be able to ask questions to, and chat online with researchers and find out how we study DNA to understand disease.

Babraham Institute

Online resource with Life Science materials developed for students and teachers, including classroom activities and experiments to try at home.

British Society of Immunology

Resources on vaccines and the coronavirus as well as activities to try at home including the secret life of snot, which was due to feature at the festival!

 

Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Resources include previous puzzles from the Year 12 Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and extension materials developed by academics working with HE+ to extend the knowledge of interested and able students.

Royal Society of Chemistry

New ideas and resources for secondary teachers teaching chemistry from home. Includes on-screen experiments and ideas on how to teach practical chemistry remotely (free registration required).

Compound Interest

A closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis, explaining them with easy-to-understand graphics. Includes infographics for all 118 elements, developed as part of IYPT2019.

Computer Science

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Check out their online learning courses, maker projects and code club resources.

Sonic Pi

This is a code-based music creation and performance tool that could be used as part of Computer Science or Music lessons. It enables you to learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from classical and jazz to grime and EDM. 

 

Earth Sciences

Cambridge Volcano Seismology Group

Find out how volcanos teach us about the movement of magma in the Earth's crust, rift zone dynamics and the structure of the Earth itself through videos, articles and activities to do at home.

 

Engineering

I want to study engineering from the Department of Engineering

Over 300 problems adapted from A Level maths and physics papers and 200 more difficult problems designed to reflect some of the challenges in university engineering interviews and courses. Includes video tutorials and a “confused” button for when you get stuck!  For GCSE level, Maths Builders teaches maths problem solving skills and for GCSE and A level, Wired is a puzzle-platform game that teaches about electricity.

 

History & Politics

Talking Politics Podcast

Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting: Talking Politics is the podcast that tries to make sense of it all. Every week David Runciman and Helen Thompson talk to the most interesting people around about the ideas and events that shape our world: from history to economics, from philosophy to fiction. New episode uploaded every Thursday morning.

Talking Politics: History of Ideas

A new series by David Runciman in which he explores some of the most important thinkers and prominent ideas lying behind modern politics - from Hobbes to Ghandi, from democracy to patriarchy, from revolution to lock down. David also discusses crises - revolutions, wars, depressions, pandemics - that generated these new ways of political thinking.

The History of Now

A new podcast series from the History Faculty that puts past and present into dialogue.

Science and Policy Podcast

This podcast series is produced by Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) and focuses on Science, Policy and Pandemics. It is created in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseases and the Cambridge Immunology Network to discuss the COVID-19 response.

Cambridge American History Seminar Podcast

A weekly (term-time) podcast, featuring discussions about current research with presenters from the Cambridge American History Seminar. 

Declarations: The Human Rights Podcast

A podcast series from the Centre for Governance and Human Rights, exploring contemporary debates about politics and human rights.

Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast

What do intellectual historians currently investigate? And why is this relevant for us today? These are some of the questions this podcast series, led by graduate students at Cambridge, seeks to explore. It aims to introduce intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics. 

 

Maths

Underground Mathematics

Rich resources for teaching A level mathematics, enabling all students to explore the connections that underpin mathematics.

Millennium Maths Project

MMP a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public. The focus of the project is on increasing mathematical understanding, confidence and enjoyment, developing problem-solving skills, and promoting creative and imaginative approaches to maths. The project consists of a family of complementary programmes, including the NRICH website, Plus online mathematics magazine.

Singing Banana

Engaging and fun videos about maths by James Grime, who is a frequent contributor to the Science Festival and was due to give a talk about the Enigma Machine in 2020. 

Tom Rocks Maths

This site has a huge variety of maths videos, puzzles and resources by Tom Crawford. Tom has been a speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival for many years.

Think Maths

This site contains a wealth of maths resources, puzzles and videos. Katie Steckles, Ben Sparks and Matt Parker are regularly contributors to this site and have all been part of the Cambridge Science Festival in previous years.

Numberphile

Videos about maths with topics ranging from historical discoveries to the latest breakthroughs. Many of the speakers have previously been part of the Cambridge Science Festival. In addition to videos, there is also a podcast with longer-form interviews. 

Risky Talk

Hosted by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalterconversations with the world’s top experts in risk and evidence communication addressing urgent, practical challenges including Coronavirus: Understanding the Numbers

 

Physics & Astronomy

Isaac Physics

Physics insight and understanding comes through doing physics, in particular solving problems. Isaac is designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE, through Sixth Form, to university.

Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy are offering a series of online public astronomy talks via their YouTube channel and the chance to 'Skype a Scientist' and be connected with an astronomer for a space-related chat, a Q+A session, or just to discover new images and videos.

 

Psychology

Psychology A-Z

The Department of Psychology's research goes from how groups of neurones in our brains interact with each other, to how groups of whole individuals can behave very differently from when we are on our own. These studies include a diversity array of poulations, including different cultures, personalities, genders and age groups. Psychology is truly a subject about and for, everyone!

 

Multiple Subjects

The Polar Museum

Complete an expedition diary as part of a home school challenge, discover more about Antarctica through films and activities and explore our exceptional collection of material related to Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Naked Scientists

Popular science podcast. Based at Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), the Naked Scientists are a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to help the general public to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine.

Cambridge Digital Library

A home for the discovery of digitised material and research outputs from the University of Cambridge and beyond.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Access to online exhibitions and new Look, Think, Do activities which have been designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together. New resources are added throughout the week and are designed both for families at home and for teachers as part of curriculum linked online learning resources.

HE Plus

Covers a huge variety of subject areas, and all resources have been produced by Cambridge postgraduate students or academics, designed specifically for Year 12 students.

Blue Sci

Cambridge University (student-run) Science Magazine - issues are available to read online and there is an associated podcast (also available through the main web link)

Rhymes and Scribbles

A youtube channel of science poems combined with doodles to explain the story behind important research. The content is created by Dayana Hristova, a Cambridge PhD student in pathology.

Super-curricular suggestions

Learn more about the subjects offered at the University of Cambridge: a selection of suggested reading lists and resources from departmental and College websites, other universities and sources on the internet.

Diamond the Game - Print and play

Are you ready to make a scientific breakthrough in one of the biggest research facilities in the world? Created by Dr Matthew Dunstan from the University of Cambridge and Dr Mark Basham and Dr Claire Murray from Diamond Light Source, this board game puts you, your family and friends in the role of a researcher at the Diamond Light Source, visiting different beamlines to make progress in projects in Physics, Chemistry, Cultural Heritage, and more. 

 

Adult

Archaeology and Anthropology 

Archaeology Reading List

Students can pursue their interests in Archaeology, Assyriology, Biological Anthropology and Egyptology in advance of making an application or while waiting to start their degree. This suggested reading list is for prospective undergraduates, with a selection of books and online resources, including podcasts, blogs, and videos.

Museum of Classical Archaeology - Things to do at home

You don't have to come into the Museum to make the most of our exciting collection - check out some of these online resources to bring the Cast Gallery into your home - there's something for everyone, from printable colouring sheets to Key Stage 2 learning resources about the Ancient Greeks.

Camthropod - the Cambridge Anthropology Podcast 

Produced by a collective of staff and students from the Cambridge Department of Social Anthropology, this podcast is broadcasted regularly during term time. It includes interviews with visiting speakers, as well as audio pieces representing aspects of research or things that interest anthropology researchers about daily life.

The Arch and Anth Podcast

The Arch and Anth Podcast aims to provides entertaining and educational content about archaeology and anthropology. The show is hosted by Dr Michael B. C. Rivera, an expert in the study of human biology, human behavior and human societies worldwide, from the earliest beginnings to modern times.

 

Biology

Stitching Science 

Learn about the incredible working parts inside every living cell through the craft of crochet. Beginner and advanced-level instructions are provided for free alongside explanations about each cell part, based on current research! 

Neural Knitworks

Neural Knitworks is a collaborative project about mind and brain health. Whether you’re a whiz with yarn, or just discovering the joy of craft, now you can crochet wrap, knit or knot—and find out about neuroscience. Neurons can be created at home, at work or at school. No knitting experience is required and all ages can participate.

Wellcome Genome Campus

What is DNA? What is a gene? What views do people hold about genomics and genetics research? You’ll find answers to these questions and more on this fact-filled website, produced by the Public Engagement team at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

British Society of Immunology

Resources on vaccines and the coronavirus as well as activities to try at home including the secret life of snot, which was due to feature at the festival!

 

Chemistry

Compound Interest

A closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis, explaining them with easy-to-understand graphics. Includes infographics for all 118 elements, developed as part of IYPT2019.

 

Computer Science

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Check out their online learning courses, maker projects and code club resources.

Sonic Pi

This is a code-based music creation and performance tool that could be used as part of Computer Science or Music lessons. It enables you to learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from classical and jazz to grime and EDM. 

 

Earth Sciences

Cambridge Volcano Seismology Group

Find out how volcanos teach us about the movement of magma in the Earth's crust, rift zone dynamics and the structure of the Earth itself through videos, articles and activities to do at home.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Try your hand as a geologist aboard HMS Beagle or find out more about the Wenlock Reef, one of  the museums most famous fossil collections. Visit Deep Earth Explorers and explore what is happening in the earth's mantle and core. Celebrate the new Dawn of the Wonderchicken online exhibition by Daniel Field, learn about different types of bird and how they are adapted to the environment they live in. Follow the How to sheet and use the Information sheets to help you 'Build a Bird'. And, although the museum is closed to visitors, they are still open online if you have a rock or fossil that needs identifying!  

 

History & Politics

Talking Politics Podcast

Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting: Talking Politics is the podcast that tries to make sense of it all. Every week David Runciman and Helen Thompson talk to the most interesting people around about the ideas and events that shape our world: from history to economics, from philosophy to fiction. New episode uploaded every Thursday morning.

Talking Politics: History of Ideas

A new series by David Runciman in which he explores some of the most important thinkers and prominent ideas lying behind modern politics - from Hobbes to Ghandi, from democracy to patriarchy, from revolution to lock down. David also discusses crises - revolutions, wars, depressions, pandemics - that generated these new ways of political thinking.

The History of Now

A new podcast series from the History Faculty that puts past and present into dialogue.

Science and Policy Podcast

This podcast series is produced by Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) and focuses on Science, Policy and Pandemics. It is created in partnership with Cambridge Infectious Diseases and the Cambridge Immunology Network to discuss the COVID-19 response.

Cambridge American History Seminar Podcast

A weekly (term-time) podcast, featuring discussions about current research with presenters from the Cambridge American History Seminar. 

Declarations: The Human Rights Podcast

A podcast series from the Centre for Governance and Human Rights, exploring contemporary debates about politics and human rights.

Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast

What do intellectual historians currently investigate? And why is this relevant for us today? These are some of the questions this podcast series, led by graduate students at Cambridge, seeks to explore. It aims to introduce intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics. 

 

Maths

Millennium Maths Project

MMP a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public. The focus of the project is on increasing mathematical understanding, confidence and enjoyment, developing problem-solving skills, and promoting creative and imaginative approaches to maths. The project consists of a family of complementary programmes, including the NRICH website, Plus online mathematics magazine.

Singing Banana

Engaging and fun videos about maths by James Grime, who is a frequent contributor to the Science Festival and was due to give a talk about the Enigma Machine in 2020. 

Tom Rocks Maths

This site has a huge variety of maths videos, puzzles and resources by Tom Crawford. Tom has been a speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival for many years.

Numberphile

Videos about maths with topics ranging from historical discoveries to the latest breakthroughs. Many of the speakers have previously been part of the Cambridge Science Festival. In addition to videos, there is also a podcast with longer-form interviews. 

Risky Talk

Hosted by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalterconversations with the world’s top experts in risk and evidence communication addressing urgent, practical challenges including Coronavirus: Understanding the Numbers.

 

Physics & Astronomy

Isaac Physics

Physics insight and understanding comes through doing physics, in particular solving problems. Isaac is designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE, through Sixth Form, to university.

Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy are offering a series of online public astronomy talks via their YouTube channel and the chance to 'Skype a Scientist' and be connected with an astronomer for a space-related chat, a Q+A session, or just to discover new images and videos.

 

Psychology

Psychology A-Z

The Department of Psychology's research goes from how groups of neurones in our brains interact with each other, to how groups of whole individuals can behave very differently from when we are on our own. These studies include a diversity array of poulations, including different cultures, personalities, genders and age groups. Psychology is truly a subject about and for, everyone!

 

Multiple Subjects

The Polar Museum

Complete an expedition diary as part of a home school challenge, discover more about Antarctica through films and activities and explore our exceptional collection of material related to Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Naked Scientists

Popular science podcast. Based at Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), the Naked Scientists are a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to help the general public to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine.

Cambridge Digital Library

A home for the discovery of digitised material and research outputs from the University of Cambridge and beyond.

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge Science Centre is a fun space for discovery, a place where children and young people can get their hands on science, try stuff out and learn. While we are all At Home, try some of their great interactive activities.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Access to online exhibitions and new Look, Think, Do activities which have been designed as a starting point for looking, talking and doing together. New resources are added throughout the week and are designed both for families at home and for teachers as part of curriculum linked online learning resources.

Hay Festival Programme for Schools

The Hay Festival have made author talks from their Schools Programme free online. There are 55 fun filled and inspiring events to choose from including '100 things to know about space' and discussions with STEMettes on inspiring and supporting young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Blue Sci

Cambridge University (student-run) Science Magazine - issues are available to read online and there is an associated podcast (also available through the main web link)

Cambridge Series at Hay

The Hay Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural and literary events in the world. The University of Cambridge has partnered with the Festival for 11 years to deliver The Cambridge Series which gives a taste of the research being conducted at the University. To watch and listen to more content from the Hay Festival, for free, visit the Hay Player here or check out their weekly podcast.

Rhymes and Scribbles

A youtube channel of science poems combined with doodles to explain the story behind important research. The content is created by Dayana Hristova, a Cambridge PhD student in pathology.

Travelling Companions: An online exhibition

This exhibition by Judy Goldhill and Fay Ballard explores personal belongings as 'travelling companions to life' that unlock thoughts, feelings and memories, and the notion of the skies and stars as travelling companions to explorers navigating their passage across the globe. Released in digital format these range from representations of self, of home, of someone loved, to more practical things that the individual can’t travel without, these objects both expand on ideas in the exhibition and form a reminder that none of us travels empty-handed.

Super-curricular suggestions

Learn more about the subjects offered at the University of Cambridge: a selection of suggested reading lists and resources from departmental and College websites, other universities and sources on the internet.

Darwin Correspondence Project

Learn all about Charles Darwin, evolution, practical science, and life in the 19th century through these free, fascinating and fun downloadable activities for children ages 7-11 and 11-14 years. Find out how Darwin himself worked by exploring the objects in his study, or watching videos about his specimen collections, his journey round the world, and how he developed his ideas. 

Diamond the Game - Print and play

Are you ready to make a scientific breakthrough in one of the biggest research facilities in the world? Created by Dr Matthew Dunstan from the University of Cambridge and Dr Mark Basham and Dr Claire Murray from Diamond Light Source, this board game puts you, your family and friends in the role of a researcher at the Diamond Light Source, visiting different beamlines to make progress in projects in Physics, Chemistry, Cultural Heritage, and more. 

College online resources

Explore a wealth of online resources from the Colleges of Cambridge. From virtual tours and choir performances to online exhibitions and even College pets! There's something for everyone.

Cambridge Creative Writing Centre - Crime and Thriller Podcast

Academics at the Cambridge Creative Writing Centre, based at the University's Institute of Continuing Education, talk to authors about what they're writing, what inspires them, and their tips and ideas. If you're a writer or you'd like to write, or if you're a curious reader, this podcast is for you!