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    Operation Earth
    Curriculum linked activities to support school and home learning

    Welcome to Operation Earth!

    Have you ever wanted to make a seed bomb? Or perhaps learn what the science sub called Boaty McBoatface® gets up to in the polar seas? Then look no further!

    W5 has teamed up with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) to bring you a fun-filled collection of activities, experiments and ideas to help you explore the fascinating world of environmental science - and have a lot of fun while you do. Our planet is amazing – there’s nowhere else quite like it. When we join forces with the scientists working hard to protect our planet, there’s no limit to what we can achieve!

    How do I get started?

    • Browse and choose from seven fun activities and experiments you can easily do at home. To download digital copies of the instructions for each activity (including what you’ll need to get started) click here.
    • If you fancy having a go at all the activities and experiments; want to find out about what real scientists are doing to protect our planet; and learn some amazing Earth facts, download a digital copy of the ‘Full Pack’ - click here.

    Both links contain the same great activities, so feel free to choose the resources that best suit you.

      Give us your feedback and win a W5 family pass:

      Fill in our very quick survey and you could win a family pass to the new-look W5, for use when we reopen. Your feedback will also help us to design even better at-home projects and experiments in the future. Complete our short survey here.

      Safety Guidelines:

      These activities have been designed primarily for children aged 6-11 years old, but we hope your whole family will want to take part. It is important to make sure that these activities are carried out with an adult present. More safety information can be found within the activity packs.

      What is Operation Earth?

      Operation Earth is a two-year-long programme spanning the whole of the UK that aims to engage, inspire and involve school-age children and their families with NERC's world-leading Environmental Science research. Operation Earth highlights how Environmental Science issues relate to everyone's daily lives and to society's future, encouraging participants to get involved with projects and experiments of their own.

      Who are the NERC and ASDC?

      The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is a British research council that supports research, training and knowledge transfer activities in the environmental sciences. NERC's mission is to gather and apply knowledge, create understanding and predict the behaviour of the natural environment and its resources, and communicate all aspects of the council's work.

      The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is the national organisation that brings together the UK’s major science engagement organisations to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science. Together, our vision is for a society where people of all backgrounds and in all parts of the UK are inspired and fully involved with the sciences.

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