Free Experiments For Schools Inspired by Darwin...

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Discover what colour worms your local birds prefer.
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Age Range 14-16

What do brine shrimp look for in a mate?
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Age Range 16-19

Explore antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
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Hands-on experiments, inspired by Darwin, plus free online resources for schools.

There are three kits in the series:

  • I'm a Worm, Get Me Out of Here (exploring natural selection)
  • Brine Date (looking at sexual selection)
  • The X-Bacteria (investigating antibiotic resistance in bacteria)

Each kit contains everything teachers and students need to carry out the experiments in school. All the experiments are designed to help young people see for themselves how Darwin's ideas link to modern evolutionary principles and contemporary biomedicine.

Following on from Survival Rivals the Wellcome Trust are producing further experiment kits as part of a major initiative linked to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Cells close-up

Over 9,000 Survival Rivals kits have been sent to schools in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.

The kits were free to state schools and colleges across the UK from March 2009 to July 2010. In that time around 70% of schools ordered them and here’s what some teachers are saying…

“As a recent recipient of your fantastic box of experiments I would like to thank you for these resources which will truly enrich secondary teaching. We are in the process of setting up the brine shrimp tank and look forward to involving all of the key stages in the appropriate experiment. The resources are of an extremely high quality, the instruction booklet is very comprehensive and the additional books included are an added bonus.”
Helen Johnston, Coombe Girls School

“Just received our three boxes of Survival Rivals resources. These appear to be excellent resources. We will incorporate them into our S1 Living Things course in the next session.”
Susan Davis, Aberdeen Grammar School

“We ordered the X-Bacteria kit and it has proved to be a great success. I have just completed the procedure with my two AS Biology groups; they have got good results and I have found it to be a good alternative to more 'traditional' antibiotic microbiology practicals.”
David Duke, Sussex Downs College (Lewes Sixth Form)

Kits and replacement components are now available to purchase