Scientific Selfies

Taking Root
(participating on activities with families)

Age suitability: 3-11 years

Effort required: (1=less work - 5=more work)

Pre-activity: 2
During activity: 1
Post-activity: 2


The writing is on the tin – children and parents take a selfie associated with where they find science naturally occurring in their home and local community.

  • To identify simple scientific ideas and processes in familiar environments.
  • To be curious about the world around them.
  1. Create a letter explaining the ‘Science Selfie’ activity to parents and families. If desirable, consider this as a competition opportunity (not essential).
  2. Promote and model the Science Selfie idea, showing your selfies in assembly, class time or on a display board.
  3. Set a timescale for the selfies to be taken and sent in.
  4. Encourage all submissions to Tweet the photo and print it with the caption: ‘This is science because…’
  5. Add selfies to a large display that is visible in public areas of the school.
  • Having the selfies printed will make creating a display a lot easier for you.
  • Create a particular hashtag e.g. #sciselfieNB17 as you can find these more easily.
  • Running it as a competition helps stimulate interest, especially if there is a prize.

Developed by Vale View Primary School, Louise Thompson and Norris Bank Primary School, Michelle Chorlton