The Global Experiment

Tuesday 23 February, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Suitability: All ages

Last year we broke the Guinness World Record with 1,339 individuals taking part in the Largest Practical Science Lesson ever at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast!

This year we are going Global, with an opportunity for schools, community groups, clubs and families in Northern Ireland to be among the first to take part in the 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry’s Global Experiment.

Mission:Starlight – Your mission is to investigate materials that block or limit UV light using UV colour changing beads.

As part of the RSC’s 175th anniversary, you will be collaborating with thousands of students from around the world. Pupils can conduct this experiment at home or in the classroom, then post their data and add a picture to the RSC’s worldwide evolving database and see how your results compare to others around the world. 

The experiment is accessible and does not require specialist equipment. Instructions will be emailed to all registered participants and a limited number of experiment packs will be supplied to the first NI groups to register. 

The on line resources page, which includes the lesson plans and a tutorial video featuring astronaut Tim Peake, is now open at

On the day, we strongly encourage participants to report progress via social media and upload results to the Global Experiment website where you will see the global picture and receive your participation certificate.

To register please enter your details here

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