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YESC provides a wide range of science and engineering kits to feed curiosity and fire imaginations.

Although the resources below are recommended for young engineers and scientists of secondary school age, any of our resources can be adopted to suit a particular age range.

Click here for a summary of YESC’s exciting range of projects, many of which are free of charge and readily available to download from our website.


New Project - REACH FOR THE STARS! P7-S3

We’re delighted to launch our latest project: Reach for the Stars! This is available to download free of charge from our website and used flexibly – at a club, off-timetable day or as a transition project for P7/S1. The 5 units take pupils through an exciting range of activities and experiments to help understand some of the challenges of working in space: It’s Astronomical, Signals from Space, Science in Space Exploration, Effects of Zero Gravity and Rover Design Technology Challenges.

Click here for Teacher Notes

Click here for Pupil Notes

Click here for Our Solar System Intro powerpoint


Unfortunately we have been informed by Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government that the Junior Saltire marine energy competition will not be running this year. We will keep you posted on plans for 2018!

CONSTRUCT A CRANE!  ©YESC - New for 2016/17 

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Construct a Crane is the successor to our popular Go Forth! project and challenges teams to build a working crane – not as easy as you might think! We have a small free starter kit and guidance notes available (one per school). You will be invited to test your crane at one of our Regional or National Celebrations of Engineering and Science – see Diary Dates, where prizes will be awarded. 

Click here to order - sorry all kits have been snapped up

Click here for an article from Technology Student.
Click here for a BBC Bitesize for GCSE Design & Technology (levers on page 1)
Click here for a BBC Bitesize for GCSE Design & Technology (pulleys on page 7)
Click here for a video from Mocomi kids

©YESC New for 2016/17

A selection of fun challenges exploring the mystery of maths. The three activities Tiling, Counters and Folding, allow pupils to discover and experience maths hands-on, to literally get a ‘feel’ for maths. We have 50 free kits made up to get you started. If you would like to apply for a free kit, pilot the resource and give us some feedback, please complete and return the online order form here

The resource is also available to download here free of charge.

STEM IN A SHOEBOX  ©YESC  New for 2016/17

We are excited to present a series of practical STEM activities with a Shoebox, to complement our popular Pizza Box challenges.

The challenges each use a shoebox to introduce a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths concepts. These can be run at a club or within the curriculum to suit the school. 

Instructions are provided for each activity along with a list of the easily accessible resources required, in addition to the shoebox!

Click here to download this resource


Three hundred schools across Scotland had great fun with our topical Go Forth! bridge building challenge, commemorating the construction of the Queensferry Crossing. If you missed out on a free kit, kindly sponsored by Morrison Construction, or want to have another go, our friends at Lighting up the Curriculum for Excellence have stocks of pre-drilled lollipop sticks available to purchase for £15. 

Click here to download the instruction booklet and order the sticks by emailing info@lightingupthecfe.com 



Details coming soon.......

Flood Emergency – Young Engineers to the Rescue!


I'm an Engineer, I an Help Here! uses the topical context of a flooding emergency scenario to introduce a range of engineering careers to upper primary pupils, showing them that engineering is a creative process which makes a vital contribution to society.  Our exciting new engineering project for P6-S2 challenges Young Engineers to design and make:


• A rain gauge and flood alarm
• A hoist or winch
• A water filter
• A pump
• A bridge
• A raft

and much, much more! 

Full curriculum links, teachers’ notes and pupil worksheets are included. We will be working with a small number of local authorities with this project, which comes with a kit of resources to undertake all the challenges.


"Another fab, well thought out resource! Thanks so much"  Katie D'Souza, Newark Primary, Inverclyde

Click here to enter the I'm an Engineer, I can help here competition.  Please return entry form by 30 April 

Click here for further information on the resource 

Click here to purchase a kit - £200 



A pack of 5 topics exploring the world of Genetics, aimed at S1-S3 pupils. Full teachers' notes and student worksheets provided.

Click here to download free


We are delighted to be working in partnership with Greenpower to involve more Scottish schools in this fantastic project.
Contact yesc@scdi.org.uk for further information on Greenpower or visit the Greenpower website.  



During 2016/17 we will be working with 60 secondaries across Scotland, involving up to 120 S1/S2 pupils in each school. Pupils take part in practical half day Energiser STEM events delivered in school. Schools also receive a free Carbon and Capture and Storage (CCS) investigation kit to work through with at least 30 pupils. The project, aimed at S1/S2, involves students in hands-on experiments as chemists, geologists, engineers and environmental managers and is an excellent IDL project. Activities cover a range of disciplines including science, technology, numeracy and maths, literacy and social sciences.

For further information contact yesc@scdi.org.uk


Pi in the Sky is an exciting secondary STEM project, using Raspberry Pi to create a weather station. 

• Get a basic weather station up and running quickly, adding sensors to measure new types of data as time goes on.
• Record lots of data.
• Analyse the data, make predictions and hypotheses.

A small number of kits is available to new schools. For further information e-mail yesc@scdi.org.uk




Rampaging Chariots is a challenging engineering project aimed at interesting and encouraging young people into engineering. The project involves them in a technology learning project to construct radio controlled sporting robots to compete in a National competition which takes place at Selex ES, Crewe Toll, Edinburgh in June 2017.

A limited number of free kits is available to new schools. E-mail yesc@scdi.org.uk for further information


Hydrocarbons in Action is an Oil and Gas project kit designed to enable upper primary/ junior secondary clubs to investigate oil and gas exploration and production through a range of hands-on experiments.

Click here for further information on this resource
Click here for Hydrocarbons In Action Curriculum Mapping document

NOTE: Currently out of stock


Ever wondered about the physics of high heels, the science of ironing, what puts the pop in popcorn and turns images into movies? Wanting to run a STEM club for S1/S2 and looking for a theme to run over 6 weeks? Then try our new project Science of a Night Out which includes a series of STEM investigations around the topics of:

Getting Ready for a Night Out
Going to the Cinema
Going Bowling
Going to a Disco
Going to a Karaoke
Going Ice Skating

Click here to download this resource for free which includes teachers' notes and student worksheets.


Want to start a club but not sure what to do? Looking for a variety of chemistry/physics/biology activities? The 'Science Clubbing' pack contains ideas for STEM activities specifically aimed at Science Clubs for junior pupils and is available to clubs free of charge.

Spring Cleaning, The Chocolate Box, Missions to the Moon or Mars and Dinosaursarus provide the inspiration for a wide variety of simple practical work to whet pupil's appetites for Scientific Investigation and the Technology Process.

Resources are generally 'cheap and cheerful' and activities are often enterprising. They provide ideal opportunities for senior pupils to demonstrate leadership skills and club members to develop their teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills. Definitely worth a look!

Click here for further information.


YESC have developed a series of forensic investigations suitable for P6/7 or S1/S2, culminating in a crime scene investigation at your school.

Click here for teachers’ notes and student worksheets


Click here for a menu of tried and tested Pizza Box challenges!
Pizza boxes can be obtained cheaply or freely from your friendly local takeway!


Jess Cooke, Club Coordinator for Glasgow and Inverclyde has put together a menu of 15 tried and tested technology projects which are cheap and easy to resource and are ideal activities for a Young Engineers & Science Club.

Click here for T3C booklet
Click here for T3C Teacher’s Support Notes

“YESC is a fabulous support for running a STEM Club and provides excellent resources such as the materials for the Go Forth! challenge and materials for carbon capture and storage” 

Teacher, Farr High School

“Where else could you be building race cars, then wave energy devices and testing them in state of the art facilities, then the next minute Rampaging Chariots and all the other possible projects available through the support and resources supplied by SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs programme. It’s just good challenging fun!”

Teacher, Braeview Academy, City of Dundee

“…thank you very much for arranging the excellent Pi in the Sky CPD last week. The notes and delivery of the course were first class and have really helped me to understand exactly how to incorporate Raspberry Pi’s into our curriculum. I am certain that this course, together with the amazing kit you provided, will help us teach Computing Science with a more hands-on, experimental approach.”” 

Teacher, Belmont Academy, South Ayrshire