Join The Natural History Museum’s Microverse project


The Natural History Museum are looking for secondary schools across the UK to collaborate with them on cutting-edge genetic research.

Perfect for A-Level Biology classes or equivalent, The Microverse aims to discover and better understand microorganisms that survive in extreme urban environments.

The project explores buildings as habitats where microorganisms have little access to nutrients, experience both wet and dry conditions, and can be exposed to high levels of pollution.

Schools will collect microorganisms from a local building and send them to the Natural History Museum for DNA analysis.

All participating schools will receive a free pack that includes:

  • full instructions
  • all the equipment you need to take part
  • suggested lesson plans and supporting resources
  • a results report once the samples have been DNA sequenced

Visit The Microverse page on the Natural History Museum’s website to sign-up for this fantastic citizen science project.



Be a climate researcher – Citizen Science – Make a rain gauge!

Here at the Manchester Museum we absolutely love projects that get pupils involved in real life science that matters – they are, after all, the researchers of tomorrow.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

How much rain falls in Manchester?

So we were really pleased to get information on the ‘Crowdsourcing4Climate: Community Rainfalls Collections’ pilot project, which hopes to get the public and schools collecting rainfall data to add to the data we can use in all sorts of scientific research. It’s simple but could be a brilliant and effective school project and will support research at Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester Universities.

We’ve attached some information on how you can get involved and would love to see local schools contributing – so do take a look and let us know if you need any further information C4C_TeacherGuide-1.