A successful outreach event is based on novel, informative and exciting engagement with the target audience. It is important to carefully decide on a theme and a method to communicate science effectively before running your outreach event, as well as contingency plans for any incidents that might occur.

The idea cards below, although not enough to base an entire outreach event around, give good examples of cheap, easy-to-run practicals in a school environment. They quickly demonstrate a simple scientific concept, and can be run with minimal equipment or experience.

By building on these practicals with further activities or information concerning the concepts demonstrated, it’s easy to create a outreach event that will inform and excite as many people as you can reach.

Know a simple, cheap practical that’s perfect for an idea card? Then please, email the Education Team

Find more information about the Biochemical Society’s outreach events.


A grisly business – blood detection practical demonstrating enzyme activity in the blood.

Shedding light on the matter – blood detection practical demonstrating chemiluminescence and catalysts.

Evidence on hand – fingerprinting practical demonstrating polypeptide secretion and chemical properties


Cheeky genetics – DNA harvesting practical demonstrating precipitation of DNA from cheek cells.

Origami DNA – A practical activity that allows the students to create an origami model of DNA, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Sequence bracelets – A craft based activity that reinforces the principle of complementary base pairs, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Protein structure

Getting in a twist – wire-folding practical demonstrating the relation between protein sequence and structure.

Important note: Please submit any health and safety reports with your application where applicable.