2023 CHRISTMAS LECTURES learning

You can explore the CHRISTMAS LECTURES further with exciting activities that are great for both schools and families.

Mike Wooldridge looks into the camera sitting at a desk in a library with books behind him
Paul Wilkinson

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES were introduced nearly 200 years ago, when there was little formal education for children, making them an important opportunity for learning at the time. Today we are building on that history by taking the Lectures from the Ri Theatre and into homes and schools all around the country.

Shortly after the 2023 CHRISTMAS LECTURES have been broadcast, we’ll open our online Q&A with the scientists featured in the Lectures, and other experts in the field of artificial intelligence.

Organised in partnership with the team at 'I’m a scientist get me out of here', this student-led enrichment activity gives those aged 10-18 the opportunity to connect directly with experts from AI research, academia and industry, on the subject of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

And then in the Spring, we’ll launch our seventh annual debate kit for schools, with a thought-provoking and engaging question focused on an element of the 2023 lectures.

Our debate kits use characterisation and supporting materials to help students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to adopt a ‘position’ and the confidence to voice an opinion.

And we will be working in partnership with STEM Learning once again, to provide further resource packs to help students and families explore AI more deeply.

The Ri 2023 CHRISTMAS LECTURES Youth Summit

2023 Ri Youth Summit

Our annual Ri Youth Summit gives students aged 16-18 the opportunity to directly contribute to the making of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, with their thoughts, ideas and opinions helping to inform scripts for the three Lectures.

Students enjoyed a fun education enrichment opportunity, developing their critical thinking skills in conversations centred around the topic of the Christmas Lectures and engaging in stimulating peer-to-peer discussions with other young people throughout the day.

This year we hosted two summits to maximise the number of students able to attend, from across the UK. They are the ideal events for any student with interests across the sciences, social sciences and humanities

Resources for teachers from the 2022 CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Resources from our 2022 CHRISTMAS LECTURES - 'Secrets of forensic science'

'Secrets of forensic science'

In our 2022 lectures, Professor Dame Sue Black revealed the secrets of forensic science.

Get STEM learning resourcesThis list of resources from stem.org.uk gathers together activity sheets, videos, and other teacher resources on the subject of forensic science.

Get the forensic science debate kit: This kit contains everything you will need to facilitate a 50 minute discussion through 8 thought-provoking character cards.