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Skills and learning


Every year we are involved in hundreds of outreach activities, meeting tens of thousands of people to share our enthusiasm for measurement, science, technology engineering and maths

Inspiring the next generation

We think that getting people interested in science, maths and engineering is key to improving UK prosperity and quality of life. That is why we strive to promote science and technology, the importance of measurement and our work at NPL.

Science fairs, school visits, open days and our annual Water Rocket Challenge allow the public to meet real scientists and discuss their work. 

Our staff give talks at schools, colleges, universities and industry focused events. We host workshops, either on- or off-site, and mentor students.

Many of our staff are STEM trained by STEM Ambassador Hubs. We hold challenges and competitions, host work experience students in our Academy, and offer teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We also have a range of resources for teachers and students, such as our Virtual Physical Laboratory.

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Explore NPL with our new app

With absolute mastery of the SI, the seven major units that measure mass, length, time, current, temperature, substance and luminosity, join the Keeper of Measurements in their quest.

Explore NPL with our app

School posters

NPL supports science learning in schools. We have a selection of posters covering the SI redefinition, measurement and water rockets. These can be downloaded for printing.

School posters

Measurement at Home

Our measurement challenges are a chance for everyone to have some fun and learn about the science of measurement. How heavy, how long, how fast, how bright? Find out why measurement really matters.

Measurement at Home

Water Rocket Challenge

Once a year, hundreds of people of all ages battle it out to become our water rocket champion. The challenge is to land an air pressurised rocket, using water as a propellant, exactly 70 m from launch point, three times.

Water Rocket Challenge

Climate change poster challenge

Designed for Primary and Secondary pupils, the poster challenge explored the role of measurement in tackling climate change.

Climate change posters

Virtual Physical Laboratory

The Virtual Physical Laboratory (VPLab) software contains over 350 interactive experiments. It demonstrates physical principles and applications and is pitched at Physics GCSE and A-level


Working with the Institute of Physics  

Pocket Physics – a study aid for 16-18 year olds

This quick reference guide written by the IOP and NPL will be your trusted pocket companion for the topics of forces, motion, waves, electricity, thermal, quantum and nuclear physics.

Download the guide

Glossary of physical quantities

NPL, working with the IOP, has compiled a definitive glossary of physical quantities encountered in post-GCSE physics for use by 16- to 19-year-old students, their teachers and awarding bodies

Download the glossary


Questions and answers

Is midnight 12am or 12pm? What is the SI unit of force? What is the difference between density and specific gravity?

Discover the answers to these and other popular questions about metrology, the science of measurement.

Questions and answers

What is quantum science?

Quantum science is causing an impending revolution of science and technology. It has the potential to enable quantum computing, uncrackable cryptography and teleportation. Read our educational resources to discover NPL's work in these developments and how we are bringing this field to life.

Understanding quantum science

Corporate social responsibility

We help our people who engage in charity fundraising events by providing time off and contributing towards their sponsorship. We also have a 'Time Off for Volunteering' scheme.

Corporate social responsibility

Work with us

Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
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