Research in a box

‘Research in a box’ provides schools with the opportunity to loan out cutting edge science equipment from Lancaster University to use in the classroom on a short-term basis. Participating schools will be able to book out boxes and will be provided with support in the form of handouts for students, handbooks for teachers, online demonstration videos.


‘Research in a Box’ boxes are either physical or virtual boxes consisting of loanable resources aimed at GCSE or A-Level school students that fit in with the appropriate curriculum and at the same time showcases resources used by LU researchers. The boxes aim to inspire teachers and future researchers, as well as aiding the transition of pupils from school to University.


The Boxes

Physical Boxes

We currently only have one version of each box so loans have to be limited to one school at a time. Bookings require a minimum 2 weeks notice to ensure the resources can be prepared. The boxes are ideally designed so that they can be used independently in schools but for some of the more technical pieces we may decide to send a researcher out to help with set up or facilitate some of the session for the first loan.

 Physical Boxes include:

  • PCR in a Box
  • Eyetracker in a Box
  • Factory in a Box
  • Photonics in a Box
  • Parasites in a Box
  • Turning points in Physics in a Box
  • Health inequalities in a Box
  • Diet in a Box
  • Moot Court in a Box
  • Observation in a Box


Virtual Boxes

Boxes made up purely of virtual content can be used by more than one school at a time.

Virtual Boxes:

  • Radicalisation engagement in a Box
  • Design in a Box
  • Rethinking disadvantage in a Box
  • China in a Box


If you are interested in finding out more information about ‘Research in a Box’ please contact