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
  • Factory in a Box
  • Turning points in Physics in a Box
  • Health inequalities in a Box
  • Parasites in a Box
  • Diet in a Box
  • Moot Court in a Box
  • Observation in a Box
  • Sherlock in a Box
  • Colorimetric Analysis in a Box
  • A toolkit for activating women in sound in a Box

Currently in development

  • Eyetracker in a Box
  • Photonics in a Box
  • Being Black: History in a Box

Futher details can be found on individual box pages which can be accessed via the left hand panel on this webpage. If you would like to book any of the boxes please contact

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
  • Mahabharata in a Box
  • Business in the real world in a Box

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