Issue 30

Editorials

Welcome to the thirtieth issue of Science in School

As we finalise the contents of this issue, I’ve been thinking a lot about mentors and teachers. A school reunion is not just an excuse to meet with old friends and classmates, but also an opportunity to revisit the school itself – which invariably seems smaller now than it did even when I was a student.

News from the EIROs

Reflecting on another three months’ worth of advances

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations (EIROs). This article reviews some of the latest news from EIROs.

Features

Blog about it! Getting students closer to science

Teen blogger Julia Paoli and her teacher Lali DeRosier discuss how blogging can help science students

Science topics

Lunar Diary: a chronicle of Earth’s journey through space and time, as seen from the Moon

Clues to the history of the Earth, the Milky Way and the Universe are hidden on the lunar surface.

From methional to fried chicken

Methional played centre stage at the recent Second International Contest for Note by Note Cooking. The challenge: to make dishes containing only methional and ‘pure’ compounds such as milk proteins, alcohols, amino acids and flavour chemicals, and, ideally, no plant tissues, meat, fish or eggs

Teacher profiles

Experienced and experiencing teacher

Vasiliki Kioupi has always run science experiments with her students. Now she is also testing various pedagogical methods in her classroom and is moving towards teaching the teachers.

Teaching activities

Camping under the stars — the ESO Astronomy Camp 2013

On 26 December 2013, after a long and exciting trip, 56 secondary-school students from 18 countries arrived at their destination: the picturesque alpine village of Saint-Barthélemy, Italy, where the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley (OAVdA) was built because of the area’s clear skies.

Intelligent slime? A hands-on project to investigate slime moulds

These simple but unusual life forms can be used to develop students’ understanding of life and the scientific method.

Build your own particle accelerator

The world’s largest particle accelerator, the LHC, is deepening our understanding of what happened just after the Big Bang. Here’s how to explore the principles of a particle accelerator in your classroom.

All in the family

Building a hypothetical family portrait can help students to understand genetics.

A classroom hydrogen economy

Could hydrogen be the best alternative for fossil fuels? This demonstration shows how a hydrogen economy might work in practice.