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The physics of inspiration: teaching in Austria


Gyro-cars, gymnastic cats and a slow-motion slap in the face. Lucy Patterson spoke to Rudolf Ziegelbecker, an Austrian physics teacher, about how to catch the imagination of even the most anti-physics students.

Science on Stage: sharing teaching ideas across Europe


Originally, Science on Stage was the brainchild of EIROforumw1, the publisher of Science in School. Since then, the commitment of the national organisers has enabled this network of local, national and international events for teachers to grow and grow. Eleanor Hayes reviews some of the latest activities.

Solar cars: the future of road transport?


Ever dreamed of a car that needed no fuel and produced no pollution? Mico Tatalovic investigates the solar car.

Using cutting-edge science within the curriculum: balancing body weight


Friedlinde Krotscheck describes how she used a cutting-edge science article from Science in School as the main focus of a teaching unit on the human body.

Microscale chemistry: experiments for schools


Elias Kalogirou and Eleni Nicas introduce a selection of very small-scale chemistry experiments for school.

Space exploration: the return to the Moon


Have you ever looked up at the Moon in a clear night sky and wondered about the very few people who have walked on its surface? What did we learn, and what are we still unsure about? When might humans return to the Moon? Adam Baker investigates.

LeSa21: primary-school science activities


Teaching science in primary school can be challenging. Astrid Kaiser and Marlene Rau describe a rich source of online materials in three languages – and highlight some activities about oil and water.

Hot stuff in the deep sea


How do fossils form around hydrothermal vents? Crispin Little describes how he and his team found out – by making their own fossils.

Life savers in the sky: flying doctors


Anne Weaver, lead clinician for London’s Air Ambulance, tells Marie Mangan about her job: saving lives.

Sven-Olof Holmgren: science education is more complex than particle physics


Do you think particle physics is a complex subject? Having moved from basic research to science education, Sven-Olof Holmgren would disagree. He tells Lucy Patterson and Marlene Rau about the challenges of this shift, and about a major reform in the Swedish education system.

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