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How water travels up trees

By Clare van der Willigen


Why do giant redwoods grow so tall and then stop? It all has to do with how high water can travel up their branches.

Become a water quality analyst

By Sarah Al-Benna


Industrial activities and even geological changes can affect the quality of water, causing contamination that poses risks to human health and the environment. Learn how to become an independent analyst to ensure that we have good-quality water.

Using biological databases to teach evolution and biochemistry

By Germán Tenorio


Online tools can be used to compare the sequences of proteins and understand how different organisms have evolved.

Light refraction in primary education: the solar bottle bulb

By Claas Wegner, Stephanie Ohlberger


More than 10 years ago, a very clever and inventive inhabitant from a favela discovered he could produce light without electricity. Now solar bulbs are spreading all over the world.

Simulating the effect of the solar wind

By Theodoros Pierratos, Paraskevi Tsakmaki and Christos Papageorgiou


The smooth operation of communications satellites can be influenced by solar weather. Mimic this effect on a smaller scale in the classroom with a simple demonstration.

The way of the dragon: chemistry for the youngest

By Anna Gunnarsson


In Sweden there lives a small, green dragon called Berta, who invites young children to join her adventures in Dragon Land – all of which are about chemistry.

Classroom fundamentals: measuring the Planck constant

By Maria Rute de Amorim e Sá Ferreira André and Paulo Sérgio de Brito André


Bring discovery into the classroom and show students how to evaluate Planck’s constant using simple equipment.

Peering into the darkness: modelling black holes in primary school

By Monica Turner


Having difficulties explaining black holes to your students? Why not try these simple activities in the classroom?

Phylogenetics of man-made objects: simulating evolution in the classroom

By John Barker and Judith Philip


Evolutionary relationships can be tricky to explain. By using simple, everyday objects, your students can work them out for themselves.

From the bottom of our hearts: a hands-on demonstration of the mammalian heartbeat

By Edmond Hui and Archie Taplin


Using nothing but a pig’s heart, a knife and a supply of water, you and your students can investigate how the heart pumps.

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