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All in the family

By Steven M. Autieri


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

Build your own particle accelerator

By Julian Merkert, Andrew Brown and Becca Wilson


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.

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

By Claas Wegner, Friederike Strehlke and Phillip Weber


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

A classroom hydrogen economy

By Mario Mitov and Yolina Hubenova


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

Camping under the stars — the ESO Astronomy Camp 2013

By Cristina Olivotto, Davide Cenadelli, Oana Sandu, and Lars Lindberg Christensen


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.

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.

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