2020 web-only articles

Understand

Alien life and where to find it

As space missions venture to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn – and beyond – to look for the conditions for life, what alien life forms might be found in such exotic environments?

Coronavirus: the science in brief

As scientists worldwide try to understand and help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, we take a brief look at what is currently known about this new virus. 

Discovery and controversy: stories from the chemical elements

How do discoveries happen in science? Despite popular stories of ‘eureka moments’, the reality is usually much more complex.

Inspire

Keeping science engaging: Online resources for students during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed science and research into the spotlight. Whilst there has been a huge amount of science in the news, physical restrictions have made it impossible for students to visit science institutions. To enable students to keep exploring science virtually, the Science in School partners have worked to provide online activities and insights into their work.

Young people and the future of our planet

Register for the upcoming EMBL Science & Society Conference to join the debate on responses to loss of biodiversity and climate change. Registration is free for High School students and teachers.

Soup – an evidence-based medicine?

Could chicken soup and other traditional home-made broths have healing powers? Bioscientist Jake Baum decided to explore this question – with the help of a local primary school.

Teach

Grow your own statistical data

Would your students prefer to grow edible crops or wrangle with statistics? Here’s a way to combine these activities in a real-world application of statistical analysis.

Tell me about it: adventures in science communication

Scientists often need to communicate their subject to non-experts, such as policymakers and the public. This absorbing structured activity challenges school students to do the same.

Science (and more) crossword

Here’s another scientific crossword puzzle to help keep your students busy – and perhaps even a little entertained.

Science at home: ideas for remote teaching

Here are some ideas for home-based experiments and other learning activities that students can do outside the classroom, all drawn from the Science in School Teach archive.

Do you know your water footprint?

Fresh water is a scarce resource on our planet – but how many of us are aware of how much water is needed to make the foods we eat every day?

Science at home: distance learning with EMBL

Explore the educational resources created by one of Europe’s leading laboratories, from school lectures to kitchen experiments.