Issue 53


Elements in focus: helium

Helium: gas of awe, wonder, and worry. Is it time to give this noble gas the respect it deserves?

Vaccines in the spotlight

Hit me with your best shot: Vaccines have taken centre stage in the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the different types and how do they work?


Exploring STEM concepts through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic

Ideas for how to use the COVID-19 pandemic to bring curriculum STEM concepts into focus.

Little wonder: microscale chemistry in the classroom

Good things come in small packages: discover how microscale experiments can have a big impact in STEM teaching.

Introducing students to the beauty of biomolecules

The PDB Art project brings together art and science in the classroom, with school students exploring the wonderful world of molecular structures through the medium of art.


Bioluminescence: combining biology, chemistry, and bionics

Integrate key principles from biology, chemistry, and engineering with a set of experiments based on bioluminescence.

An ocean in the school lab: rising sea levels

Not just melting ice: a simple experiment demonstrates how thermal expansion contributes to rising sea levels as one of the consequences of climate change.

Biomimicry: linking form and function to evolutionary and ecological principles

Engaging with biomimetic design encourages students to explore the principles of form and function in relation to evolutionary adaptation.

Exponential growth 1: learn the basics from confetti to understand pandemics

Exponential growth has become part of daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic. These simple exercises help explain this tricky concept

Exponential growth 2: real-life lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on exponential growth. This provides an opportunity to teach this tricky concept in a real-world context.


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