Science teachers: using education research to make a difference

August 19, 2013 | Issue 27

As a teacher of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), you are in a perfect position to encourage more students to take up STEM studies and careers. But what are the best ways to inspire students and achieve this goal? Research projects in science education can really help, but…

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources



A range of scales: from fusing a nucleus to studying a dwarf planet

August 16, 2013 | Issue 27

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations (EIROs). This article reviews some of the latest news from EIROs.

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Purple fumes: the importance of iodine

August 16, 2013 | Issue 27

Iodine, with its characteristic purple vapours, has myriad applications – from the familiar disinfectant to innovative solar cells.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, History, Chemistry


Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

August 16, 2013 | Issue 27

A group of German researchers is bringing to light the medicinal wisdom of the Middle Ages.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Chemistry, History, Religious studies, Medicine


Evolving threats: investigating new zoonotic infections

August 15, 2013 | Issue 27

In the African forest, Fabian Leendertz and his team look for new infectious agents that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Could one of them cause the next pandemic?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19;



Peering into the darkness: modelling black holes in primary school

August 16, 2013 | Issue 27

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

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Astrophysics, Solar systems, Gas laws, Gravity Relativity