Advent calendar 2016

November 30, 2016 | Issue 37

Welcome to the Science in School Advent calendar, packed with inspiring teaching ideas for Christmas, winter and the end of term.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19;


Conferences and the classroom

November 21, 2016 | Issue 37

A teacher from Hannover, Germany, explains how scientific conferences enrich her teaching.  

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources


What on Earth?

October 12, 2016 | Issue 37

Earth science is all around us. 

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Earth science, Geography, Health, Engineering


Unravelling epigenetics

September 23, 2016 | Issue 37

Our genetic information is encoded in our DNA, but that is only part of the story. 

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Cell shape and function, Cells, Cell specialisation, Cell biology


History in the making

September 6, 2016 | Issue 37

How Anne-Flore Laloë is chronicling the life and works of a scientific institution.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: History, History of science



Galaxies: genesis and evolution

September 6, 2016 | Issue 37

Astronomers are still trying to discover exactly why galaxies formed in spiral shapes, and what’s likely to happen to our galaxy in the future.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Astronomy


The element of surprise

September 6, 2016 | Issue 37

Studies of radiocarbon are helping scientists to understand how neurons remain stable yet adaptable.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Radioactivity, Molecular biology


Self-healing aircraft wings: a dream or a possibility?

September 6, 2016 | Issue 37

Taking inspiration from nature’s amazing ability to heal wounds, this biology-inspired technology could create aircraft wings that fix themselves. 

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry, Material science


Sign up your students to see the large and the small

September 2, 2016 | Issue 37

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 the EIROs.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: All sciences



Sharp eyes: how well can we really see?

September 7, 2016 | Issue 37

Exploring visual acuity requires not only biological experiments, but also some understanding of the underlying physics.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Vision, Optics


Plasma: The fourth state

September 6, 2016 | Issue 37

Plasma is the fourth state of matter, after solid, liquid and gas – but what is it like and what can it do? Plasma globes allow us to answer these questions – and more.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics


Measuring the explosiveness of a volcanic eruption

September 6, 2016 | Issue 37

Using effervescent heartburn tablets, model the action of volcanoes to measure the intensity of the explosions and create your own measurement scale.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Earth science, Volcano


What are stars made of?

September 6, 2016 | Issue 37

Find out how we know what the Sun (and stars) are made of.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Environmental studies


Can something accelerate upwards while falling down?

September 5, 2016 | Issue 37

Use one of the most surprising experiments in classical mechanics to teach the scientific method, video analysis and mechanics.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Mechanics



Editorial issue 37

September 5, 2016 | Issue 37

The new academic year is a time for new beginnings: new challenges, opportunities, students, colleagues and, most importantly, new ideas. Possibilities stretch out before us, each one beckoning us to a different outcome.

Ages: not applicable;