INSPIRE

Inspire

Little wonder: microscale chemistry in the classroom

June 18, 2021 | Issue 53

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

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Chemistry, Sustainability, Microscale experiments, Teaching methods

Inspire

Introducing students to the beauty of biomolecules

June 18, 2021 | Issue 53

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.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Biomolecules, Active learning, Proteins



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Elements in focus: helium

June 21, 2021 | Issue 53

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

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Conservation, Elements, Medical research

Understand

Vaccines in the spotlight

June 18, 2021 | Issue 53

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?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Immune system, Infectious diseases, Vaccines, Antibodies
 



TEACH

Teach

An ocean in the school lab: rising sea levels

June 18, 2021 | Issue 53

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

Ages: 11-14, 14-16; Keywords: Physics, Climate change, Properties of matter, Oceans, Thermal expansion

Teach

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

June 18, 2021 | Issue 53

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.

Ages: 14-16; Keywords: Maths, Mathematics, COVID-19, Exponential growth, Infectious diseases

Teach

Bioluminescence: combining biology, chemistry, and bionics

June 18, 2021 | Issue 53

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

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Chemical reactions, Enzymes, Bioluminescence, biomimetic design, LEDs