INSPIRE

Inspire

Celebrating Gregor Mendel in his 200th anniversary year

June 1, 2022 | Issue 58

Europe is throwing a party for Gregor Mendel. Cities and institutes in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the United Kingdom invite you to a year of events honouring the father of genetics.

Ages: <11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Genetics, Inheritance, Plant science, Scientists

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UNDERSTAND

Understand

How trees affect the climate: is it just through photosynthesis?

June 1, 2022 | Issue 58

Trees are incredible chemical factories that capture carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe, but they produce other chemicals too. We need to understand their effect in the atmosphere to get the most out of tree-planting initiatives.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Atmosphere, Climate change, Greenhouse gases, Natural products, Trees, Terpenes

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TEACH

Teach

Citrus science: learn with limonene

June 1, 2022 | Issue 58

When life gives you lemons: use limonene to explore molecular properties with your students and show them the scientific method in action.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry of food, Isomerism, Polarity, Polymers

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Teach

My favourite experiments – connecting teachers and ideas

June 1, 2022 | Issue 58

All teachers have at least one favourite experiment that they are eager to share. Read on to learn more about monthly experiment sharing sessions and discover some low-cost physics experiments to try out in your own classroom.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Electromagnetic induction, Physics, Pressure, Temperature, Volume

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Teach

Graphing stories

June 1, 2022 | Issue 58

Sketch graphs from ‘story’ videos of everyday events to help students understand the basic features of graphs and how to interpret them.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Data, Graphs, Maths, Physics

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