INSPIRE

Inspire

Whynotchemeng.com website, By the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK

August 18, 2009 | Issue 12

Whynotchemeng.com is an excellent website designed for students who are considering a career in chemical or biochemical engineering. The website has two particular strengths: careers information, and a resource of practical demonstrations designed to inspire potential young physical scientists and…

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Engineering, Careers in science
 

Inspire

Science on Stage: recent activities

August 18, 2009 | Issue 12

Sonia Furtado and Marlene Rau report on the news from the national Science on Stage representatives.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Event report

Inspire

The science of preserving art

August 17, 2009 | Issue 12

As Head Conservator at the National Trust, Katy Lithgow’s education turned her into ‘more an arts person’ than a scientist – but her work has shown how the two can be inextricably linked. Vienna Leigh finds out how.

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

Inspire

Teaching on the move

August 17, 2009 | Issue 12

Jeanne Keweloh is a substitute teacher, going wherever she is needed to share her passion for science. She tells Sonia Furtado about the ups and downs of teaching on the move, and shares some of her strategies.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching methods
 

Inspire

The Beagle

August 3, 2009 | Issue 12

In 2009, the world celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Emmanuel Reynaud revisits the story of the vessel aboard which the foundations for Darwin’s publication were laid.

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



UNDERSTAND

Understand

New approaches to old systems: interview with Leroy Hood

August 17, 2009 | Issue 12

Leroy Hood talks to Marlene Rau, Anna-Lynn Wegener and Sonia Furtado about his long-standing commitment to innovative science teaching, and how he came to be known as the father of systems biology.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Careers in science
       

Understand

Painting life green: GFP

August 17, 2009 | Issue 12

From jellyfish to arsenic detectors via a Nobel Prize: Sonia Furtado reports on the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, and interviews scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, about its applications.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Oceans, Proteins, Bioluminescence
       

Understand

Hydrocarbons: a fossil but not (yet) extinct

August 12, 2009 | Issue 12

Continuing our energy series, Menno van Dijk introduces us to the past, present and future of hydrocarbons – still the most common of all fuels.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Fossil fuels, Energy, Energy production, Chemical reactions
       



TEACH

Teach

Fishing for genes: DNA microarrays in the classroom

August 18, 2009 | Issue 12

Anastasios Koutsos, Alexandra Manaia, and Julia Willingale-Theune bring a sophisticated molecular biology technique into the classroom.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: DNA, Genetics, Molecular biology
     

Teach

Radioactivity in the classroom

August 18, 2009 | Issue 12

Luis Peralta, professor at the University of Lisbon’s physics department, and Carmen Oliveira, physics and chemistry teacher at Casquilhos High School in Barreiro near Lisbon, describe the ‘Environmental radiation’ project, in which students become actively and enthusiastically involved in…

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Radioactivity, Radioactive elements
     

Teach

Microwave experiments at school

August 17, 2009 | Issue 12

Halina Stanley introduces a number of spectacular classroom experiments using microwaves.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Teaching resources
       

Teach

Looking to the heavens: climate change experiments

August 12, 2009 | Issue 12

In the second of two articles, Dudley Shallcross, Tim Harrison, Steve Henshaw and Linda Sellou offer chemistry and physics experiments to harness the Sun’s energy and measure carbon dioxide levels.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Climate change, Climate, Sustainability, Energy, Energy production
       

Teach

A classroom in space

August 12, 2009 | Issue 12

Lucy Patterson spoke to Greek science teacher Theodoros Pierratos, who recently won the chance to bring physics to life for his students in a truly extraordinary way with the help of the European Space Agency.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Space, Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics
     

Teach

Physics: a black box?

August 3, 2009 | Issue 12

Ľudmila Onderová from PJ Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia, introduces us to the use of black boxes in the physics classroom.

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



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the twelfth issue of Science in School

August 12, 2009 | Issue 12

In this issue’s feature article, Leroy Hood, the ‘father of systems biology’ describes his commitment to encouraging concept-driven, hands-on science teaching. He explains how he introduced this approach across schools in Seattle – and why his achievements in science may be due to his…

Ages: not applicable;