INSPIRE

Inspire

Science on Stage: gathering momentum

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Many of the national Science on Stage organisations are already beginning to select which teachers from their countries will attend the European teaching festival in 2011. Eleanor Hayes reports on the Austrian and Belgian events.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Event report
 

Inspire

A chemical bond: Nick Barker, linking schools and universities in the UK

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Lucy Patterson spoke to Nick Barker, a former secondary-school chemistry teacher and head of year who, after 12 years in the classroom, landed a dream job as a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Teacher Fellow.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Chemical bonds, Chemical bonding
   

Inspire

Sowing the seeds of science: Helke Hillebrand

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Helke Hillebrand has always been fascinated by science, but on the back of a career in plant biology, her urge to work more closely with people helped her decide to go into tending young minds instead of new shoots. Vienna Leigh reports.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, General science
   



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Watching it grow: developing a digital embryo

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

What if you could witness the development of a new life, taking your time to study every detail, every single cell, from every angle, moment by moment? Sonia Furtado talks to the scientists who made this possible by creating a digital zebrafish embryo.

Ages: 14-16;
         

Understand

Deadly proteins: prions

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Since the epidemic of ‘mad cow disease’ in the 1980s and 90s, and the emergence of its human equivalent, variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease, there has been a great deal of research into prions, the causative agents. Mico Tatalovic reviews the current state of knowledge.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Maths, Genetics, Health, Mathematics, Biology
             

Understand

EIROforum: introducing the publisher of Science in School

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

EIROforum Click to enlarge image EIROforumw1 is a collaboration between seven European inter-governmental scientific research organisations. The organisations focus on very different types of research – from molecular biology to astronomy, from fusion energy to space science. They use very…

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Understand

Exploring out-of-body experiences: interview with Henrik Ehrsson

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

We’ve all sometimes felt ‘beside ourselves’, but have you ever felt that you were actually outside yourself – looking at yourself from outside your own body? Marta Paterlini talked to Henrik Ehrsson, a scientist studying this phenomenon.

Ages: 14-16; Keywords: Biology, Neurobiology
   

Understand

Combating earthquakes: designing and testing anti-seismic buildings

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Earthquakes can be devastating. Is there anything we can do to resist them? Francesco Marazzi and Daniel Tirelli explain how earthquake-proof buildings are designed and tested.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Waves, Geography, Physical geography
         

Understand

Homo sapiens – an endangered species?

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

This year has been proclaimed the International Year of Biodiversity. During 2010, governments will seek to reach agreement on a new biodiversity target, to be decided at the Nagoya summit in October. Will this enable us to save not only whales and tigers, but also our own species? Marlene Rau…

Ages: 14-16; Keywords: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental science, General science
           

Understand

The ALMA Observatory: the sky is only one step away

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Claudia Mignone and Douglas Pierce-Price take us on a trip to the Chilean Andes, to the site of ALMA, the world’s largest radio astronomy facility, which is set to discover the secrets of our cosmic origins.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Telescopes
             



TEACH

Teach

Using news in the science classroom

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Fernanda Veneu-Lumb and Marco Costa show how news reports – even inaccurate ones – can be used in the science classroom.

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

Teach

GIS: analysing the world in 3D

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Earthquakes, global climate or the placement of wind farms – with the help of geographic information systems, these can all be investigated dynamically in the classroom. Joseph Kerski describes how.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, History, Environmental science, Geography
     

Teach

Getting down to Earth: ideas for the earth science classroom

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Are you looking for ideas to spice up your earth science class? Why not try out one of the rich collection of activities developed by Chris King, Elizabeth Devon and Peter Kennett from Earth Learning Idea.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Maths, Physics, Evolution, Earth science, Mathematics, Energy
   



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the fifteenth issue of Science in School

June 23, 2010 | Issue 15

Have you ever wondered who is behindScience in School? We would like to present our publisher, EIROforum: a collaboration between seven European inter-governmental scientific research organisations.Image courtesy of EMBL PhotolabWatching it grow: developing a digital embryo

Ages: not applicable;