INSPIRE

Inspire

Advent calendar 2010

November 30, 2015 | Issue 17

Welcome to the Science in School advent calendar for 2010: a daily collection of scientific ideas and teaching activities related to Christmas, winter and the end of term.

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

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Blind date in the science classroom

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

Biology and chemistry teacher Werner Liese talks to Marlene Rau about the challenges of performing science experiments with blind and visually impaired students.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources
   

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Educational resources for the International Year of Biodiversity

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB). Ivo Grigorov, Lise Cronne and Giulia Realdon provide a collection of web resources for teachers and students on the occasion.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Biodiversity, Teaching resources
   

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Science on Stage: searching for the best teachers in Europe

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

In more than 20 European countries, teachers are sharing their inspiring teaching ideas with colleagues, students and the general public via Science on Stage. Eleanor Hayes reviews some of the recent events.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Event report
   

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An astronomer in a 3D world

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

What do astronomy and film have in common? Both can involve Jochen Liske, astronomer and actor. Karin Ranero Celius takes us on a trip to the Paranal Observatory in Chile and tells us about Jochen’s latest film: Das Auge 3D.

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

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Very Short Introductions to Evolution, Human Evolution and the History of Life, By Brian and Deborah Charlesworth (Evolution), Bernard Wood (Human Evolution) and Michael J Benton (The History of Life)

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

How short is ‘very short’? Well, pretty short – between 120 and 150 pages. The pages are small, too, 175 mm x 110 mm, but then so is the type. ‘Introduction?’ …well, it depends what’s being introduced.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Evolution, Evolutionary biology, History of science

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Teachers fly high at the European Space Agency

December 6, 2010 | Issue 17

Eleanor Hayes reports on the recent teacher workshop at the European Space Research and Technology Centre.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Space, Solar systems
 



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Science is cool… supercool

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

When we cool something below its freezing point, it solidifies – at least, that’s what we expect. Tobias Schülli investigates why this is not always the case.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, States of matter, Properties of matter
       

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A hole in the sky

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

Twenty-five years ago, the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer hit the news. How have things developed since? Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross investigate.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry, Earth science
           

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Human evolution: testing the molecular basis

December 6, 2010 | Issue 17

In the second of two articles, Jarek Bryk describes how scientists dig deep into our genes – to test the molecular basis of an evolutionary adaptation in humans.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics
                   

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Clouds: puzzling pieces of climate

December 6, 2010 | Issue 17

The physics of clouds and their role in our climate have perplexed scientists for decades. Karin Ranero Celius investigates.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, General science, Geography
       

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The science of humour: Allan Reiss

December 6, 2010 | Issue 17

Men and women react differently to humour. Allan Reiss tells Eleanor Hayes why this is news.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Neurobiology
             



TEACH

Teach

Going ballistic: modelling the trajectories of projectiles

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

Students often find it difficult to calculate the trajectories of projectiles. With the help of Elias Kalogirou’s model, they can be easily visualised. In addition, Ian Francis suggests further uses for the model in the classroom.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Design and technology, Maths, Mathematics
   

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Bioinformatics with pen and paper: building a phylogenetic tree

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

Bioinformatics is usually done with a powerful computer. With help from Cleopatra Kozlowski, however, you can investigate our primate ancestry – armed with nothing but a pen and paper.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Bioinformatics
               

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School experiments at the nanoscale

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

Eleanor Hayes highlights some education resources about the nanoscale and nanotechnology.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16; Keywords: Nanotechnology, Teaching resources
     

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Stage lights: physics and drama

December 7, 2010 | Issue 17

Imagine sending music across the room by laser. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But Alessio Bernardelli’s students did just that – and then developed a play to explain the science behind it. Here’s how to do it.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Light, Laser systems
   



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the seventeenth issue of Science in School

December 6, 2010 | Issue 17

Do men and women share the same sense of humour? Perhaps, but their brains react differently to it, as Allan Reiss explains in this issue’s feature article. 

Ages: not applicable;