INSPIRE

Inspire

Science on Stage: a Slovak-British relationship

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

​For two science teachers from opposite ends of Europe – David Featonby and Zuzana Ješková – Science on Stage was the beginning of an inspiring and enjoyable collaboration.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Event report
 

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The PhET website

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

Physics Education Technology (PhET to its friends) is the slick but not very meaningful title of a site that offers a wide range of excellent interactive physics simulations for secondary-school and university students.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Physics, Teaching resources, Biology, Chemistry
   

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High-powered research: physicist Adrian Mancuso

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

​Physicist Adrian Mancuso works at the cutting edge of 3D imaging, at what will be Europe’s newest and brightest X-ray facility.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: 3D shapes, Light, X-rays
     

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Inflight Science: A guide to the world from your airplane window, by Brian Clegg

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

Holding this book in my hands as I boarded what would be an eight-hour flight, I planned to read the modest 204 pages whilst airborne. When we landed, I had managed just 70, thanks to all the observation, thinking and note-taking that Inflight Science: A guide to the world from your airplane window…

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources

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Nuclear options: a teacher at CERN

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

Physics teacher Günter Bachmann explains how his CERN residency has inspired both him and his students.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Physics, Pedagogy, Training
     



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Solar energy: silicon solar cells

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

​With oil reserves running out, silicon solar cells offer an alternative source of energy. How do they work and how can we exploit their full potential?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Chemistry, Solar energy, Photovoltaic cells, Semiconductors, Conductivity, Renewable energy sources, Environmental chemistry
         

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Intersex: falling outside the norm

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

Male or female? What are the issues surrounding children for whom the answer is not clear? Researchers Eric Vilain and Melissa Hines hope to provide some of the answers.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Sex education, Human reproduction
           

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On your bike: how muscles respond to exercise

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

​We all know that exercise makes us fitter and healthier – but what changes take place in our cells to make this happen?

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Genetics
                 

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A voyage through space, arts and the seven seas

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations. This article reviews some of the latest news from the EIROforum members (EIROs).

Ages: not applicable;
     

Understand

The white continent as a stepping stone to the red planet

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

For scientists at the European Space Agency, a mission to Mars means going to Antarctica first.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Human biology, Physiology, Space, Antarctica
         

Understand

Exploding chromosomes: how cancer begins

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

​Brain tumours are one of the most common causes of death in children – and may begin when chromosomes are torn apart during cell division.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Genetics, Medicine, Mutation, Inheritance, Cancer, Cancer research
                         



TEACH

Teach

Build your own radio telescope

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

​Astronomers use giant radio telescopes to observe black holes and distant galaxies. Why not build your own small-scale radio telescope and observe objects closer to home?

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Astronomy, Physics
         

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Creating eclipses in the classroom

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

During an eclipse, the Sun or the Moon seems to disappear. What is happening? Why not explore this fascinating phenomenon in the classroom, with an easy to build model?

Ages: under 11, 11-14; Keywords: Astronomy, Earth and Space, Art, Languages, Physics
               

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Building a seismograph from scrap

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

Did you know that you can use old hi-fi speakers to detect earthquakes? And also carry out some simple earthquake experiments in the classroom? Here’s how.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Earth science, IT, Electrical engineering, Acoustics, Seismology
         

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Bread-making: teaching science in primary school

May 22, 2012 | Issue 23

Something as everyday as bread can offer a surprising spectrum of interdisciplinary teaching opportunities.

Ages: under 11, 11-14; Keywords: Chemistry, History, Domestic science
               



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