INSPIRE

Inspire

Advent calendar 2012

November 30, 2015 | Issue 25

Welcome to the Science in School Advent calendar, packed with inspiring teaching ideas for Christmas, winter and the end of term.

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



UNDERSTAND

Understand

The mystery of altruism

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

Does true altruism exist? And can science provide the answer?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Social studies, Natural selection
         

Understand

Weighing up the evidence: what is a kilo?

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

​We all know what a kilogram is – or do we? Researchers worldwide are working to define precisely what this familiar unit is.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19;
       

Understand

The changing face of orthodontics

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

Many of us have had our teeth straightened with braces. Few people know, however, that orthodontics involves a great deal of fundamental science and fast-moving technology.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Inheritance, Molecular biology, Stem cells, Dentistry, Transcription and translation, Properties of metals, Alloys, Composites, Smart materials
       

Understand

Magnetic science: developing a new surfactant

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

With the use of detergents and other surfactants on the rise, the resulting pollution is worrying. One answer: surfactants that can be collected and re-used simply by switching a magnetic field on and off.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Magnetism, Surfactants
       

Understand

The numbers game: extending the periodic table

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

Until a few centuries ago, people believed that the world was made only of earth, air, water and fire. Since then, scientists have discovered 118 elements and the search is on for element 119.

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

Understand

Sloppy fishing: why meiosis goes wrong

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

Why does meiosis so often go wrong? And what are the consequences?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Genetics, Cytology, Reproduction
                 

Understand

Cool and hot science for a bright future

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

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;



TEACH

Teach

Galileo and the moons of Jupiter: exploring the night sky of 1610

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

​Learn how you and your students can use mathematics to study Jupiter’s moons.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Maths, Physics, Mathematics, ICT, Simple harmonic motion, Uniform circular motion, Arcsine function, History of astronomy
     

Teach

Movers and shakers: physics in the oceans

November 7, 2012 | Issue 25

Contrary to the popular saying, deep waters are often far from still – which is just as well for marine life. Activities using simple water tanks are a good way to find out about the physics at work beneath the waves.

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



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