INSPIRE

Inspire

The inGenious code, by inGenious

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

These days, more and more of my colleagues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education are warming to the idea of closer links with industry to show students what these subjects can do in the real world.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Interdisciplinary, Coding

Inspire

Pieces of light, by Charles Fernyhough

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

Sub-titled “The new science of memory”, this is the paperback edition of a title that appeared first in the UK in 2012 and has received several awards.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources
 



UNDERSTAND

Understand

More than meets the eye: how space telescopes see beyond the rainbow

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

How do astronomers investigate the life cycle of stars? At the European Space Agency, it’s done using space-based missions that observe the sky in ultraviolet, visible and infrared light – as this fourth article in a series about astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum describes.

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

Understand

Super cold meets super hot

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

To keep refuelling its reactor, the EFDA-JET facility fires frozen hydrogen pellets into 150 million°C plasma. But these pellets have an added benefit as well.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Chemistry, Sustainability
     

Understand

Experiments in integrity – Fritz Haber and the ethics of chemistry

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, chemical weapons are still in the news. We consider some of the ethical questions behind the war’s chemical legacy.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry, History, Geography, Biology
         



TEACH

Teach

How water travels up trees

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

Why do giant redwoods grow so tall and then stop? It all has to do with how high water can travel up their branches.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Maths, Mathematics
   

Teach

Become a water quality analyst

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

Industrial activities and even geological changes can affect the quality of water, causing contamination that poses risks to human health and the environment. Learn how to become an independent analyst to ensure that we have good-quality water.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry
             

Teach

Light refraction in primary education: the solar bottle bulb

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

​More than 10 years ago, a very clever and inventive inhabitant from a favela discovered he could produce light without electricity. Now solar bulbs are spreading all over the world.

Ages: under 11, 11-14; Keywords: Physics, Light
       

Teach

Simulating the effect of the solar wind

June 2, 2014 | Issue 29

​The smooth operation of communications satellites can be influenced by solar weather. Mimic this effect on a smaller scale in the classroom with a simple demonstration.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Solar systems, Solar energy, Astronomy



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