INSPIRE

Inspire

Science and humour

January 31, 2017 | Issue 38

Find out the link between science and humour with these light-hearted resources. 

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Development
   

Inspire

Who is behind Science in School?

December 19, 2016 | Issue 38

The Science in School office will be closing for Christmas soon, but first I’d like to thank everyone involved.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Science communication

Inspire

Murder, microbes and Myrmicinae: Science on Stage Germany

December 15, 2016 | Issue 38

Who murdered Sir Ernest? How do you organise an astronomical school exchange? Why don’t ants have kings? How can you build an ECG for a Venus fly trap? What exactly happens in your intestines?

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Microbes
 

Inspire

European CanSat Competition 2016

November 25, 2016 | Issue 38

This June, students from around Europe met in Portugal to compete in the European CanSat competition. One of their teachers tells us more.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Space, Earth and Space
 



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Blended senses: understanding synaesthesia

November 28, 2016 | Issue 38

What would it be like if numbers and musical tones had colours? People with synaesthesia experience the world in this way – and scientists are trying to find out why.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Maths, Mathematics, Art, Neurobiology, Music
       

Understand

Proxima b, extremophiles and record-breaking cables

November 28, 2016 | Issue 38

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

Ages: not applicable;
 

Understand

What happens when cells embrace damage?

November 25, 2016 | Issue 38

Scientists propose a new hypothesis to tackle one of the big remaining mysteries in animal evolution. 

Ages: 14-16, 16-19;
           

Understand

Faster, cheaper, CRISPR: the new gene technology revolution

November 25, 2016 | Issue 38

A controversial new technology is making gene editing far cheaper and easier – too easy, perhaps?

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Science Technology
               



TEACH

Teach

The ethics of genetics

December 15, 2016 | Issue 38

Today’s announcement that the UK has approved the creation of babies from two women and one man offers an invaluable opportunity to discuss some of the real issues of science with your students.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Ethics, Genetics
       

Teach

Practical pyrotechnics

November 29, 2016 | Issue 38

Hot, luminous and destructive: fire is a force of nature. Here we look at how to use and control it safely with water and carbon dioxide.

Ages: 11-14; Keywords: Chemistry
   

Teach

Wind and rain: meteorology in the classroom

November 28, 2016 | Issue 38

Why does it rain? Can we predict it? Give physics students a mass of weather data and some information technology, and they can try working this out for themselves.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Physics, Thermodynamics
 

Teach

Be a magnet for a day

November 28, 2016 | Issue 38

What happens inside magnets? This fun activity for primary school pupils helps them find out – by turning themselves into a magnet.

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

Teach

Chembot: chemistry with robots

November 25, 2016 | Issue 38

We know that robots are good for mechanical tasks – but here’s a chemistry project for robots that don’t mind getting their sensors wet. 

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Maths, Chemistry, Mathematics, Careers in science, computer science, Design and technology, Programming, Robotics, Acidity, Temperature
 



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Editorial issue 38

November 28, 2016 | Issue 38

Looking back, there’s no doubt that my own schoolteachers’ enthusiasm for science rubbed off on me. I have fond memories of my science lessons, from creating film-canister rockets in chemistry to scouring the playground for insects in biology.

Ages: not applicable;