INSPIRE

Inspire

The challenges of science teaching

May 29, 2017 | Issue 40

What do you find the biggest challenges in science teaching? Can Science in School help?

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching methods, Teaching models
 



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Manipulating the gut microbiome: the potential of poo

June 5, 2017 | Issue 40

This medical treatment might sound repulsive, but don’t pooh-pooh it just yet.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Ecology, Physiology, Microbiology, Medical sciences
           

Understand

More than meets the eye: the cold and the distant Universe

June 5, 2017 | Issue 40

In the fifth and final article in this series on astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum, find out how scientists use the European Space Agency’s missions to observe the sky in far-infrared, sub-millimetre and microwave light.

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

Understand

Good vibrations: how to catch a gravitational wave

May 30, 2017 | Issue 40

Gravitational waves are among the most subtle messengers that reach us across the cosmos. But how can their infinitesimal effects be detected?

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

Understand

Bionic structures: from stalks to skyscrapers

May 30, 2017 | Issue 40

A blade of grass and a high tower both need to stand up against forces that threaten to level them. Are there design principles that they can exploit to achieve this?

Ages: under 11, 11-14; Keywords: Biology, Physics, Engineering, Botany
     



TEACH

Teach

Disease dynamics: understanding the spread of diseases

June 5, 2017 | Issue 40

Get to grips with the spread of infectious diseases with these classroom activities highlighting real-life applications of school mathematics.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Biology, All sciences, Health, Health and social care, Maths
         

Teach

Student competition: winners announced

June 2, 2017 | Issue 40

We are pleased to announce the winners of the student writing competition: the search for the strangest species on Earth. 

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Event report
   

Teach

Finding the scale of space

May 29, 2017 | Issue 40

How do astronomers measure distances to the stars? Using a digital camera to record parallax shift is an accurate and authentic method that can be used in a classroom.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Maths, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Space
     

Teach

Heroes and villains: the science of superheroes

May 29, 2017 | Issue 40

Challenge your students to work out which exploits of comic-book heroes like Superman might actually be possible – given a miracle or two.

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



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Editorial issue 40

June 5, 2017 | Issue 40

At first glance, you might wonder if this is the horror issue of Science in School: with themes including murder, disease and excrement, plus a feature on failure, are we trying to give our readers a gloomy start to the summer holidays? Happily, no: while this may seem a grim selection of topics,…

Ages: not applicable;