INSPIRE

Inspire

ChemMatters CD-ROM

June 12, 2007 | Issue 5

ChemMatters is an award-winning magazine published quarterly by the American Chemical Society for secondary-school students.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Teaching resources
 

Inspire

Second European Science Festival: WONDERS 2007

June 12, 2007 | Issue 5

Peter Rebernik from the WONDERS project describes a ride in the Carousel of Science from Moscow to Lisbon, Reykjavik to Jerusalem. Perhaps even in your town!

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Event

Inspire

Awards, rewards – and onwards!

June 12, 2007 | Issue 5

At Science on Stage 2, the European Science Teaching Awards 2007 were presented for the 12 best projects. Eleanor Hayes, editor of Science in School, describes how the jury made their difficult decisions

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Event report

Inspire

Science teaching flies high at Science on Stage 2

June 12, 2007 | Issue 5

Science on Stage 2 took place during the first week of April and brought together some of the best science teachers in Europe. Montserrat Capellas describes some memorable moments.

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

Inspire

Science Learning Centres: training for teachers

June 12, 2007 | Issue 5

Anna Gawthorp describes the creation of the ambitious Science Learning Centres network to help UK teachers, technicians and classroom assistants to make UK science education world-class.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources
 

Inspire

Making dark matter a little brighter

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Jenny List, a young particle physicist working at DESY in Germany, leads her own research group to find out how the Universe works. She talks to Barbara Warmbein.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Dark matter, Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical physics
     

Inspire

Launching ideas

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Isabel Plantier teaches biology and geology to 15-year-old students in Portugal. She has been teaching for 25 years and tells Sai Pathmanathan that time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Careers in science
 

Inspire

Inspirational lessons in the science class

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Naheed Alizadeh from Imperial College, London, UK, explains how and why the INSPIRE project is trying to make inspirational science lessons, clubs, and master classes regular features of the state school timetable in the UK.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources
 

Inspire

School students Catch a Star! in an astronomical competition

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

In Issue 3 of Science in School we invited you to join an international competition for school students and Catch a Star! Later, some of you helped to select winners by voting online for your favourite pictures. Douglas Pierce-Price from ESO reports on the results.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Stars

Inspire

Twenty First Century Science: developing a new science curriculum

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

In September 2006, after a pilot phase, a new national curriculum for science was introduced for students aged 14-16 in England and Wales. Jenifer Burden explains how the new curriculum seeks to address both the scientific needs of all citizens, and the additional needs of future scientists.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources
     



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Down to Earth: interview with Thomas Reiter

June 12, 2007 | Issue 5

Shortly before Christmas 2006, German ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter returned from the International Space Station. A month later, Barbara Warmbein asked him about his trip, the experiments he did – and how to become an astronaut.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Astronaut, Space, Conditions in space
     

Understand

Taking the stress out of engineering

June 12, 2007 | Issue 5

Darren Hughes from the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France takes a look at stress. How can it be manipulated to make safer rails for trains or more efficient wind turbines – and what can we learn from neutron- and X-ray analysis?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Engineering, X-rays, Forces
     

Understand

Plastics, naturally

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

We sit on them, wear them and cook with them: plastics are everywhere. Yet this very versatility and abundance makes it all the more difficult to produce and dispose of plastics in environmentally friendly ways. David Bradley explains how researchers at the University of Manchester, UK, are among…

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Plastics, Microbes, Chemistry, Recycling
                 

Understand

Developing a teaching resource on peer review

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Ellen Raphael from the charity Sense About Science explains why peer review is so important in science, and describes how an existing guide is being adapted to meet the needs of science teachers.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: General science, Teaching resources
 

Understand

Synchrotron light illuminates the orang-utan’s obscure origins

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Paul Tafforeau from the University of Poitiers and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, explains what synchrotron X-ray studies of fossil teeth can tell us about the evolution of orang-utans – and our own origins.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: X-rays, Fossils
     

Understand

Fusion in the Universe: where your jewellery comes from

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Does alchemy sound too good to be true? Paola Rebusco, Henri Boffin and Douglas Pierce-Price, from ESO in Garching, Germany, describe how creating gold – and other heavy metals – is possible, though sadly not in the laboratory.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Fusion, Nuclear physics, Stars
             

Understand

Damn lies

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Do you have more than the average number of ears? Is your salary lower than average? When will the next bus arrive? Ben Parker attempts to convince us of the value of statistics – when used correctly.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Statistics, Maths, Mathematics
     



TEACH

Teach

Travel wisely: the globe is warming!

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Elisabeth Schepers from the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, introduces a school programme linking climate change and the future of traffic technology.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Global warming, Climate change, Climate
   

Teach

Using music in the science classroom

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Caroline Molyneux, from Balshaw’s Church of England High School, UK, explains how she kick-starts her classes and helps her students remember certain lessons, facts or concepts.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Art
       

Teach

Fun with genomes: the Mycomuncher DNA Puzzle

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

Fed up with explaining genomes, genes and proteins? Why not get your students to figure it out for themselves using Johan Leveau’s DNA puzzle?

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Genomes, DNA, Human Genome Project
       



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the fifth issue of Science in School

June 6, 2007 | Issue 5

The most exciting recent education event for me was Science on Stage, EIROforum’s international teaching festival. I enjoyed meeting many of the 500 teachers attending from 28 countries – listening to their suggestions, hearing about their experience and marvelling at their innovative teaching…

Ages: not applicable;