INSPIRE

Inspire

The art of science demonstration

November 3, 2021 | Issue 55

Seeing is believing: although hands-on practical work is incredibly important, the value of an engaging demonstration should not be overlooked. Explore how demonstrations can enhance STEM teaching and learn how to make the most of them.

Keywords: Demonstrations, Engagement, Teaching methods, Tips and tricks

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Climate change articles to accompany the COP26 summit

November 3, 2021 | Issue 55

Events like COP26 are an opportunity to teach students about the importance of STEM for society, and how what they learn in class has real-world relevance. Here is a collection of Science in School articles on climate change to get you started.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Climate change, Climate, Global warming, Sustainability, Sustainable development, Alternative energy, Science and society



UNDERSTAND

Understand

The dark side of fireworks

November 3, 2021 | Issue 55

Fireworks release more than just sound and light. Read about the environmental costs of this centuries-old entertainment.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry, Earth science, Science and society, Sustainability

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TEACH

Teach

Exploring the universe: from very small to very large

November 3, 2021 | Issue 55

How do physicists study very small objects (like molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles) and very large objects (such as galaxies) that cannot be directly observed or measured?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Gravity, Light, Space, Particle physics, Scattering, Relativity

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What is it good for? Basic versus applied research

November 3, 2021 | Issue 55

Basic research is often misunderstood by the public and misconstrued by the media. Try this role play to learn how research is funded and how basic research advances and protects society.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Applied research, Basic research, Biomedical research, Science and society

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Microbiology: Discovering antibacterial agents

November 3, 2021 | Issue 55

What can we do about the antimicrobial resistance crisis? What does it take to develop a new medicine? Can we fight bacteria with everyday substances or even foods? Find out with these engaging microbiology activities.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Antibiotics, Bacteria, Drug development, Medicine, Microbiology

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An ocean in the school lab: carbon dioxide at sea

November 3, 2021 | Issue 55

Did you know that carbon dioxide dissolves in bodies of water and affects the ocean? Explore the effect of carbon dioxide on ocean chemistry with these practical activities.

Ages: 11-14, 16-19, 14-16; Keywords: Climate, Carbon Dioxide, Oceans, CO2, Acidification

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