INSPIRE

Inspire

Sustainability in the classroom: teaching materials from Science on Stage

February 1, 2024 | Issue 66

Act now for the Sustainable Development Goals: explore resources developed by European teachers bring the science of sustainability into the classroom.

Ages: <11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Biomaterials, Climate change, Environment, Food science, SDGs, Sustainability, Technology

Inspire

CERN Science Gateway: a guide for teachers

February 1, 2024 | Issue 66

Discover CERN’s brand-new science education and outreach centre in Geneva, Switzerland: CERN Science Gateway!

Ages: <11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Accelerators, CERN, Elementary particles, Engineering, Particle physics, Science shows, Workshops



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Grimy windows could be harbouring toxic pollutants

February 1, 2024 | Issue 66

Dirty windows can harbour potentially harmful pollutants under protective films of fatty acids from cooking emissions – and these can hang around for long periods of time.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Amphiphiles, Environment, Fatty acids, Neutrons, Pollutants

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TEACH

Teach

Simple biofuel cells: the superpower of baker’s yeast

February 1, 2024 | Issue 66

Redox reactions carried out by inexpensive baker’s yeast during breadmaking can also be used to demonstrate biofuel cells in the classroom.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Biofuels, Energy, Electrochemistry, Fuel cells, Metabolism, Redox chemistry, Respiration

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Teach

A twist on the candle mystery

February 1, 2024 | Issue 66

Three candles of different heights are lit in a closed space. Surprisingly, the longest candle goes out first. Can you solve the mystery?

Ages: 11-14, 16-19
Keywords: Convection, Combustion, Gases, Physics, Scientific method

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Colour science with lasers, gummy bears, and rainbows

February 1, 2024 | Issue 66

Shine a light on the science of colour: create and combine rainbows and explore how colours arise through reflection, absorption, and transmission.

Ages: <11, 11-14
Keywords: Absorption, Colour, Light, Reflection, Refraction, Transmission

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