INSPIRE

Inspire

Accelerate your teaching with links to cutting-edge science

April 4, 2024 | Issue 67

Accelerate Your Teaching is a free online course for high-school teachers. Discover how particle accelerator stories can bring a range of STEM topics to life.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Accelerators, Multidisciplinary science, Particle physics, Teaching resources

Inspire

Unfold Your World: using art to explore the story of life

April 4, 2024 | Issue 67

Explore the form and function of ‘nature’s tiny sculptures’ – proteins – with an engaging art competition from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Art, Biomolecules, Molecular biology, Proteins, STEAM teaching



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Investigating molecules: explosive imaging

April 4, 2024 | Issue 67

Scientists use intense X-ray pulses from the European XFEL to take snapshots of exploding molecules. This can reveal details of how molecules are put together and how they interact with light.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Bonds, Molecules, Lasers, X-rays

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Understand

Seagrass the wonder plant!

April 4, 2024 | Issue 67

Did you know that there are flowering plants that live in the sea? The unique characteristics of seagrasses are vital for the health of our planet.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Ecology, Ecosystems, Environment, Oceans, Plants

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TEACH

Teach

Beyond solids and liquids: the science of slime

April 4, 2024 | Issue 67

Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? It’s slime! Make slime to explore viscoelasticity and then complete a material science design challenge.

Ages: <11, 11-14, 14-16
Keywords: Elasticity, Engineering, Material properties, States of matter, Viscosity

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Teach

Build a linear accelerator model

April 4, 2024 | Issue 67

Build a linear accelerator to demonstrate spallation – the source of high-energy neutrons used by the new European Spallation Source being built in Sweden.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Acceleration, Collisions, Energy, Kinetic energy, Magnetism, Momentum

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Teach

How much carbon is locked in that tree?

March 25, 2024 | Issue 67

Biology, maths, and the SDGs: estimate the CO2 absorbed by a tree in the schoolyard and compare it to the CO2 emissions of a short-haul flight.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
Keywords: Carbon Dioxide, Climate change, Geometry, Trees, Triangles

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