INSPIRE

Inspire

Volcano Island, By David Lea and Professor Steve Sparks

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

If you ask Italian school students to name an active volcano in their country, they will have a wealth of names – such as Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and all the other Aeolian Islands – to choose from.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Volcano, Physical geography, Geography
 

Inspire

An Inconvenient Truth, By Al Gore

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Horror movies are a popular, albeit rather despised, film genre. It is all the more surprising that the most horrific of the current crop of scary movies has recently won an Oscar, not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to its main protagonist.

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

Inspire

Curiosity killed the cat – or did it?

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Frode Skjold tells Sai Pathmanathan about some of his favourite activities to teach science in primary school.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources
     

Inspire

Cornelius Gross: from the classroom to the laboratory

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

The majority of young scientists working in research have only ever been that – scientists. But Vienna Leigh reports how one group leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory started his career at the front of a classroom – and feels that his science benefits as a result.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Careers in science
         



UNDERSTAND

Understand

What killed the woolly mammoth?

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Climate change is nothing new. Caitlin Sedwick describes how a computer model is helping scientists to explain the extinction of the woolly mammoth.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Climate, Evolution
                   

Understand

The International Space Station: a foothold in space

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

In the first of two articles, Shamim Hartevelt-Velani and Carl Walker from the European Space Agency take us on a trip to the International Space Station.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: International Space Station, Space, Objects in space
           

Understand

Materials science to the rescue: easily removable chewing gum

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Halina Stanley investigates the history of chewing gum, how the chemistry of the gum affects its properties, and how scientists are using this knowledge to make chewing gum less of a pollutant.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Material science
           

Understand

Interview with Steve Jones: the threat of creationism

September 19, 2008 | Issue 9

Steve Jones talks to Vienna Leigh about the startling re-emergence of creationism in Europe, how teachers can help, and why he will never argue with a creationist.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Science and society
             



TEACH

Teach

Investigating the action of urease

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Anna Lorenc from the Volvox project explains the importance of the enzyme urease and presents a protocol to demonstrate urease activity in the classroom.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Enzyme
           

Teach

Meet the Gene Machine: stimulating bioethical discussions at school

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Laura Strieth, Karen Bultitude, Frank Burnet and Clare Wilkinson use drama and debate to encourage young people to discuss genetics and what it means for us all. Why not join in?

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Genetics, Disease testing
         

Teach

Fun physics in school: students perform for students

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Herbi Dreiner and Tobias Strehlau describe how a university physics show inspired a secondary-school teacher and his students to perform their own school physics show. Why not try it in your school?

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

Teach

Is there anybody out there? An ark of life

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

An enormous meteorite impact and then a rocky flight from Mars. Is that how life appeared on Earth? Cornelia Meyer takes us on a space trip through the lithopanspermia theory and describes how she is putting it to the test with the help of student colleagues.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: What is life?, Evolution, Astronomy
             

Teach

Detecting sugar: an everyday problem when facing diabetes

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Fred Engelbrecht and Thomas Wendt from the ExploHeidelberg Teaching Lab describe some experiments on sugar detection to demonstrate the problems that people with diabetes face every day.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Medicine, Disease diagnosis, Disease treatment, Health and disease
                 

Teach

Climate change modelling in the classroom

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

Why not get your students to make their own predictions of climate change – with the help of Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison from Bristol University, UK?

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Climate change, Climate, Atmospheric physics
               



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the ninth issue of Science in School

October 2, 2008 | Issue 9

“Before I start, I’d like to mention two things: half of what I’m telling you will be wrong; and I don’t even know which half.” This introduction by renowned molecular biologist Ueli Schibler to his students illustrates a discomforting aspect of science. The only way to find out which…

Ages: not applicable;