INSPIRE

Inspire

Catch them young: university meets primary school

April 29, 2009 | Issue 11

Teaching science at primary school can be a challenge. At La main à la pâte, Samuel Lellouch and David Jasmin send university students to support primary-school teachers. Why not try two of their activities in your classroom?

Ages: under 11; Keywords: Teaching resources
     

Inspire

A Dictionary of International Units: Metric-Matters: Names and Symbols, By Philip Bladon

April 23, 2009 | Issue 11

Have you ever wondered what a decasievert or a petahenry is? Why some symbols are written in capitals and others in lower case? What the difference is between ps and pS? How many ampere there are in a zettaampere? Or what Nikola Tesla’s nationality was? These and many other questions can be…

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Teaching resources

Inspire

Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names, By Paul May

April 23, 2009 | Issue 11

Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names shows that chemists do have a sense of humour, even though it may be a little ‘schoolboyish’ at times. Based on a website of the same name (www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm), the book – as its name suggests – is a collection of the…

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Molecular biology

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Serendipity in life (and) science: Christian Mellwig

April 23, 2009 | Issue 11

Life has a funny habit of turning out quite differently from what you expect. Take Christian Mellwig, for example. He explains to Vienna Leigh that he was determined that, whatever path he took in life, it wouldn’t be teaching.

Ages: not applicable; Keywords: Careers in science
   

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“Admitting to being a physicist isn’t really the best chat-up line”

April 23, 2009 | Issue 11

Alison McLure tells Marlene Rau about her adventurous life as a physicist – from being a TV presenter and forecasting the weather in the Antarctic to taking gap-year students on an expedition to an island in the South Atlantic.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Careers in science

Inspire

How to write a good science story: writing competition

April 22, 2009 | Issue 11

Rebecca Skloot tells Sonia Furtado and Marlene Rau how she became a science writer, where she finds inspiration for her stories - and invites you to enter the Science in School science writing competition.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Science communication, Teaching resources
 

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Science on Stage: recent international events

April 9, 2009 | Issue 11

Autumn showers, shortening days, jet-lag… nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of teachers, students and journalists from around the world who took part in the Spanish and German Science on Stage events. Sonia Furtado reports.

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



UNDERSTAND

Understand

Systems biology in the classroom?

April 30, 2009 | Issue 11

Systems biology is one of the fastest growing fields in the life sciences. But what is it all about? And does it have a place in the classroom? Les Grivell from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in Heidelberg, Germany, investigates.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Biology, Systems biology
       

Understand

Powering the world

April 30, 2009 | Issue 11

Energy – why is it so important, where do we get it and how much do we use? Gieljan de Vries from the Dutch FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen investigates.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Energy, Energy production, Sustainability
             

Understand

Outmanoeuvering influenza’s tricks

April 27, 2009 | Issue 11

Catching the influenza virus can be more than just a nuisance: these pathogens have caused the most deadly pandemic in recent history. Claire Ainsworth investigates how scientists are working to prevent it happening again.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Infectious diseases, Immune system, Health and disease, Virus
       

Understand

Sugary insights into worm parasite infections

April 27, 2009 | Issue 11

Schistosomiasis is the second most socioeconomically devastating parasitic disease after malaria. Alan Wilson and Stuart Haslam investigate new ways to combat the parasite – taking advantage of its sugar coating.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Infectious diseases, Health, Health and disease
 

Understand

Time travel: science fact or science fiction?

April 22, 2009 | Issue 11

Do you believe that time travel has no place in a serious science lesson? Jim Al-Khalili from the University of Surrey, UK, disagrees. He shows how the topic of time travel introduces some of the ideas behind Einstein’s theories of relativity.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: History of science, Physics
           



TEACH

Teach

Take the weather with you

April 29, 2009 | Issue 11

Karen Bultitude introduces a set of simple, fun and memorable demonstrations using everyday ingredients to explain meteorological phenomena.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Weather, Teaching resources
       

Teach

Fuelling interest: climate change experiments

April 28, 2009 | Issue 11

Dudley Shallcross, Tim Harrison, Steve Henshaw and Linda Sellou offer chemistry and physics experiments harnessing alternative energy sources, such as non-fossil fuels.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Climate, Climate change, Energy, Alternative energy
     

Teach

Growing crystals from protein

April 28, 2009 | Issue 11

Beat Blattmann and Patrick Sticher from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, explain the science behind protein crystallography and provide a protocol for growing your own crystals from protein – an essential method used by scientists to determine protein structures.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Crystal structure, Protein structure, Proteins, Protein structures
     



EDITORIAL

Editorial

Welcome to the eleventh issue of Science in School

May 4, 2009 | Issue 11

Are you curious to find out what life will be like in a hundred years’ time? Or have you always fancied living in ancient Egypt? According to Jim Al-Khalili, it may one day be possible – or will it? Is time travel science fact or science fiction? Find out more in this issue’s feature…

Ages: not applicable;