Virtual labs, real science

March 23, 2021 | Issue 52

Not just for remote teaching: virtual labs really came into their own during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they can generally be a useful addition to the STEM teacher’s toolbox.

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Forces, States of matter, Informatics, Teaching resources



Clinical trials count on more than statistics

March 22, 2021 | Issue 52

The rush to find treatments for COVID-19 led to a badly flawed clinical trial influencing medical treatment worldwide. What went wrong?

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Science and society, Medicine, Statistics, Medical research, COVID-19


How to understand a COVID-19 test result

March 16, 2021 | Issue 52

A negative result from a medical test means you definitely don’t have the condition, right? Wrong: it depends on the false negative rate of the test and on your individual risk.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Health, Microbiology, COVID-19, Disease testing, Infectious diseases, Probability



Maths with fruit

March 22, 2021 | Issue 52

Have fun with fruit while helping your students to explore the concepts of area and volume, and learn more about their real-world applications.

Ages: under 11, 11-14; Keywords: Surface area, Volume, Geometry, 3D shapes


Teaching binary code with a secret word challenge

March 18, 2021 | Issue 52

Do you find the binary system complicated? With this activity, your students will find it as easy as 01,10,11.

Ages: 11-14; Keywords: computer science, Informatics, Numeral systems, Algorithms


Fantastic feats: experimenting with water

March 15, 2021 | Issue 52

How can air hold the water in an upturned glass? Why does water stay in a bottle with a hole in its base? Find out with these entertaining experiments.

Ages: under 11, 11-14, 14-16; Keywords: Forces, Surface tension, Cohesion, Liquids, Pressure


Tea-time chemistry

March 8, 2021 | Issue 52

Tea is a refreshing drink – and it can also help students to learn about important chemical reactions, as these simple experiments with infusions demonstrate.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Indicators, Metal complexes, Redox chemistry, Acid base reactions


Faraday’s law of induction: from classroom to kitchen

February 22, 2021 | Issue 52

Explore electromagnetic induction and of one of its well-known applications – the induction hob – with these hands-on activities.

Ages: 16-19; Keywords: Electromagnetism, Faraday’s law, Circuits