INSPIRE

Inspire

Inclusive lesson plans using the NinU grid

April 14, 2022 | Issue 57

The idea of ‘science for all’ can only be accomplished when we recognize the need to embrace diversity, reduce barriers, and enable participation in the science classroom.

Ages: <11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Diversity, Inclusion, Participation, Teaching methods



UNDERSTAND

Understand

JET sets new fusion energy record

April 14, 2022 | Issue 57

Recent results from EUROfusion’s JET experiment have demonstrated sustained high fusion power for the first time. These ground-breaking results could pave the way for fusion energy to play a key role in tackling climate change.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Atoms, Climate change, Energy, Fusion

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Understand

The reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring

April 14, 2022 | Issue 57

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs struck Earth during springtime. Scientists have determined this by analyzing the remains of fish that died directly after the impact.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Dinosaurs, Evolution, Fossils, X-rays

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Colour in nature: think pink

April 14, 2022 | Issue 57

What do carrots and flamingos have in common? At first glance, not much, but look closer. Their rosy glows have surprisingly similar origins!

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Chemistry, Ecology, Pigments

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Shaken by the (pressure) waves

April 14, 2022 | Issue 57

A pressure wave generated by the explosion of a volcano 18 000 km away was detected as an unexpected windfall of a school ambient air monitoring network.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Citizen science, Pressure, Volcano, Waves

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TEACH

Teach

A chromosome walk

April 14, 2022 | Issue 57

Stroll through biological databases: Walking on chromosomes is a CusMiBio project that teaches students how to explore biological databases and extract basic information about human genes. It is a collaborative activity based on working together and sharing discoveries.

Ages: 14-16, 16-19; Keywords: Genes, Genetic diseases, Genetics, Medicine, Proteins, Health and disease

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Teach

Pleasing precipitation performances – the microscale way

April 14, 2022 | Issue 57

Dropping out: learn about the chemistry of precipitation and introduce your students to chemical reactions that form colourful new compounds using microscale chemistry methods that are cheap, quick, and easy to do.

Ages: 14-16, 11-14, 16-19; Keywords: Chemical reactions, Ions, Precipitation, Transition metals

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