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The road to success: how the A14 construction project is inspiring young people in STEM

Carrying around 85,000 vehicles per day across Cambridgeshire, the A14 trunk road, which is managed by Highways England, is a vital transport corridor between the West Midlands and East Anglia. However, it is frequently congested and traffic is often disrupted by breakdowns and accidents.A section of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon...


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Ideas for teaching identification and classification in the primary classroom

From a very young age, children like to sort things. They will pile things of a particular colour or shape together and ask the names of everything they see to classify them.There are those children who will only use the red bricks to build their towers and a common activity in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) classrooms is to sort the things...


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Reversing climate change with the HEDRA project: designing the future home occupants

Climate change is happening. Unless we educate people from a young age, we have little chances of reversing the current climatic trend and ensure resilience in the future. It is important to provide simple and easy-to-do actions for everyone to take, that can reduce the impact we have on the environment with an immediate effect.The HEDRA (Home...


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Taking learning outside: how you can celebrate Fascination of Plants Day

Sometimes people find it difficult to get themselves enthused about plants, let alone their students. To tie in with Fascination of Plants Day and Outdoor Classroom Day on 18 May 2017, I decided to see if I could think of anything fascinating about a notoriously dull plant, celery.Apart from wondering if eating celery makes you use up more...


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Taking the fear out of physics

In my experience, when science teachers hear the word ‘physics’ they seem to go pale and swiftly move on to another subject. For some, finger nails on a chalkboard would be a preferable experience.By degree, I’m not a physicist, I spent many of my academic years studying medicine at Bristol, but during my training my circumstances changed rather...


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Is it ever OK to admit you find teaching biology difficult?

Chatting with a colleague the other day, I had one of those light bulb moments. She said how difficult it was for her to admit that she found teaching biology difficult.As a degree qualified chemist with industry experience, she had subject expertise and plenty of ideas for teaching chemistry and physics, but didn’t feel confident about her...


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What are antibubbles and how are they changing the world?

Add a twist to your lessons on states of matter by investigating antibubbles.What are antibubbles?Most students will be familiar with bubbles that can be created by blowing air into a film of soapy water. These bubbles consist of a volume of air enclosed by a membrane of liquid. The bubble is held as a sphere by forces between the liquid molecules...


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A day like no other: filming science demonstrations with Professor Brian Cox

Looking back on my experience regarding teaching science with Professor Brian Cox, I questioned myself about how it all started.What seems like a long time ago now, the Royal Society contacted me, as science leader of Britannia Village Primary School, about the chance to teach a science lesson with one of the most acclaimed scientists of our times...


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Put your practical skills to the test

Science demonstrations can be used in lots of different ways, whether it’s because you want to focus on a particular aspect of a practical, it might be a practical that’s unsafe for students to do or you’re modelling a practical for students to do it themselves.Generally though, a demonstration will be linked to the curriculum and will be used for...


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Practical work: helping students enjoy science

WRITTEN BY: HILARY LEEVERS, WELLCOME TRUSTAs a teenager with a growing passion for physics, seeing the trails of sub-atomic particles falling through a cloud chamber - that I’d actually helped to make in our classroom - was mind blowing. Likewise, dissecting a sheep’s eyeball helped me see the world in a different way. I hope that...


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