The Royal Institution - Christmas Lecture 2021 - Going Viral - How Covid changed science forever

The Royal Institutions 2021 Christmas Lecture - Going Viral, will be broadcast on the BBC in late December. Although the specifics of the lectures are a closely guarded secret, STEM Learning have pulled together a collection of resources from the STEM Learning eLibrary that will support themes addressed in this upcoming three lectures series:


Lecture 1: The Invisible Enemy (Viruses, immune system and testing)
Lecture 2: The Perfect Storm (Epidemiology, mathematical and behavioural modelling, future technology)
Lecture 3: Winning the War (Vaccines, genetics, the role of technology)

 

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Vaccine initiative: are vaccines safe?

This cross-curricular activity introduces the concept of vaccination, specifically for COVID-19, using stimulus materials enabling student discussion opportunities. The way in which vaccines work, what they contain and the most common side effects are explained using simple scientific terminology. Some anti-vaccine...

Fighting Fit *suitable for home teaching*

This Catalyst article looks at how exercise affects our immunity and susceptibility to infection. Recent research indicates that a person's level of physical activity affects their immune function, influencing their risk of respiratory tract infections such as a cold. Whereas moderate levels of regular exercise...

Immune system

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine.

This resource looks at several aspects of the immune system including:

  • The non-specific immune response
  • Specific immune response and antigen recognition
  • T cells and B cells
  • ...

Drugs *suitable for home teaching*

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine.

While providing immense benefits, drugs are not the perfect solution. They only work on a proportion of patients,...

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