The story Bare paint is an ink which conducts electricity. The paint has been around for a while and has been used to create interactive posters and even to light-up models in a music video. The video below shows how it can be used to create a simple circuit.
Lighting the Olympic flame
Image: Jon Candy @Flickr The story The flame that will burn during the London Olympic Games was lit at Olympia, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympics, last Thursday. The torch is lit using the same method as it was at the ancient Olympic Games, a parabolic mirror.
The Moon appears to be bigger and brighter tonight as it’s elliptical orbit brings it closer to the Earth than at any other time of the year. If you are teaching about the Moon at the moment this is a great story to teach about the Moon’s orbit and phases as well as the effect […]
Is a gold medal really gold?
The story There is no doubt that the gold medals for the London Olympic games are beautiful but how much gold is actually in them? This is might well be the first of a few Olympic themed postings over the coming months. I wanted to come up with some ideas that were a bit different and unusual so […]
What the frack?
The story Fracking is a controversial way of mining for natural gas reserves that are buried deep underground in layers of rock. It is been banned in some countries but is being carried out in the USA and UK. A few weeks ago the scheme got the green light to be extended in the UK.
Why did the Titanic sink?
The story Unless you have been hiding under an iceberg for the past few weeks, you will have noticed an increase in the amount of media attention on the Titanic. This is because the 100 year anniversary of its sinking takes place on Sunday. Teaching ideas A lesson on the sinking of the Titanic would […]
How to see around corners
A simple starter I often used when introducing the topic of light with year 8 was to give them a problem to solve:
The story Getting into space the traditional way, in a space shuttle, is an expensive process but at least we know it works. Is travelling up in an elevator attached to a 36 000 km cable any more cost effective or realistic?
The story A team of scientists from a Dutch university has discovered a way of turning biogas made from plant matter into the building blocks of common plastics. They used a new kind of iron catalyst made from nanoparticles to make ethene and propene. This new method means that plastics with the same chemical structure, […]
This video shows an interesting merge of physics and make-up which might just be the hook you need to get certain individuals in your class interested in science (you know who they are!).