I thought I would post some videos that explain the work of the winning scientists which you can use to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Magician David Blaine has just completed this latest stunt – to stand on a platform for 72 hours whilst being ‘electrified’ by 1 million volts of electricity.
This video would be good in any lesson on electricity as it demonstrates the use of a Faraday cage in an unusual context. You could show the start of the video where he is getting dressed up in the chain-mail outfit and explain to the class what will happen to him. They can tell you how dangerous they think this stunt actually is and why.
Of course, he was in no real danger of being electrocuted as the metal in the suit conducted the charge and kept it away from his body. The only real risk that his body was under was the fatigue of having to stand up straight with no food or drink for 3 days.
So, I guess I this should be a post about the Higgs Boson as the announcement yesterday was quite a big deal. However, it’s not for three reasons:
1. There is a lot of stuff on it already out there.
2. Despite spending time yesterday reading several articles and watching videos involving ping pong balls and sugar, I still don’t know enough about it to make a meaningful contribution.
3. I found this video which is amazing: real-life hot wheels!
This video shows an amazing new type of light show at a recent Coldplay concert. Each audience member is given a wristband containing LEDs. These are controlled centrally so they light up in time to the music – a trully interactive experience.
Each wristband has a receiver, which allows data to be sent via radiowaves from a transmitter attached to a computer.
Showing the video would make an engaging start to a lesson on the uses of radiowaves.
This video from last week shows stuntman Gary Connery falling 2400 feet without a parachute and surviving to tell the tale. This would be a great story in a lesson on forces with any age student.
The students could:
- Name the forces acting on him as he fell.
- Calculate his average speed by using time from the video clip and using the speed equation (2400 feet = 731.52 m). As he fell for around 19 seconds this makes it an incredible 38.5 m/s (86 mph)!
- Draw force diagrams for when he just left the aeroplane (unbalanced forces), when he was at terminal velocity (balanced forces) and when he had just hit the boxes (unbalanced).
- Explain why his suit helped him survive the fall. More able students can link forces, particles and energy in this explanation.
- Calculate his potential energy when he was in the plane (mgh). Gary is approximately 84 kg.
- Sketch a velocity/time graph for the fall.
If you have any other ideas – please leave a comment and share!
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 of its gravity on the Earth (as tides are expected to be higher this weekend as an effect).
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 this is my first offering: an enquiry lesson to use when teaching metal properties or density or just as a way of practising maths and science skills. More