Engaging Children in the Sciences

Schooling has advanced dramatically since we were younger, access to technology has increased, and children are exposed to more than we ever were during our youth – but is that enough?
Do you remember when your child was young, or are you going through it at the moment?
Why is the sky blue?
What causes volcanoes?
What causes earthquakes?
Does water flow the other way in Australia?
Where does rain come from?
These are not questions to shrug off but rather ideal learning opportunities, if you grab these questions and turn to science and science toys to answer them, you start to instill a lifelong love of the sciences within your children. Teaching science starts at home before your children even get to school, teaching science at home can enhance their learning experiences at school and can be fun. You may wonder how this can help or assist your children …

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Finding the Higgs Particle, Decoding Light and Confounding Science

2012 is the year of discovery and change which will revolutionise the way we see our world and will prove the limitations of scientific theory, hinting at the wonders of the infinite and the unknown.
The matter in our Universe, when it was young, was distributed and shaped by pressure waves, but not dark matter which was unaffected by these waves: by decoding the first ripples in the light, and the dark, of the Universe using sophisticated scientific measurements, researchers say we will be able to know what stars and galaxies and other objects were present when the Universe was just forming itself billions of years ago. What an amazing thought.
The science of cosmology is like so much of modern science based on fact, proven theory and possibilities, and matter. It allows for the unknown but wishes the unknown to become evidence, and except in the rare enlightened science …

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Where to Seek Inspiration for Your Lesson Plans

Now that the summer holidays are over and done with, back to school it is. But it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things after such a long break. Have you been finding it challenging to come up with ideas to make those lesson plans more fun and interesting for the kids? Do not fret, there are reliable places you can turn to for inspiration.
Events
It may help to know that you are far from being the only person in need of additional inspiration and support to put together more exciting lesson plans. Fortunately, the education industry has responded to this common demand, and seminars, conferences and exhibitions are now commonplace. Look out for ones organised by the British Council, for example, as well as your local council.
Industry events are a great opportunity to do some networking, brainstorming and idea exchanging. All those present …

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Early Intervention At Secondary School To Increase University Enrollments In Computing And Science

Globally, the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are competing for enrolments in universities with an increasing range of options, to their detriment. The Australian Mathematical Science Institute revealed that basic mathematics was growing in popularity among secondary students to the detriment of intermediate or advanced studies. This has resulted in fewer universities offering higher mathematics courses, and subsequently there are reduced graduates in mathematics. Educators are therefore continuously looking for innovative ways to attract students to STEM university courses.
First, an examination of causes for the low interest in STEM university programs revealed the following: An October 2011 report from the Georgetown University’s Centre on Education and the Workforce (CEW) reported that American science graduates viewed traditional science careers as “too socially isolating.” In addition, a liberal-arts or business education was often regarded as more flexible in a fast-changing job market. Secondary students had the perception that computing …

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Grow Plants in Total Darkness

Some people claim that it’s possible to grow plants in total darkness. If you’d like to see for yourself, you’ll find all the information you need right here. Think what a great science project this could make for you or someone you know.
To give you a general overview of the experiment, a seed is placed in a container along with two metal plates. The container is placed in a box or somewhere light can’t reach it. Wires from the plates go to a plate outside the house and to an electrical ground inside the house. Energy gathered from the outside plate travels down the wire to the seed where it causes the seed to sprout and grow in the absence of sunlight.
We’ll be using seeds in this case, but you can also try using young or mature plants as well. Just know that as the size of the …

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