Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea. YouTube channel   The last year’s winners gave a TED talk and the video can be watched below. The topics were the following:   Lauren Hodge in the 13-14 age group. Lauren … Continue reading Google Science Fair

Highlights of Calculus

Source: MIT OCW These five Highlights of Calculus videos provide an overview of the key topics and ideas of calculus and how they apply to real-life situations and problems. Prof. Strang’s free on-line textbook is available here. Big Picture of Calculus: Calculus is about change. One function tells how quickly another function is changing. Professor Strang shows how calculus applies to ordinary life situations, such as: driving a car, climbing a mountain, growing … Continue reading Highlights of Calculus

Chemical Equilibrium

In biology, life is the avoidance of equilibrium, and the attainment of equilibrium is death, but knowing whether equilibrium lies in favor of reactants or products under certain conditions is a good indication of the feasibility of a biochemical reaction (Atkins and de Paula, in Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press). Chemguide is a good web resource for students studying chemistry. Pedro Mendes demonstrates the kinetics of unimolecular reaction … Continue reading Chemical Equilibrium

Observations from Lilian Katz

During her 31 years at the University of Illinois, Lilian G. Katz taught a graduate course titled Early Childhood Curriculum Trends and Issues. The topics included selected aspects of child development, the role of play in learning, parent-teacher relationships, curriculum models and teaching methods, and examination of research related to all of these matters She writes: At the last class of every semester, I also evaluated the semester in terms of … Continue reading Observations from Lilian Katz

Inquiry based learning

Few articles, that I came across recently on inquiry based teaching and learning. Science magazine (www.sciencemag.org) from the US has started a competition on this topic: Teaching Real Science In this issue of Science, we are publishing the first of 15 winning entries for the 2011 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction, a laboratory module entitled Light, Sight, and Rainbows. Created for introductory college science courses, each module can be readily … Continue reading Inquiry based learning

Radiation Resistance

Facts about the cockroach is interesting. Source: The Hindu It can: run three miles in one hour — the fastest insect alive hold its breath for 40 minutes live a week without a head, only dying of thirst because it has no mouth to drink water squeeze into cracks that are 1.6 millimetres thick — the equivalent of you trying to fit into a football survive temperatures … Continue reading Radiation Resistance

Brockwood Olympics 2010

In June 2010, two years before the London Olympics, there was a different kind of Olympic game  taking place at Brockwood. The classes have finished and Orlando, our sports teacher organised the Brockwood Olympics. At Brockwood Park School, there is no reward or punishment and academic and non-academic learning happens in an environment free of competition.No medals were awarded but everyone including got a free hug and their … Continue reading Brockwood Olympics 2010

Data Visualisation Part II: Sciences

Source: Science Magazine Each year, Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation host the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The 2011 Challenge received over 200 submissions in five categories, which were evaluated based on visual impact, effective communication of a scientific idea, and overall originality. Visualizations with the most votes from the public received the People’s Choice award. The fantastic visualisations can be viewed here. ♦ … Continue reading Data Visualisation Part II: Sciences

Tiny Houses

Source: The New Yorker ANNALS OF DESIGN about Jay Shafer and the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Tiny houses are built on trailer platforms. Typically, they are between a hundred and a hundred and thirty square feet, roughly the size of a covered wagon. They aren’t toys or playhouses or aesthetic gestures, and they aren’t shacks or cottages, either. Shacks don’t have kitchens and bathrooms, and … Continue reading Tiny Houses