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Vitamin D

This activity is designed to engage a wider range of students. Using the principles of ‘science capital’, it makes the issue of Vitamin D deficiency highly ...

Exterminate

  Mosquitoes are the world’s most dangerous killer. The diseases they transmit, malaria, Zika and dengue fever, cause more than a million deaths per year. Some scientists have ...

Eco-phone

  As the number of smartphone users worldwide exceeds 2 billion, and as users update their devices with ever-increasing frequency, there are growing concerns about the impacts ...

Breaking News: 3 Parents

BREAKING NEWS! The first baby with DNA from three parents has just been born in Mexico. The mother carries the genes for a deadly syndrome ...

Exterminar [Brasil]

  O mosquito pode ser um assassino perigoso. As doenças transmitidas por determinados mosquitos, Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, Malária, causam mais de um milhão de mortes por ano. ...

To frack or not?

The extraction of gas from shale rock – hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – is widespread in the USA. Whilst some countries in Europe have banned fracking ...

Two degrees

December 2015 was the wettest month in the UK since records began and devastating floods affected thousands of people. Scientists believe climate change may have caused this ...

Man or machine

Sports records are continually being broken – balls hit harder, javelins thrown further and bicycles travelling faster – but are these improvements down to the athlete ...

Ban Cola? #Top 3 activity

Now that scientists have discovered that sugar is like an addictive drug, pressure is building for action to reduce the amount of sugar that children ...

Grow

As people live longer the demand for new organs to replace failed ones increases. One possible solution is to build new organs in a dish from ...

Ebola #Top 3 activity

Will the next outbreak be a global pandemic? The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the largest in history, and killed more than 11,000 ...

Death to diesel?

Major car manufacturers have fitted software to diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests. In this activity students use their knowledge of chemical reactions to ...

Electronic cigarettes

Turkey, Wales, Normandy and parts of Canada have recently banned the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, and the EU is considering following their ...

Life on Enceladus?

Evidence from Cassini, a robot spacecraft, suggests that there are oceans of hot water on Saturn’s icy moon, Enceladus. Might the oceans be home to ...

Invasion!

Common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, is an invasive plant which is spreading across Europe. Because of illness caused by its allergenic pollen and competition with crops, ...

Text neck

New research suggests that smart phone use is seriously damaging our necks. Looking down at an angle places great strain on the spine, and can ...

Zika

The Zika virus is linked to brain damage in unborn babies and is spreading rapidly through South America. The World Health Organisation declared it an ...

GM decision

Following a EU rule change, the growing of GM crops across Europe will increase in many countries. It looks likely that GM foods such as ...

Big bag ban

The EU has recently approved tough new measures to slash the use of plastic bags. New targets will force each country to reduce plastic bag ...

Chocolate money

Europeans love chocolate – we eat over half the world’s supply! The bad news is that we are eating more cocoa than can be produced ...

Appliance science

The EU has recently imposed limits on the power ratings of vacuum cleaners, and further limits on other appliances could soon be in place. In ...

Eat insects

As human population increases, our appetite for meat grows but very soon demand will outstrip supply. Farming large animals puts a strain on our natural ...

Solar Roadways

Revolutionary roads which stay snow-free, claim developers. A click of a switch they can transform the road into a car park or even sports pitches. In ...

Making Decisions

Carriers of a inherited condition have to make many difficult decisions including what to do if they want children. In this activity students ...

Sinking island

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati recently announced its purchase of land in mountainous Fiji for its population to move to when sea ...

Ban the beds

In preparation for a summer holiday many people turn to sunbeds to top up their tan but could this habit be endangering their ...

Take the test?

Genetic tests can be used to determine whether a person is a carrier of a genetic condition – but is having a test always the best ...

Attack of the giant viruses

Scientists have discovered a giant 30 000 year old virus still alive under the permafrost. As the world warms, others will be uncovered. ...

Car Wars

Imagine it is 2020 and students are about to get their first car. Increased carbon dioxide emissions have led to huge financial incentives to ...

What does the fox say?

We use the viral video to raise a serious question: can we understand animal talk? ‘Bowlingual’ detects a dog’s emotions by analysing a ...

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A 5-year curriculum map to build understanding

How are your curriculum topics organised? Like the specification? Based on an old scheme? If so, our big ideas approach could help you build stronger student over 5 years.

Here’s how it works. We have identified 14 fundamental ideas that underly all the science content in Key Stage 3 (11-14) and GCSE Combined Science (14-16). These are principles, models, laws and theories that explain lots of phenomena. They’re the things we really want students to understand,

For instance, forces has two distinct big ideas which if you understand them, can help you apply knowledge and answer the most difficult exam questions.

 

  • Forces predict motion: knowing the forces, and Newton’s laws, you can work out how an object moves
  • Forces act through fields

For all the big ideas, we are creating a progression of understanding, through a number of ...

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Zika discussion in Brazil

Grupo de discussão – auditório do CETEP / Irecê, BA – Brasil

Data: 09/12/16

Turno: vespertino

Duração aproximada: 1 hora

Participantes: uma mediadora, dois professores, uma coordenadora e os estudantes do terceiro e quarto ano do curso de administração.

VÍDEO 1

Professor: Bom, nós estamos agora, nesse momento com um grupo de alunos e professores do terceiro e do quarto ano de administração vespertino aqui no centro territorial de educação de Irecê- CETEP. Hoje esta sendo a culminância dos trabalhos, tivemos outros trabalhos que foram apresentados anteriormente, e esse grupo permaneceu aqui no auditório pra a gente conversar um pouquinho a respeito do desenvolvimento do trabalho deles e o que fundamentou que argumentos optaram pelas decisões de alguns grupos que estão aqui de serem favoráveis ou não ao extermínio do mosquito. Então quem gostaria de iniciar esse debate dizendo né, que foi favorável e quais foram os motivos. A gente poderia começar pelo ultimo grupo? Vou então a busca da ultima palestrante, por que ela trouxe né, da penúltima palestrante, ela trouxe uma argumentação dizendo os motivos pelos quais o grupo dela se posicionou dessa e daquela forma. E ai eu gostaria que vocês dissessem apenas o nome de vocês está certo?

Estudante 1: Meu nome é Estudante 1, o meu grupo, quer dizer, a sala inteira, no momento em que foi passado o projeto para a gente, a gente de certa forma não se interessou, não era um assunto que a gente tinha contato. A partir do momento que foi passado pra gente as pesquisas, a gente foi despertando certamente o interesse por que era algo que “ah, vi passar no jornal, mas na região não tem muito caso”; mas quando a gente aprofundou no assunto “foi algo que ...