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Do you have a smoke alarm?

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Randal Henly

Science Note: The strange behaviour of carbon dioxide in latex balloons

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Alan Goodwin 

Science Note: Using corrugated boards to introduce the concept of ‘turning effect of forces’ to less academically inclined students

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Nazir Amir

Promotional feature: Changes to practical assessment in the sciences at A-level

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Changes to the way practical work is assessed at A-level will take place from September 2015. These changes will impact on teaching practices, the assessment of A-levels and the grading of students. There is a wide range of support available from many organisations including ASE, writes the Past Chair Richard Needham.

Theme editorial: Practical work II

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Michael Reiss

Rockets and dragsters: encouraging practical work through continuing professional development

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Gary Williams, Mariana Salgueiro and Eric Coombes An initiative from the Institute of Physics in which participants are helped to develop understanding by constructing and launching model rockets and racing cars.

Research science in schools: an insight into the student experience in biomedical science and particle physics

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Dave Colthurst, Maddy Kent, Ruvimbo Mauchaza, Tharindi Senasinghe, Guy Sparkes, Filip Vasilijevic, Becky Parker, Ellerey Ireland, Saskia Jameson Bibb, Fleur Pomeroy, Anna Evans, Caitlin Cooke and Oleg Gorecan An account of off-timetable days in which small groups of students work on projects with the aid of older students, while more advanced projects are supported by visiting staff from university

Plants: an ideal living material for teaching science

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Dan Jenkins Encouraging students in the continuing care of plants is used as a method of enriching and extending knowledge in biology.

Innovation in out-of-school science

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Justin Dillon Enriching school science through field trips, science centres and botanic gardens, and other examples of experience beyond the school walls

The role of practicals in science museums

Issue: September 2015 358

Author: Kenny Webster No longer dominated by delicate and dusty collections of specimens in glass cabinets, modern science museums offer many opportunities for interactive learning

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