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An alternative energy career project at The Warwick School, Redhill, Surrey

Issue: September 2014 354

Author: Denise Balmer, with help from Allan Hopkins

Extract: An annual hands-on practical engineering day develops team skills and gives students a real taste of career possibilities. The article describes an innovative project for year 9 (age 13–14) students that has run since 2002 with the help of professional engineers and scientists and incorporates careers information and hands-on practical work. The programme was developed to highlight alternative energy as a subject and also to provide a hands-on practical day for the students prior to making their GCSE examination subject choices. The school’s science and technology departments were both involved initially, along with 16 local professional engineer and scientist volunteers. Since the initial project, the school’s media department has joined in and the day is seen by the students as an essential and exciting part of the year 9 programme.

The Earth Science Education Unit’s professional development workshop on ‘The carbon question – cycling, releasing, capturing’ for teachers of key stages 3 and 4

Issue: September 2014 354

Author: Chris King

Extract: The development of ESEU’s new carbon-based CPD workshop is described, to give a flavour of the experience it might provide to science teachers and trainees. The revised National Curriculum for Science for key stages 3 and 4 (ages 11–16) in England provides the opportunity to develop a new coherent approach to teaching about the carbon cycle, the use of carbon as a fuel and the resulting issues. The Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU) intends to develop a new workshop to support the teaching of this topic. The format will mirror ESEU’s successful methodology whereby teachers rehearse activities and demonstrations in a workshop and then receive additional materials to support classroom activity. Like all other ESEU workshops, ‘The carbon question – cycling, releasing, capturing’ workshop will be available free to science departments and teacher training institutions.

Teaching energy as part of education for sustainability

Issue: September 2014 354

Author: Maarten Tas, Frankie McKeon, Fiona Charnley and Margaret Fleming

Extract: Recognising that energy supply is just part of the requirement for sustainability for the world population. This article describes how energy issues and education for sustainable development (ESD) are part of the agenda for two current European projects, CoDeS and SUSTAIN. The latter is mainly concerned with the development of inquiry-based primary and lower secondary science education while the former is a network that aims to learn more about collaborations within schools and communities that foster sustainable development. Even though the words ‘sustainability’ and ‘global warming’ are not mentioned in the 2014 key stage 3 (ages 11–14) science and geography National Curriculum in England, it is suggested that teaching the difficult concept of energy within the framework of sustainability will increase the engagement and curiosity of pupils and their motivation to study science using different contexts.


Issue: September 2014 354

Extract: Diagnosis for Classroom Success: Making Anatomy and Physiology Come Alive - Nicole H. Maller Global Industries Uncovered: The Pharmaceutical Industry - Richard Spilsbury The Elements: An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table - Tom Jackson The Universe: An Illustrated History of Astronomy - Tom Jackson Dice Word: Science and Life in a Random Universe - Brian Clegg

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Issue: September 2014 354

Special issues and advertiser's index

Issue: September 2014 354

Contents and Editorial

Issue: June 2014 353

Author: Geoff Auty, School Science Review Editor

Extract: After a very full theme focusing on the science curriculum in March, this edition returns to the roots of School Science Review, with a random selection of material sent in mostly by teachers in the spirit of‘this worked for me, you might like to try it’.

Science Notes: Interdisciplinary teaching of biology and physical education

Issue: June 2014 353

Author: Claas Wegner, Katharina Spintzyk, Friederike Strehlke, Lea Minnaert and Bernd Gröben

Science Notes: Dilution of a weak acid

Issue: June 2014 353

Author: Christopher Talbot and Chooi Khee Wai

Science Notes: The Clubbers’ Guide: School biology clubs

Issue: June 2014 353

Author: Sue Howarth

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