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14/02/12  |  Moscow

To engage students in video observations of plants

Take a look at the Resources (Plant Growth) section, where you will find a link to a video showing the growth and shoot development of a Furcraea (flowering, formation of brood buds). The film is based on time-lapse observation of a 100-year Furcraea selloe in the hothouses of the Botanic Garden of Moscow State University (“Aptekarskiy ogorod”) and was produced by A.G.Velikanov. The video was shown during MSU’s INQUIRE course and generated great interest amongst the teachers, who are now using it in their classes. It is a good example of how modern technology can help inspire and engage students in regular observation of plants at home and in school.

02/02/12  |  Brussels

New Year Fireworks Scares Birds

A recent Dutch study shows that birds, especially waterfowl, flock to flight when fireworks go off at midnight on New Year's Eve. Detailed analysis of radar images at Brussels Airport shows the same phenomenon in Belgium.

29/12/11  |  London

What do people think of science?

Many people form their attitudes to science (either positively or negatively) at school according to a recent UK study, with a quarter (24%) agreeing that “school put me off science”. The report ‘Public Attitudes to Science” gets to the heart of how people feel about science, how they engage with it, the trust they place in it, and the role science plays in their lives and careers.

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What is the biggest barrier to implementing IBSE in your practice?

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