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Wiring A Plug

British PlugLooking back on my own time in secondary school I remember, in terms of useful practical outcomes, precisely one lesson. Of course there are many more which influenced and shaped me, but only one that I regularly and knowingly draw on. It was Year 9 …

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EAG Camp 2011

Last weekend my wife, a colleague and I took 7 deserving students from our Environmental Action Group (EAG) on a 4-day, 3-night camp to a remote beach in Hong Kong. The idea was to get them out of the classroom and give them a chance to learn more about the environment, whilst taking action to improve it. We camped on Lo Kei Wan beach, on South Lantau, and when we arrived the beach was filthy. Over our time there we cleaned up the majority of the waste, did some experiments, cook, cleaned, swam, fetched water from the village and talked. I felt that a lot of the social constructs and restrains from school fell away, and we started to get to know each other in new, less formal ways. Despite the rain, heat, mosquitoes and garbage, the students had a great time and learned a lot. Hopefully, they have some memories and lessons to last a lifetime, and to prompt them to further environmental action. I would recommend this kind of trip to anyone, but would advise to keep student numbers low and staff numbers high. If you want any advice on this (including my wife's delicious camp cooking menu), let me know. Looking for a way to try and interest more students in the EAG, and to help parents see the multiple educational benefits of such a trip, I produced the video below on return from camp: Interestingly, just as I sat down to produce the video, I received an email from a student with the following video, which I found to be very inspiring. Thanks Lars!

Silent Spring

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009xbbf

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, is the one publication that is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Carson, a marine biologist, raced against her own advancing breast cancer whilst attempting to publish the book before it was too late. Sadly, although she …

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The Alluring and Alien Sights of a Bee in Ultra Close-up

http://discovermagazine.com/photos/18-alluring-alien-sight…

My previous post touched on the difference between looking at something with a high speed camera, and how different things can look compared to the naked eye. This set of images provides us with a similar contrast, but this time dealing with magnification. These …

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Golf Ball Deforming on Impact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMqM13EUSKw

Each of us has our own understanding of the laws of physics. These beliefs are formed through personal experience (falling out of a tree), classroom education (an apple falls out of a tree) and much more. My own experience has taught me that the …

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Nature loss ‘to damage economies’

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and…

All too often we are presented with a false choice between the economy and the environment. This situation seems to occur because economics is primarily concerned with the short term, and measures designed to protect the environment are seen to immediately hinder economic growth …

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Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_specter_the_danger…

In an age where we rely so heavily on technology, more and more people are starting to doubt and deny the science that underlies it. In this fascinating¬† talk, Michael Specter discusses the danger of such denial. Examples include the supposed link between autism …

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Zoo babies from around the world

http://www.boston.com/travel/gallery/zoo_babies/

An interesting, visual look at baby animals in zoos around the world, this collection provides a great way for teachers to interest students in the great biodiversity of our planet.…

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History of the Internet on Vimeo

Despite the comical voice over, this video provides some interesting material on the history of the Internet and the developments that lead to it, such as time-sharing and file sharing. This provides an interesting way to bust the myth that the Internet is a recent …

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Alliance to Save Energy

http://www.ase.org/section/_audience/educators/lessons

A variety of lesson plans design to raise environmental awareness, and stimulate student action.…

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