Science in School
Issue 7 : Winter 2007
Resources in English
The Association for Science Education
The UK’s Association for Science Education provides
many online teaching resources and links covering all
science subjects and all student age groups. The interactive
resources provide information and brief online tests on
topics as diverse as Viagra
, the Periodic Table, and the Big
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
These teaching materials for primary and secondary
schools may be viewed online, downloaded or ordered.
They include interactive presentations, information sheets,
online exhibitions and materials for running workshops.
Topics covered include the structure of DNA, biodiversity,
physiology, animal welfare, plants, agriculture, food
biotechnology, spiders and genetics.
Cancer Research UK
These online lesson plans address the biology of cancer,
ethical issues surrounding the use of human tissues in
research, how to lead a healthy life, and the role of viruses
in cancer and the possible impacts of a vaccine for cervical
cancer. The lesson plans are tailored to the English key
stage 4 (ages 14-16) curriculum, but elements could be
adapted by teachers in other European countries.
CERN (English, French, German and Italian)
CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory,
provides online lectures, games, demonstrations of experi-
ments to do in the classroom, movies, pictures, posters,
and presentations about high-energy physics. Topics
include particle physics, antimatter and special relativity
as well as the functioning of bubble chambers and techno-
logical applications of CERN’s research. The games about
CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and the microcosm are
available in English, French, German and Italian.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Teaching materials on the
include interactive applications, information modules, les-
son plans and student worksheets. All materials relate to
DNA, but cover subjects as varied as the Romanov family,
DNA fingerprinting in human identification, genes and
medicine, and human origins. The accompanying DVD
can be purchased online.
It can be difficult and time consuming to develop materials for really
good science lessons. Many scientific research organisations, howev-
er, provide teaching resources, often designed together with teachers.
Researchers provide scientific expertise and the teachers bring years
of experience in the classroom.
These materials include pictures and videos as well as ideas for scien-