Archive for the ‘General science’ Category

Wednesday – The sharp end of the year

April 24, 2013

With the exams approaching, you can expect to see more revision themed posts from me. And I was intending to start that trend about now; however, a couple of really interesting stories in the news caught my eye and I was distracted:

Via the BBC – Wildlife experts are due to discuss the reintroduction of bears (once a native species) into the Scottish Highlands. Click the pic for a full story.

From New Scientist – A miracle material that looks like a liquid yet shatters like glass and happens to be called Oobleck! Once again a quick click takes you to the full story.

And finally, bringing things back to revision, feel free to tweet me (@MFEbden) with any questions about your exam prep.

Wednesday – Who could’ve predicted this…

March 13, 2013

A Mr WillIam, who I’m reliably informed is a musician of some kind, has pledged ¬£500,000 towards Science education via the Prince’s Trust. Just a click on this generous and clearly very wise man will take you to the full story courtesy of the Beeb:

Tuesday – All’s well so far…

March 12, 2013

The events with Felicity last week were a fantastic success! Lots of inspirational thoughts and ideas…

There’s lots more going on this week, including a debate on wind power and a Primary school Science Challenge. All kindly supported by EDF and London Array.

And topically, London Array have now officially become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Massive congratulations to them!

Monday – Felicity Aston visiting SLC on Thursday

March 4, 2013

World-famous polar explorer, meteorologist, travel writer, film maker and Thanet local Felicity Aston will be giving a talk this Thursday (7th March) evening:

Poster for the event

 

Felicity is a truly inspirational lady, who has completed some totally astonishing feats of endurance. Her talk begins at 7pm and members of the public are welcome to come along – just see the details on the poster above and email boxoffice@slcuk.com to book your place.

Tuesday – I’ve been a bit busy…

February 5, 2013

Very sorry, as usual, for not posting too frequently. Lots going on and v little time to blog so to speak…

We went to London and saw this man:

Professor Lord Robert Winston

And we also went to the University of Greenwich to use their extremely expensive chemistry equipment – massive thanks to them!

A really amazing campus, great people and impressive labs

Friday – The best thing I’ve seen in ages!!

December 14, 2012

Another good website for you and this one’s awesome!

 

…is a site where users can log on and help researchers identify animals caught on camera traps over a massive area in Tanzania. You’ll be looking at pictures like this:

Or maybe this:

And telling the researchers what animals you think you’ve seen. It’s a bit like being on safari from the comfort of your sofa. I’ve spent a few hours already but I’m not too worried seeing as I know it’s productive! Get involved!

Wednesday – Another post?!

December 12, 2012

Just had to post a link to this great website:

Have a look at some amazing materials!

A superb site from the folks at UCL about materials science that showcases some amazingly futuristic ‘stuff’.

Wednesday – In Memory of Sir Patrick Moore

December 12, 2012

An inspiration to so many. He’ll be missed.

Thursday – Great job Boys (and Girls!)

November 29, 2012

This morning the Environmental Activity Group gave a presentation to the whole school in chapel and it was superb! The message was all about looking after the planet and why what we do as a school/individuals matters. Here are two really great video clips that they used to illustrate their point:

They even managed to include a quiz, which was of course won by the boys… but it was close so well done to the girls also. They finished with this poignant quote from the legend that is David Attenborough:

“One of the things I don’t want to do is to look at my grandchildren and hear them say: “Grandfather, you knew it was happening – and you did nothing.”

Wednesday – A flurry of activity!

November 14, 2012

I’d be the first to admit that I don’t post as often as I wold like to but when I do get round to posting… I like to think it’s worth waiting for!

The Amazing World Clock from Poodwaddle – displays some fascinating data in a really eye-opening way

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Learning Site – Is packed full of useful resources for Chemistry students of all ages

Also – on the topic of the RSC: There’s a public lecture on the chemistry of drug discovery at the Duke of York’s School in Dover tonight. I’ll see you there!