TV and Radio Guide w/c 11th March 2013

The science teaching library has undergone a small face lift. This is for two reasons:

  • the first was I wanted to make it easier to explore the library so I’ve added a menu to the top of the page. This couldn’t be done in the old wordpress theme I was using so we have a complete theme change.
  • the second was to make space for a 5th column in the guide as I’ve added a link to each programme. All the short links are also available in one place for easy refere Ince.

My pick of the week is actually from last week, but we missed it off the guide by accident. In Our Time is a 45 minute radio chat between Melvin Bragg and various experts on subjects ranging from science to art and literature to the classics. The discussion can be a bit dry, but this week they are discussing Absolute Zero so I’m going to set it for homework for my A2 Physicists.

Sarah’s pick of the week is Bang Goes The TheoryThey are investigating germ theory and microbes which is perfect for GCSE biologists.
I have one more pick of the week, which relates to the fact that Friday was International Women’s Day. Most of the scientists that students will meet in their studies are white and male, and inevitably this helps contribute to the stereotype of what a “scientist” is. This week Absolute Genius  looks at Elsie Widdowson (whom I had never heard of) the nutritionist whose studies into malnutrition (often on herself) led to the mandated provision of vitamins and minerals during the rationing period of the Second World War.
My video(s) of the week are also trying to break the stereotype of what a scientist is, although this chap is white and male. My physics hero: Feynman, the great explainer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIJw3OLB9sI. I’m going to put together a collection of Feynman videos here in the Science Teaching Library but to whet your appetite here is Feynman on the Scientific method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPapE-3FRw

Do leave a comment if anything piques your interest. We’d love to know if you or your students have any feedback about the science programmes.

You can download the xlsx guide here: tv-guide-11-March-13.xlsx and a printable pdf version here:  tv-guide-11-March-13.pdf
I’ve collated all the links from this week’s guide in this bit.ly bundle:
You can also subscribe to the following RSS feed in your favourite newsreader and never miss a post: feeds.feedburner.com/ScienceTVandRadioGuide RSS
Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on? Link to the programme
Any enthusiastic people The Trials of Life (TV) This excellent series is being repeated all week. Mon 11 to Friday 15 March ~4:20pm,  BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Y5kbev
GCSE Biologists Bang Goes the Theory (TV) Investigating germs and infection. Mon 11 March, 7:30pm BBC 1 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10nzL5m
GCSE and A level Biologists Discovery (Radio) Peter Bowes explores how exercise and lifestyle could hold the promise to staying young. Mon 11 March, 7:32pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/13M9Qce
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Should we cull deer? How will the Herschel telescope cope when its helium supply runs out? And spud genetics. Mon 11 March, 9pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast http://bbc.in/Y5jm5y
A level Biologists Who’s the Pest (Radio) As there are 10 quintillion insects living on the planet should we be eating more of them? Tues 12 March, 11am, Thurs 14 March, 9pm,  BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/14GOER6
A level Biologists The Human Zoo (Radio) Experiments desgined to find out how we make decisions and judgements? Tues 12 March, 3pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZrP8uX
GCSE Biologists Costing The Earth (Radio) Eco-friendly building materials for efficient homes Tues 12 March, 3:30pm, Wed 13 March, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/XyvdKL
GCSE Biologists Science Café (Radio) Prof Steve Ormerod discusses conservation, environmental change and birds! Tues 12 March, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/12DjJtk
GCSE Physicists Horizon (TV) 2010-2011 Asteroids – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Tues 12 March, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10vAp4A
A level Biologists Planet Ant: Life inside the Colony (TV) Cutting edge technology is used to observe ants inside their colony. Tues 12 March, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Wd3Hl3
A level Biologists Twitterpated (Radio) Nothing to do with twitter! This is the phenomenon of high jinks in the spring. Wed 13 March, 11:30am, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/YjHqi2
KS3/GCSE Physicists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) Elsie Widdowson is this week’s genius. Wed 13 March, 6:15pm, CBBC  (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Z9EXcg
Any enthusiastic people Insect Worlds (TV) How have insects affected our culture and food production. Wed 13 March, 8:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Z9Bcnj
Any enthusiastic people Metamophosis (TV) Metamorphosis: The Science of Change Wed 13 March, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZrYO8C
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Discussing the week’s science news. Thurs 14 March, 4:30pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast http://bbc.in/13NGYRj
A level scientists Science in Action (Radio) Discussing the week’s science news. Thurs 14 March, 7:32pm, World Service  or available as a podcast http://bbc.in/Zpa2av
GCSE and A level Physicists Horizon (TV) The Creative Brain. Scientists investigate how moments of creativity occur. Thurs 14 March, 9pm, BBC 2, BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/VUlXkj
GCSE and A level Physicists The Sky at Night (TV) Catching up with the results of Sir Patrick Moore’s last challenge to the country’s astronomers. Thurs 14 March, 10pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/YjJd6M
GCSE and A level Biologists Natural World (TV) Empire of the desert ants. Sun 17 March, 2pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Za14PI
GCSE Biologists Deadly 60 on a Mission  – Africa (TV) Looking for the ferocious great white shark Sun 17 March, 4:20pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10wb3DV
Any enthusiastic people Africa (TV) Investigate the greatest desert on Earth. Sun 17 March, 6pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/YMIuxR
Any enthusiastic people The Incredible Story of the Monarch Butterfly  (TV) The migration of the Monarch butterfly. Sun 17 March, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/12DHqC2
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientists tackle questions from the everyday to the totally odd! Sun 17 March, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Y0JS0W
Any enthusiastic biologists Wild Arabia (TV) The wildlife of Arabia On iPlayer http://bbc.in/YTkje1
A level physicists In Our Time (Radio) Melvin Bragg and guests discuss absolute zero. On iPlayer and available as a podcast http://bbc.in/12Dqc7O
Any enthusiastic people Meteor Strike: Fireball from Space (TV) What can be done to protect the planet from another meteorite like the one in Russia? On 4OD http://bit.ly/ZphQcj
GCSE and A level physicists The Life Scientific (Radio) Sue Ion discusses working in the nuclear industry following the Chernobyl disaster. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/14Ho9uT
Any enthusiastic people Bang Goes The Theory  (TV) They’re back, and this time Maggie Philbin from Tomorrow’s World is with them! On iPlayer http://bbc.in/Za25r5
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