TV and Radio Guide w/c 29th April 2013

I’ve been enjoying a family get together this weekend so the guide has been posted a little later than normal. Sarah has collated this week’s links for you and her picks are Bang Goes the Theory on Air Pollution on Monday which might be useful for GCSE scientists as they do their revision and The Genius of Marie Curie for general scientific interest. My picks relate to the scientific endeavour starting with Kevin Fong’s tour of Mars in the search for water on Radio 4 on Monday and The Common Sense of Science on Radio 4 Extra on Sunday.

I found a great video on bigthink.com, an interview with Michio Kaku, the theoretical physicist. The first 2 minutes of this video are worth watching by themselves as they offer a great insight into why scientists do science. I also am going to use this video by Michio during my GCSE lessons on Nuclear Fusion.   Read more of this post

TV and Radio Guide w/c 22nd April 2013

A great week of science programming ahead this week with programmes for biology, chemistry and physics.

My picks of the week are Science Cafe interview with Michiu Kaku on Tuesday, Solar Max discussing the impact on increased solar activity on earth (also on Tuesday). I’ve also heard a lot of great things about this documentary by Bill Bailey on Alfred Russel Wallace, so catch the first part today or on iPlayer and the second part next Sunday.

Sarah picks are Bang Goes the Theory who are looking at personal medical technology and Costing the Earth which will support her GCSE biologists doing B3.

A quick video for you today – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8TssbmY-GM from Commander Hadfield on the International Space Station demonstrating how the surface tension of water cause it to behave in a surprising way in freefall.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 15th April 2013

Firstly, a quick note about last week’s Science TV and Radio. There were some really good programmes last week which we’ve added to the guide in the on demand section, but I want to just highlight my pick from last week: POP! The Science of Bubbles. This was a brilliant programme, full of science that students won’t find in their normal school curriculum yet with explanations that were very accessible. Helen Czerski was an excellent and enthusiastic presenter, and I do recommend this to everyone. I also want to apologise for missing out Isaac Newton: The Last Magician. This is a historical documentary of the life of Newton seen through his writing and that of his contemporaries, definitely worth letting your students know about this. Also worth a watch is Horizon: Tomorrow’s World about the new science and technology that is going to shape our future.

Sarah’s pick of the week is the programme on memory: Maureen Lipman: If Memory Serves Me Right on Thursday and mine is Bang Goes the Theory on Monday. They’re looking at how we go about improving our aging infrastructure.

The video of the week is actually a collection of videos. It is the final half term before the exams for our GCSE students and if you teach the AQA syllabus, this is an invaluable set of revision videos by teacher Kishore Vyas aka @mygcsescience.He has produced nearly 200 videos over the course of the last year covering Core and Additional Science as well as the start of Separate Science (Unit 3). They are well put together using SMARTBoard software and I’ve watched every one as he’s posted them. They are a fantastic resource and you can either refer your students to the youtube playlists or to my-gcsescience.com.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 8th April 2013

Bet you thought we had forgotten. Nope, just a slightly delayed TV and Radio guide this week collated by @MrsDrSarah. There is lots on and some real variety this week, but the post is short. Sorry, but I’ve got a busy day tomorrow helping my better half set up the first session of an outdoor playgroup.

Sarah’s pick of the week is a new show on Radio 4 Extra: Adventures in Science on Sunday which is all about alcohol and how it is processed by our bodies. Sarah hopes this may be useful for GCSE and A Level biologists. My pick of the week is POP! The Science of Bubbles for no other reason than it sounds like fun.

The video of the week is lovely little film by Derek Muller (Veritasium) called World’s Roundest Object. It’s great to use as part of the explanation about SI base units as the kilogram is now the only base unit still defined by a physical object. There is also a nice explanation as to why it is the only base unit to have a prefix (i.e. kilo).

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