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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