Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween History

Halloween isn't just costumes and candy; it's a cultural holiday rich in tradition, learn about it with this video and even you can have the subtitles on the cc button.
But How much do you know about it?
Try this quiz and find out!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Hidden Spirits: Paranormal Investigation Halloween Game

The Royal Mangnall Hotel was built in 1889 on a half-acre plot that had originally been the site of a Civil War era jail. The architect of the Royal Mangnall had envisioned a grand establishement for the wealthy and fashionable, complete with imported marble and electrical lighting…

Play the Hidden Spirits game online and help solve the haunted mysteries of Royal Mangnall Hotel.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Bruno's Topic: David Getta

If you didn't pay attention to Bruno during his speech, you can learn about David Getta listening to his productions or entering his webpage:

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Science Project: Maths Problems?

Problems with operations and measures? Try this BBC link to learn and play games about maths!
And if these are too easy for you, try this one onstead!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Science Project II: Rules

How well do you know laboratory safety signs? Take this brief quiz to see if you can recognize the safety resources in the lab. The focus of this quiz is on signs that can help you in emergencies. You may wish to review the lab safety signs before starting. Are you ready? Good luck!

Q: This is a simple sign, but what does it mean?

Click here to select your answer.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

BBC Science Series: Frozen Planet

Years in the making and narrated by David Attenborough this brand BBC new series reveals a world as alien to most of us as the surface of the moon. These are places of breathtaking beauty and survival against all the odds, lonely lands that feed our imagination and whose wonders we may be witnessing for the last time.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Research on Stem Cell

Thanks to Cagle Post and Class Brain you can learn about news in a funny way.
Do you remember this topic from last year in your science class?

"Reversing the precedents set during the Bush years, President Obama has freed up scientific inquiries into stem cell research. Scientists have been frustrated through the past decade by former President Bush's stance that despite the great promise shown by stem cell research, only 60 stem cell lines were to be used for research, since they had already been created. Who would get to use the lines, and how many experiments could they run with the small amounts of genetic material available?

Some of the most promising research with stem cells has been related to Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injuries. Now that the moratorium has been lifted, substantial progress may be seen in these particular fields.

Now some questions to think:

• Do you think that stem cell research should be allowed to progress, or do you think the moratorium should continue?

• Do you think that the moratorium on Stem Cell Research was influenced by former President Bush's religious background?

•If you were President, would you ban or allow stem cell research during your term in office?

•How real are the fears of human cloning?

If you want to know more about this topic click on the link above.

Learning Links for Stem Cell Research
Stem Cell Information Source: The National Institutes of Health

Learn Genetics - Stem Cells Source: University of Utah

Frequently Asked Questions Source:International Society For Stem Cell Research

Therapeutic Uses Of Stem Cells For Spinal Cord Injuries: A New Hope Source: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Science Project: Measure II

Again more information to measure things with Johnnie's Maths Page a really good guide to the best interactive maths tools not only about measure but also about geometry, algebra,statistics, probability...

Friday, 7 October 2011

Science Project: Measures

If you are getting into how to measure things try this page and make the metric pyramid to help you.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Sleepy Teenagers

Again VOA gives us the chance to practice our listening skill. You can listen to the article before reading and try to answer a comprehension test on its website.

Half of American teenagers don’t get enough sleep on school nights. They get an average of 60- 90 minutes less than they need, experts say.
One problem is biology. Teens are programmed to go to sleep later and wake up later than other age groups, but many schools start classes as early as 7:00 a.m.
Many students go to class feeling tired. One student, Danny, says that getting up in the morning is terrible. He feels tired. During his first classes of the day, it’s difficult to stay awake.
Michael Breus is a psychologist. He’s an expert in sleep problems. He says that teenagers need eight to ten hours of sleep a night. He feels that sleepy teens can become depressed. This can also affect their ability in sports and driving. Michael Breus says a tired driver, especially a tired teenage driver, is dangerous.
What can schools do? Psychologists say schools can start classes later in the morning. Studies show that students’ grades improved by starting classes later.
St. George’s School in Rhode Island wanted to try this. They started classes just thirty minutes later.
Visits to the health center by tired students decreased by half. Late arrivals to first period decreased by one/third. Students felt less sleepy during the day. The teachers also noticed that students were happier and more awake.


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