science

Thousands of primary and secondary school pupils have joined a major new campaign to drastically cut the consumption of single-use plastic in UK schools in a bid to help stop climate change. 

More than 7,000 pupils, across 12 schools, have signed up to Plastic Pioneers - a campaign led by environmental charity Hubbub, and sponsored by retailers TK Maxx and Homesense. 

The schools benefit from being part of a community stretching from Scotland to the south coast, sharing ideas on how to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic. 

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced the launch of a brand new education website – IOPSpark – designed to provide online classroom resources for every aspect of teaching pre-19 physics.

In a single, easy-to-navigate destination, teachers can discover:

Claire Crichton-Allen, Curriculum Lead for Science at Matthew Moss High School in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, explains how and why the app Tassomai can help secure pupils’ knowledge of the basics…

Schools from across England are being invited to sign up for free to the Institute of Physics’ Improving Gender Balance national research trial.  Across England, the trial, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) will work with teachers on whole-school approaches to tackling gender stereotyping and the resulting limits on both boys and girls’ choices. In doing so it seeks to redress the fact that for more than 30 years only a fifth of those taking A-level physics in England have been girls.

Dr Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and the face of many a scientific TV and radio slot (including The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Duck Quacks Don't Echo). Here, Emily speaks to QA Education editor Victoria Galligan about why she’s involved with Rocking Ur Teens, a social enterprise that runs inspiring conferences that help encourage girls and boys to become confident in their school life and beyond…

With another term underway, schools, colleges and universities will have the opportunity to make their budgets go a little bit further thanks to the launch of reuse4education.

The recycling plastics education programme R-Generation is widening its reach for 2018, and will now be available to every primary and secondary school in the UK. 

Following its launch in 2016, Nestlé Waters UK is continuing its partnership with recycling charity, RECOUP, and environmental education organisation, Wastebuster, to deliver an updated programme for 2018. This year will see the national roll out of the initiative, which aims to help children understand the responsibility they have in becoming more environmentally aware citizens.

by Caroline Offord from the RSPB

Do you remember the feel of sand in your toes, the darkness of a cave as you looked for bears or the thrill of climbing your first tree?

To many people it would seem obvious that having access to play, learning outdoors and exploring the world around you is an essential part of childhood.

Launching Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October, KidZania London – the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush – will be hosting an action-packed STEAM Week, inspiring kids to develop their skills across science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

They’ve been a staple of the classroom for generations now but Casio calculators are far from stuck in the past. Here, Gerard Dummett, UK Education Manager at Casio, explains to QA Eduction editor Victoria Galligan how Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is helping Casio to bring education into the 21st Century… 

• Tell us about Casio products in the classroom – what are your biggest sellers? How do your products enhance learning?