Teaching Science

Nov 2020

Periodic: A Game of the Elements

Periodic: A Game of The Elements is a strategy board game designed around the periodic table of elements, as well as some of the most fundamental principles in chemistry that can be derived from the structure and function of the periodic table.

Players maneuver across the periodic table to collect elements to score Goal Cards, and land on element groups to score points. Players either pay energy to use multiple periodic trends to move across the table, or select just one trend and collect all the energy payed to that trend!

This is more a chemistry-themed game, in that you can play it without knowing chemistry, but it will certainly help reinforce vocabulary and concepts. I can't see using this in the classroom, but it would make a cool game for a games club if your school has one — and a lovely present for your favourite young science geek!

Linked in the Science Games page.

In Our Time: Paul Dirac

In Our Time is a wonderful series on BBC Radio 4.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the theoretical physicist Dirac (1902-1984), whose achievements far exceed his general fame. To his peers, he was ranked with Einstein and, when he moved to America in his retirement, he was welcomed as if he were Shakespeare. Born in Bristol, he trained as an engineer before developing theories in his twenties that changed the understanding of quantum mechanics, bringing him a Nobel Prize in 1933 which he shared with Erwin Schrödinger. He continued to make deep contributions, bringing abstract maths to physics, beyond predicting anti-particles as he did in his Dirac Equation.

Linked in the grade 12 modern physics unit.

In Our Time: The Evolution of Horses

In Our Time is a wonderful series on BBC Radio 4.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins of horses, from their dog sized ancestors to their proliferation in the New World until hunted to extinction, their domestication in Asia and their development since. The genetics of the modern horse are the most studied of any animal, after humans, yet it is still uncertain why they only have one toe on each foot when their wider family had more, or whether speed or stamina has been more important in their evolution. What is clear, though, is that when humans first chose to ride horses, as well as eat them, the future of both species changed immeasurably.

Linked in the grade 11 biology page.

Science Lab Memory Game

This simple game is more suited for younger children rather than a high school classroom, but I can see it being useful for some special education students.

Let's get more kids and youth into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and inspire curiosity in the world around us! What better way to teach children and youth about science then with a game that also exercises the brain? The game is a classic memory matching game with whimsical, science lab-inspired illustrations. Game consists of 40 sturdy printed pulpboard tiles (20 matching pairs).

Recommended for children and youth ages 3 and up, this tile matching game will test memory skills while at the same time introduce various science lab themes.

Linked in the Science Games page.