Hello de Ferrers – Hello World!

Welcome to the de Ferrers Science Blog.

On here Mr Griffiths along with other Science staff and students will add info, links, videos, pictures, etc. to extend your learning, from basics such as revision help to showing real Science outside the Lab.

You can keep up to date with new science stories by subscribing or following the blog’s Twitter feed @mr_g_defsci.

Mr G

Team Russia launches

Relaunching the blog from Moscow, Russia.

de Ferrers (and West Park) are here taking part in the Space Master Class.

Each day a student will be writing about their experiences.

Mr G.

Our first day began with our space cadets experiencing a wide ranging breakfast of burgers, pizzas and pancakes. Though, after a long day of travelling, some of our students did not quite make the 8.00am start time!

Split into two groups, we embarked on a walking tour of Moscow city. First, however, we had to catch the metro into the city centre, which plunged us right into the daily lives of Russian citizens whilst experiencing the diverse culture that the stations had to offer. Most prominent of which were bronze statues lining the walls of the station depicting Russian workers of many professions. The stunning art pays tribute to Russia’s citizens and rich history.

Whilst above ground today, we were exposed to unique sights such as: the eternal flame, the changing of the guards and the resting place of Lenin. However, the students found most amazement in the beauty of St Basil’s cathedral and the famous Kremlin. Today saw our students experience the immense landmarks that Moscow had to offer, and were not left disappointed. We finished the day with a meal at our hotel and an exclusive presentation given by Alexander Martynov with a special guest… Alexander Volkov, the Ukrainian cosmonaut! This was a fantastic opportunity for the whole team to ask him some pressing questions and even have a photo taken with the national hero.

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The 9 BEST Study Tips (backed up with Science)

Welcome back to another academic year.

Our friends over at ASAPScience have a new video – with the BEST ways to plan and manage your studying. Take a look…

Mr G

Sources – ASAPScience YouTube

 

Don’t try this at Home – Reactivity Series of Alkali Metals

If you can cope with the cheesy dance music – this is an eye-opener.

Certainly goes beyond what H&S will let us do in the classroom – but if it can impress my Year 8, I figured it would impress everyone else.

Enjoy…

Mr G

Source: YouTube

Is this the year of Space Science?

First there was Rosetta – catching up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Landing the Philae probe onto the surface in November 2014.

Philae, unfortunately landed in too much shadow (after a few bounces). But woke up again on 13th of June having received enough sunlight, just days before Dr Monica Grady (big sister of our “head of maths”) came to give a talk to de Ferrers students.

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This week has seen New Horizons reach Pluto, after a 9 year journey around the solar system

We now have clear images of Pluto’s surface and pictures of Pluto’s moons, such as Charon.

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Other important space science events include:

It’s a very exciting time to be an Astrophysicist!

Mr G

Source: NASA (New Horizons), Wikipedia, HubbleSite

What was the Big Bang?

Hello again world.

It’s been a long time since we last blogged. Hopefully that will change – I will be recruiting more student bloggers in September. In the mean time I hope to be blogging more resources.

This YouTube video – part of Kurz Gesagt’s excellent “In a Nutshell” series of science videos.

Enjoy…

Mr G

Sources: YouTube – Kurz Gesagt – In a Nutshell

Where is the pink in the rainbow?

The song “I can sing a rainbow” – the cause of many incorrect answers in a Physics lesson – has pink.

We can clearly see pink things so there must be pink light…

If you look at the rainbow/spectrum of visible light there is no pink.

This quick Minute Physics video explains why.

Mr G

Source: YouTube – Minute Physics

P1 Revision – Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

A quick video clip covering the origin and meaning of the Cosmic (Microwave) Background Radiation

Minute Physics have many more very useful clips… Go have a look-see…

Mr G

Source: YouTube – Minute Physics

GCSE Revision Videos – myGCSEscience

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As recommended by my Year 11 GCSE Physics students – myGCSEscience.com is an excellent site that has video clips on all areas of GCSE science, sorted into modules for the AQA Core Science (B1 C1 P1), Additional Science  (B2 C2 P2) and Separate Sciences (B3 C3 P3).

Here is an example from P3 on Convex Lenses

Each video comes with a pdf you can print, with pictures of the slides and spaces for your  own notes – so you can build up your own revision guide.

Plus – since all videos are hosted by YouTube – you can use your mobile or tablet to watch them.

Mr G

Sources – myGCSEscience.com, YouTube

 

 

P2 Chapter 7 Revision – The Life Cycle of Stars

Here is a clip on the Life Cycle of Stars put together by the Institute of Physics

Mr G

 

P2 Chapter 7 Revision – Black Holes

Another BBC YouTube clip from Wonders of the Universe – which covers GCSE Physics 2!! – This time on Black Holes.

Mr G