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14th May 2010 at 01:00

Kids' questions answered

Why does a giraffe have a long neck? Why do you sneeze when you look at the sun? How does a brain multi-task? The answers to these and other questions can be found on a website aiming to give schoolchildren an insight into the mysteries of life. Ask a Biologist (www.askabiologist.org.uk) taps into the expertise of medics, neurologists, palaeontologists and evolutionary biologists to answer questions posted on its pages. Although it is open to everyone, the site was set up by academics at Bristol University to cater to schoolchildren. As well as posing questions, visitors can browse the 2,500 questions already answered.

Primary science practice makes perfect

An annual conference on primary science teaching will place at the National Science Learning Centre in York on Monday, June 14. The conference, jointly organised by the centre and the Association for Science Education, features presentations on engaging children and workshops where teachers can share good practice. There will also be an exhibition of primary science resources. It costs pound;156 plus VAT. Visit www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk.

Information at your fingertips

The Science and Technology Facilities Council has published a guide to online resources, contacts and support helplines for secondary science teachers. The booklet includes details of grants for school projects and research, as well as information on masterclasses for pupils and CPD for teachers. It is available from www.schoolscience.co.uk.

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