Whiz but no bang

14th September 2007 at 01:00
School science was more fun in the days when pupils could play with blobs of mercury and make hair stand on end with high voltages. Science classes are safer now, but lots of instructive experiments can no longer be done. Computer simulation is the answer.

Sherston has now adapted its BBC Science Simulations to work within Glow, the new Scottish schools network (see p12). Pupils can experiment with light and shadow, study the response of living things to altered environments, or see what happens to nitrogen at very high temperatures. Twenty-one different experiments are included.

Working in groups or as individuals, using the whiteboard or a computer screen, pupils predict the outcome of an experiment, then examine in detail what actually happens. Questions test understanding and stimulate discussion. It's not hair-raising, but it is science.

Sherston Publishing is part of Granada Learning: Stand A20

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