The Science Shelf (and other STEM goodies from the webospehere) #2


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Welcome to the second post of the series “The Science Shelf (and other STEM goodies from the webospehere)” where we will share information on science and technology events, resources, news and any other random goodies we discover by staring at our computers every single day. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to leave your comments in the section below!

  • Twenty teachers from fifteen countries in Europe (brought together by the Science on Stage initiative) have created teaching units for science classes dedicated to this years’ European football championship. Since the tournament started last weekend, what better time to check their website, where you will be able to take part in their European STEM League or look at this lessons on The Physics of the Football?
  • Did you know that until night-time lighting became widespread in the 19th and 20th centuries, everybody was familiar with the Milky Way? Sadly, that is not the case anymore since scientists are warning that the Milky Way is no longer visible to one third of humanity. Get the full scope in this article from The Guardian.
  • Next 22nd of June (through the Scientix Online Meeting Room) the EU Space Awareness project is organizing a webinar addressed to both students and teachers about instruments used for astronomical measuring. As the session’s presenter quotes: “Knowing about worlds and stars out of reach by decoding light and by carefully plotting the celestial movements is like tantalising puzzle which triggers humility for the universe and a certain awe of the human brain.” So, why not check it out? Apply here now!
  • Have you ever wondered how does the world look from the point of view of a polar bear? This initiative trying to monitor polar bear’s behavior in lieu of recent climate changes has developed a tracking collar. So far, the recordings show bears killing a seal, eating berries and lapping water on land an even courting a male bear. Follow the news here!
  • It has been recently announced that 4 elements of the periodic table just got new names. Indeed, the proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 are the following: nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson replacing ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium. For more details, check the news here.

See you in the next “The Science Shelf ” post!

Article written by: Marina Jiménez Iglesias, Project Officer, European Schoolnet.

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