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Category Archives: Science Events

Bang Goes The Borders

Tomorrow Mr Exham will be taking part in the Bang Goes The Borders Science Festival. It is a free event held at St. Mary’s School, Melrose between 10am and 4pm. There are all sorts of fantastic workshops and events taking place throughout the day. Leading Universities such as The University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University and Herriot-Watt are all taking part as well some of the leading schools from Scotland and the North of England such as Fettes College.

Mr Exham will be running four workshops throughout the day (10:45, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00) where you will be able to extract your own DNA from your cheek cells and put it into a wearable pendant. Click on the image below to view the Prezi that I will be using for my workshops.

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For a list of all the events happening at Bang Goes The Borders click here, the first 500 children to visit the event will receive a free BGTB bag packed with science themed goodies! I will be tweeting pictures and updates live tomorrow from St. Mary’s.

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Raising Asthma Awareness

Did you know that asthma is one of the most common causes of absence from school? It is a chronic lung disease that often develops during childhood and currently affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide.

Asthma is a very interesting disease because it is extremely common but can only be managed and not cured. Whilst we understand how asthma affects the respiratory system we still don’t understand what exactly causes it. Scientists believe that changes in human lifestyles, human influences on the environment, genetic factors and the development of the immune system in early life may all contribute to the disease.

In recent years the number of people suffering with asthma has increased so rapidly that it is now one of the biggest mysteries in modern medicine! To help raise awareness of this common condition the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has made today World Asthma Day.

To learn more about the symptoms of asthma and how it affects the respiratory system just watch the video below for a clear scientific explanation.

It’s Earth Day

On April 22nd over a billion people around the world will be taking part in Earth Day. This is an opportunity for each and every member of the planet to think about the biosphere and what we should be doing to help preserve it. This year’s theme is The Face Of Climate Change and Earth Day organisers are collecting and displaying images of people, animals, and places that are directly affected or threatened by climate change.

To join the movement just upload your photos depicting The Face of Climate Change and spread the word on social media: #faceofclimate.

If you are teacher you can incorporate Earth Day into your lessons. The TES have a whole host of useful teaching resources that have been hand picked to help students understand the planet and how to sustain it for the future. Just click here to access them.

Earth Hour – I will if you will

Switch off your lights at 8:30PM today to take part in Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Today millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories will switch off their lights for an hour in a symbolic show of support for action on climate change and a more sustainable future.

If you’re based in Edinburgh, like me, there are loads buildings going dark for Earth Hour – Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy, the Balmoral Hotel, Camera Obscura and the National Monument have all confirmed their lights are going out for the Hour.

To find out what else is happening across the world, or to look up an event in your local area just click here.

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