1. Cannabis – dangerous or beneficial?
lesson opens up the continuing
debate of whether this drug should
be made legal to some medical
patients. There is an interview
followed by supporting data to
support various sides of the discussion.
2. Organ transplantation – the
facts and dilemmas
a life and death decision after
looking at the history of human
organ transplantation. Two critically
ill patients await the outcome
of hopefully an evidence based
decision. There is no right answer.
3. DNA discovery
forgotten female scientist Rosalind
Franklin at last gets some recognition
in this look at her life time
works towards the discovery of
DNA. Create a time line and examine
the critical evidence that gives
her more credit than others have.
4. Should we diet?
these days of new diets and fast
food; carefully scrutinise the
evidence supporting the new diets
and decide which ones are healthy
and which are less use. Balanced
diet is also revisited. A fun
intro from Jamie Oliver.
5. Who did it? (Forensic Science)
crime has been committed and all
the evidence and police statements
are available. Use forensic science
and assessment of the materials
available to you to solve the
6. New medicines
examining the sad case of Thalidomide,
a drug used to prevent morning
sickness, pupils go on to look
at drug trialling and the pros
and cons of testing on various
animals. This one always causes
Siting an aluminium smelter
important raw material can be
mass produced on an island; however
there is a problem as to where
it should be located. This is
a whole class role play activity
– given all the evidence, a map
and top advisors.
8. Alternative sources of energy
practical investigation into what
fuel could be used instead of
our depleting fossil fuels. Pupils’
carryout real research and compare
ethanol against others. A concise
report with all the data must
be written by the end.
9. Global warming – is it real?
seeing the effects of Venus on
a probe sent from Earth; pupils
look at real facts on our climate
change and decide if Earth will
gradually become the next Venus
– many pieces of evidence, but
which are relevant?
Chemical warfare – are you protected?
can be toxic to man – biohazards,
dangerous chemicals and radiation
are all potentially lethal. What
types of material are available
to us and how can we produce a
suit to keep us safe? – design
the suit and see.
Towards a theory for formation
of the Earth’s crust
look at the how the Earth’s crust
came about. Examining and challenging
old and new hypotheses as to the
origin of our planet’s surface.
Pupils have all the facts and
must support arguments with correct
Building the periodic table
brief look at its history and
then make it yourself. Given physical
properties and electron configurations
piece together a simplified table.
This exercise gives pupils a full
understanding of how it all fits
The Martian colony
evidence(s) obtained, what alternative
energy sources can we utilise
on the ‘red planet’? If we destroy
planet Earth, Mars may need to
be colonised. Examine carefully
the facts now and compare to those
Journey to the centre of the Earth
have been many weird and wonderful
suggestions at what lies beneath
our feet. Can science allow us
to predict which of the ideas
put forward is correct? Seismic
waves or a very long drill are
Are mobile phones bad for your
this must have commodity have
side effects? If not the mobile
itself – surely the transmitter
masts can cause serious harm.
Examine the evidence and make
a decision on where to locate
one in the community.
Has the Universe always been there?
big question. Pupils are allowed
to view all the evidence of how
it all began. Given the major
theories that have been put forward
can we really prove this puzzle
and answer the question?
Waves of war (RADAR)
fun interactive war game (no one
gets hurt!) The Reds take on the
Blues – An island’s independence
is at stake. How can the invention
of RADAR affect its outcome? Pupils
really enjoy this one.
Car crash safety!
the science behind car design
and having gained all the facts
design a car for yourself. This
lesson brings home Newton’s 2nd
Law and gives the pupils some
experience of how to decipher