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A year of talking science!

It’s been a great year for the Talk Science team: we have travelled far and wide, worked with - and learned from- loads of brilliant teachers on our courses, and been busy-busy-busy developing new (and improved!) resources to bring extra zing to your science teaching!

Our Punk Science films are now all available online. Bring their special brand of humour into your classroom with Healthy Living, Medical Trials, The Ends of the Universe, Nanotechnology song, Selective Breeding… Have you had enough of Jon and Dan yet? They even share their top tips on How to Punk your Science.

News + Views got a bit of spiffing up! This popular resource gets your students into the role of journalists to explore a a hot science topic. It’s a great way to get your students discussing current science issues and give them ownership of the research as they work to a deadline to create attention-grabbing display posters, in which they also express their own opinions.

And, Futurecade will be released in 2012!! Yes, FUTURECADE IS COMING  (we’re only a little excited!!)

Bacto-Lab is just one of Futurecade's 4 fun games

Bacto-Lab is just one of Futurecade's 4 fun games.

Futurecade is a suite of 4 online games based around current and future technology, that you can use to stimulate discussion around topics like space junk, geo-engineering, and synthetic biology. Keep your eyes peeled for them at the start of February.

We hope you will use Futurecade to help communicate How Science Works, that science impacts our lives, and our future will be shaped by technology (and decisions) made now. Use the games to provoke your students’ thinking and help them formulate opinions about the science and what it will mean for them.

The games are incredibly fun, and we think your students will find them really engaging. I am actually finding it a little hard to STOP playing one of them in particular, but I don’t want  to influence your preferences. Can’t wait to hear which one YOU like best!

And we arent the only ones who think games will be big in 2012!

We will be at the ASE conference in January so come find out about what we’ve been up to, and much more, on our stand, B29.

From everyone in the Talk Science team, thank you for your support and see you in 2012!

Wonderful Things: Leica M2 camera

In a rather unassuming cabinet on the ground floor, sits a humble piece of equipment that changed the way we see the world.

In 1972 the Leica M2 35mm camera was used by photojournalist Nick Ut to shoot his momentous, Pulitzer prize-winning picture of the disrobed nine year old girl Kim Phuc running toward the camera, away from a South Vietnamese napalm attack . This iconic image has become synonymous with the war in Vietnam.

Children running from napalm attack, Vietnam 1972

Children running from napalm attack, Vietnam 1972

The manufacturer of this camera, Leitz, originally produced microscopes and scientific optics. The M2 was a more affordable camera than its predecessor, the Leica M3, and had provisions for a wider angled lens, making it possible for photographers like Nick Ut to record defining moments in history.


The Leica M2 camera changed the way we see the world

The Leica M2 camera changed the way we see the world


This little piece of technology tells a huge story:  it allowed people to witness the barbarous nature of human conflict. The Vietnam War was in fact the first war to be televised and documented in real time.

Science and technology were at the helm of society at the time of the Vietnam War (mid-fifties to mid-seventies), with advents like the silicon chip, the microprocessor, the artificial heart and of course, the space race. In one fell swoop this object demonstrates two faces of science and technology. The negative side is the use of napalm, a chemical designed to cause maximum destruction and fear. The positive, of course, is the camera itself, developed by humankind to better understand the world around itself.

Bonus: the same kind of camera also captured one of the most reproduced images in history. .. that famous photo of the revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, so often seen on t shirts, bags and walls for the past 50 years!

Today it is easy for any of us to report on the world around us. With mobile phone cameras and social networks at our fingertips, we can quickly capture an instant in time and communicate it to the rest of the world. But is anyone listening?

  • Have you ever taken a photo that changed people’s minds?

The Leica M2 camera is in the Making the Modern World gallery, on the ground floor.

-James Carmody