For each Science Year theme why not
offer prizes to pupils who come up
with the best answers to these everyday
science questions? The prizes could
be tickets to a local science centre
museum or your local cinema, which
they often give away free to good
causes. To increase the profile of
your Science Year and engage other
teachers across the school you could
run one a week during form-time. Pupils
will need to do a little research
to find these answers. You can find
these questions and many more at www.newscientist.com,
the homepage for New Scientist
These questions are linked to the
'Is there life?' theme:
Big rock - Why does our Moon
have no name?
Lonely planet - Why does Venus
rotate on its axis in the opposite
direction to all the other planets?
One small step - How long
will astronauts' footprints on the
Moon's surface remain there?
New star - How large is the
International Space Station and when
can it be seen from Earth?
Moonshift - Is it true that
the Moon is moving away from the Earth?
Gee! Force! - How do the forces
of fairground rides compare to those
experienced by astronauts?
Heat reduction - Could spacecraft
returning to Earth slow down to stop
them heating up during re-entry?
Major toms - What happens
to a body in space?
Forked frolics - How big is
a bolt of lightning?
Answers suggested by the New Scientist
website readers can be downloaded
'Who wants to be a scientist?'
is based on a well-known quiz format.
It is a PowerPoint presentation, although
it also works well using overheads.
To save ink print overheads in black
Questions are based around the
'Is there life?' activities included
on this CD ROM.
The quiz could be run during lunch
times as an inter-form competition,
or within class time. After you have
saved the PowerPoint quiz to your
computer you can customise the questions
if you wish. Each team will need their
three lifeline cards to use once in
the game. The game runs for about
20-30 minutes with four teams. You
do need the killer question at the
end for tie-breaks. Contact local
museums and cinemas for complimentary
tickets, pens etc., to use as prizes.
We know that pupils like and learn
from good quizzes. There are many
sources of questions that you can
use interactively on the web, or take
for your own quizzes in the classroom.
- Have you written them already?
- Would you like to produce an interactive
quiz that pupils will benefit from
for years to come?
Please contact us about writing quiz
resources for future CD ROMs. These
questions are based around QCA units
which link with our 'Is there life?'
These web links take you to a range
of sites that include questions and
quizzes for pupils.
Interactive quizzes for primary pupils
on a range of topics.
Interactive quizzes and other resources.
Quiz worksheets to print out.
Lists sites with quizzes.
On-line quizzes or take the questions
for use in your classroom.
Should your school website be here?
Let us know.
North Chadderton High School resources-for-free
includes multiple-choice questions
A range of quizzes and on-line resources,
including 'The Earth and Beyond' in
the KS2 science section.