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I wonder is a science magazine for middle school teachers. Our hope is that this magazine will encourage teachers/ educators to develop a broader/deeper understanding of this field, explore science in more experiential and personal ways, and find motivation and examples to integrate this understanding into their classrooms.
Brought out twice a year, each issue of the magazine will be available in English, Hindi and Kannada versions. Freely available online versions of every issue can be accessed on this page. To avail the hard copies, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our fourth issue, we explore the 'Evolution' of stars, the Earth, life, and humans through three articles for our adult readers and one short story written for young adults. In 'Annals of History' relive the contentious process of arriving at the unexpected mathematical pattern that has become key to our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. Read 'Research to Practice', 'The Science Educator at Work' and 'Teaching as if the Earth Matters' to see how complex concepts related to energy, evolution and soil can be taught through metaphors, art and real-world experiences. Learn more about Lynn Margulis's 'controversial' ideas and life in science in 'Biography of a Scientist'. If you'd like more, try some simple classroom experiments from 'The Science Lab' to understand foundational principles in Physics. Or use the seven activity sheets from 'Life in your Backyard' to introduce your students to the fascinating world of spiders. Plus, enjoy our nine pull-out posters on themes as diverse as 'Benthic Fauna', 'The Hard Problem of Consciousness', and 'Ocean Acidification'.
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In our third issue - 'Emerging Trends in Physics' and 'Indian Science Facilities' - explore methods and processes defining future research in areas as fascinating as the discovery of black holes, understanding dark matter, using radio-astronomy to probe the universe, enabling space travel, the search for exoplanets, and establishing human settlements on Mars. 'Origins' and 'Annals of History', in contrast, piece together current understanding of our shared history - whether it be the beginnings of space-time and planetary worlds, the notion of elements, or that of life itself. Looking for more? Discover simple classroom activities to reveal and challenge mental models of Force in 'The Science Lab', encourage the use the art to study ecology in 'The Science Teacher at Work', or integrate social justice in the science curriculum in 'Research to Practice'. Read about the journey of one school's efforts in integrating composting into their teaching practice in 'Teaching as if the Earth Matters'. Or, enjoy learning about little-known aspects of 'The Origins of Composting' and ‘Ocean Microbes' in our attractive pull-out posters!
In our second issue, we explore two fascinating themes: 'Interactions' and 'Emerging Trends in Biology', with nine articles on topics as varied as chemical ecology, the common cold, fundamental forces, gut microbes in health and disease, and memory. In 'The Science Lab', discover simple classroom activities to teach Archimedes principle, photosynthesis and daytime astronomy. In 'Annals of History', trace the journey of microscopy from the simple magnifying glass to the powerful electron microscopes and easy-to-assemble fold-scopes available today. Discover the writer and physician Oliver Sacks through his fascination for the human brain, bikes and stories in 'Biography of a Scientist'. Looking for more? Enjoy our pull-out poster on ‘Ten things you didn’t know about – Bones’ and nature-based activity sheets – 'Chirp Chirp', 'Hibiscus Tales', 'Bark Bites' and 'All about Ants'! Plus, a pocket-size pictorial guide to common butterflies that you'll want to carry along on your next trip outdoors!
Our inaugural issue explores the fascinating theme of ‘Inter-disciplinary Science’ with five articles that bring together knowledge, methods and perspectives from across the natural sciences. Join us in tracing the little-known, long and exciting history of familiar science concepts in our sections on ‘Serendipity’ and ‘Annals of History’. Enjoy reading about the quirky and brilliant J.B.S Haldane in ‘Biography of a Scientist’. In this issue’s ‘Science Lab’, explore shadows and reflections through simple activities that you’ll want to use in your classroom. Re-discover the wonders of the world within us (Macrophages) and in outer space (Mars Orbiter Mission) in our section ‘In here/Out there’. Prepare to be surprised by the colourful life of the humble fly in the section on ‘Nature in your Backyard’. Check out our ‘Science Online’ section for a step-by-step introduction to an open access software tool for understanding Time. And, if that's not enough, we hope you'll enjoy our pull-out posters on ‘Experiments with Water’ and ‘Ten things you didn’t know about – Blood’!
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The intellectual storehouse that are the students and the faculty. Something we could tap into any time and come out satisfied and stimulated.
R. Sridhar Rao
M.A. in Development I Class of 2014