Science

Can science save the planet?

Last year, as COVID-19 spread around the world, dozens of teams began working on vaccines, and experts filled our television screens daily. People everywhere turned to science.

Science is crucial to our society. Over the centuries, it has changed the way we live our lives. From medicine, to the way we communicate and travel, it has revolutionised society. And it is changing faster than ever.

Until 1900, human knowledge doubled every century. Now, the rapid growth of scientific invention and human knowledge doubles almost every day. Science plays a crucial role in finding solutions to the greatest problems facing humanity. Over the past year alone, science has taught us about distant planets, created a living robot and provided the possibility to extend human life.

What does the future hold for science? One of the biggest challenges now is the climate crisis. The story below discusses some of the most exciting inventions helping to support the environment, from kinetic pavements to nuclear fusion. You can read more about how science is shaping our world in our special on the future.

How else will you celebrate science this week?

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Assembly

This week’s specially made assembly slides look at the impact of science on society, the jobs it can lead to and the people who have made breakthroughs throughout history.

Activities

  1. Choose an experiment from this list. Afterwards, write a short diary entry describing the experiment and what you found out.
  2. Make a list of what you think are the most important scientific inventions in history and present them together on a timeline.