Wonder is what I felt as a child when I looked up at the village night
sky and beheld the awe-inspiring sight of hundreds of winking stars.
Wonder is what I felt when the chemistry teacher presented the
grouping of elements in the periodic table. I feel wonderstruck even
today, each time I learn a little more of the intricacies of the functioning
of each organ, tissue and cell of the human body. Wonder at the natural
world has paved the way for many scientific discoveries that changed
the world. Wonder is an essential ingredient of scientific temperament.
A teacher who evokes wonder in a classroom succeeds in capturing the
imagination of students. This is the reason we chose to name this
science magazine ‘I wonder…’
‘I wonder…’ is dedicated to middle school science teachers across the
country who are igniting the scientific spark in their classrooms. It
brings together perspectives and experiments from many science
teachers, teacher educators and researchers. We hope that it will be
used as a resource by teachers, offering them a wider and deeper
perspective of the topics they teach: perspectives that help them
explain fundamental concepts, their evolution and their
interconnections. This magazine is also for teachers to share
activities, resources and insights from their own classrooms with a
Pdf format (English)
In our inaugural issue, we explore an important aspect of science that
is seldom evident in school textbooks - its inter-disciplinarity. To
understand any concept in its entirety, we must examine it from the
perspective of many streams- physics, chemistry, biology and others
and often through combining these disciplines. Hence, the theme for
this issue is interdisciplinary science.
In addition, we have sections that light up many other aspects of
science that help spark interest and wonder in a classroom. These
include sections that throw light into the rich history of science;
explore the space inside, around and far away from us; or share the
latest exciting events in science. For those of you looking for resources,
we have posters, experiments and introduction to some free online
resources. We also have a section that looks at Nature of Science.
We hope you have as much fun reading this issue as we had putting it
together. We look forward to getting a lot of feedback from our readers
so that we can fine-tune the content to suit your needs. You can mail
your feedback to us at [email protected].