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I Wonder, November 2015


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 larger audience.
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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].

   
Editorial



Editors Desk
 

Poster



Blood
 

Interdisciplinary Science



Water A Surprising Molecule
Yasmin Jayathirtha

 
 

Why Do Things Move
Smitha B

 


The Biology Of Electricity
Ramgopal (RamG) Vallath

 
 

Chemical Fertilisers
Jaya Ayyer

 


The World Of Colour
N.S. Sundaresan

 

Nature Of Science



Nature Of Science
Arvind Kumar

 

In Here/Out There



A Meeting With The Macrophage
Vignesh Narayan H.

 
 

Indias Mars Orbiter Mission
Anand Narayanan

 

Biography Of A Scientist



J B S Haldane
T V Venkateswaran

 

The Science Lab



Observing Light
Rajaram Nityananda

 

I Am A Scientist



Interview With Dr. Satish Khurana
 

Annals Of History



The Science Of Medical Sleep
Aveek Jayant

 
 

The Saga Of Atomic Weight
Sushil Joshi And Uma Sudhir

 

Myth Or Fact?



Challenging Prior Mental Models
Vishnuteerth Agnihotri and Anagh Purandare

 

Serendipity



The Overcast Sky
Asif Akhtar

 

Life In Your Backyard



The Little Known World Of Flies
Geetha Iyer

 

Hot Off The Press



The Success Of Costa Rica
Shruthi Rao

 

Science Online



Understanding Time Through Stellarium
Anand Narayanan

 

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