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Our intent

We aim to feature writings that engage teachers in a gentle and hopefully reflective dialogue about the many dimensions of teaching and lifelong learning of science in the classroom and outside it. 

We welcome articles that offer:

  • Critical perspectives on science and science education.
  • A deeper exploration of the foundational concepts and underlying principles in the school science curriculum. 
  • Examples of practice that encourage the learning of science in more meaningful and inquiry-based ways.

Our magazine is published twice a year, in English, Hindi and Kannada. 

Magazine sections

Each issue has one main theme, and other non-theme sections. 

Some of our themes from previous issues:

  • Big Questions
  • Evolution Revisited
  • The Pandemic.

Our non-theme sections include:

  • The Science Lab
  • Annals of History
  • The Science Educator at Work
  • Nature of Science/​Why Science Matters
  • Life in your Backyard
  • I am a Scientist
  • Book Review
  • Biography
  • Research to Practice 
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About 
  • Teaching as if the Earth Matters. 

Each issue also features short snippets, posters, activity sheets, and school-level field guides. 

Meet our Authors

We invite authors and readers for live, online discussions on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. 

We would love to hear from you

If you are a practising school science teacher, teacher educator, or a researcher with an interest in the teaching and learning of school science, we would love to hear from you. Details and timelines for submissions for the theme section of the next issue, are available in the​‘Write for Us’ section of the current issue. Submissions for non-theme sections are accepted throughout the year. 

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The Write for us

To write for us, please send a brief overview (in less than 100 words) of your pitch in English, Hindi or Kannada to <iwonder@​apu.​edu.​in>.

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To receive free hard copies of every issue, mail your postal address to <iwonder@​apu.​edu.​in>. Please note that the mailing of hard copies is restricted to India.

Read individual articles

You can read and download individual articles from each issue here.

Our latest issues are available for download.

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    iwonder… Issue 6

    in Azim Premji University

    Iwonder june2021
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      Does the teaching and learning of science change when we give importance to relationships with people, other beings, and the places they inhabit? 

      How do we use an exploration of water to help children connect basic science concepts with personal experiences and pressing environmental issues? 

      Can observing, exploring, and working in their natural environment offer children and teachers the opportunity to cultivate an intuitive understanding of the nature and process of science? 

      What personal choices and simple actions in our everyday lives can help us begin engaging with climate change? 

      Join us in exploring these questions in the theme section of this issue — Teaching as if the Earth Matters.

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      iwonder… Issue 5

      in Azim Premji University

      Iwonder oct2020
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        This issue is focused on the Pandemic. Read The Basics’ section to explore: what strategies do epidemiologists use to control the spread of infection? Are viruses the most complex or the simplest forms of life? What has caused the spike in frequency of new zoonoses since the 20th century? In The Infection’ section, engage with questions like: why do we believe that SARS-CoV‑2 is a product of natural evolution? How exact are measurements of death rates for an ongoing pandemic? Or, how does the nature and context of social interaction affect the spread of COVID-19? Delve into Our Response’ section to read: why designing’ and making’ vaccines against SARS-CoV‑2 is uncertain and time-consuming? What can we learn from deliberately exposing healthy consenting individuals to a weakened form of the SARS-CoV‑2 virus? Which tests would be most effective for contact tracing & which for population-wide screening? How do we identify antivirals against SARS-CoV‑2? Can community health workers clinically diagnose COVID-19 syndrome in the absence of testing kits? Why is training and provision of personal protective equipment for ASHA workers essential for effective healthcare? How can a reverse quarantine approach help us use herd immunity to our advantage? That’s not all. Are you looking for resources on understanding concerns & approaches towards the mental health of the elderly, children, and those under quarantine? Or mythbusters around SARS-CoV‑2? Check out our Snippets.

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        iwonder… Issue 4

        in Azim Premji University

        Iwonder may2020
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          What does evolution by natural selection mean? How does survival of the fittest’ explain the transformation of male clownfish into females? Or the many non-combative, non-competitive, and seemingly friendly interactions observed between ants and plants? Does it provide clues to the identity of the mysterious descendants of dinosaurs in today’s world? These are some of the questions we explore in our theme section Evolution revisited’. In Annals of History, relive unsung surprises in the process of discovery of penicillin with interactive resources designed for the science classroom. How do we use pendulums to illustrate fundamental concepts in mechanics? How do we recognize and clarify incorrect student conceptions of the science of everyday phenomena? Find out with the detachable activity sheets & concept builders in The Science Lab’.

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          iwonder… Issue 3

          in Azim Premji University

          I wonder Issue 3 Aug 2019 FR
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            Explore big questions around 4 themes: black holes, the wound healing capacity of the skin, Higgs bosons, and the matrix of life. 

            Use the activity sheets in A milky way to learn biology’, What do we really see’, and Trees and seasons in a changing world’ to introduce students to thinking like a scientist, the human vision, and neighborhood trees. 

            Discover how astronomers measure distances in space in our new section How do we know?’ Explore how engaging students in raising an urban terrace farm can strengthen their understanding and involvement with the local environment in Pedagogy of dirty hands’. 

            Try out the concept builder from Physics for closeted Aristotelians’ to find out how well your students understand motion under gravity. 

            Read our Research to practice’ section to discover how to create embodied learning experiences for students in the science classroom. Or learn more about the first image of a black hole in our section Hot off the press’.

            Looking for more? Enjoy our pull-out poster on human skin and booklet on identifying 10 common trees.

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            iwonder… Issue 2

            in Azim Premji University

            I wonder issue 2
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              Explore three Emerging Trends in Chemistry’ – new elements, metal-organic frameworks, and fluorescent tags. Read Serendipity’ & Annals of History’ to re-live the exciting jigsaw-puzzle-like process of scientific discovery – whether of a novel protein or the structure of DNA

              Engage with the process of encouraging peer instruction in the science classroom through Students as Teachers’, or use our activity sheet Early Bird Nature Detectives Bingo’ to get students to observe (non-human) life in their backyards. 

              Use our Science Lab’ section to get your students to calculate their molar masses (!) or understand pressure and volume through simple experiments with easily available low-cost materials. 

              Discover the chemicals in everyday phenomenon through The Scent Orchestra of Flowers’ & The Chemistry of Life’. 

              Explore the concept of energy from three very different perspectives with The Mystery of Dark Energy’, Powering (human) Life on Earth’ & Clean Energy’. Plus, enjoy our two pull-out posters on Doppler Effect’ and Some interesting scents of flowers’.

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              iwonder… Issue 1

              in Azim Premji University

              I wonder Issue1 Aug 2019 Cover1
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                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. 

                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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                i wonder…

                in Azim Premji University

                I wonder Feb 2017
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                  Engage with 2 themes — Emerging Trends in Physics’ and Indian Science Facilities’ — by exploring methods & 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, & establishing human settlements on Mars. In Origins’ & Annals of History’, piece together current understanding of our shared history through the beginnings of space-time & planetary worlds, the notion of elements, or that of life. Discover simple classroom activities to reveal & challenge mental models of force in The Science Lab’, encourage the use of art to study ecology in The Science Teacher at Work’, or integrate social justice in the science curriculum in Research to Practice’. Also discover little-known aspects of The Origins of Composting’ & Ocean Microbes’ in our pull-out posters!

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                  i wonder…

                  in Azim Premji University

                  I wonder June 2016 Cover
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                    In Interactions’ & Emerging Trends in Biology’, explore articles on chemical ecology, the common cold, fundamental forces, gut microbes in health & disease, & memory. In The Science Lab’, discover simple classroom activities to teach photosynthesis & daytime astronomy. In Annals of History’, trace the journey of microscopy from the simple magnifying glass to the powerful electron microscopes & easy-to-assemble foldscopes available today. Discover the writer & physician Oliver Sacks through his fascination for the human brain, bikes and stories in Biography of a Scientist’. Enjoy our pull-out poster on Ten things you didn’t know about – Bones’ & nature-based activity sheets – Chirp Chirp’, Hibiscus Tales’, Bark Bites’ & All about Ants’! Or browse through our pocket-size pictorial guide to common butterflies!

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                    i wonder…

                    in Azim Premji University

                    I wonder Nov 2015 Cover
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                      Explore Inter-disciplinary Science’ with 5 articles that connect knowledge, methods, & perspectives from across the natural sciences. Trace the exciting history of familiar science concepts in Serendipity’ & Annals of History’. Enjoy reading about the quirky & brilliant J.B.S Haldane in Biography of a Scientist’. Re-discover the wonders of the world within us (Macrophages) & 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. Also enjoy our pull-out posters on Experiments with Water’ & Ten things you didn’t know about – Blood’!

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