CLIL - Content and Language Integrated Learning
CLIL - Science Across the World


CLIL - Content and Language Integrated Learning

Things are changing at Science Across the World... (11.11.2010)

The traditional website has closed down. I think the official date for this is Nov 9th, 2010. I'm recording it here for posterity. It went without a bang, more like a fssssssh, that noise you get when you slowly let air out of a balloon.

But, don't panic!

Science Across the World is continuing because it is in fact you the colleagues, the participants in this wonderful programme which keep it alive. So, carry on with your exchanges, publish your students' work here, and keep translating those topics into your own languages.

Things to note: will now send you to a page in the Association for Science Education in the UK. Watch this space for news on developments. There will be information, for example, about all of the topic materials which are currently being archived at the eLibrary of the National STEM Centre.

Plus, we've set up a group in Facebook for Science Across the World. If you're looking for ideas and want to share what you're doing, join us there.

Keep up the good work!


Science Across annual team meeting

September 21-22, 2007

The Science Across team meeting always a brief but busy event brought together colleagues from Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Holland and the UK to take stock of the project and plan for the future. 

It is a time of change at the end of our collaboration with GSK and the agenda reflected the need to look ahead.

The key to the development and further growth of the Science Across project is and always has been the unique resources on offer and the opportunity for interaction created for teachers and students getting involved. 

Marianne Cutler, our programme director, presented results from an evaluation of Science Across the World carried out by King's College London.  The conclusions make very positive reading, but there is no room for complacency.  There aren’t any other sites like Science Across which offers Science topics for investigation between classes in different parts of the world in a common language.  There are, on the other hand, a number of wonderful Web 2.0 sites which offer all manner of interaction for their users.

Ben from Bit10, the web company managing the Science Across site, gave us an informative presentation on what is out there and based on our ‘core values’ tried to give an indication of where Science Across might go bearing in mind developments and innovations in internet communication.

Without going into details about this here and now, I’d just say keep an eye open for these developments to appear at the Science Across website  There will be more possibility for interaction between people, more opportunity to contribute immediately to discussion, chances to participate in building content on the site and many others.

Graham Jackson also presented ideas for a new topic on Air Quality. 

Nigel’s absence was keenly felt, not least on the group picture in front of the new premises the project occupies.  Science Across is now located in the new ASE building in the University campus in Hatfield.

It's great to be involved in a team like this.  To say I learn something from them each time we meet is an understatement.  I'm learning about Science and Science teaching, but I do also learn a lot about teaching language from the project on Science and created by Science educators.  It's no surprise to me that so many language teachers have signed up in recent years.

Long may it continue!

May 8th, 2007

Science Across the World reaches 5000!

Welcome and congratulations to Stella Maris Martinez of Ing Giúdici School in Argentina for being the 5000th teacher to join the Science Across the World programme.

Stella is working with Science Across and exchanging with schools worldwide on the Acid Rain topic.

Nov 18, 2006

Science Across the World team meeting                        

17/18 November 2006

The team got together for its annual meeting in Hatfield this week.  It’s an important time for Science Across the World for a number of reasons and the team had a lot to discuss.

Jeff Howson a freelance e-learning consultant presented a proposal for developments of the Making the News initiative.  MTN is an internet news and publishing service for schools.  Science Across and MTN have been collaborating on the topic of Climate Change offering schools web space for publishing students’ work and the results can be seen at

The team

Jeff talked about a number of wonderful online tools for working in school links, publishing students’ work and communicating all of which may be exploited to enrich the Science Across experiences of teachers and students.

  • Flashmeeting is a simple one-click video conferencing tool that allows up to 20 individuals or small groups to come together using only a webcam.  Jeff said that anybody can sign up to use it as long as they are in a school or educational institution and they need only get in touch with him

  • Quikmaps allows visitors to edit maps and add text and highlighting icons and illustrations.

  • Bubblr allows visitors to upload pics and photos to a slide where they can then add speech bubbles in a cartoon type format.

  • Classtools is a nice collection of tools any teacher with a computer and web access will love because it gives a host of ideas for presenting content and highlighting important areas.

  • Create a scape (Futurelab) is a very interesting interactive medium for organizing and presenting content through landscapes designed by the learners.

The group were very motivated by the ideas Jeff presented and his input on developing Science Across the World.  The future may well be in student-generated content… 

To this end the following topics will be updated:
Climate Change, based on the trial, MTN
Biodiversity, adapt for MTN
Air quality and acid rain, adapt for MTN

So, we have a wealth of potential new media for reporting, for publicizing students’ work and for communicating with partner schools and between teachers.

Please do get keep your eyes on the Science Across website to find out when the updates go live and help yourselves!


Nov 17, 2006

Chemistry for Humanity Poster Competition

Science Across the World, October 2006

Overwhelming success of the 'Chemistry for Humanity' poster competition


Before the deadline (May 1st, 2006) 427 real pieces of art on paper arrived at SAW head quarters in Hatfield, UK. Electronic mailboxes had to be emptied several times per day, because of an overflow of 517 graphic files in various formats. Altogether we received 944 entries from 32 different countries. The posters were divided in two age categories: 10-13 and 14-16.

Science Across the World (SAW), the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's (IUPAC) Committee on Chemical Education (CCE) and the Korean Chemical Society (KCS) collaborated over the past year to launch and administer this global poster competition. Students were asked to visualize their ideas about 'Chemistry for Humanity'.

Read more about the wonderful event at the Science Across the World website at