The Big Ideas of Science

In Go-Lab we refer to “Big Ideas of Science” as “a set of cross-cutting scientific concepts that describe the world around us and allow us to conceive the connection between different natural phenomena”. As the "Big Ideas of Science" are overarching concepts, they can serve as links between the different science disciplines. 

Teachers can use the "Big Ideas of Science" in their everyday teaching in order to demonstrate to their students connections between the different things they learn. For example, when a teacher talks to students about chemical reactions in chemistry he or she could use one or more Big Ideas to make a connection to high energy physics by explaining how the same small particles are used to detect the origin of the universe or make a connection to biology and explain that DNA is made up of the same particles we work with in organic chemistry.

In the framework of the contest teachers are invited to implement a Go-Lab activity while making sure they establish links to other subjects through the "Big Ideas of Science". Each Go-Lab activity in the Go-Lab repository is accompanied by at least one Big Idea of Science. By clicking on one Big Ideas of Science you can see what other activities and online labs are also represented by the same Big Idea. This way, the Big Ideas of Science can be used to find activities and online labs that share common concepts. 

Click on the images of the Big Ideas below to check the Go-Lab online labs and activities that are under each Big Idea in the Go-Lab repository.

Alternatively, if you want to check out the Big Ideas of Science challenge, you can visit its website, or the teacher's manual.















The contest is organized by the Go-Lab project which is financed by the European commission within the Seventh Framework Programme.

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