Iron Science

A Canadian competition celebrates science teachers with a flair for the dramatic

Elie Dolgin
Nov 20, 2008
Anyone who thinks that iron science means the laborious study of the chemical element number 26, think again. A Canadian competition called linkurl:Iron Science;http://www.ironscience.ca/ pits teams of science teachers against each other in a challenge to deliver the most creative approach to communicating science and engineering. And it reaches its final conclusion today (Nov. 21)."It's a spectacle," linkurl:Mary Anne Moser,;http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=344&facId=1286&p=member director of communications at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering and the chair of Iron Science's national steering committee, told __The Scientist__. "We're putting a lot more splash and pizzazz into showing off science teaching."Modeled after the linkurl:Iron Chef;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Chef television series -- which ran in Japan from 1993-1999 and was adapted in the US by the Food Network in 2005 -- the Iron Science contest revolves around a "secret ingredient," which can be a physical entity such as linkurl:alcohol;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/20371/ or linkurl:marshmallows,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/11438/ or an abstract concept like pressure. Each...

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