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History of Chemistry - discovering the elements
3 years ago
DURATION: 1 HOUR4 Apr 2013
In Los Angeles, a remarkable experiment is underway; the police are trying to predict crime, before it even happens.
At the heart of the city of London, one trader believes that he has found the secret of making billions with maths. In South Africa, astronomers are attempting to catalogue the entire cosmos. These very different worlds are united by one thing - an extraordinary explosion in data.
Horizon meets the people at the forefront of the data revolution, and reveals the possibilities and the promise of the age of big data
The development of the Periodic Table
DURATION: 1 HOUR, 30 MINUTES
Despite the danger of being labelled traitors, the two men began a unique correspondence. An eclipse in Africa provided an opportunity to prove Einstein's theories to the world. Eddington, an unlikely hero, set out on a journey that would change people's perceptions of the universe forever.">
Drama starring David Tennant and Andy Serkis. In the spring of 1914, with Europe on the brink of war, no one had heard of an obscure German physicist called Albert Einstein. A British astronomer, Arthur Eddington, realised that Einstein's theories could unlock whole new ways of thinking about time and space.
Despite the danger of being labelled traitors, the two men began a unique correspondence. An eclipse in Africa provided an opportunity to prove Einstein's theories to the world. Eddington, an unlikely hero, set out on a journey that would change people's perceptions of the universe forever.
As Education Secretary Michael Gove expresses his admiration for education systems in the Far East, Unreported World travels to Hong Kong to meet the students aiming for success in one of the most competitive exam environments in the world.
Reporter Marcel Theroux and producer Lottie Gammon meet the millionaire Lamborghini-driving 'super tutor' who has made his fortune from parents desperate to get their kids into university.
Richard Eng has made his fortune coaching school students to get through the final year Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE).
The team films him in action at Beacon College - whose 40,000 students come from schools all over Hong Kong - where they've signed up for long evening classes on top of a full day at school.
There's no coursework in Hong Kong; everyone's fate is decided by the exam. Three quarters of Hong Kong's students have extra tuition to prepare them for these final year exams. Richard's success is built on his perceived ability to give his students a competitive edge.
One of Richard's students is 17-year-old JJ. Theroux visits his small apartment, on the 19th floor of a public housing estate. JJ's dream is to be a PE teacher and he needs to pass his exams to get into university and teacher training.
Neither of his parents had been to university and they've scraped together the money to send him to Beacon College as his school had a low success rate in getting students into university.
But JJ is competing with students at elite schools, with pushier parents, and who have been tutored since kindergarten. The pressure is getting to him.
He's running a temperature but says he can't afford to skip class. JJ tells Theroux: 'I was talking to my English teacher about exam pressure. Tears welled up and I started crying.'
The great promise of education in Hong Kong is that a public exam sat by all allows children from any background to excel. But in a city as unequal as this one, with large disparities of wealth, Marcel Theroux wonders whether this is true, as rich parents can afford to buy their children more help.
Tutor King Richard Eng himself grew up in poverty, and excelled at exams, a passport to future success. Amongst the cars Richard now owns is a Lamborghini Murcielago worth half a million dollars.
He invites the Unreported World team to his penthouse to meet his wife and daughter and tells Theroux that he grew up in small apartment on a public housing estate.
Despite making his fortune educating students to pass the HKDSE, Richard is critical of the way the education system works. 'We call it a loser-making factory,' he tells Theroux. 'One in four of the students end up sighing outside the university gates.'
Most tellingly, he's chosen to educate his daughter at an international school where she won't ever have to face taking the same exams which have made him a millionaire.
There's evidence the explosion in tutoring just makes things worse for poor students, and that a rags-to-riches story like Richard Eng's is becoming increasingly unlikely in today's Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's students regularly top international league tables for achievement. And in the UK, Michael Gove is moving to a system that places a much greater emphasis on highly pressured final exams.
But what's clear to Theroux is that in Hong Kong, children like JJ, from poorer families, are simply being outgunned in the academic arms race.
However, one group of people are guaranteed success: Richard and the tutor kings are already taking bookings for next year's classes.
Demonstrates the relative reactivity of carbon and iron using a matchstick
10 months ago
Geschichten lesen und vorgelesen zu bekommen, war schon immer eine der beliebtesten Aktivitäten für Kinder. Diese fördern nicht nur die Fantasie, sondern helfen auch Beziehungen zwischen dem Leser und Hörer aufzubauen.
Im November veranstaltete die Deutsche Grundschule einen Vorlesetag und lud dazu Vertreter der Generalkonsulate aus Deutschland, der Schweiz und Österreich, Vertreter von führenden deutschen Unternehmen in Hongkong, Freunde der GSIS sowie unsere Schulleiterin ein, um unseren Schülerinnen und Schülern Geschichten vorzulesen.
Es waren zwei erfreuliche und unterhaltsame Schulvormittage, an denen sich unsere Schülerinnen und Schüler um ihre Vorleser/innen versammelten, aufmerksam den Erzählungen zuhörten und laut lachten, wenn es zu lustigen Passagen in den Geschichten kam.
Story reading has always been one of children’s favourite activities. It not only encourages imagination but also helps build relationships between the reader and the listeners.
This November, our German Primary hosted the Vorlesetag, or Reading Day, and invited representatives of the German, Swiss and Austrian Consulate General, representatives from prominent German organisations in Hong Kong, friends of GSIS and our principal to read stories to our children.
It was a pleasant and enjoyable morning, as the students gathered around the readers, listened eagerly to the tales, and burst out in laughter when stories hit their funny spots.
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More modern video!
A short clip showing mass spectrometer principles (in this case, applied to molecular context)
State of the art school of the 1950's
Example of blended learning
Der fertige Tanz vor der Aufführung