Cool science sites

Hunkin’s Experiments has some cool science acitivites aimed at primary school age students.

“Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!! Hundreds of cartoon experiments from cartoonist, broadcaster and engineer Tim Hunkin.”

My personal fave: How to make a camera out of a baked bean tin

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Science by Email is a weekly email newsletter featuring science news and activities.

Science by Email delivers the world’s best science direct to your inbox. It contains:

  • the latest science news
  • fun activities and experiments
  • environmental insights
  • a quiz
  • SCOPE TV previews
  • the best science websites
  • occasional competitions
  • upcoming events.

Another science site for kids is Toys from Trash

PicLits

What is PicLits.com?

PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.

Keeping it simple

Effective writing is often characterised by simplicity and George Orwell’s rules for writing are as relevant as they were 50 years ago:

I think the following rules will cover most cases:

(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

(ii) Never us a long word where a short one will do.

(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946