After e-mail; forwarding e-mail; e-mailing a list; deleting an e-mail and a brief foray into Boolean operators (AND OR NOT) in Google we were ready to do some research. It's never too early to learn how to find stuff out and how to present your findings coherently - which I find is a rather neat summary of science. So I wrote out a list of possible topics and asked them to choose one that interested them enough to find out more. As always I exhorted them to pick a topic the really interested them rather than slavishly agreeing with my definition of interesting. Half the class are doing Sport Science or Sport Rehab, so there is a certain bias in the following list: Cruciate ligament; Lance Armstrong’s drugs; The human genome; World population growth; Greenhouse gases quantified; Helmets in American football; Evolution of Rugby scores; Distribution of ABO blood groups; Chimpanzees; Athletic records over time; Detection of horse in burgers.
Woot! I'm going to learn a lot when it comes to their presentations - and I won't have to work. Like Kipling, I'm fascinated and deeply respectful by expertise outside my own - be that match-box collecting, eppendorf 101, team sports or backing a tractor and trailer round a corner through a narrow gate.