Showing posts with label education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label education. Show all posts

Monday, July 10, 2017

Why They Fight Russia in the Air, But Not at Sea

Open Ocean Combat

We have been observing rising violence on the land, sea as well as in the air, after a break of some years, from some familiar sources. As in the past few months there have been recurrent conflicts on the sea, particularly from the Chinese as well as the Iranians.

But in the case of the Russians we only seem to knock up against their elements in the sky which is due to two core elements namely geography and terror. Though several may not be aware of it, it was not till recently that such things like an `open ocean’ combat had taken place in military history. Navies had for most of the time, found themselves restrained either by depth, winds or currents to certain routes.

Besides that there had been the tussle to essentially discover their opponent out on the open ocean and for this purpose, certain chokepoints have envisaged various naval clashes. Credits of our own independence is due to one such fight between a French battle fleet and the British Royal Navy which had stopped the British from being capable of evacuating Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781 and eventually had terminated the war.

Chokepoints – Straits Leading to Ocean

The fight had begun right at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where the French had been waiting for the Brits and hence it had been that these chokepoints like straits leading to the ocean had turned out to be blockages for those following them also.

 It was this that had been driving the Russian crazy for at least four centuries. The Russia Empire since the time of Tsar Peter the Great had pursued expansion to increase not only their wealth but regularly endless search in obtaining unfettered access to the sea. Fettered termed has been utilised since the Russia had actually been restrained with regards to their access to the open oceans.

Their port towards the top of the Baltic Sea in the Gulf of Finland had been initiated by the same Tsar Peter and had been humbly named after him. St Petersburg has long given the Russians the facility to move in the adjoining bodies of water though a bit more.

Getting to the actual blue water and the whole of the globe would mean getting beyond the Danes as well as the Norwegians or even both and that alone was not a convincing proposal even before NATO.

Deep Water Sheltered Port – Access Black Sea

Destined towards the north by geography at the entrance of the Baltic and with ice above the Arctic Circle, the Russians moved south and ran into the same kind of situation as they stretched. Tsarina Catherine the Great had pressed downward and had incorporated the Ukraine together with it the Crimean peninsula into greater Russia.

 The Russian naval base of Sebastopol with her founding had a deep water sheltered port which enabled them to access the Black Sea. However they still has been hemmed in now for a number of centuries by the ironclad lock of the Bosporus more recently at least nominally by the Treaty of Montreaux.

Even if they managed to get out, they would still only have access to the Mediterranean and not the actual open ocean. They tend to have access to the Pacific though it is quite far away from their epicentre and there their operationary to be mostly expeditionary just on leaving the base.

Rodina – Motherland – Land Issue

All this goes a long way in comprehending half of the reasons why the Russians are seen nudging up against us from the sky. To comprehend the remaining half, one could recall that the Russians tend to be really, extremely, fearful. It seems to be all about defense of the Rodina, the `Motherland’ for them and that seems to be a land issue.

 All that they do and design is said to be directed upon that individual prevailing passion. For this purpose, the Russian and before that the Soviet, Navy was and is, designed with power projection in mind as well as with disruption of anyone who tends to influence events on land and hence would be a land threat to them.

It is for this reason that they tend to have an extensive, and to some extent technologically striking, track record in submarines building though not aircraft carriers. This is also the reason why they seem to make long-range anti-ship missiles though are not progressing anything even distantly impending an oceanic system of at-sea replacement or restoration.

A century ago, they had given up on true battleships and knew that they could never combat their way out from their two significant naval bases on the surface and stopped attempting. On the contrary they aimed on developing the weapons which could stop America as well as the other NATO and world allied from getting to Europe and through it, on land, to the Motherland.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Your Guide to Solving the Next Online Viral Maths Problem

Precise Means of Online Equations - Explained

Several times we may have come across an online post or a fragment of a social media feed stating something such as `This math Problem is Stumping the whole Internet & Can You Solve It? Or Apparently 9 out of 10 people get this wrong. Do you know the answer?

‘At the core of the post there tends to lie numbers and symbols. Irrespective of how hard you may tend to try, it may seem impossible to accept the challenges. One may attempt to do so and on checking on the comment sector you are likely to get to know that some have agreed with your answers while the others tend to have a different point of view. The precise means of approaching these online equations with the least of hassle is explained below:

Language of Mathematics


We tend to read from left to right in the English language and hence it seems natural to view mathematical equations in the same manner. However one would not try to read Arabic or Mandarin in the same way nor would they try to do so with the discrete language of mathematics. In order to be maths-literate, it is essential to comprehend some of the applicable rules regarding spelling and grammar in mathematics.

 A set of firm rules called the order of operations tends to express the precise arithmetical grammar wherein it conveys to us the system in which the mathematical operations need to be performed such as addition and multiplication when they both appear in an equation. The mnemonic BODMAS – Brackets, Order, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction, in Australia tends to teach students in assisting them to recall the correct order.

In BODMAS, the order tends to refer to mathematical powers like squared, cube or square root. This could be taught in other countries as PEMDAS, BEDMAS or BIDMAS though all these may come down to precisely the same thing. For instance, it would mean that if we have an equation containing addition as well as multiplication we tend to carry out multiplication first irrespective of the order where they are written.
While considering the equations:
  • (a) 3 x 4 + 2 
  • (b) 2 + 3 x 4
When BODMAS is applied we see that these equations are precisely the same or equivalent and in both the cases we tend to calculate 3x4=12 and then calculate 12+2=14. However some may tend to get an incorrect answer for the second equation since they would have tried solving it from left to right. They may do the addition first (2+3=5) and thereafter multiplication of (5x4) in order to get a wrong answer of 20.

Brackets tend to make a difference


It is here where the brackets tend to be beneficial segment of arithmetical punctuation. A well placed bracket in maths could change the calculation completely. They are utilised in providing a specific part of an equation and we always carry out the calculation within the bracket before dealing with what is outside the bracket. If brackets are introduced around the addition in equation in the above equations we then tend to have two new equations namely
  • (c) 3x(4+2) 
  • (d) (2+3)x4

Correct Understanding of Operation


These equations are not equivalent to each other and in both the cases, the bracket conveys to us to carry out the addition before doing the multiplication. This would mean that we have to compute 3x6 for (c) and for (d) 5x4. We now arrive at different answers wherein the answer for (c) is 18 and (d) is 20. In the case of (a) and (b) equations brackets were not essential since BODMAS conveys to us to do the multiplication before addition.

But with the addition of brackets which reinforces the BODMAS rules could be helpful in evading confusion. Comprehending BODMAS is likely to get us most of the way with regards in resolving the problem though it also assists in being aware of the commutative as well as the associative properties of mathematics. Calculated process is said to be commutative if it is not considered in which order the numbers are said to be written in and addition is commutative since a+b=b+a. However subtraction is not a commutative since a-b is not the same as b-a.

 Moreover it is also direct to display that multiplication is commutative while division is not. An operation is said to be associative when we have numerous successive incidences of this type of operation and it does not matter to which order we carry them out.

Moreover addition as well as multiplication seems to have this property and though subtraction together with division does not have the same. Once the understanding of the correct order of operation together with the associative as well as commutative properties has been arrived we tend to have the tool-box in solving any well-defined arithmetical equation.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Life at Cochin University

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Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is an autonomous science and technology university in Cochin, Kerala, India. It is a government owned university. It has three campuses: two in Cochin and one in Kuttanad, Alappuzha.

The university gives degrees in engineering and science subjects at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels. About 6520 students are engaged yearly in the undergraduate and postgraduate program at the university. CUSAT is placed among the best universities in the world. The CUSAT Results decide the quality of placements at the institute.

Motto 

The motto of the university is "Tejasvinavadhithamastu", which means, "May the wisdom accrued deify us both — the teacher and the taught - and percolate to the universe in its totality" which is taken from the Vedas.

Campuses 

The university has three campuses in total:
  •  At Cochin, 
  • At Pulinkunnu, Kuttanad. 

Main Campus (Trikakkara Campus) 

The main campus is in Kalamassery. It is an 180-acre campus which consists of the Administrative office, the Central Library, Computer Centre, departments, labs, workshops, School of Engineering's, canteens, guest house, hostels, and playgrounds etc. The Administrative office facilitates and coordinates all the activities of the departments. The Central Library which is fully computerized is a central source of information for the academic block of the CUSAT. The Computer Center provides free internet service to the students. The campus has the buildings of the other departments. The SOE campus has divisions of engineering, labs, and workshops. The Siberia campus block consists of classrooms for engineering as well as a new lab building (NLB) which has department centers and labs. The campus has a Triveni Coffee House as well and other canteens. There are three men's hostels and they are: Siberia, Sarovar and Sanathana — and five women's hostels and they are: Aishwarya, Anashwara, Athulya, Anaga, and Ananya.

 Lakeside Campus 

The Lakeside Campus is about 12 km away from the Main Campus and is set in Cochin City. It consists of the School of Ocean Science and Technology, School of Industrial Fisheries, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Chemical Oceanography, Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics and Department of Physical Oceanography. The School of Marine Sciences consists of a library that is regarded as the largest marine science libraries in Asia and a research section for coastal water studies. The school has an academic section as well with other universities and research institutes in India and outside.

Pulincunnu Campus 

The Pulincunnu campus is in Kuttanad that is 65 km away from the Main Campus. It is the house for the Cochin University College of Engineering, Kuttanad ( CUCEK) and the Cochin University College of Computer Applications (CUCCA). The campus has scenic beauty, temples, and churches.

Hostels 

Cochin University has hostel accommodation for around 600 male and 700 female students that are registered for Undergraduate/ Postgraduate / Research studies.

The Main Campus consists of:
  1.    Sanathana, Siberia, Sarovar and Post metric hostels for boys (Men's Hostels) 
  2.   Aishwarya, Athulya, Anaswara, and Post metric hostels for girls (Ladies' Hostels)  
  3.   OBC Post Metric Hostel for Girls (Ladies' Hostel) 

The Lakeside Campus consists of:
  1.  Cochin University Marine Science Campus Hostel Men's Hostel 
Canteen 

The Campus Cafe is open from 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. on all working days including Saturdays which is easily accessible for the students. A wide variety of South Indian and North Indian dishes are available there. During lunch time Meals are available at very nominal rates for the students.

Sports 

The physical Education department is functioning in the campus in a very smooth manner. Various sports activities are conducted in the campus with the participation of the colleges from different parts of the state and countries. This helps the students to participate in various activities depending upon their choices.

Student Welfare 

The university consists of the Department of Youth Welfare which is a formal platform to design and implement the youth policies that include the issues related to motivation, participation, promotion and socio-economic and cultural settings within which young people grow up. The Department acts as a driving force for the student and youth community to watch their academic excellence through doing and learning. The department takes care of various aspects of student welfare like students counseling, training, NSS, NCC, government, and nongovernment sponsored youth projects, financial aid & scholarships, health care, games & sports, cultural activities etc.

Entertainment 

The university organizes various Cultural Programs and activities. Various cultural events like University Youth Festival, Talent Time, and Anchorage etc. are conducted in the campus with the full participation of the colleges throughout the country.

Placements 

Almost 90 % of CUSAT B.Tech students have been placed through campus recruitment drive every year. The maximum package offered is Rs 12 lakh per annum and the average annual pay package is Rs 4.82 lakhs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5 Science Careers That Don’t Require Lab Work

Working in the science field can give you access to fascinating information and unique daily tasks. For many in science, their work in biology, chemistry, or physical science has them working inside of a lab. Some scientific types thrive in this closed off environment, making new discoveries and helping the world improve. For others, lab work can be a limiting, so they need a different type of environment to practice their scientific skills. Here are five careers in science that work outside of labs.

1. Science Teacher

One of the best opportunities to work in science without stepping foot in a lab is to become a teacher. If you graduate with a degree in one of the many fields of science, you can supplement your credentials by meeting the requirements in your state to be an educator. Then, you can be hired to work in secondary education, with either middle school students or high school students in a science class. Each day, instead of working independently in a quiet lab environment, you get to work with a vibrant room of young people.

2. Science Illustrator

Another great opportunity for someone with a science background is to go into science illustrating. Nonfiction books, magazines, and websites all have a need for detailed and accurate illustrations demonstrating various types of scientific thought. Publications in the biological sciences may need illustrators to draw lifelike pictures of animals, humans, or individual cell parts for use in training medical staff. Additionally, those with a background in physics can help illustrate operating manuals for various engineering projects and machinery.

3. Technical Writer

Having a degree in science also puts you in a great position to work as a technical writer. Technical writers use their background knowledge to write scientific papers, instructions, and other complex material related to science, technology, or engineering products. This type of job is a great way to get yourself out of the lab environment and into a traditional office workplace with a diverse group of colleagues.

4. Geographic Information Science Specialist

Next, you can use your scientific knowledge and apply it for a position in geographic information science. Those in this field work with high-quality mapping technology and satellite imagery. Specialists in this subject are often working in the field outside to determine best practices for geographic placement services. They work with the top technologies in their offices as well. USC Online has a top program in geographic information science for those who have an interest in learning more.

5. Patent Law Clerk

Finally, some individuals with a background in science can choose to go into patent law. If you simply have a degree in science, then being a patent law clerk may be an option. If you want to take on more responsibility in this field, then an additional law degree is required to be a patent lawyer. Patent law examines intellectual property, and those in science can use their expertise in their subject to get a better understanding of things such as inventions, new drug formulas, vaccines, and other science-based items that could be up for patent.
Being a scientist doesn’t necessarily mean working in a lab. There are plentiful opportunities in many other settings for those in this field.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Should Students be Allowed to Grade Their Teachers


Introduction

In the era of the digital classroom, teaching and learning trends have shifted in application and methodology. Among these changes is the question of whether or not students should be allowed to grade their teachers in essay writing, for example.. This article will show why students should not be allowed to grade their teachers.

Teaching will be made into a Popularity Contest

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If students are allowed to grade their teachers, most teachers will abandon objective teaching and concentrate merely on obtaining good reviews. Some female teachers will even wear short dresses or skirts in order to score positive reviews with male students as shown in the photo above.

Negative Grading will Prompt Teachers to Bully Students

If a teacher is graded positively by students, he or she will return the same favor. This is also true if he or she is graded negatively. In this regard, if students were to grade teachers, most teachers would be forced to either bully or threaten students who may want to post a negative review about them. Such behavior may include increased hostility towards students, threats of low grades and exaggerated exercises or tests. Even if students were to anonymously grade teachers, most of them would be able to recognize the handwriting of their students. Ultimately, students will refrain from telling the truth about the performance of their teachers.

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Grading of Teachers by Students will be Partisan

Students tend to hold personal vendettas against certain teachers, many of which are directly related to classroom relationships. As such, they have less motivation for grading their teachers positively based entirely on their teaching capacity. Outside factors such as the appearance of the teacher as opposed to performance may influence their grading. In essence, as shown in the photo below, students too will be offered the ammunition to get back at teachers if they are allowed to grade them.

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Conclusion

Students should not be allowed to grade their teachers as it will only serve to increase friction in the classroom, which will ultimately impact on the quality of learning.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

MBA Student Loan Consolidation Done RIght

Earning an MBA requires years of study, which could lead to significant amounts of federal and private student loans at the end of your program. You may want to consolidate that debt into one low payment. Doing so could save you more money in the long run as well as significantly slash your monthly payment.
According to Federal Student Aid, “Loan consolidation can greatly simplify loan repayment by centralizing your loans to one bill and can lower monthly payments by giving you up to 30 years to repay your loans.” MBA student loan consolidation programs offer graduates a safe and secure way to replace their existing educational loans with those provided by private lenders. (Source: Reuters)

Generally speaking, loan consolidation is a simple settlement process that can be done electronically or over the phone in about 10 minutes; however, it does require a thorough credit check of the applicant and any applicable co-signers. Only applicants with poor credit history need apply with a co-signer. According to CommonBond.Co, “If you are approved for a loan on your own without a co-signer, then you receive the same low, fixed interest rate as you would if you applied with a co-signer.”

Qualifying applicants must meet the following underwriting criteria:

Be a United States citizen or legal resident
Be a recent graduate
Own student loan
Because applicants are graduates of a participating school, lenders are more likely to approve their application than students who are applying without an established relationship. All approval decisions are made quickly, so you will know right away whether you’ve been approved.
Why MBA Student Loan Consolidation Works for Others and Can Work for You

MBA student loan consolidation works because it helps students straddled with high amounts of student loan debt find a better loan option, which could mean huge savings in the long run. “The MBA Refinance Loan - for borrowers who’ve already graduated from school - has a fixed interest rate of 5.99% and no origination fee and a corresponding APR of 5.99%,” according to CommonBond.Co, a company that puts borrowers in touch with lenders. The website goes on to say, “Borrowers are eligible for a 0.25% reduction in the interest rate by agreeing to automatic ACH withdrawals for repayment. The interest rate is fixed, which means that even if market-based interest rates change, the monthly payment will remain the same.”

These and other refinance terms make benefiting from MBA student loan consolidation easy. All you have to do is sign up, and your refinance terms will not change for the life of the loan—there’s absolutely no guesswork.

View here for MBA loan consolidation info related to your school. You don’t need to make a decision today, but you should at least discover the many ways in which MBA student loan consolidation could work for you. Have a paper and pen to jot down notes, or to simply calculate how much you pay now versus how much you could be paying if lowered your loan payments through MBA student loan debt consolidation.

How Educational Consulting Firm Can Help Students!


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Educational Consulting Firms are Changing the Levels of Knowledge Retention in Classrooms Throughout the United States

Much research has gone into studying how students learn the most in their educational endeavors. While teachers and educational instructors at all levels incorporate testing into their classroom instruction plans to gain an idea of how much information their students have learned over the course materials that have been covered, a lot of the knowledge that is desired for the student to retain is lost. Researchers have found that it is the way the course materials are presented that will determine how long the student will remember the facts that they have learned.

Unfortunately, the teacher or classroom instructor takes the lack of retention their students display as a personal failure in their career. With the studies that researchers have conducted this has been proven that this is not often the reasons behind the lack of knowledge retention. Every student has their own unique way of learning. Scientists have learned that by using a variety of methods to present course materials to a classroom the most success in knowledge retention can be achieved.

Professional organizations such as GLN Consulting and other such educational consulting firms out there have dedicated a lot of time and energy into creating educational programs that teachers can take confidence in. These firms are staffed with highly trained professionals that have a passion to the proactive approach they take to increase the level of knowledge retention students and teachers can expect. Their level of experience allows them to create a well-thought out plan that teachers can use to ensure their students reach those high levels of learning that is intended.

Consulting firms work with all educational levels. Their programs can be customized to meet the needs of educational groups ranging from elementary, middle school, high school, training centers, or even major universities throughout the United States. Concentrating their energy on designing interactive classroom materials students are gaining more understanding in some of the toughest subject matters such as Psychology, Mathematics, Sciences, and other major courses that are necessary for a strong foundation within their desired career path.

Visit GLNConsulting.info or other such sites for reputation educational consulting firms that are available to see how they can turn your educational endeavors into a real success. Having the support from the experts on staff within their prominent companies will provide you with answers for some of the tough questions and concerns many educators have. You will quickly see a change in the success rates of your students once you too have implemented these teaching plans in your classroom.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Does Playing Sports at School Affect Grades?

Did you know that kids who play sports are less likely to struggle with obesity and often lead a more energetic lifestyle than kids who don’t?  But can playing sports at school have an impact on a student’s academic success?  Listed below are some ways in that sports can aid in a student’s in academic performance as well as some ways in which it can become a distraction.

Advantages of Playing Sports While Attending School

More and more research is pointing to sports as having a positive impact on a student’s physical, mental and social well-being, which can also affect his or her academic performance.  Here are some ways sports can affect a student’s ability to perform in the classroom:

Increases Motivation

At most schools, kids who play sports are required to keep their grades at a certain level.  If the student receives low marks, he or she can be held back from playing in the next scheduled sporting event.  For many kids, this  increases their motivation to earn high grades so that they will not be excluded from a game and sit on the sidelines.  The student may also strive to stay involved because he or she does not want to disappoint his or her teammates or coach,  which will be counting on all the team to compete.

Advances Cognition and Improves Focus

Because vigorous exercise has been shown to promote blood flow to the brain, participating in sports may help  improve a student’s mental alertness, learning ability and decision-making.  Research has also shown that a student who plays sports is more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and even score higher on standardized tests than those who do not participate in routine physical activity.

Encourages Strong Self-Esteem and Feelings of Belonging

Playing sports not only encourages strong self-esteem but aids in developing social skills and reinforces the importance of working as a group.  It can also promote feelings of belonging by helping the student to feel part of a team and part of a community.  Students who have strong feelings of self-worth will often feel a deeper need to work harder (academically and otherwise) to keep from disappointing themselves and others.

Disadvantages of Playing Sports While Attending School

Although participating in sports may be a positive experience for most, doing so while earning a diploma or degree can have its disadvantage as well.  Listed below are a few possible drawbacks to consider:

Possible Burnout

The pressure to succeed academically while also trying to do well in a sports activity can lead to major burnout for some.  The student can become tired and distracted due to the demands of practices, games and homework which can lead to loss of focus in the his or her studies.

Risk of Injury

If a student is even moderately injured during a practice or game, he or she can be in danger of missing several days of school, causing him or her to fall behind.  The mental stress of the injury can also be harmful to the student’s academic success as well.

Time Commitment

Between practices and games, participating in a sports activity can take up a large amount time and prevent the student from completing homework or studying for tests.  If the student is held back from games due to low grades, his or her self-esteem can suffer due to peer pressure from teammates and the high expectations of the parents and the coach.

Playing sports can be a healthy and fun way to get exercise and interact with others.  However, it is important to remember that as with any activity, there can be some drawbacks.  If a student decides to play sports while attending school, he or she must strive to find a correct balance of both play and study so that a positive experience can be had both on the field/court and in the classroom.

Sarah writes for Allpro about profossinal sports.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Brazing Copper: A Comprehensive Guide and Overview

Brazing copper is a process where metal is joined by a filler metal. It is heated above a melting point and distributed between two or more parts. The filler metal is generally slightly above its melting temperature and is protected by a suitable atmosphere. It flows over the base metal—also known as a wetting—and is cooled in order to keep the pieces working together.

Brazing is very similar to soldering. Soldering is a process where two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal—known as a solder—into the joint, with the filler metal having a lower melting point than the contiguous metal.

The one main difference between brazing copper and soldering is its temperature. When it comes to brazing, the filler metal temperature is higher.

What is important to know about brazing? 

Well, for one thing, obtaining high-quality brazed joints requires parts to be closely fitted. The base metals must be clean and oxide-free. One of the most important parts of brazing is the joint clearance.
What are the recommended joint clearances for brazing?

For brazing, the recommended joint clearances are 0.03 to 0.08 mm, or 0.0012 to 0.0031 in. This is for the best capillary action and joint strength.

What is capillary action?

Capillary action is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces, without the assistance or opposition of gravity.

What can cause faulty joints?

Faulty joints can be caused by a myriad of various reasons, including improper joint preparation prior to brazing, lack of proper support, improper heat control and distribution, inadequate amount of filler metal applied, and sudden shock cooling.

What are some common types of brazing?

When it comes to brazing copper, some companies specialize in furnace type and some by using the resistance method.  When brazing copper or any precious metals, the brazing of the copper or other metal to each other can be tricky and is a critical part of the process.  Depending on the method of brazing the copper, this will determine whether the copper and other metal are held in place by jigs or by pressure, at least until the brazing is complete. This is common for use when brazing copper to a more expensive metal such as silver alloy for use in making electrical contacts. This allows for electrical contacts to meet the important precious metal content requirement while brazing the copper to the contact material allows for the remaining part of the contact’s design to be formed as needed
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Which industries typically implement the use of copper brazing? 

Quite a few, but some of the most common include the plumbing industry, automotive industry, and the HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) industry.

Brazing copper is one of the most common methods of joining copper tubes and fittings. When brazing copper, it is important to braze the assembly to at least 800° F. However, it is important to use a filler metal that will melt above 800° F, but will be below the melting point of the metals to be joined.

John Bowie works in the HVAC industry where he frequently works with metal joining processes. He is quite familiar with brazing copper as a part of his occupation. On the side, John Bowie enjoys writing about HVAC and technical-related topics to inform others.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Merseyside Maritime Museum School Day Trip

Merseyside’s maritime heritage can be explored with a day trip from Selwyn’s Tours. Students can see replicas from the tales of the Titanic, shanties, smuggling, and sea dogs at the museum. They can get a feel of the central role that was played by Liverpool in the Civil War in America or The Atlantic Battle. A tour of the Liverpool pilot cutter that is moored at the dock is another ship to visit. A trip to the adjacent Pier Master’s House where they can see how the pier master controlled traffic that is routed through the dock can edify their young minds. Selwyn’s Tours can transport your students on this educational trip.
If you are of the opinion that the high seas tales were from yesteryear, you will be totally amazed at the discovery that tax evasion, smuggling, war, and protests, as well as some of the ways and objects that were used in the smuggling of contraband items in those days are still being done today. This can be seen at “Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered”.
This is a gallery at the museum that details the Custom Officer’s world. It tells of danger and intrigue and presents a key theme on anti-smuggling. It shows detectives at work, fighting crime, patrolling the frontiers and investigating crimes. The tactics that were employed in those days are quite similar to those used today by criminals of the sea and land.
They balance the view of the past with a contemporary story and look at issues of safety and fairness in the society that affects all today. The young visitors can download Matt’s Gallery Trail, or get to test their handling skills at cargo landing with the museum’s Cargo-a-go-go game, which is fairly new.

Educational, fun, and enlightening, a Merseyside Maritime Museum School Day Trip can be one of the most popular attractions in Liverpool. The entry for the museum and the Old Dock tour, which can be organized by the museum workers, is free. The booking should be done in advance. Opening hours are between 10 am and 5 pm on a daily basis. The quayside and ships are closed during winter season. They provide free lessons and the curriculum is linked by displays and collections.


Some sessions are done by members of the museum staff, while others are done by the individuals or group. Topics such as pirates, World War II, or the Titanic are included. Home office issues are discussed in approved sessions targeting drugs, weapons, and alcohol awareness.
Whatever type of trip you decide to plan for, Selwyns’ personalized, expert service can ensure you a safe and smooth trip.

Selwyn’s removes the worry from the planning process of your trip. Plan a trip for January 2014, contact them, and rest assured that everything will be taken care of. They provide coach and bus hire service for over forty years at an economical price. They have coach hire services based in Manchester, Liverpool, and Runcorn. They can get you to the destination comfortably and safely. Even though their location is in the North West, they can take you all over the UK.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Influence of Math Tuition to O Level Student Grades

Math tuition has had a great influence to most people’s educational lives. To have a better grasp on how quality tuition will help you or your child improve their grades, it is important to note beforehand that math is a relatively difficult discipline; unlike literature and arts, it takes a lot of time and concentration to understand the concepts and hence not likable to most students. However, most applications in life including solving your own financial problems, troubleshooting deadlocks in your career depending on where you work and excelling in other disciplines like physical sciences call for good mathematical problem solving skills.
Sometimes it can be difficult for you to understand certain Math concept in a conventional class since it is not always possible for the teacher to issue the instructions moderately so that they suit the caliber of everyone in the class. Most of the times are those when one feels that they are left behind and need to cover some of the day’s topics alone. This is probably where a maths tuition comes in; which can help you review what you did not understand in a conventional class at a speed which is optimal for your comprehension capabilities. Below are some reasons why people find it easier to solve math problem with the help of a tutor.
How O level math tuition benefits you 
A tutor helps you regain your self esteem and confidence
The major reason why most people fail in mathematics is not because they cannot afford the math tuition fee but because they have lost confidence. Teenagers for instance are known to influence each other where a good number believe that the discipline is difficult. The first thing a tutor does is help you regain your confidence by teaching you the basics and assuring that you can solve just about any problem.
Fewer distractions 
In a conventional classroom, there are several factors which might distract you including your friends. However, private coaching is rendered in a controlled, serene environment where it is unlikely that you will get distracted. This way, it will be easier for you to concentrate on learning.
The tutor helps you do your homework 
It is logical that you will experience difficulties finishing your mathematics homework if you did not understand well in class. One of the responsibilities of a tutor is to help you finish the homework and O elementary maths tuition center is there to guide you . Note that they are not going to solve the questions for you and just provide you with the answers but instead, they provide you will all the tools needed to get the right answers.
You gain valuable skills
Because of time, not everything is taught in a conventional class. With a private tutor however, you have all the time and as you progress, they will start introducing you to skills which a teacher would have expected you to learn on yourself.
Remember, your mathematics grade is one of the things Universities look at while selecting their lot and especially if you want to pursue engineering and other science related courses. Hire a tutor if you feel that your grades are not satisfactory otherwise you might not join the University of your dreams. 


Lauren Wong is one of the tutors at The Educationist - Singpore's premier tuition centre. With years of experience and the highest and most relevant qualifications in engineering subjects like Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics, she was able to help hundreds of students improve from F9 to A1. The Educationist, after more than a decade of success in helping F9 students achieve "A1"s in Chemistry, Physics, A.Maths and E.Maths, is so confident of their unique and effective teaching techniques that they are offering all new students a FREE trial lesson! 

Visit Lauren at www.theeducationist.sg or call her at 81-888-009 for more details and to sign up for a free consultation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

3 Effective Study Tips

Do you or someone you know have a hard time studying? Finals are on their way now in colleges, and tests are bound to be on their way before public schools close their doors for the holidays. If you are caught up in a major jam and are in need of studying or even of a math tutor in San Ramon or anywhere else on earth, it’s a good idea to think about these expert studying moves. Here are three suggestions for studying aids if you’re really having a hard time learning about a particular subject.

1. Write out flashcards. This is one of the simplest ways to study quickly. Plus, you will be doing the writing, so some of the answers will be engraved in your memory. Make sure to write the questions on the front of the flashcards and to write the answer on the back. For example, if one of the questions to your Sociology exam is, “Which religious organization seeks to maintain exclusiveness, claims to represent true faith, and is most likely to have split off from a larger religious group?” and the answer is “sect”, make sure to put that on the back. This is one tried and true study method which will assist you tremendously.

2. This second recommendation is for anyone who doesn’t do well with traditional flashcards. However, you will need one notebook to study with this method. Try writing out the questions and the answers to those questions multiple times. This may seem a bit tedious—and yes, it sure is—but it will certainly help to drill those answers into your head. Write and rewrite these answers until you no longer have to check to see how to complete the sentences. That way, you will know that you are finished. Then you can even ask yourself in your head for the answer. Once you can answer it on your own, you’ll know that this tactic has officially worked.

3. Ask for the help of a tutor. Let’s just say math is your weakest subject—and jeez—it sure is tough! A math tutor in San Ramon or anywhere close to you can help you effortlessly. Sure, it might be a little bit of money, but for the purpose of education, it’s priceless. Plus, some tutors offer testimonials, so if you didn’t gain anything out of the first session you won’t have to go to that same tutor again. For the most part, however, a tutor is a teacher who will hone in on your individual needs and notice where you are in need of help the most. This is an excellent technique for anyone who is struggling with a particular subject, whether it is English, math, or science. There are even university tutors who can help with those harder courses such as astronomy or economics. With a tutor, you’ll have everything to gain and nothing at all to lose.

 Using one of the three recommendations, you’ll either be acing your tests or at least have a much better understanding of your subjects. A tutor is always a worthwhile choice, by the way, so don’t be afraid to try it out!

Michele Bowie was a writing tutor at Rowan University where she noticed student strengths and weaknesses. She worked hard with them to obtain their learning goals. Currently, she is a blogger living in Philadelphia, PA.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Take Your Career To The Next Level: Pursue An MBA

There are very few arguments that seek to dispute the benefits of a good education. These benefits include a higher quality of life thanks to better jobs, careers and subsequently higher salaries. Generally, these benefits are multiplied as the level of education increases. For example, statistics show that high school graduates receive higher salaries and better paying jobs than non-graduates. The same is true for a first degree graduate versus a high school graduate and so on. It should come as no surprise therefore, that more and more persons are pursuing tertiary education programs at the graduate (Master's) level and beyond.

Why Pursue An MBA

A very popular graduate program is that of the MBA (Masters in Business Administration), MBA Toronto program. An MBA is one of the most diverse graduate programs available. Graduate students undertake an MBA course for a myriad of reasons and with varying goal and objectives in mind. As such, there are many specializations and program variations available to candidates. In some cases, candidates can go as far as to tailor an MBA program to suit their needs.

As the saying goes, knowledge is power and some of the other benefits from pursing an MBA reinforce this. In addition to monetary and subsequent lifestyle benefits to be ha d from pursuing an MBA, other benefits include cultivating developed managerial skills, business expertise and an administrative competitive advantage. Developing said skill sets will lead to a more open market for the individual who has them. MBA graduates often have great entrepreneurial skills and go on to have successful careers running their own businesses.

The General Structure Of An MBA

A Laurier MBA Program is often broken down into two distinct years of study. Year one consists of students pursuing basic core courses that are often common to all MB programs. After successfully completing year one, students are then able to specialize in various disciplines for their second year in the program. Students may now specialize in Finance, Executive MBAs, and the like. While business professionals are those usually opting to pursue MBAs, almost anyone with a first degree and or requisite experience or requirements can pursue this study option.

Flexibility: Choosing the Right MBA Program For You

Both part-time and full-time MBA options are available. Many times, programs are designed with the working adult in mind and as such, persons do not have to quit their day jobs to pursue a full-time program. In fact, pursuing an MBA online is a very popular option and many credible schools offer such an option to their students. It is important that candidates ensure that they consider their needs and the requirements of their prospective MBA programs carefully. It is important to choose a reputable program however as this will give weight to you MBA qualifications upon the successful completion of your program. Simply, do some research so as to ensure that the program you are considering in one of the reputable ones in your locale and beyond. This can be done easily online, as well at your local library or University if there is one.

Article written by Barry Perkinson

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Controversy Surrounding Metal Detectors in Schools

Security metal detectors in schools are a topic of interest for many parents, educators and lawmakers.  Yet, this simple concept has a variety of complex problems making it easier said than done.  Some may not understand the concept completely or seem to have an understanding from one perspective.  The following points give more insight on why metal detectors in schools is a tough challenge to tackle.
  • Many educators and lawmakers argue it may take too long when screening each student as they enter through a walk-through detector.  Many schools have a large student body and it could cause concern if educational programs are disrupted due to loss of time.
  • How many security professionals will be needed to monitor, train, and operate metal detectors?  Will the detectors be used during the day and what about after school and events?
  • How often would metal detectors be in use by the school? Meaning, when students are scheduled to be in class, will they only be used at this time? Will any of these people work undercover or do surprise inspections to find concealed weapons? If the metal detectors will not be in use 24/7, people could still bring a weapon on the premises and hid it somewhere within the building.
  • How will students enter the building to be screened? Will detectors be at a designated entrance and will students be required to enter this way only? What about screening students before they enter the building but on school property?  Few accounts of school violence have happened outside of the building.
  • What about students who take the bus to school? Will school buses have metal detectors? This poses an issue with windows at ground-level.  What if a student tries to pass a weapon through an unlocked window?
  • Covering the cost of metal detectors.  This aspect alone has a number of concerns such as the type of detectors to use, how many to purchase, the cost of hiring security personnel to train, maintain, and monitor usage, and would the cost considered a return investment if the measure is implemented to its full ability? What about replacing them in the future? How will the cost of using them be covered: who will pay for it?
  • Will visitors and parents be screened?  What about when other non-school related events occur such as Election Day voting or community meetings, will metal detectors be used on these days? 

Here is the fact of the matter, security metal detectors can be a great help to stop harm coming to our children. But if you asked me if they are the solution to all our problems I would say "no". I think most securiy professionals would have the same opinion. To be frank security metal detectors can help a great deal, and price shouldn't be a huge concern when it comes to protecting our children. I believe our schools will never truely be safe as long as humans are in this state of existance. But with the combined efforts of metal detectors, guns for teachers and security cameras we can make our schools a safer place.
Protective Technologies International manufactures and sells walk through metal detectors to help schools become safer

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Setting Up a Free School

Since the introduction of the free school concept in the UK, the idea has really caught on with parents and organisations who want to take better control of their children’s education. Religious groups have welcomed the opportunity to incorporate their religion’s teachings into the curriculum, and community groups, charities and parents have been enthusiastic about giving their children a wider choice of school experiences. If you’re considering setting up a free school, what should you do?

Firstly, you need to work out if you can afford the funding. The way to do this if you don’t have the backing of a charity or a religious group is to approach potential sponsors in your area. Those with businesses relating to the education sector would be a good place to start. Once you have secured funding, make sure you find yourself an accountant as soon as possible to stay on top of the finances.

Next, you will need to find a suitable site for the school. You will need to have figured out how much interest there is in your school and have a rough idea of the numbers you intend to attract before you start looking for somewhere. Some free school organisations have had brand new buildings built from scratch, but others have moved into community spaces or even vacant offices.

Your school will need to be kitted out with enough equipment for each child, and this should tie in with the curriculum you intend to teach. The first place to start is with some good quality classroom furniture, such as desks, chairs and drawers at a suitable height and size for the age group that will be using it. After this, you can start thinking about more specialist equipment such as science desks fitted with gas taps, art and technology benches and sports equipment.

The curriculum is extremely important and you should discuss this with the parents of prospective pupils to see what people want their children to learn about. You need to make sure you incorporate the main subjects (literacy, numeracy and science) into the timetable, but the way you teach them and the angle you approach them from is up to you. You may decide that the school will specialise in one specific area, such as sport or foreign languages.

Working closely with a mentor can be really helpful, as it’s not necessarily easy to set up a brand new school from scratch if it’s never been done before. You’ll be dealing with the education of the children of your community, so it’s vital that you get it right and know how to overcome any teething problems you may run into.

Dawn Siddle has been following the free school movement for several years and is fascinated by its success thus far

International MBA Programs in Toronto

The political, socio-economic, security and stability, as well as Canada's limitless opportunities has made the country a preferred destination for international and local MBA students. There is a variety of schools across the country that offer top quality education. Local and international students can undertake their MBA programs in Toronto.

Toronto is one of Canada's most important educational and business hubs. Fittingly, the city is home to various colleges and universities that offer a variety of high quality undergraduate and MBA programs to both local and international students. The programs are designed into a wide range of specializations.  These include MBA in environmental studies, accounting, business management, law, human resource management, marketing, information technology, hospitality and tourism management, administration of technology and innovation, international relations and other areas of business and organizational administration.

The wide ranges of MBA classes in Toronto are typically scheduled in a way that suits different students with different time-lines. To this end, individual students in respective colleges and universities can talk to their course administrators to arrange for flexibility. The MBA course can either be undertaken on a full time or part time basis.

More importantly, all the MBA programs in Toronto and Canada, in general, are based on a highly-applied (hands-on), extensive curriculum. Equally important, the curriculum places special emphasis on global business and relations, which are essential in today's greatly globalized business environment. This ensures that the students are trained on how to leverage their skills and other resources to tap on the global market for the good of their firms.

Taking an MBA class confers the students with many benefits, including job placement, high quality student services and a wide range of career opportunities. Many universities offer programs in a variety of areas and allow prospective students to apply for a two-year fulltime study, or opt to study part-time.
Laurier University is known for their high quality degrees and MBA curriculums. They offer MBA courses in a variety of areas, including human resource management, information technology, innovation management and finance.

Students can choose to undertake their MBA course online or at the institution. In most of the Toronto-based MBA universities, there are three batches of intake each year---winter, spring and fall. The completion time for the MBA classes in Toronto ranges from 2 to 3 years.

In all, students can apply to undertake their MBA programs in any of the various Toronto universities. The universities offer high quality course, based on a highly-applied curriculum.
This article was written by Madeleine Romano.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Affordable LSAT Prep Courses

In order to obtain high scores in LSAT and secure admission in a law course of their choice students need to make use of LSAT prep courses. This is vital because the LSAT paper has to be answered both quickly and accurately. This is far easier when the candidate is aware of the LSAT paper pattern as well as the ways in which the paper setters try to confuse the candidates. However, many ambitious students are unable to make use of such courses because of the high cost of tutors.

Lower Cost LSAT Prep Courses

While personal tutors and live classes are expensive when one is preparing for the LSAT, it is possible for students to obtain help in the form of lower cost LSAT preparation. Many of these combine online material, video tutorials, and telephonic instruction from tutors. This combination brings down the cost of the learning material and ensures that students have access to great content at lower costs.

Free Components in LSAT Prep Courses

While there are many LSAT prep courses available online, one needs to select a course that is truly affordable. This is possible when the course offers various levels of preparatory material. One of the ways in which a student can assess the quality of the course material provided is to download a free component and use it. A committed LSAT course provider will offer students free components as they want to ensure that a greater number of students have access to the coaching material.

Paid-For Components in LSAT Prep Courses

Part from offering free components, most LSAT prep courses also offer paid-for components of course material. This is because the question papers of the past LSATs and other material are covered by copyright law, making it impossible for the course providers to offer them for free.

Video Components in LSAT Prep Courses

Any student is aware that for a complete learning experience it is essential to use both the audio and visual media. LSAT preparation courses and their creators are also aware that certain concepts are best explained using videos. As such the best LSAT courses offer a video component to the course material.

Optimum Use of Time with LSAT Prep Courses

Students aiming for admission in a law course have to manage their time and energy properly in order to fit in preparation for the LSAT. This is made easier when they use LSAT preparation resources online that offer a variety of course material that covers the entire LSAT. This course material should not only be comprehensive but be presented in an organized fashion using all the media available.

While some explanations are best made using the written word, others require video explanations. Besides, students are likely to have doubts after they go through the prepared material. For this the course should offer access to experienced LSAT tutors who are aware of the course material and its contents. This will help the students make best use of the telephonic tutoring to clarify their doubts.

Another resource that students can take advantage of while studying for the LSAT is mobile applications. There are now LSAT apps available that help proctor and monitor one’s practice test. Some even provide realistic background sounds and virtual watch.

This article was written by Austin Thommes.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Helping Your Child Succeed in Math

Math is a key area of study and an integral part of our everyday life. Some people have a natural ability with math while others tend to struggle and feel like a math failure.

When a child does poorly in a math’s class, they can lose interest and ultimately fall behind making it very difficult to catch up again. You as a parent can help your child avoid this embarrassing dilemma through helping him or her through private maths tuition. Private one-on-one math tuition will not only help your child understand the fundamentals of math, they will learn how to become better problem solvers, get higher marks at school, help them begin to learn how to love the subject of math and even become a math Olympiad. Some of the greatest minds and mathematicians live in Singapore and they are waiting to help your child get ahead in math.

Private math tuition Singapore can help your child understand the true importance of not only learning math but understanding it too. They will learn that applied math is used in many aspects of our everyday lives, from money to calculating areas. Math is known also to help improve a child's motor and critical thinking skills, so math tuition will be beneficial to every child who participates.

If you wish to help your child become a math Olympiad or mathlete in Singapore private math tuition can help you. There are a myriad of math tutoring houses that offer special courses for children who have the goal of becoming a math champion. There are courses for every kind of child - for children who have never participated in a formal math competition before, for returning mathletes, for students who are weaker in math but have a dream of entering a competition and for those students who are particularly gifted in math - you can find it all.

Most programs are offered year round and special intensive courses run through the summer months for the serious wannabe math Olympiad.

In these courses children are taught basic concepts, they review the school year curriculum in math, study advanced math but they also have the opportunity to have fun. These two words math and fun do not usually go hand in hand but the specially designed tutoring courses intersperse the math lessons with fun games - all math related. Their main goal is to prepare the students for the upcoming math Olympiad with their secondary goal being: learn to love math.

Parents who wish their children to participate in a math competition such as Olympiad should never push their kids. Pushy parents fail and the children more often than not turn their back on math and start to dislike the subject. Instead you could try encouraging your child through telling them about your own personal experience as a math Olympiad and see if you can arouse their interest this way.

Another thing to bear in mind if you wish to have your child participate in a maths olympiad is to find the right book - this is easier said than done in most cases. A book that is too easy does not challenge and book that that is too difficult discourages. Find a book that has easy exercises at the front and more difficult ones at the back - that way you know that your child has to learn the information in between. Ask your child's personal maths tutor for supplementary material, they will be more than willing to help, after all the result of your child will also reflect on them.

All in all, maths is important, period. Your first goal is to help foster your child's passion for maths and help them understand its importance.
James Liao a.k.a The Educationist of Singapore, a MASTERS scholar from NTU, has been on the forefront of Singapore's education fabric for more than a decade. Through this period he has helped many students improve from F9 to A1 in Chemistry, Physics, A.Maths and E.Maths. As a result, these same students managed to qualify for Junior Colleges and most of them have already graduated from NTU, NUS and SMU.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How To Improve Problem Solving Skills With Math Questions

A key element for victory in math is thorough practice. Generally understudies are hesitant to commit a part of their study time to polishing math inquiries, because of various explanations, going from fatigue to in-effectualness to tackle issues on their own. The methodology of taking care of an issue has much to educate the learner; the technique included, requisition of hypothesis, a chance to find substitute techniques, and an opportunity to watch and calibrate the manner of thinking included.

Math Questions And Answers for Practice

To determine that your practice sessions are successful, attempt to take care of a wide assortment of  math questions, under the same point. Learners some of the time make the slip-up of adhering to sorts of issues they know how to explain well. While its a great thought to increase skill in subjects that come effortlessly to you, don't disregard the different sorts of issues. The most ideal approach to pro tests and exams is to increase an encompassing comprehension of the material being studied.

Numerous distinctive sorts of math inquiries and issues could be discovered online on math help sites. They are ordered by evaluation, subject, and trouble level, making it simple for learners to scrutinize and select the worksheets they might want to tackle. Online assets are not difficult to gain entrance to and use and people hunting down something specifically, for instance variable based math inquiries or analytics inquiries for instance, can find it rapidly. They additionally incorporate math recreations and tests to furnish variety and make studying more fascinating.

Assist With Solving Math Problems

Tackling math issues could be lengthy and you don't dependably fundamentally get it right. Understudies for the most part have a tendency to hold up till after the exam to swot hard and remember a couple of systems, trusting that will blanket all the issues. An alternate choice understudies have is to begin taking on math issues at a young hour in the school year by getting additional help outside the classroom. Any learner is equipped for studying math assuming that it is demonstrated plainly, in wording that they comprehend. This is the place one on one math solvers come in.

Needing outer math help has helped several understudies pass the subject with incredible evaluations and dispose of their abhorrence for math. It is adequate and improves people's trust in their capabilities.

Numerous scholars battle with their math inquiries, particularly as they approach their teenager years. There are a few explanations behind this, which I will talk over later.

Be that as it may, each guardian can help their tyke ascent above this battle -and succeed. Provided that a scholar surrenders, it can expedite a cycle of bafflement and washout that can frequent a person (and folks) for quite some time.

The additional exertion you make is a speculation in your kid's future.

As you as of recently know, people who comprehend math increment their possibilities of being acknowledged by the University of their decision.

Also, a prevalent math score on government sanctioned tests increments a learner's probability of getting a grant or cooperation to pay for their instruction.

Math is additionally imperative to your tyke's anticipated managers. Executives are hunting down petitioners who can apply science to business issues.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Unique School Trip Ideas

School trips are a fantastic way to enrich the learning experiences of children, and there are very few children who don’t enjoy a day out of the classroom. Sometimes these school trips tie in perfectly with a topic, such as a visit to a manor house to supplement a history project or a trip to a local river to observe the processes at work for Geography. However, not all trips have to fit into such rigid subject categories, and can be just as rewarding.
Art lessons can be taken absolutely anywhere, and all your class will need is their sketchbooks and some portable art materials. Good examples of places you can take your class include churches or other religious buildings, which are often beautifully ornate, scenes of natural beauty and even farms where they can try their hand at drawing the animals.
Factories and manufacturing plants are often overlooked as places for school trips, but many of them do actually offer guided tours to school groups. This can be a useful way to find out how the products we use are created, and is ideal for an inquisitive group of children who want to discover more about the world at large. This can be useful for technology-related topics, so that children can see the entire design and production process.

School trips can even be useful for promoting teamwork among classmates. Chartering a yacht is a really exciting way to get children working together and learning new skills. They will also have to follow instructions and listen closely to what they are told by the person leading the yachting trip, and they will have to behave in a sensible manner whilst on the yacht, so there are lots of lessons to be learnt on a trip such as this.

A trip to the theatre or cinema might not initially seem very educational, but if a film or play happens to come up which relates to a topic you have discussed in class, it can be a great way to consolidate their knowledge, especially if it is a historical story which can be difficult to engage with for younger children. You might even be able to work it into an English class by asking the children to spot literary devices being used, especially if they are a little older.

Next time you’re planning a school trip, think outside the box a little. Museums are all well and good, but why not do something a little bit different to get the children really inspired and eager to learn?
Paula Wicket is a secondary school teacher always on the lookout for inspiration to take her pupils out of the classroom