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Christina Astin

Christina Astin

Co-founder and mentor of the journal, chair of the International Advisory Board. Science Education Consultant Teaching and Learning Coach (physics) Head of science and physics teacher at King's School, Canterbury Studied Natural Science and Management Studies at Cambridge University Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Recent Posts

Exobiology – The Hunt for Extra-Terrestrial Life

Martian Soil

This article discusses astrobiology, the study of life within the universe. Here, the origins of life within the universe are considered and the most likely celestial objects, in which humans may encounter life, are examined.

Baroness Susan Greenfield endorses Young Scientists

Baroness Susan Greenfield writes… As a keen advocate of excellence in science education, I heartily commend the Young Scientists Journal and its worldwide body of student authors and editors, for its efforts to foster worldwide communication and collaboration between scientists aged 12 to 20, through their online publication. Guided by the project’s mentor Christina Astin, […]

Science Photography Competition

YSJ Photography prize 2012 – PRESS RELEASE –   The Young Scientists Journal is pleased to announce the launch of its science photography competition this February. Students aged 18 and under, from anywhere in the world, are invited to submit their photos in the following categories. Energy – (open to all ages) Camouflage – (under […]

RCSU Science Challenge – essay prize

Launch event at Imperial College on 17 Jan 2012, featuring Lord Robert Winston, Pallab Ghosh, Mark Henderson. 4 essay titles will be announced at the launch, plus deadline and prizes. Final to be held on 22 Mar 2012 at the House of Lords. All winning entries in the 12-20 age range to be published in YOUNG […]

A workshop on science writing…?

This idea came from a student at King’s Canterbury.  Could Young Scientists Journal organise a workshop on science writing open to young people to attend? Science students need to be able to write cogently, express their ideas clearly and accurately, whether they are reporting their own work or, as journalists, the work of others.  I’d […]

Big Bang Science Fair

Last Thursday, 10th March, 150 pupils from King’s Canterbury visited the Big Bang science fair at ExCel in London.  I was already there (after a less-than-comfortable night in a local hotel) judging the Intermediate Science and Maths entries to the National Science and Engineering Competition whose finals were part of the event. I also used […]