There are some great science films out there which are well worth showing to your classes. Unfortunately there’s not enough time to show more than one or two such films during the school year, so it would be really useful to have more short films to give a bit of background and history to the topics we need to teach – a kind of video version of those boxes you get in text books, which tell you a little bit of history or provide some biographical detail of a scientist.
The film below is a brief documentary about the discovery of penicillin which does a pretty good job of telling this classic story from the history of science. Great alternative to getting students to read about it in a textbook.
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