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Breeding brainpower through connection

May 30, 2017

When Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens took the YourTutor office by storm a couple of months ago, it left us variously intrigued, thrilled, and ultimately for many of us breaking out in a cold sweat about the possible fate of humanity in not-so-many years.

As an organization that has optimism for individuals and our species in our DNA, we went looking for an antidote to the cold sweats and may have found it in Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist.

Why Today's Students Won't Qualify For Tomorrow's Best Jobs

Jun 15, 2016

75% of the fastest growing career types in Australia require science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge, a figure predicted to rise over the coming years. However, Australia is currently experiencing a national decline in students enrolling in these subjects, and performing poorly by international standards, causing fear that today’s students are ill-prepared for the future.

Surprisingly Educational Games: Boxcars

Sep 18, 2015

In science, you learn about some of the wonders of the universe. Plate tectonics, evolution, and relativity are all really cool, but many of them are hard to visualise.

Evolution is especially fascinating. We can see the products of evolution all around us, but what does it look like? How awesome would it be to watch?  To help answer that, let’s have a look at Boxcars.

Pluto: The Last Place We've Never Been

Jul 15, 2015

At the very end of 1985 I was helping my parents make Christmas pudding.  No-one makes pudding quite like our family.  In the years between Voyager 2 and New Horizons, what started as a recipe from a very old copy of Maura Laverty's "Full and Plenty" has been tweaked and refined over into the Smyth Family Christmas Pudding.  The year 1985 was the first year I remember being old enough to help make it.  As we were weighing out dried fruit and beating eggs, the television was on and we were watching Carl Sagan explain the very first up-close pictures ever taken of the swirling, banded clouds and delicate, tilted rings of Uranus.  I had never seen anything so mysteriously beautiful.  No-one had ever seen this before.

Surprisingly Educational Games: Kerbal Space Program

Apr 29, 2015

When you say "educational game" people tend to switch off.  And that's fair enough.  Educational games used to be poorly-made basic literacy and numeracy programs of questionable efficacy and certainly of no use to students studying serious senior school subjects.