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Why volunteering is good for you

It’s always nice to be recognised for your efforts which is why I was delighted to be selected as one of three Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Inspirational Committee Members for 2017. Volunteering is something I have always cared about and have done throughout my life, starting as a voluntary swimming teacher whilst at sixth form college...


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Science practicals: making a voltaic cell

This is a really simple way to show how we can chemically generate electricity using everyday equipment.A voltaic cell, named after Alessandro Volta, is an electrochemical cell that derives electrical energy from the flow of electrons from one metal to another, this is driven by oxidation and reduction reactions (redox) (depending on the loss or...


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Teaching secondary science outside the classroom

Going outside can add a sense of occasion to learning and make a lesson memorable. With better weather on the way, we asked around the office for some favourite ways to take the lesson outside. Here’s our top six physics activities and top four chemistry activities: Top six outdoor physics activities:Model the...


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Christmas science: Santa Claus is coming to town

Science demonstrations can be used in lots of different contexts; because you want to focus on a particular aspect of a practical; it’s unsafe for pupils to do or you’re modelling a practical for pupils to do themselves. Generally a demonstration will be linked to the curriculum and be used for a specific learning point. It can still be engaging...


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Teaching A level chemistry: modern analytical techniques

Modern techniques of analysis have revolutionised the determination of the structures of organic molecules. Until relatively recently, the history of the Nobel Prize for chemistry is littered with prizes won for determining the structure of natural products (natural product synthesis). The only way to identify the structure of a molecule was to...


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