Chemistry Week

This annual celebration of the chemical sciences is coordinated by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2023 the theme was 'Chemistry making the world a better place'. This was an opportunity to introduce students to the critical challenges faced by the planet and how the chemical sciences can address these. 

The activities highlighted look at:

  • the impact of plastics on the planet and possible alternatives to plastics made from fossil fuels
  • how materials can be used in a more sustainable way
  • alternative energy stores



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Recycling Plastics *suitable for home teaching*

This film, from Twig World, looks at the differences between thermosetting, thermo softening and partially biodegradable plastics, and how they can be recycled.

The key points made in the film are:

A lot of plastic is thrown away and most is non-biodegradable Plastic can be recycled using mechanical...

STEM Club Activity: milking it

This activity looks at the use of plastics. Because the manufacture of plastics requires huge quantities of oil and produces pollutants including greenhouse gases alternative sources of raw materials are required. This activity will enable students to explore how to make plastics and experiment with different...

Big Bag Ban

The EU has recently approved tough new measures to reduce the use of plastic bags. New targets aim to reduce plastic bag use by 80% before 2019. In this activity students examine degradable plastic bags as a possible alternative to ordinary plastic bags. They choose questions to ask experts, and come to a reasoned...

Human Impact on the Environment (Age 11 to 14) *suitable for home teaching*

From Arkive, this presentation and activity are designed to teach students aged 11-14 about the concept of human impacts on the environment. The presentation explains how human impacts can directly affect species survival, using plastic waste as an example. The activities then encourage students to consider how the...