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Clock reaction

Two translucent liquids are mixed. At first, nothing happens: the resulting solution is still translucent. Suddenly, with no warning, the solution turns blue-black all at once.Curriculum links include redox reactions, rate of reaction, kinetics
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Modelling Climate Change

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP) and produced in partnership with the Walker Institute for Climate System Research. Climate scientists do not have a ‘climate in a test tube’ to try out their ideas, so to understand the...
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2000 - 2009

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Data-logging with BBC micro:bits and MakeCode for modelling with Excel and GeoGebra.

Recent developments in MakeCode now make data-capture from micro:bits very simple via the USB cable.  The data can be graphed in real time in MakeCode and exproted as CSV files.  Using tools such as Excel and GeoGebra's Spreadsheet View, the data can be manipulated, analysed and modelled....
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14 April 2018

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Hypatia Toolkit

The toolkit is a ready-to-use digital collection of modules aimed atteenagers to be used by teachers, informal learning organisations,researchers and industry.The aim is to engage young people and especially girls in STEMand in the discovery of the variety of STEM related careers in agender inclusive way. The toolkit...
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26 February 2018

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Cracking Hydrocarbons

In this classic experiment, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, students heat a large molecule with a catalyst and collect the gas produced. The gas produced is tested with bromine water for the presence of a double bond. The resource is set out as teachers' notes followed by the students' page which presents the...
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2000 - 2009

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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Produced for Future Morph, this resource includes a video in which a student talks about his course in electrical and electronic engineering. He describes how one project was to make and test a circuit that included a light-sensitive resistor. A second activity describes a class experiment into the current and voltage...
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Red or blue flowers?

Students investigate transport in plants by seeing what happens when flowers are placed in different coloured solutions.
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Leaking bag

This mystery can be used to introduce osmosis and diffusion. Two beakers are displayed at the front of the room. Both look identical in that they both contain a plastic zip--lock bag with a starch solution inside. The zip-lock bags are both sitting in a clear solution. What the students don’t know is that while...
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Gelli baff

Gelli Baff, a crystalline powder, has been dumped into a bathtub filled with water. How can you force the hydrogel to go down the plughole in order to drain the bathtub? In this investigation, students learn about swelling reactions, balanced reactions, and polymerisation. Students should be able to describe how...
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Disappearing lab report

This mystery deals with a laboratory report in which the written results suddenly vanished. The students need to find out how the writing vanished,  how to recover the vanished data, and what the secret of the pen is.Curriculum links include Energy (exothermic and endothermic reactions), chemical equilibrium,...
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