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Chlorophyll fluorescence

From Solar Spark, this activity allows students to see how chlorophyll can be energised and how this causes it to fluoresce. Chlorophyll in plant leaves absorb red light and pass the energy on to other parts of the plant, hence leaves look green. But if there is nowhere for the energy to go, it gets released as...

A Hydrogen-oxygen Fuel Cell

In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, two methods of making a hydrogen oxygen fuel cell are described. One involves the use of platinum electrodes and the other uses carbon electrodes. Each cell has a potential difference of around 1 Volt. The resource provides a list of apparatus and...

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

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...

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...

An Early Start to Energy

This book in the Early Start series, published in 1992, concerns the concept of energy, a difficult one for young children. The book enables children to gather the experiences needed in the early years to help the later grasp of the concept. The activities in this book cover the energy components of the National...

An Early Start to Ourselves and Evolution

This book in the Early Start series, published in 1991, addresses for teachers of infant and lower junior children the parts of the curriculum concerned with scientific investigation, the variety of life, processes of life and genetics and evolution The author makes use of children’s interest in themselves to look...

An Early Start to Technology

An Early Start to Technology was first published as part of the Early Start series in 1990. It deals with those aspects of science that link closely with technology. The book presents practical experiences for children aged five to eight which will involve them in looking at the structure of things, at the...

An Early Start to The Environment

An Early Start to The Environment was published in 1991 after the introduction of the National Curriculum in England and Wales. The activities in this book, for children aged five to eight, focus on exploring the scientific, geographical and historical aspects of the children’s immediate environment in a cross-...

An Early Start to Earth and Space

This book, published in 1993, was the last in the Early Start series of activities for children aged five to eight. It covers those parts of the National Curriculum Science Programme that are not covered in the other books in the series. It is particularly concerned with water, the atmosphere and the structure of...

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