Simon Quinnell's public profile

UsernameSimon Quinnell
Emails.quinnell@stem.org.uk
OrganisationNo Organisation
Current RoleTeacher educator

I am the National Technicians Lead for STEM learning and am responsible for technician and support staff, continuing professional development.

I have worked in secondary schools in London as a technician and senior technician and then Tower Hamlets FE and 6th form college as a biology technician and lecturer.

Areas of interest and expertise, include technicians development and technical services, lab design, practical work, biology, demonstrations and presentation skills and leadership and management.
Since 2010 I have held chartered Science Teacher Status with the ASE.

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Darwin Day

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Technicians documents

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STEM Club Resources

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Demonstrations

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Physics Demonstrations

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Put your practical skills to the test

Science demonstrations can be used in lots of different ways, whether it’s because you want to focus on a particular aspect of a practical, it might be a practical that’s unsafe for students to do or you’re modelling a practical for students to do it themselves.Generally though, a demonstration will be linked to the curriculum and will be used for...


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Have a merry science Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas and the end of term and as that time approaches we start to get all Christmassy and our minds turn to how we can use this to engage our students.Over the years, we have put together a range of Christmas science activities for you to demonstrate or do with your students. It’s a great excuse to really get some science enjoyment...


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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...

Transpiration: the power of the potometer

I am a bit biased as a biology technician because plants are awesome and they don’t often get the recognition they deserve when it comes to science practical work. This is often because the plants “don’t work” or the practicals are seen as “boring”, when in reality they can be very engaging and cost effective.  Here at STEM Learning and...


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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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Christmas teaching resources and ideas

Here, in one place, you will find all of our Christmas teaching resources and ideas. Many of them can be done as a Christmas science experiment in the classroom or at home around the table after a huge Christmas dinner!Christmas science demonstration videosThis first set of Christmas science demonstrations are available to download as an ibook...


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12 Christmas activities in the science classroom

Ho ho ho. It’s the last few days of school before the Christmas holidays and your pupils are all far too excited to concentrate on anything other than the looming visit by the big man in red  – and the possibility of making snowmen.So how do you keep their minds engaged on the subject, yet tie it in with the seasonally influenced lack of...


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Ice melting blocks demonstration

In this video Simon Quinnell presents the ice melting blocks demonstration. This is a great demonstration to get students thinking about the heat conductivity of different materials.Please ensure you undertake a full risk assessment before performing this demonstration and that it meets your institutions health and safety requirements. We also...


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Cannon fire demonstration

The fourth in our series of demonstration videos is the ‘Cannon fire’ experiment which can be used to demonstrate oxidation.This impressive demonstration produces loud, crackling bursts of flame which resemble the sound of cannon fire.Please ensure you undertake a full risk assessment before performing this demonstration and that it meets your...


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Methane bubbles experiment

This is the second in our series of demonstration videos developed to get your students enthused about science.Please ensure you undertake a full risk assessment before performing this demonstration and that it meets your institutions health and safety requirements. We also recommend you consult CLEAPSS or SERC.


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