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Chemistry speed dating

Using anthropomorphism is a really useful technique when it comes to teaching the more challenging concepts in chemistry. After all, atoms behave just like people in a lot of ways, including matters of love.

Snakes Alive!

The story Remember, remember the 5th of November… But does anyone remember the indoor fireworks that were so popular when I was growing up?

Easter eggs-periments

Time for another seasonal post.  It’s nearly Easter so you may wish to have a go at some egg-based science experiments this week. Teaching ideas For an interesting spin on a lesson on chemical reactions you could try making a ‘naked egg’, that is an egg without its shell.

Bonfire night bonanza

Bonfire night gives a great opportunity to put an exciting spin on chemistry. Of course – you can demonstrate flame tests; sprinkle iron filings into a Bunsen flame to make a pretty sparkler affect or carry out a spot of fire-writing (see weblink below). All of these are fun but tend to fill the lab […]

Festival science

With Glastonbury commencing on Wednesday, the festival season is well and truly underway.  In this post I will attempt to use the famous music festival as a way of connecting exothermic reactions to Ozzy Osbourne (not literally). Music festivals generally involve camping and camping involves heating food over naked flames next to a highly flammable […]

Cement gets a green makeover

Global cement production accounts for about 2 billion tonnes of CO2 every year – that’s 5% of all CO2 emissions and more than the entire aviation industry. Now a company has come up with a way of producing cement actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions.