Underwater photo of a shipwreck showing the helm

The chemistry of shipwrecks


The surprising science behind preserving wrecks

Everyday science

A schematic of a car engine highlighting the pistons and crank shaft

How car engines work


What makes cars go? Discover the science that powers our vehicles

Wobbling red jelly

Why does jelly wobble?


Find out how gelatin’s bonds, structure and properties make jelly jiggle


What state of matter is fire?


The burning question – is fire a solid, liquid, gas or plasma?

A hand spraying blue liquid on a window covered in ice which is melting

How de-icers work


Discover the science behind ice removal and prevention

Gill working in a lab

‘Outreach is a really important way to boost young people’s access to science’


Meet Gill Reid, incoming RSC president, inorganic chemistry whizz and fervent supporter of young people in the chemical sciences

A chemistry teacher in a practical lesson explaining to students

‘I love teaching chemical bonding’


Meet Emma Owens, a chemistry teacher with a passion for curriculum design, after-school science clubs and learning from others

A hand sweeps model oil wells from a board game leaving wind turbines behind

Moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy

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Recent steep price increases could push us towards renewable energy

Dipping a toe in an indoor swimming pool

What are you swimming in?


Swimming pool disinfection is essential for public health but carries some risks of its own

An illustration of scientists working with plants that extract metal ores from the ground

Phytomining: how to mine a tree


Useful metals can be extracted from contaminated soil using plants

A group of bottles highlighting the chemicals used in cosmetics

Toiletries and cosmetics: what’s on the label?


What do all those terms on the ingredients list mean?

An illustration of a landscape showing the water cycle

Teaching the water cycle


Use these ideas, poster and activities with your 11–14 students

A kelp forest

Ocean acidification


How scientists are fighting the serious risk atmospheric carbon dioxide poses to our seas – and the planet