Mike Tingle

Mike is a former high school head of chemistry, turned educational consultant and author. He specialised in applied science and was a trainer & chief examiner for GNVQ Science. Now retired, he enjoys various volunteer activities, including guiding at the historic Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, and continues to write the occasional science education article.

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    When experiments don't go to plan


    From Bakelite to Super glue, how unintended results can be useful

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    Four simple experiments with counter-intuitive results


    Stimulate more thought and discussion

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    The Lion, the Wich and the Waller


    Almost 30 years after its closure, the historic Lion Salt Works in Cheshire opens its doors to the public. Volunteer Mike Tingle relates some of its history

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    The logic of phlogiston


    Despite efforts to teach logic and critical thinking in the classroom, students will often give the answer that they think is expected. Perhaps a discredited theory from the 18th century can help students see how different conclusions can be drawn from the same experiment, suggests Mike Tingle

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    The science of sorting


    Many of the UK's local authorities collect recyclable waste mixed together in the same bin. Mike Tingle discovers how differences in chemical and physical properties are used to separate a wide variety of materials

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    Salting away our spare gas


    Sodium chloride for chemical and food uses is obtained by solution mining. Huge caverns left behind in the rock salt make convenient out-of-sight gas holders

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    Greener Chlorine


    Chlorine is becoming greener; not in the colour, of course, but in the environmental impact of its manufacture