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    Structure and bonding pre-16 - classroom resources

    Classroom resources featuring activities from our Structure and bonding pre-16 professional development course for teachers

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    Organic chemistry - classroom resources

    Classroom resources featuring activities from our Organic Chemistry professional development course for teachers.

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    Polymers, 4D bioprinting and bioinks


    Use the topic of 4D printing and bioinks to teach students about polymers

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    Making bath bombs

    Learn how to make fizzing bath bombs using ingredients from your kitchen cupboards. Includes video aimed at learners, kit list, instruction, and explanation.

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    Red cabbage rainbows

    In this activity, learners create rainbows using homemade red cabbage indicator paper. Includes video aimed at learners, kit list, instruction, and explanation.

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    Separation techniques

    A video aimed at learners, instructions, and explanation to separate a mixture of water and solids at home or in the classroom with items from a kitchen.

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    Coronavirus at the molecular level


    Understand the structure of the virus behind the Covid-19 pandemic

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    Solving algebra in chemistry


    Let students practise algebra in a chemistry context

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    Carbon chemistry

    Carbon chemistry is so important that it has a whole branch of chemistry entirely devoted to it - organic chemistry. The number of compounds that contain carbon vastly exceeds all other compounds combined.

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    Materials chemistry

    Material science is the study of all the materials we see in the world around us. From the clothes we wear and the dinner plates we eat off to the new technologies used in sports, medicines and computing.

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    Analytical chemistry

    You walk into a chemistry lab and pick up a bottle labelled magnesium oxide. You assume the label matches the identity of the powder inside, but how would you make sure? Welcome to the world of analytical chemistry. Analytical chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of the world around us.

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    Redox chemistry

    Redox reactions take us down an important conceptual pathway in chemistry. Our understanding of redox begins with the gain and loss of oxygen and develops into the gain and loss of hydrogen. 

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    Effective pedagogy

    An effective teacher must have a range of different teaching and learning tools that can be drawn upon and used in the classroom. For effective learning to take place, the teacher must not only have good subject knowledge but also effective pedagogical skills if they are to get the ideas across to the students.

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    Developing and using models

    Chemistry is the study of materials both on the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Chemists use models to try and explain their observations as they formulate theories. As new data becomes available, chemists evaluate the model they are using and if necessary go on to refine it by making modifications.

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    Quantitative chemistry

    Quantitative chemistry is a very important branch of chemistry because it enables chemists to calculate known quantities of materials. For example, how much product can be made from a known starting material or how much of a given component is present in a sample.

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    Energy and change

    Energy changes are very important in chemistry since almost all reactions involve a change in energy. You will meet different types of energy changes and find out how to use them in energy cycles.

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    Maths skills

    Chemists need a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts including numerical calculations, algebraic functions and data handling skills in order to succeed in chemistry.

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    Properties of metals and non-metals


    Challenge the misconception that metals and non-metals are completely opposite in their properties with this activity

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    Elements, compounds, structure and reactions


    The inspirational chemistry chapter elements compounds structure and reactions this chapter suggests games and activities which can be used to introduce the topic also the chapter provides possible worksheets experiments and demonstrations for teaching the topics of metals and metal extraction alloys electrolysis and cracking hydrocarbons

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    Insulation investigation

    Which material makes the warmest jacket? Investigate the insulating properties of various materials with this activity for ages 7–14