Practical resources

Resources and inspiration for practical work and demonstrations. Practical chemistry activities are accompanied by our standard health and safety guidance.

Explore over 400 exciting practical experiments for your classroom

  • Close-up of crucible on mass balance

    Determining relative atomic weights

    Heat a known mass of two metals to produce their oxides and determine their relative atomic masses.

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    The microscale synthesis of azo dyes

    Create fabric dye by synthesising an azo dye and using it to change the colour of a piece of cotton

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    Using a microscale conductivity meter

    Let your students test which solids and solutions/liquids conduct electricity with a microscale conductivity meter

  • Molecule model

    Experiments with particles

    Predict what will happen to the volume of materials when they are added together… then observe

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    Analysis

    Develop your students’ knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques with the help of games, activities, practicals and demonstrations.

  • Picture of fresh spinach leaves

    Chalky spinach

    Use this video and experiment in your classroom or set as an activity for students to try out at home to explore why eating raw spinach leaves makes your mouth feel chalky.

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Simulations

Support practical chemistry with new ways to explore experimental work. Use these simulations for pre-lab learning and post-lab inquiry.

Aspirin screen experiment

Aspirin screen experiment

Get students aged 16–18 running their own organic synthesis on a computer or tablet before taking part in the real thing. This resource also features an in-depth practical guide and a set of worksheets covering the theory.

Titration screen experiment

Titration screen experiment

Give students the opportunity to conduct their own titration experiment on a computer or tablet. This resource also includes a redox titration experiment.

Engaging hands-on group activities, adaptable for all ages and fully resourced

  • Measuring vitamin C in food

  • The art of crystallisation

  • Water and hydrogels

  • Chemistry in sport

  • Mission starlight