In this regular feature, I list my 6 favourite practical science links from the past fortnight

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Chip pan fire, as demonstrated on the ScienceDemo website (© Gatsby Charitable Foundation 2013; CC-BY License).

  • Subject: Chemistry (Chip Pan Fire Demo)
  • Log in?: No
  • Source: Twitter via Royal Institution (@RIScience) and Jonathon Sanderson (@jjsanderson)
  • Author:
  • Details: A video (and cautionary description) demonstrating the chip-pan fire. Scroll down the page to see some Biology and Physics demos too! Made as part of the British Science Association’s  Get Set Demonstrate Project.

Demo Day 2014: 20th March 2014

Not really a resource but definitely one of the most exciting practical-related links I’ve seen in a while. I’ll follow up with more details later, but for now, check out their website!

image of laptop showing The OpenScience laboratory application website

Another resource that warrants further investigation and a future post! This website is for any and all interested in practical science.

  • Subject: Practical Science
  • Log in?: Full access to registered users only. Several resources available to all.
  • Source: Twitter via Lee Page (@LeeWPage)
  • Author: Open University (@OpenScienceLab
  • Details: They offer remote experiments, citizen science and interactive screen experiments. Great for the casually interested and schools wishing to broaden their practical horizons

  • Subject: Chemistry
  • Log in?: Yes (Free Registration)
  • Source: Science Enhancement Programme, on the National Stem Centre website
  • Details: Demonstrations and practical activities which explore states of matter and particle theory. I love the idea of pouring a gas!

A Jelly baby wave machine?
  • Subject: Physics (Teaching Waves)
  • Log in?: No
  • Author: Neil Atkin (@natkin)
  • Details: A comprehensive guide to teaching waves. From how to introduce terminology, to demonstrations (using slinky’s and the Queen), to how to make a jelly baby wave machine! Lots of videos too

  • Subject: Geology – the rock cycle
  • Log in?: Yes (free registration)
  • Author: ItsJustNathan (TES Resources)
  • Details: A lesson plan and accompanying PowerPoint to guide KS3 learners through the Rock Cycle. The pupils role play their way through the rock cycle in game. Excellent detail in lesson plan too!

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