Declan Fleming is an RSC School Teacher Fellow (at the University of Bath), a secondary chemistry teacher and freelance science communicator

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ASE Conference 2012

ASE Conference 2012

So this week was the ASE conference and I popped up after work on Friday to crash on the Saturday with my sights set on 3 main things. First and foremost I was there to harass and cajole people into getting involved with Decipher My Data: Flu – we’re only accepting registrations...
Manchester Science Festival 2011

Manchester Science Festival 2011

I was kindly invited up to MOSI over half term to do some chemistry busking on the Chemistry day of the Manchester Science Festival. The local RSC branch were there with students from Manchester led by Kat Presland, the Regional RSC Coordinator. If you’re a chemistry teacher and not sure...
Organic Mechanism Transition Resource

Organic Mechanism Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in organic mechanism that are required for entry to an undergraduate course. The resource is designed for first year undergraduates or able A-level students in mind and it revisits ideas from A-level. It also begins to...
Clouds Suck!

Clouds Suck!

Clouds Suck! is a talk I wrote to try to bring together two of the things I love most in life – flying and science. For years I’ve taught particles, changes of state and heat transfer through the context of gliding but I wanted a vehicle through which I could...
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TV Pick: Hunting the Elements with David Pogue

This is a very quick and sloppy post (teachers will know why at this time of year!) but time is of the essence so I’ll be brief. Starting tomorrow on PBS America (Sky 166, Virgin 243) they’re starting to show a chemistry mini-series, Hunting the Elements. I was sent a copy of it recently and wanted...
Victor Hess Centenary Flight at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2012

Victor Hess Centenary Flight at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2012

The other day I got asked to do a film in a real hurry! Shooting one evening at the Balloon Fiesta for use the next day in the University of Bristol particle physics installation. Becky Jones and a team from the Physics dept at Bristol were re-enacting the experiment from 100 years ago today in...
EDF Energy Trail: Filling the Energy Gap

EDF Energy Trail: Filling the Energy Gap

Every year the Cheltenham Science Festival do a “Discovery Trail” with information and questions around the site for schools and the public. This year it was sponsored by EDF as part of their Energy Future drive and they wanted a resource to compliment this with information about the mid-term future UK energy policy. I was...
Big Bang 2012

Big Bang 2012

Last year I went to judge the NSEC chemistry prize at the Big Bang Fair and had the honour of meeting some staggeringly dedicated young men and women. I was really excited after last year’s overall Young Scientist of the Year turned out to be a chemist. The chemistry prize then had to be supported by...
Student Scientists

Student Scientists

Usually the best way to learn something is just to get stuck in and do it. Have a play, make mistakes, try new things. It’s with this in mind that I’ve always wanted to explore ways of getting school students doing real, novel, useful scientific research. Ultimately this led to the idea that became Decipher...
Modelling equilibrium - effects of changing concentration on Kc

Modelling equilibrium – effects of changing concentration on Kc

The last time I taught equilibrium to my Year 13s, I had a number of bright, inquisitive students who got frustrated with the idea that for an equilibrium between A + B (see below) increasing the concentration of A would shift the position of equilibrium to the right but Kc would be unaffected. I tried showing...
Tasty Stoichiometry

Tasty Stoichiometry

Background This year we’ve ended up teaching the the mole just after the acids and bases work (we’ve tagged together the C2 and C3 stuff from the AQA GCSE chemistry course). I started off covering the basics and before we got too far into producing salts and doing titrations I thought it was worthwhile skipping...
Decipher My Data at ASE2012

Decipher My Data at ASE2012

I’ll be up at the ASE Annual Conference for a number of reasons – I’ll be showing a couple of my Exhibition Chemistry demos as part of the RSC Teacher Fellow tag team demo show and I’ll also be supporting the launch of the Mole but my primary reason for going is to get as many...
Man vs. escalator equilibrium model

Man vs. escalator equilibrium model

When the directing team “Daniels” came up with the concept for what is easily my favourite video of 2011, I suspect that teaching chemistry wasn’t their first priority. I should know, I even watched the “making of” just to check .. and to geek out at their impressive rig which gave them the ability to shoot...

Surrey Science Circus 2011

Here’s a short clip from Surrey Science Circus where I was kindly invited to deliver the classic Gases in the Air demo lecture last week. See if you can spot me! Thanks to Anna for the invite! 🙂
Entropy and Free Energy Transition Resource

Entropy and Free Energy Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in entropy and free energy that are required for entry to an undergraduate course. The resource is designed for first year undergraduates or able A-level students in mind and it revisits ideas from A-level. It also begins to show how they...
Organic Acids and Bases Transition Resource

Organic Acids and Bases Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in acid-base chemistry that are required for entry to an undergraduate course. The resource is designed for first year undergraduates or able A-level students in mind and it revisits ideas from A-level. It also begins to show how they are applied...