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

Search

Blog
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...
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 for another week or so...
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...
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 how to get in contact...
Discovery's Last Flight

Discovery’s Last Flight

Looking from Troopers Hill back towards the centre of town. This young couple were sat there and helpfully agreed to have me wave a bike light at them. They were totally indifferent to what I was doing, when I showed them the shot, the girl just said she needed to sort out her roots  Obviously...
Judging the NSEC at the Big Bang

Judging the NSEC at the Big Bang

Last week I had the honour of being asked to judge the Senior Chemistry section of the National Science and Engineering Competition at the Big Bang Fair in London. These 16-18 year old students (mostly towards the latter) were each presenting projects which, almost without exception, could easily have passed for first-class masters-level research and I’m not too proud...
ASE Conference 2011

ASE Conference 2011

Last week saw the ASE conference taking place at the University of Reading and some of the School Teacher Fellows decided to get together for a “Teacher Fellow Tag Team” demo event to kick off the International Year of Chemistry for the RSC. As we would be mostly talking to teachers, we wanted to use the opportunity to inspire...