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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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 show how they are applied...
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...
Dynamic Equilibrium Transition Resource

Dynamic Equilibrium Transition Resource

What is this? This is an Open Educational Resource designed to summarise key concepts in equilibrium 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 early...
Singing Science - I wish I had a smaller pKa

Singing Science – I wish I had a smaller pKa

I don’t take any credit for what follows (nor would I want to given the poor quality of the product) but I do often do songs with my classes at school and the kids video me anyway so I may as well try to do a slightly better job of it. I also promised (the significantly more...