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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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...
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...
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...

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! 🙂
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 break out off syllabus a...
Gases in the Air Demo Lecture

Gases in the Air Demo Lecture

Gases in the Air This is the classic School Teacher Fellow demo lecture involving a lot of liquid nitrogen and dry ice! It focuses on changes of state, particles and physical vs. chemical changes. It can be delivered to a wide audience but is regularly delivered to primary audiences by myself and the outreach team...
Cracking Cold Light

Cracking Cold Light

Cracking Cold Light is a 50 minute workshop aimed at introducing the basics of rates of reaction and the scientific method through a chemiluminescence context. The workshop is delivered by a team of students from the University of Bath (usually led by me) and can be aimed at a KS2 or KS3 audience. Group sizes can be...
Ignite Bristol - Clouds Suck

Ignite Bristol – Clouds Suck

I’d had the idea for Clouds Suck going round in my head for some time – all I needed was the threat of standing up in front of hundreds of strangers to deliver some of it to give me the impetus to develop it further. And so it was that I found myself in front...
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...
Catch them when they're young!

Catch them when they’re young!

I recently had the chance to accompany Alison Rivett and her team of demonstrators to one of the Primary Outreach Days offered by Bristol ChemLabs. The aim of these days is to “catch them young” and young they were! A wide-eyed bunch of 4-11 year olds from St. George’s Primary School on Brandon Hill in Bristol...