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Can someone provide me with a flash of inspiration please?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by adamse1, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Hi all,
    I'm probably posting this in the wrong place, but have received some fab advice here in the past so thought I would try my luck!
    I am about to start the final week of my PCGE. Whilst many of my classes have exams this week so lessons will consist of revision etc, I have one lesson where the pupils will have done their exam, so instead of picking one lesson out of a new topic I would like to do something educational but fun in, if you get my drift.
    Can anyone suggest a fun but educational chemistry practical please, my brain has frozen up, and nothing useful is forthcoming from it?!
    Thanks in advance!
  2. suggestion - post in the science forum
  3. Our science department forever sets off the fire alarm with their inspirational lessons ...[​IMG]
    One thing the kids talk about and I just did a quick google of is "the sreaming jelly babies" sounds pretty crazy. Have fun!
  4. My specialism is chemistry but i've not done many practicals as I am an unemployed NQT.
    However one practical which I (and the students) tend to love is the gold penny practical - turn regular pennies into 'gold' ones.
    Depending on what age they are you can make it as difficult as you like on the theory front. If you want to know more just let me know and I can send you my resources.
    I have watched a demo of the screaming jelly baby prac but not sure I would have the courage to do it myself!
    Good luck!
  5. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    how about making 'slime' or bouncing balls?

    could also do something very different, ie find a way to transport a chemical across a valley without spilling it and creating a bio chemical incident?
  6. Hi
    Thanks all for the suggestions!
    CrazyChemist, that sounds amazing, could you send me some more info please?
    I've seen screaming jelly baby! great fun, but not sure I'm brave enough!!
  7. Grandelf, I love the idea of making slime or bouncing balls also. Have you any guidance you could send me for this please?
    I'm getting really over enthusiastic by these ideas!!
  8. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

  9. I do this with 1M sodium hydroxide which works fine, obviously higher is better but should only be used for demo purposes.

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