SSERC Bulletin 270 Complete

Resistance – it’s all in the bag

Velostat™ or (Linqstat™) is a carbon-loaded polyethylene manufactured by 3m™. This material is often used in the form of a small bag 0.1 mm thick to protect static sensitive semiconductor components. In this article, we show how it can be used to investigate resitance.

SSERC professional learning courses

Our courses range from twilight events, day-courses through to residential meetings. Our curriculum coverage spans both primary and secondary sectors and we offer events for teachers, newly qualified teachers and technicians. Many of our events receive funding from the ENTHUSE Bursary scheme or the Scottish Government.

This is a list of courses due to start in September 2020. At the time of publication (April 2020) we are assuming that things will be back close enough to normal to allow them to go ahead as planned. But do check the website nearer the time.

Young STEM Leader programme – FAQ

After the introduction to this exciting programme in the last issue, we answer some of your questions.

Health and Safety

Dissection of animal materials in school

We receive enquiries about animal material dissection on a regular basis from both teachers and technicians. Many of these simply ask, ‘What are we allowed to do?’

Green laser babies

After having our attention drawn to a striking example of what not to do with a laser pointer, here is a brief summary of SSERC’s guidance on the use of lasers
in schools

Mercury rising

Another striking example of what not to do. This time involving eating and drinking . . . and mercury!

3D printing in schools

The HSE has recently updated its guidance for the use of 3D printers. We offer guidance about how this impacts on their use in schools and colleges.