EarthsMaterialsLevel 3

SCN 3-17a

Through evaluation of a range of data, I can describe the formation, characteristics and uses of soils, minerals and basic types of rocks.

Rocks and Minerals (workshop) – A series of simple experiments to make samples of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic ‘rocks’.

SCN 3-17b

I can participate in practical activities to extract useful substances from natural resources.

Antioxidants (workshop)  – A Range of investigations to look at antioxidant levels in fruits and teas (though the method can be adapted for any antioxidant).

Biodiesel (workshop) – A range of experiments based around the production and testing of Biodiesel from vegetable oil.

Flash Chromatography (workshop) – Flash chromatography carried out in a syringe – using talc (or cornflour) – can be used to separate samples of food dyes or plant pigments.

Concrete chemistry (workshop) – A series of activities looking at cement and concrete.

Lip Balm (workshop) – Activities researching and then making lip balms.

Shampoo (workshop) – Activity to make shampoo, involving steam distillation to extract natural essences.

Silicon and Silanes from Sand (Demo) – Making silicon and silane from the reaction between magnesium and silicon dioxide (sand).

Level 4

SCN 4-17a

I have explored how different materials can be derived from crude oil and their uses. I can explain the importance of carbon compounds in our lives.