Here is a list of links to websites that provide ideas and support for practical chemistry.

Please remember – while this is a list of reputable sites and you can be pretty sure that their experiments are safe and reliable, they have been drawn up in different jurisdictions with different regulations You will need to carry out your own risk assessments before using them in the classroom.

Many of the experiments from English websites make reference to CLEAPSS Hazcards for health and safety information. Here in Scotland, you can just visit the relevant page on the Hazardous Chemicals section of the Website for the same information.

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Practical Work

Royal Society of Chemistry – All the RSC’s experiment protocols and much, much more can be found in the new Learn Chemistry part of their wenbsite. It can be a bit tricky to find what you want but it is almost certainly there.

Nuffield Foundation – This is in association with the RSC so there will be some overlap. The Practical Chemistry’ section of the site is the bit with all the resources.

National STEM Centre – This is a link to their elibrary which covers all the STEM subjects. There is an easy to use set of filters to help you find what you want. You do need to register for this one but it is free.

The Solar Spark – A site run, at least in part, by Neil Robertson’s group at Edinburgh University, who research Dye Sensitised Solar Cells. You will find experiments using DSSCs there but quite a bit more as well.

Chemical Connection – a site set up by the University of Edinburgh Chemistry Department. This link takes you directly to the experiments but elsewhere on the site it explains how you can get people to come out to you for workshops.

Bob Worley’s Microscale Chemistry site – A treasure trove of great ideas for microscale chemistry.

Other Resources

TWIGonGLOW – This is a good selection of videos to support teaching, targeted at CfE levels 2,3 and 4. It is part of GLOW so you will need to sign in to access them.