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Avast me hearties! Tot of rum to warm me tum…

by Gareth Smith Proofing Rum  Ahaaargh me hearties, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum – it be International Speak Like A Pirate Day, and which of us scurvy dogs wouldn’t wish to splice the mainbrace with a tot

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The science behind the EXTREME ice bucket challenge!

By Wendy Sadler Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, it can’t escape your notice that a lot of people have been pouring icy water over themselves in the name of charity. We had a

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The Chemist’s Art

by Rosie Coates As the summer holidays approach you may be thinking about using your last few lessons with students this year to extend their view of chemistry beyond the curriculum, you may even (possibly) be thinking towards September and

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Exothermic and Endothermic reactions

Here at science made simple we are keen to inspire not only the next generation of scientists but also the next generation of science communicators. Supporting work experience students each year is an important part of what we do.  Our work experience

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Journey to the centre of the Earth – creating liquid carbon dioxide

by Rosie Coates In this blogpost we’ll look at what we know about the structure of the Earth, how we know about it and show you how you can make your very own liquid carbon dioxide I’d like to take

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Mass, Moles and Measuring

by Rosie Coates “Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme.” “Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.” This is the law taught to French students routinely and paraphrased from Antoine Lavoisier’s “Traité Élémentaire de Chimie“.

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Mix it up! The chemistry of mixtures and separating

by Rosie Coates Mixtures are all around us, from a glass of milk, to the ink in a pen, to a bucket of sandy water at the beach. Often we’re happy for them to stay that way, but sometimes we

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Working scientifically – Alka-Seltzer Rockets!

By Becky Holmes Using the “working scientifically” section of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, the science made simple team are going to scientifically……make an EXPLOSION! If you want to get straight to the explosion, instructions are halfway down this page

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Cool chemistry or Hot stuff?

By Rosie Coates We often think of chemistry as being full of explosions but some very useful chemistry happens when reactions get cool. In this post we share a classic endothermic reaction, then show how you can take it one

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What is money made of? Chemistry!

by Rosie Coates What is in your wallet?  Some coins perhaps and maybe some paper money if you’re lucky! You also have a whole load of chemistry. Your ‘coppers’ aren’t copper, nor is your ‘silver’ money silver. 1p and 2p pieces

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