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SEPT 2017: Rcapital supports MBO

OCT 2016: SciChem presents school with oscilloscope

SEPT 2016: New update for the PASCO SPARKvue App

JUNE 2016: TES Schools Awards 2016 - Winners

FEB 2016: SciChem sponsors TES Schools Awards 2016

JAN 2016: Imagination Unleashed: SciChem Launch PASCO's New Wireless Sensor Range

SEPT 2015: SciChem In The News

JULY 2015: SciChem Technicians' Workshop

MAY 2015: 5 Star Review for SPARKvue HD

MARCH 2015: Visualising Gravity at Alcester Grammar School

September 2017: Rcapital backs MBO of Scientific and Chemical Supplies Ltd.

Scientific and Chemical Supplies Ltd (SciChem) is pleased to announce the recent completion of a management buyout (MBO). Supported by Rcapital, the deal provides working capital facilities to enable the business to accelerate its rapid growth and consolidate its market position.

Rcapital is an award-winning private equity firm providing private investment, commercial expertise and hands-on support to transform and grow businesses. Since its inception in 2004, Rcapital has made over 50 investments across the UK and Europe.

Paul Gill, CEO, commented: "Having had the opportunity to acquire the business from the family owners, we looked for a partner who could support us in a short timetable to ensure we can capitalise on the immediate growth prospects. Rcapital quickly saw the opportunity to invest in and transform the business over the next few years, and delivered on their offer to support the MBO within two weeks. I am looking forward to working with Rcapital and the appointed non-executive directors to create further value in the business."

Chris Campbell, director at Rcapital, said: "We are pleased to have backed the MBO of SciChem, led by Paul and his team. Having been introduced to the opportunity only ten days ago, this is another example of Rcapital moving quickly to back a historically successful business and deliver a deal that works for all stakeholders. We are now looking forward to working with management to grow the business and take advantage of a strong pipeline of opportunities."

Raj Mittal, partner at FRP Advisory, the business advisory firm, said: "We are delighted to have advised on this transaction. The new investment and expertise being provided by Rcapital will enable SciChem to move forward to a new chapter in its development. This is a great result for investment into Wolverhampton and the wider West Midlands economy."

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OCTOBER 2016: SciChem presents school with oscilloscope

Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form have been presented with an oscilloscope, in celebration of their TES Schools Award.

The School's science department were the winners of the Science, Technology and Engineering Teacher or Team of the Year Category at this year's TES Schools Awards, in recognition of the originality with which they teach science.

SciChem Territory Manager, Sarah Miller, visited the School to present the oscilloscope in person and to learn more about their award-winning teaching. 

Pictured from left to right: Hanan Mohammed (Science Technician), Dulce Allen (Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Science), and Amal (Science Technician). 

SEPTEMBER 2016: New update for the PASCO SPARKvue App

PASCO has updated the System Software for the PS-3100 SPARK Element. PASCO would strongly suggest that you take a moment to update your device and enjoy the benefits of the new System Software. This package will automatically update your PASCO SPARKvue software to version 2.4 which includes support for PASCO's new Wireless Sensor line. The update can be easily installed via wifi.

Check out the video below for instructions on how to update your app.



For any questions please contact your local Education Territory Manager.

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JUN 2016: TES Schools Awards 2016 - Winners

SciChem attended this year's TES Schools Awards as the official sponsor of the 'Science, Technology and Engineering Teacher or Team of the Year' Category.

WINNERS: Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form

The team at the School was recognised for the originality with which science is taught: 'The science team at Bordesley Green Girls' School is using an innovative programme of study to achieve truly impressive results. Year 7s are taught one hour of science a week in French, the department's teachers lead the way on flipped learning and pupils take part in an exciting array of extracurricular activities.

'According to the judges: "The Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form is an inspiring winner of the best science team of the year for the scope, ambition and success of its science department and Stem activities". Read more about this winning project.

The evening was a huge success. Congratulations to Bordesley Green Girls' School and all winners, and well done to all nominees!

FEB 2016: SciChem sponsors TES Schools Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce SciChem is an official sponsor of the TES Schools Awards 2016.

The TES Schools Awards, now in its eighth year, celebrates the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK. This year's Awards ceremony will take place at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday 24th June 2016.

SciChem is the sponsor of the 'Science, technology and engineering teacher or team of the year' category. This award recognises excellence and innovative teaching in science, technology and engineering. Judges will want to see clear examples of innovation and quantifiable evidence of the success of any initiative. Entries are welcome from school departments or any partner organisation you have worked with.

Entry is free and open to all state and independent schools in the UK.

Deadline for entries is Sunday 6th March 2016.

Find out more and enter now for free!

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JAN 2016: Imagination Unleashed: SciChem Launch PASCO's New Wireless Sensor Range

PASCO Scientific, a global leader in 21st century science education, has introduced the first and only line of wireless sensors that are compatible with multiple technology platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPad and iPhone, Android tablets and phones, and Chromebooks.

The new line, which includes wireless pH, temperature, pressure, and force/acceleration sensors, simplifies lab setup and removes the clutter of cables. As a result, students can now spend more time exploring, and perform experiments that were difficult or impossible before. The wireless technology also helps schools save money by eliminating the need for a separate device to connect sensors to a computer, tablet or smartphone. Students can simply transmit the data directly from the wireless sensor to their device.

As PASCO's exclusive UK partner, Scientific & Chemical Supplies (SciChem) will bring this new line of sensors to the UK market, enabling UK schools to lead the way in classroom technology. January's ASE Conference in Birmingham and BETT Exhibition in London will mean that British schools are among the first to get hands-on experience with the new wireless technology.

Find out more here.

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SEPT 2015: SciChem In The News

SciChem Offers Everything You Need for A-Level Practicals

As new requirements for teaching and assessing science A-Levels come into effect, the challenge for schools and teachers is not just to understand the impact of these changes - drawing on the support of organisations such as the ASE - but also to ensure that classroom equipment and resources meet the standards required.

The September 2015 edition of School Science Review (published by the ASE) highlighted a number of trends regarding practical science. Here at SciChem we are proud to understand the impact of changes to A-Level practical assessments and this article identifies some of the support and product ranges available from SciChem, including:

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JULY 2015: SciChem Technicians' Workshop

Held on 14th July, our Technicians' Workshop was deemed a roaring success by all who attended. We owe a massive thank you to Guildford High School who hosted us - and over 120 technicians - for the day.

Designed to offer general tips, updates and training for technicians - new and experienced alike - the SciChem Technicians' Workshop offered delegates the choice of 13 different workshops on themes as varied as A-Level Physics, Fire Extinguisher Training and Microscopes & Measuring.

The day started with a bang...(with thanks to the Science Museum):

...and we were welcomed by our Chairman, John Turton:

Then it was time for the workshops:

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MAY 2015: 5 Star Review for SPARKvue HD

The Educational App Store (EAS) are educational app specialists, who provide personalised services relating to the successful integration of mobile learning in primary and secondary schools.

EAS believe that a focus on matching educational apps to the curriculum is key for ensuring that both educators and learners get the most out of their mobile learning experience, which is why they focus on performance, educational value and curriculum alignment when assessing the apps within their store. Aimed at developers, EAS certified teachers review apps with this unique approach in mind.

In order to establish the value of SPARKvue to science teaching in the UK, EAS undertook a review of PASCO's SPARKvue HD app. The app brings the latest version of SPARKvue - PASCO's award-winning science learning software - to your mobile device. The full and complete version of SPARKvue is available as a FREE app for Chromebook, iPad and Android Tablets.

The EAS review concluded that:

PASCO is a well-established educational company and is committed to provide access for all devices. This means SPARKvue is compatible across nearly all tablet brands as well as PC and Mac with near identical interfaces. So, no matter what platform it will be the same user experience. For schools with PASCO data loggers this is a must-have app and for schools considering investing in this technology there’s no need to look any further.

This educational tool has the power to transform, enhance and support learning through investigative lessons. Its potential will excite progressive teachers and engage the most unmotivated science students.

To read the full review, visit the Educational App Store.

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MARCH 2015: Visualising Gravity at Alcester Grammar School

As part of this year's ASE exhibition, SciChem ran a prize draw offering schools the chance to win a Lascells Gravity Well, worth over GBP90. The lucky winner, picked at random, was Lauren James from Alcester Grammar School who couldn't wait to demonstrate the Gravity Well to her students.

SciChem Territory Manager, Sarah Miller, visited the Warwickshire school to present the prize in person.

From left to right: SciChem's Sarah Miller presenting the prize to Head of Physics, Lauren James.

The gravity well is an exciting piece of apparatus which allows students to visualise the attraction of massive objects due to gravity. For further details visit the product page here.

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MARCH 2015: Visualising Gravity at Alcester Grammar School

As part of this year's ASE exhibition, SciChem ran a prize draw offering schools the chance to win a Lascells Gravity Well, worth over GBP90. The lucky winner, picked at random, was Lauren James from Alcester Grammar School who couldn't wait to demonstrate the Gravity Well to her students.

SciChem Territory Manager, Sarah Miller, visited the Warwickshire school to present the prize in person.

From left to right: SciChem's Sarah Miller presenting the prize to Head of Physics, Lauren James.

The gravity well is an exciting piece of apparatus which allows students to visualise the attraction of massive objects due to gravity. For further details visit the product page here.

Thank You for Visiting Us at Bett 2015

Bett Show |Stand C180 | ExCel London | 21 - 24 January 2015

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along to visit our stand and to our partners, PASCO Scientific.

The exhibition was a great success for SciChem and gave us the opportunity to showcase a handful of PASCO's new and exclusive ranges, including the Wireless Spectrometer and SPARKvue software, just to name a few.

We hope you enjoyed the show and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Education Territory Managers with any questions or feedback you may have following the exhibition. Please click here to find your local rep.

Best ChemisTree in Town

During the first week of December we ran a Christmas tree contest on Twitter, where entrants were invited to post their science-themed Christmas tree to be in a chance of winning some science goodies for their nominated school, college or university. We had some fantastic entries as seen below.

Our judges deliberated long and hard, and announced St Julie's Catholic High School as the winner of the best ChemisTree. The judges were impressed with the sculptured array of science consumables such as flasks, glass stoppers, clamps, and atoms & molecules. The school's Curriculum Leader of Science, Kate Doran, was pleased to accept the prize on behalf of the science department and her year 9 pupils who helped put the tree together.

St Julie's Catholic High School's Winning ChemisTree

We like to thank all entrants for participating. Follow us on Twitter @SciChemEdu for all the latest news, product tips, competitions and much more!

Twitter Prize Draw Winner Announced

To celebrate the launch of our new twitter account, @SciChemEdu, we ran a prize draw for one lucky winner to win a SciChem portable balance.

The prize went to Dr Maeve Carey of Abbey Grammar School in Newry as pictured below.

Come join us on Twitter and follow us @SciChemEdu for all the latest news, product tips, video clips and much more!

Free Physics Training from SciChem & Physics Factory!

Check out these pictures from the latest Physics Factory workshop!

A great time was had by all participants at the latest Physics Factory workshop. Run by Phil Jones and held at Newman University in Birmingham, it featured a variety of engaging, practical activities for KS 3/4. All delegates felt that this was an afternoon well spent.

Keep checking our Events listings for details of future workshops, or register your interest here.



ASE Bronze Partner 2015

SciChem are delighted to announce that we have become a Bronze Partner of the ASE for 2015.

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. Members include teachers, technicians and advisers. The Association plays a significant role in promoting excellence in teaching and learning of science in schools and colleges. Working closely with the science professional bodies, industry and business, the ASE provides a UK-wide network bringing together individuals and organisations to share ideas and tackle challenges in science teaching.

Tim Avery, Sales Director for SciChem is excited by this opportunity: "We are delighted to be working more closely with the ASE for 2015. As a key provider of science equipment into schools, we firmly believe that the ongoing advancement and promotion of the profession by the ASE is vital for the future of science teaching in the UK. With a history dating back over 50 years, we are delighted to have this opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to science, teachers, technicians and the profession in general."

The arrangement will see SciChem branding taking pride of place at the ASE Annual Conference in January 2015, as well as at regional events throughout the year.

Delegate bookings for the ASE Conference 2015, taking place in Reading from 7-10th January2015 will be open from September 2014.

International Young Physicist of the Year 2014

Shrewsbury School recently welcomed students and teachers from over 30 countries to take part in the annual International Young Physicist of the Year tournament. First held in 1988, the competition pits teams of students from around the world against each other. Over the course of a week, the students presented their findings for the traditional 17 problems posed by the Organising Committee. Each team's solutions are discussed with fellow competitors, and are graded by a jury of experts.

As a key sponsor of the event SciChem were invited to attend the Opening Ceremony. We were represented by Rory Whitehead of our sister company, Lascells, who are based in Market Drayton in Shropshire, not far from the venue for the 2014 tournament. As Rory says, "It was an inspirational event for us; as designers of physics teaching equipment it is great to see the passion and enthusiasm that these students demonstrate for Physics."

Finally, we offer our congratulations to the team from Singapore who are 2014 champions!

Near space exploration takes on another level at Queen Mary's Grammar School in Walsall

The "Horizon Project" was designed as a rich STEM activity to "develop a reusable launch platform that could make regular trips into the Stratosphere (30-40km above the Earth's Surface and far beyond the safe blue breathable atmosphere)".

This year's project was entitled "Beat Felix" with the objective to beat the altitude (39045m) achieved by Felix and the Red Bull Stratos Team.

The last in a series of probes launched by the school was Hadfield. Success with the team's first probe "Gagarin" - which achieved an altitude of 35118m and captured some incredible footage - was followed by disappointment when the second probe "Armstrong" failed to achieve its target altitude.

The day of the Hadfield launch dawned bright and clear, and the balloon was filled, clearance from Birmingham Air Traffic Control to launch the balloon was received and meticulous planning by the team ensured that all went to plan. Regrettably, however, the team lost contact with the balloon at an approximate altitude of 16km - and it is still "Missing in Action".

Tim Avery, Sales Director for Scientific & Chemical Supplies, said "We are proud to have supported Adam and his team with science materials needed to complete their mission. It is exciting to see what can be achieved on such a small budget, but with a great vision. It is also fantastic to see how this has motivated students at the school and will hopefully lead to many of them continuing further with their science studies."

Adam Coghlan, Maths teacher and leader of the Horizon Project adds "Thank you to you and the team at Scientific & Chemical Supplies Ltd for all of your support! The pupils have had an amazing time and the project has had a big effect on the school. You've helped the team achieve so much and you've helped us to inspire pupils throughout the school (we're being pestered by everyone from year 7 through to the 6th form as they all want to be a part of the next mission). You've helped us to show our pupils that there are many more career options available to them than they ever would have thought. The demand from the pupils has also galvanised teachers and we are talking about turning aspects of the project into rich STEM activities which can be brought into lessons in all sorts of subjects to illustrate ideas in the current curriculum.

SPARKvue HD is FREE!!!

...and now ALSO available for Chromebooks!!

Great news as we announce that PASCO's SPARKvue HD app is now free!

SPARKvue HD brings live data sharing to PASCO's popular sensor-based data collection, visualisation and analysis app. You can collect data on any iPad, Android or Windows tablet.

...and now also for Chromebooks

For even greater choice in the classroom, SPARKvue is currently the only app in the marketplace that allows direct data collection on a Chromebook. No other manufacturer can connect Datalogging equipment to a Chromebook.

Share your Data

SPARKvue now includes sharing options with cloud-based services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and more.

Download the iPad app
Download the Android app
Download the Chromebook app

Celebrating National Science & Engineering Week with one lucky WINNER

As part of this year's National Science & Engineering Week, SciChem were proud to sponsor the NSEW school prize draw by donating a Lascells Cloud Chamber, worth over £400. All schools throughout the UK that registered their activity or event were automatically entered into the prize draw, and the winner selected at random.

National Science & Engineering Week is organized by the British Science Association and is a ten-day programme of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages.

SciChem Territory Manager, Sheila Tong had the pleasure of visiting the winner at Redruth School in Cornwall, and deliver the prize in person.

SciChem's Sheila Tong demonstrating the Lascells Cloud Chamber to Christine Charlesworth and her colleagues.

And the winner of a Lascells Cloud Chamber is...

In January we ran a prize draw for one lucky customer to win a Lascells Cloud Chamber, worth over £400. A big congratulation to David Waterman from Alfriston School who was selected at random.

Hilary Cable and David Waterman

Scichem's Territory Manager, Hilary Cable visited the school located in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and presented the prize. David was said to be thrilled and excited to demonstrate the Cloud Chamber to his pupils.

Alfriston is a secondary-age day and boarding school for girls. It caters for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs and/or disabilities. Most have moderate learning difficulties, and a large majority have additional needs, such as speech, language and communication difficulties, sensory impairment, physical difficulty and other learning difficulties and disabilities.

The Lascells Cloud Chamber is the perfect alternative to unreliable and time consuming dry ice variants. For further details visit the product page here.

Powering Science Learning...

As a result of the tremendous success of the BETT show in January, we were able to offer schools the chance to win a PASCO Power Pack. Containing a SPARKlink Air and a 50th Anniversary Sensor pack which contains 4 sensors (Non-Contact Temperature, Light Level, Humidity/Temperature/Dew Point and EKG Sensors).

Laura Deighton, SciChem Territory Manager and Adele Verity

The lucky winner was Adele Verity from Andrew Marvel College in Hull who can't wait to explore a whole new world of datalogging possibilities!