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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!