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SEPT 2016: New update for the PASCO SPARKvue App

AUG 2016: Paul Gill Joins SciChem as New Managing Director

JUN 2016: SciChem Appoint New Managing Director

JUN 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

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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AUGUST 2016: Paul Gill Joins SciChem as New Managing Director

We welcome Paul Gill, who joined SciChem in July this year as Managing Director.

Paul said: "I would firstly like to take this opportunity to thank John Turton and Brian Cartland for placing their trust in me and appointing me Managing Director of their company. I accepted this position for two main reasons. The first being the company's amazing history: the family values kept alive by John and Brian are an invaluable part of what makes this company what it is today. I will attempt over the coming years to stay true to those values and operate the company with the same levels of fairness, passion and integrity shown in the past. 

The second thing I liked was John and Brian's recognition that the company needs to change. Their willingness to appoint someone to make those changes and their desire for that change to happen is a milestone in the company's history. The market place is fluid, in order to stay ahead and be successful we must be able to adapt to that market place. 

My background is sales. I have spent my whole career growing profitable sales, from internal account management, to field sales to sales management and as a managing director. 

I am excited about our future."

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JUN 2016: SciChem Appoint New Managing Director

Wolverhampton, 23.06.2016 - SciChem today announce that we have appointed a new Managing Director to replace Gary Owen who will be stepping down at the end of July.

John Turton, SciChem's long-standing Chairman says: "We will miss Gary immensely and we wish him well for his future."

John continues: "With this new appointment we are delighted to put in place a new management structure that will continue to grow the SciChem brand and to consolidate the foundations that have been put in place over the last 60 years. Our new Managing Director will assume his role at the end of July and we look forward to welcoming him to SciChem."

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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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