The range of school experiments being carried out the microscale is growing. Reaction rates, relative atomic mass determinations and syntheses of organic and inorganic compounds, from Key Stage 3 through to A-level, are all proving to be successful.
There are several good reasons for using microscale apparatus and doing reactions on the millimolar scale or less;
- health hazards are virtually eliminated,
- the reactions are quicker,
- less waste and less mess to clear up,
- practical work is more accessible to more students, and
- as each student can work individually, this approach encourages them to be independent and take ownership of their work.
This is a joint session split into a session for science teachers run by RSC Education Coordinator Johanne Brolly to learn about difference microscale practicals and a session for students ideally in their final year of single award science to try out some microscale chemistry led by NWRC Science staff.