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TITLE OF TEACHING RESOURCE
Chemistry Chaos - Planet Science
IMAGE
NAME OF AUTHOR(S)
various
DATE OF PRODUCTION
on-going
TYPE OF PRODUCT
Web Site/Portal, Downloadable material
LEVEL OF CHEMISTRY KNOWLEDGE
Basic
PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH
Experiential learning
SUBJECT AREA
Fundamental Chemistry
TARGET GROUP LEVEL
Primary School
LANGUAGE/S OF TEACHING RESOURCES
English
TUTORIAL SUPPORT
No
DESCRIPTION
Planet Science was originally launched in the UK as a Millennium project nurtured by NESTA and previously funded by the Department of Education and Skills; in 2010 it began its move to a new environment with a re-launch under the ownership and guidance of Tinopolis Interactive.

Planet Science exists to offer young scientists of school age the inspiration and excitement that will support their study of science at school and beyond. The website has information and activities in a number of categories for under 11 year olds and over 11 year olds. The one chosen here is relevant for its chemistry content.
Planet Science is supports classrooms, curriculum, textbooks and teachers - but not by going over the same ground as they cover. Its mission is to instil curiosity, excite interest, and unleash passions for science.
Primary school learners, whose science curriculum is quite broad, have their own section of the site, as do Secondary School students, whose approach is more structured by different science disciplines.
Parents and Teachers looking for ideas and inspiration about supporting scientific talent in the young, also have their own section.

Planet Science can reach teachers or parents as a newsletter to your mailbox, or be a purely web experience. All the material on this site is cleared for educational use. The site can be contacted at [email protected]

The Chemistry Chaos section chosen to highlight the site includes the following activities for under 11s:
Dancing raisins
Make Butter
Make Meringue
Puffy Pain Pictures
Why does orange juice taste bad after you clean your teeth?
Salt sculptures
The activities list materials needed, give clear instructions, include video clips and give explanations for the chemistry involved.
COMMENTS
This is an excellent web-site, highly visual, and tried and tested by teachers. It is recommended to sign up for the weekly newsletter which will bring new ideas and activities as well as web-links.
NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION
Limerick Institute of Technology

Comments about this Publication

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Date: 2012.10.03

Posted by Ömer KURTOĞLU (Turkey)

Message: The website contains materials for upper level primary school students and early secondary school students. Also, teacher can find some articles in their own section. There are really highly visual materials, task description that can be hold on at home, videos related with contents. That makes students curiosity Contents are divided and given each an attractive name and gain students interest. Planet science includes too many topics but there are not enough resource for each topic.

National Reports on successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry The national reports on chemistry successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry are now available on the related section of the project portal. The reports presents examples of successful experiences in the partner countries and the results of testing of ICT resources with science teachers.

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