School Science Laboratory

Written by Carlos Prats Redondo. Posted in News

Over the last few years we have been developing our School Science Laboratory to provide practical experience and demonstrations of some of the chemistry, physics and biology topics that form the Science curriculum.

With the premise that a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing or carrying out a demonstration can be more informative that just hearing about it.

With the generosity of a number of people and organisations, we are gradually accumulating a wide variety of apparatus, equipment and chemicals.

AmoebaOn of the pieces of equipment recently provided is a digital microscope that plugs into a computer, allowing us to view an objet or slide at up to 200 x magnification directly on a computer monitor screen. This means that the whole class can view the item at once rather that queuing to look down a conventional microscope. We can also capture the picture and save it for viewing at another time. This way we are building a library of images, an example is this picture of Amoeba.

Students carry out various projects during laboratory periods, such as determining the salt concentration in the Mediterranean and comparing it to the salt concentration in the Mar Menor, a lagoon on the Murcian coast North of Cartagena.

They also carry out experiments in diffusion and osmosis, experiments with gas laws, gravity determination, chemical synthesis, electrolysis of water, and growing crystals, as well as physical investigations into forces, motion, electromagnetism etc…