Virtual Science Experiments on your Interactive Whiteboard

Virtual Experiments is a very useful website from Reading University that provides simulations of many standard school science experiments which can be carried out on your interactive whiteboard. The site is suitable for GCSE and also for A Level students.

Some of the experiments available include: Photosynthesis with Elodea, Transpiration, Reflection and Refraction, Chemical Clocks and looking at the Viscosity of Glycerol.

Most of the experiments have a full-screen option so that they work well on a whiteboard.

While simulations cannot and should not replace doing the experiment for real, they can provide useful ways of recapping or revisiting a practical. They are also useful if time is limited. Most of these simulations do not do the work for the students, they still need to count/measure and read from scales to collect their data.

 

Virtual Experiments

Sadly, the experiments are in Flash, so you or your students can’t access them on an iPad. Hopefully they’ll change that in the future.

You can access the experiments here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/virtualexperiments/experiments.html

 

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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