How Science Works – Clip Bank is a new free interactive Science/Chemistry resource from the BP Educational Service. It provides students aged 11-16 with some very useful examples of real-life science in action.

The topics covered in this resource include:

  • Hydrocarbons from crude oil;
  • Properties of hydrocarbons;
  • Polymerisation;
  • Combustion of fuels;
  • Energetic reactions.

Short multimedia clips show students the real-life application of science within the context of BP’s petrochemical business. Linked to the UK curricula for Science and Chemistry, How Science Works – Clip Bank features a range of multi-media, including video clips, animations, interactive activities and photo slideshows.

The site also contains teacher guidance and curriculum links for Key Stage 3 (KS3) and links to the major exam boards at Key Stage 4.


It’s a useful resource, that’s well worth a look if you are looking for resources to teach chemistry or How Science Works. You need to register with the BP site to access the resources, but registration is free. You can see a preview of one of the videos before you register.

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