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Extending the Use of Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Lead Institution: University of Bath

Project Summary

Extending the use of Spectroscopy in a Suitcase



This project built upon good practice from the Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC) Chemistry for our Future project, developing new activities for use with Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) equipment. The project explored appropriate contexts that appealed to students, producing  resources which can be used to illustrate spectroscopy in a broader range of areas.  

The project delivered aspiration-raising activities to secondary school students using a wider range of examples than was previously available to demonstrate effectively the gamut of things that scientists do. The project's resources (worksheets and background information) can be easily used by other HEIs with access to similar instrumentation through the RSC.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of the project was to:

Extend the use of the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) resource by developing a suite of new activities, enabling the SIAS equipment to reach a wider audience in schools and FE colleges and to widen participation in STEM disciplines.

The project:

  1. Produced a set of resources detailing activities which can be run using infra-red and UV/Vis spectroscopy. Each resource contains: description of activities, student worksheets and teacher guides
  2. Trialled and evaluated activities developed at a number of schools
  3. Hosted a launch event to disseminate the outcomes, resources and good practice from the project

Staff involved

Dr Gan Shermer
Project lead, University of Bath

Emily M MacCready
Project coordinator, University of Bath

Lynne Thomas
University of Bath