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by fibreweb
25 Aug 2015, 10:58
Forum: The Lab Tech Position
Topic: Job Description
Replies: 82
Views: 41371

Re: Job Description

or after you have spent several hours testing the prac to make sure it works, gathered together the multiple pieces of equipment and then lugged it the 500 metres to the next block and up to the second floor (thankfully there is a lift) they decide not to do it after all. Instead of letting you know...
by fibreweb
18 Aug 2015, 09:58
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: weirdest things
Replies: 49
Views: 15935

Re: weirdest things

When I first started here the head Teacher wanted some Jasper from a site 1 hour away from Tamworth to make Aboriginal weapons. Being very new to the job that's what I did on my weekend. Drove all the way out there and collected rocks that incidentally were never used! If asked the same now I would ...
by fibreweb
13 Aug 2015, 09:44
Forum: Chemistry and Labware - General
Topic: Recommended Chemical List
Replies: 9
Views: 2816

Re: Recommended Chemical List

When I tried to print some pages out I found I had to alter settings on the Print page. Page size and orientation to A4, the margins and from "print sheet on one page" to "No scaling" and then alter column sizes to fit. It seems a wonderful resource, thanks to all those that spent what must have bee...
by fibreweb
06 Aug 2015, 09:45
Forum: Recipes and Pracs
Topic: Christmas themed prac's for yr6 visits
Replies: 14
Views: 4322

Re: Christmas themed prac's for yr6 visits

Not a Prac but you could make a laboratory Christmas tree for them
by fibreweb
14 Jul 2015, 14:43
Forum: Announcements
Topic: ASET PD Day at Tamworth
Replies: 13
Views: 2930

Re: ASET PD Day at Tamworth

It was very informative.
Thanks to ASET and all those involved in the organisation of the day.
by fibreweb
24 Jun 2015, 12:28
Forum: Announcements
Topic: ASET PD Day at Tamworth
Replies: 13
Views: 2930

Re: ASET PD Day at Tamworth

Don't know what weather is expected that far ahead but you could have sub-zero temps overnight. Then a pleasant day. As to the venue, layers are the suggestion as it depends. If the heaters have been turned on early enough ( and are working) it can be rather warm but without heaters its chilly. Look...
by fibreweb
28 May 2015, 11:32
Forum: Safety with Chemicals
Topic: Any benefits to making a Manifest in Chemwatch
Replies: 9
Views: 2577

Re: Any benefits to making a Manifest in Chemwatch

Interesting thing with regards to the manifest and the Fire brigade. When we had the fire here 3 years ago that destroyed 2 labs and the prep room no one was at all interested as to what chemicals were on site. This comes from one of the firies who also was the lab Assistant at one of the other scho...
by fibreweb
20 May 2015, 09:50
Forum: Safety with Chemicals
Topic: Iodine Classification
Replies: 23
Views: 4779

Re: Iodine Classification

This is what worries me about the GHS and our storage of the chemicals. I have been looking through our range of chemicals (so far I have checked about 30 of our 370odd chemicals) to try and work out how to store them. So far I have discovered that Hydrochloric, Formic and Butyric acid have the "Acu...
by fibreweb
06 May 2015, 13:03
Forum: Recipes and Pracs
Topic: Ammonia solution
Replies: 4
Views: 3389

Re: Ammonia solution

From my notes, Ammonia 28% to make a 1M solution 68 mls Ammonia concentrate made up to 1Litre with 932 ml water From "The Laboratory" Ammonia 29% 56ml made up to 1Litre for 1M Therefore to make a 0.1M you would need about 6.8 mls made up to 1 Litre. I would probably make up a small quantity of 1M an...
by fibreweb
30 Apr 2015, 09:07
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Whats Happened to Chemtalk
Replies: 19
Views: 4160

Re: Whats Happened to Chemtalk

It's amazing how much you count on Chemtalk until it is not there. I have not been able to get in all week and being someone that logs in several times a day to see what is happening it has been like leaving your watch or mobile phone at home. it just doesn't feel right. :-( Glad to be back in touch...
by fibreweb
23 Apr 2015, 09:28
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE AN AG FARM?
Replies: 5
Views: 1957

Re: DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE AN AG FARM?

We have an Ag farm and 3 Ag teachers, They all have Science classes also and reside in the Science Staff room. One of the Ag teachers is also Head Teacher Admin (or something) and and head Teacher Ag. Incidentally our Science Head Teacher and one of the other Science Teachers are also qualified to t...
by fibreweb
03 Mar 2015, 09:21
Forum: Safety with Chemicals
Topic: Natural gas bottles for science labs
Replies: 5
Views: 1534

Re: Natural gas bottles for science labs

We have 2 HUGE gas bottles, both enclosed within locked fences, in 2 different areas of the school.
They also have a sign on the fences warning there are 2 bottles in connection, turning one lot off is not enough, they have to go to the back of the school and turn the other off to work on the lines.
by fibreweb
18 Feb 2015, 13:34
Forum: The Lab Tech Position
Topic: Labbie Hours v's Number of Students
Replies: 20
Views: 7263

Re: Labbie Hours v's Number of Students

I am in Government school with just on 1000 students. There is only me and I work in Science 27.5 hours a week. I have to do trained monkey work in the library 4 hours a week! I have 7 labs, 3 prep rooms and 10 teachers. There are 6 science classes in years 7-10, 2 Biology in 11 and 12 and one physi...
by fibreweb
12 Feb 2015, 11:33
Forum: Chemistry and Labware - General
Topic: Solid sulphur
Replies: 5
Views: 1567

Re: Solid sulphur

My solid sulphur is Chem Supply Sulphur Roll. It comes in a 1kg jar and contains 4 rolls about 12cm long and 3.5 wide. These I have broken up into smaller chunks about 2cm square. It cost $75 for the jar. I bought the jar over 5 years ago and still have over 800gms left as rods. Greater initial outl...
by fibreweb
10 Dec 2014, 10:46
Forum: Chemistry and Labware - General
Topic: Setting up yet another prep room
Replies: 16
Views: 3579

Re: Setting up yet another prep room

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There has been some student help with carrying, especially this time as it's and of term and the teachers are too lazy to teach so are glad to have some occupation for the students. It doesn't help though when a teacher decides to lock the room on you whilst you have 4 students wit...
by fibreweb
10 Dec 2014, 08:28
Forum: Chemistry and Labware - General
Topic: Setting up yet another prep room
Replies: 16
Views: 3579

Re: Setting up yet another prep room

I have had 2 demountable labs for the last 2 years following our major fire in March 2012. Last week we were givent the keys to the new labs so I have been spending a lot of time and energy transfering the equipment from one place to another. This is what the demountable labs and prep rooms look lik...
by fibreweb
19 Nov 2014, 13:55
Forum: Safety with Chemicals
Topic: Nitrates
Replies: 11
Views: 2695

Re: Nitrates

Isn't the action of Silica gel to remove the water?
Maybe you are drying it out too much.
I just looked at mine and 2 of the jars that are now over 20 years old are liquid!
by fibreweb
12 Nov 2014, 08:43
Forum: Chemistry and Labware - General
Topic: spirit burners
Replies: 9
Views: 2563

Re: spirit burners

I store mine in a metal locker in the chem store (they won't all fit into the flammables cupboard so it is the best alternative I could come up with) I have 8 x Metho 5 x Methanol 7 x Ethanol 7 x Propanol 5 x Butanol 1 x Pentanol 1 x Octanol 6 x Diesel and 3 kero When they are ordered for junior cla...
by fibreweb
03 Nov 2014, 08:32
Forum: Sourcing Materials & Eq Repairs
Topic: Year 12 Forensic Chemistry
Replies: 10
Views: 2730

Year 12 Forensic Chemistry

Our Chemistry teacher has decided after 10 years of doing the Shipwreck elective she will change for this Year 12 and do the Forensic elective. I welcome the change as I have had enough of rusting nails in every available liquid :crazy: I know this will involve electrophoresis but have no idea what ...