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Back to School: What’s New?

21/09/2020

Timstar has been busy talking and listening to our customers, to provide products and resources to best support teaching and improve learning outcomes. We have worked hard to ensure our products are of good quality and good value for money.

We are pleased to introduce a range of fantastic new products available to you this Autumn…

What’s New in Biology?

Funscope

The key is in the name – a Funscope is a great addition to microscopic learning. It’s lightweight, fun and easy to use and at a great affordable price compared to many microscopes on the market.

A perfect way to ensure all your students have their own microscope in lesson time, meaning much more time to explore.

  • Monocular head 45 degrees & Widefield eyepiece WF10X/16mm

  • Triple revolving nosepiece with click stops

  • Coarse focusing system

  • Plain stage with sample clips

  • V-240V (CE) Dust Cover

  • 6-hole rotating disc diaphragm Incident and transmitted LED illumination with intensity control

  • Hexagonal key 0.9mm

  • Batteries AA (x3)

  • Instruction manual included

Have you seen our ‘Discovering Daphnia’ experiment download?

With a heartbeat of around 300 bpm, it is a stimulating experiment for students to conduct under the microscope.

Download Worksheet

EdvoCycler Junior

Demonstrating PCR and Electrophoresis techniques at GCSE level can be an excellent way to prepare students who are planning to study biology in higher education or those who simply love a science challenge! It can be a great extra-curricular topic that addresses real-world issues and problem-solving such as crime scene investigations aided by the power of science. PCR is used to detect COVID-19 so why not get students discussing this and the impacts and real world application is has, right now!

The EdvoCycler™ Jr. is based on the advanced EdvoCycler™ 2 platform. The sleek form factor has been miniaturized with 16 wells to run individual PCR experiments. A vivid and intuitive touchscreen and onboard computer simplify operation by not requiring a secondary device. And it’s backed by an industry-leading 3-year warranty.

  • Holds 16 x 0.2ml. PCR Samples & 8-tube strip compatible

  • Instant incubate function

  • Edvotek PCR programs included + storage for 100 more

  • Heated lid prevents sample evaporation

  • Temperature range: 14 to 99 º C

  • Active cooling to 4 º C

  • 7`` HD colour touchscreen displays real-time cycling data

  • Maximum ramp rate: 3.5 º C

  • High precision algorithm for superior results

  • Includes free PCR validation kit

  • 3-Year warranty

  • Dimensions (L X W X H): 200 x 200 x 170 mm

Need some inspiration?

Check out some great resources from Edvotek to help you teach and prepare PCR lessons…

View Resources

What’s New in Chemistry?

8000 pH Meter… with interchangeable electrode

This portable, versatile pH meter enables you to switch between electrodes quickly and easily for different applications making it a very flexible tool for carrying out your experiments.

Featuring an easy to read, LCD display plus a realm of other features to enhance teaching biology and chemistry in your school.

  • Interchangeable combination electrode included

  • Portable

  • Easy to use re-calibration feature

  • +0.05 pH accuracy

  • Temperature range 0 – 50 C

  • Single line LCD display

  • Single dial – pH displayed

  • 2-year warranty

  • Powers off automatically after 10 minutes to maximise battery life

Not exhaustive but the pH meter is perfect for GCSE AQA Required practical ‘Analysis and, purification of water’ and EdExcel Core Practical 2 Biology ‘pH and enzyme activity’ and Chemistry ‘Core practical 2: Investigating pH (neutralisation)’ plus AQA A-Level Chemistry Required Practical 9:  ‘Investigate how pH changes when a weak acid reacts with a strong base and when a strong acid reacts with a weak base’

Need some inspiration?

Field investigations are a great way to introduce your students to the relationship between biology and nature. pH testing will be required as part of Field Investigation Analysis. Download our FREE worksheet to help with your lesson planning and pH measurement.

Download Worksheet

Simax Reagent Bottle

Borosilicate glass media bottle with PTFE lined cap and pouring ring suitable for long term storage of concentrated acids.

See CLEAPSS guides GL251 & GL252 for more information.

  • ISO 4796-1 compliant

  • Batch traceable

  • Autoclavable / hot air sterilisation to 200 °C

What’s New in Physics?

Mini Thermo-Anemometer

Perfect for measuring air velocity, this is an easy to use Anemometer that will help you and your students measure wind speed. It is supplied with a 3 point Calibration Certificate and has auto power-off after 15 minutes of inactivity.

  • Range: 0.4 to 30m/s x 0.1 m/s

  • Selectable units: m/s, ft/min, mph, kn/hr, or knots

  • Max/min record and data hold function

  • Low battery indicator

  • Weight: 169g

  • Easy to use push button operation

  • Large backlit colour LCD

  • Supplied with instructions for use

  • Powered by 3 xAAA batteries (included)

  • Dimensions: 178.5 x 56 x 33mm

Mini Sound Level Meter with Temperature

This superb, robustly built mini digital sound level meter has a wide dynamic range and gives virtually instant readings.

It is ideal for quick and easy sound level checks.

  • Single Measurement Range: 30 to 130 dB

  • 30mm colour backlight LCD display with function indicators

  • Low battery indicator and auto power off after 15 minutes of no activity (can be user disabled)

  • Fast 125 ms, or Slow 1 s time response weighting

  • Display updates every 300ms

  • Lmax (LAFmax, LASmax)

  • Temperature Range: 20 °C to +70 °C

  • Data hold – displays the highest or lowest measured valve

  • Precision ½ inch electret condenser microphone

  • 0.1 dB Resolution

  • Supplied with wind muffler and batteries (3 x AAA)

  • Dimensions: 144 x 56 x 31mm, Weight: 73g

Pelton Turbine…with safety turbine

The Pelton Turbine shows how running water can be used to produce electricity to make a light bulb or LED illuminate. It is an amazing way to get children visualising this experiment, helping them to understand the process behind the generation of energy and conversion to create electricity.

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New product to look out for…

Dataloggers

Visualisers

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