As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ChemSpider team likes to get involved with all of the other projects that are going on within the RSC, and we were really excited to be asked to provide our expertise to the SpectraSchool resource. This HE STEM funded program provides a range of resources to help in the understanding of the principles and practice of spectroscopy and spectroscopic methods.
SpectraSchool brings together Spectroscopy resources, an Introduction to Spectroscopy*, Interactive Spectra and the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme which affords school children the chance to use modern spectroscopic equipment in their classroom.

The SpectraSchool resource was originally developed with the University of Leicester who collected and assigned many of the spectra that displayed within the site. Now that SpectraSchool is part of Learn Chemistry we have helped to integrate new features, including a new HTML 5 based spectrum viewer that provides interactive display of spectra. The fact that this is based on HTML 5 means that the spectrum can be viewed on just about any device that has a modern browser (eg, computers, tablets, phones or even touch screen tvs).

A student visiting the site has the ability to zoom in on peaks and to see which features of a chemical structure give rise to a particular peak in a spectrum; by selecting either a peak or a particular part of the structure (see the highlighting of the methyl group in the structure of caffeine below and the corresponding peak in the adjacent 1H NMR spectrum).

SpectraSchool and Chemistry in the Olympics are great examples of the RSC’s new microsites which bring together lots of great resources and tools in a fresh and exciting interface.

Take a look at SpectraSchool and LearnChemistry today we welome feedback through the in page feedback links or connect with us and other chemistry educators in the Talk Chemistry forums. Why not start exploring this great (free) educational resource today?



* The Introduction to Spectroscopy was developed in collaboration with the University of Cardiff

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