Short courses


CLEAPSS: Don't Buy It, Make It (for Secondary Science Technicians)

  • 7 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day course for science technicians shows you how to make several pieces of science equipment that will be useful for your work and may help save your school money. You can take what you've made back to school with you.

You'll gain experience in:

  • glass-working techniques
  • soldering
  • working with wood, plastic and aluminium sheet
  • using hand tools

You'll get ideas and gain the confidence to tackle further projects in your workplace.

This course is run by the Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) at IOE, UCL's faculty of education and society.

Who this course is for

This course is ideal for secondary science laboratory technicians teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 (KS3 and KS4).

Course content

You'll make pieces of science equipment that will be useful in your schools.

The sorts of items usually made are:

  • box for Hazcards
  • inoculation loop
  • spirit burner
  • soldering aid
  • soldered and other connecting leads
  • combustion tube
  • electrode holders
  • clip component holder
  • gas preparation apparatus
  • microelectrolysis apparatus
  • Lenz's law apparatus
  • marble chip burner
  • manometer to construct a respirometer

Teaching and structure

The one-day course is delivered as a practical workshop.

Entry requirements

You'll need to be the science technician in your school.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have: 

  • made pieces of science equipment that will be useful to your students and save your school money
  • gained experience in working with glass, wood, plastic and aluminium sheet, soldering and using hand tools
  • gained ideas and confidence in tackling further projects in your workplace

Course team

Jane Major for CLEAPSS

Jane Major for CLEAPSS

Jane works as an adviser for CLEAPSS.

CLEAPSS provides advice and guidance on all aspects of practical work in science, technology and art. This guidance explores ideas for exciting and engaging practical activities that fire pupils' imaginations and then, unlike many alternative resources, goes on to show teachers and technicians, in detail, how to translate these ideas into safe and exciting classroom experiences.

CLEAPSS has in excess of 28,000 schools and colleges in membership, predominantly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where its advice is recognised by HSE, DFE and OFSTED as representing best practice in these areas and as such it is used by employers as the basis for them to discharge their responsibilities under the H&S at work act, 1999.

Course information last modified: 7 Jan 2022, 08:23