Christmas has definitely come early for science departments in English secondary schools. From early November, they can look forward to free Intel Play QX3 Computer Microscopes . The QX3, which won a Bett award at the start of the year, has attracted much attention since its launch last year.
Education Secretary Estelle Morris announced the give-away to coincide with the start of Science Year. Intel Play has donated 2,250 QX3s and the DfES has bought a batch of 1,183 to ensure that every secondary school in England receives a free microscope, which usually costs pound;89.95.
They will be distributed by TAG Learning, and will include a teachers' resources pack. Negotiations are under way for a similar deal for schools in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The microscopes are the first set of free resources available from the Kit Pot fund , which will be providing science equipment for schools throughout Science Year. Advanced skills science teachers will be next to benefit, with the donation of whiteboards and projectors over the next few months. They will also receive free software and training when the hardware arrives.
For updates on the latest resource give-aways, keep an eye on the Science Year website at www.scienceyear.com
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