Glass artist

Glass artist Nina Gronw-Lewis talks about how she needs science and maths to make glass jewellery and run her small business.

To link with this we have developed a lesson plan for students to make borax glass beads and carry out flame tests on metal compounds.


A downloadable version of the video, lesson plan and student practical activity sheet are available below.

Curriculum links for the lesson are as follows:

2008 Key Stage 3 Programme of Study:

Range and Content: 3.2c

Attainment Targets: AT1, AT3

Key Concepts: 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.2a

Key Processes: 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.1c, 2.2a, 2.3

Curriculum Opportunities: 4a, c, k

Scottish 5-14 Science Curriculum:

E&S3 – Changing materials

Attainment Targets:

Knowledge and Understanding

Level B

Describe how everyday materials can be changed by heating and cooling.

Level F

Distinguish between chemical and physical processes.

Investigating Skills

Level C

… make appropriate observations.

Level D

Draw conclusions consistent with the results.