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Who is Roger Frost?

He is a collector of ideas to teach science, which this web aims to record. He used to write a lot, review products, give talks and run in-service training. Since the eighties he has reviewed pretty much everything. His aim is to spread knowledge of what makes science accessible. Currently he makes software for learning chemistry which is discussed on his other site (below).

Roger used to teach chemistry and science just yards from where he grew up in London's East End. Here on the the front line of teaching, he took his science classes to the computer room, experimented with ways to make topics understood. In 1985 computers only sometimes worked so there was a lot of experimenting and learning. 

 

Chemistry was a big subject in the eighties. Back then we weighed things in pounds and filled up in gallons and these were the glory years. Best of all you could do chemistry without the safety police on your back.

But one day the safety police came to school. They cleared the room of anything that might entice a pupil to take up chemistry for the wrong reason. They confiscated a stick of potassium he was saving for millennium night. They cleared the shelf and just left a bottle of rock salt - adding the label "HARMFUL if thrown". In later years the safety police would say that this was never their intention.

Frost mused on ways to regain the risk that made chemistry demonstrations such fun. What could one do? The answer came after using the computers at the school: if you really wanted something to blow up in your face, the school network was even better than potassium. So came the challenge to tame technology and find its potential.


In 1988, Frost became an advisory teacher at the Inner London Educational Computing Centre (ILECC) and North London Science Centre, Islington. With his background in instrumentation, he became interested in data logging. He collected ideas for an IT booklet he gave away to local schools. Soon school advisers were buying the booklets in bulk. So encouraged, he published a whole series of ideas booklets which quickly turned into reference works worldwide. By 1992 he was writing for the education press and running training days for schools - working full-time as a freelance. Since then he has written brochures, manuals, advertising and reviewed science products aplenty. He archives this at this web site where there are experiment ideas, reviews and opinions on resources. He is friendly with many suppliers but remains independent.

There's his CV at http://consulting.rogerfrost.com. But then there's his remarkable chemistry animation. After years of never finding resource for organic chemistry he developed his own. It's called Roger Frost's Organic Chemistry and it was made by White House eLearning.

Does he have a life? Yup! He has two sons into arts. The oldest is the artist Alex Frost at www.alexfrost.com. The other one, shows his creative streak in advertising at www.oliverfrost.co.uk. Roger himself can't draw and has even lost the skill of using a pen.

Does he have fun ever? Roger can however ski, ice-skate, dance (ceroc & modern jive), paper the wall, mend anything and get drunk on a half-pint. He loves gadgets and now owns a ridiculous colection of cables and power bricks. He can do a trick where you light a beer bottle filled with butane and burn your fingers as it goes whooop. He laughs it off by saying it's just part of growing up. Actually, he laughs most things off and he is indeed still growing up.

He wrote these books and worked on these projects (video)

  • Data logging in Practice 1999 updated annually till 2005
  • Software for Science Teaching 1999 updated annually till 2005
  • Learning Highways (NCET) with Roger Blamire
  • The IT in Science book of data logging and control. ISBN 0-9520257-1-X
  • The IT in Secondary science book ISBN 0 9520257 2 8
  • Enhancing Science with IT 1994 Co-author ISBN 1 85379270 5
  • IT in Primary Science ISBN 0-9520257-3-6. Also in Dutch
  • Information Technology (Nelson), 1993 Co-author ISBN 0-17-438572-2
  • The IT in Science Blue book, 1992.
  • The IT in Science Buff book, 1991


In a Kuala Lumpur taxi with the Petronas Towers nearby. Here after an incredibly long flight, Roger Frost arrives in Kuala Lumpur for 6 month's work and misses the entire winter of 2003. By not reading his plane ticket, he also missed the flight home. Eventually he got back to Cambridge, UK where he now lives.

 
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