Human Torch is a 'learning adventure', sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive and provided by the Association for Science Education (ASE). The resource combines computer-based activities with video and experiments.
Human Torch begins with a short dramatic video scene showing a victim who burned to death under bizarre circumstances. Students then begin to investigate. In the computer activities they collect evidence at the crime scene, test clues in a simulated laboratory, and question experts. They can also do real experiments in the lab. To gain points and eventually solve the case, they must learn a lot of science surrounding chemical reactions and safety. For example:
• The identification of hazards and risks, and how to control them.
• What a fuel is and different examples.
• The role of oxygen in burning.
• The products of combustion.
Human Torch covers a large amount of content and requires three lessons:
• Level 1 of the interactive game.
• Experiments carried out in the laboratory.
• Level 2 of the interactive game.
Password for level 2 game
Pupils are given a points score at the end of Level 1. In order to carry over the score to Level 2, they are given a password based on their score. If pupils forget their passwords they are ‘combust’ (0-450 points), ‘forensic’ (450-600 points) or ‘red herring’ (600+ points).
HEALTH and SAFETY
Any use of a resource that includes a practical activity must include a risk assessment. Please note that collections may contain ARCHIVE resources, which were developed at a much earlier date. Since that time there have been significant changes in the rules and guidance affecting laboratory practical work. Further information is provided in our Health and Safety guidance.