Chemistry Camps on campus

Chemistry Camps on campus

A hundred budding chemists from schools all over the UK will take part in two residential camps at the University of Sussex this week.

The Salters’ Chemistry Camps from 24-26 June and 26-28 June aim to motivate the 15-year-olds to develop both awareness of and a long-term interest in chemistry through an action-packed programme.

Each student will tackle hands-on practical work in the labs. In the ‘Paracetamol’ activity they will require good detective skills to pinpoint the criminals who are selling their own brand of painkillers, and discover the fascinating world of transition metal chemistry in the ‘Complex chemistry’ task.

Students will also investigate chemiluminescence, or ‘cold light’ – a reaction that causes jellyfish to glow in the dark – before investigating the same oscillating reaction that gives tigers their stripes.

But it isn’t all chemistry: there is a varied social programme for the campers, including a lecture on materials and a nature trail.

The Salters’ Chemistry Camps at the University of Sussex are sponsored by the Salters’ Institute; the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI); the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE); the Royal Society; the Royal Society of Chemistry; and the University of Sussex.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Monday, 24 June 2013

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