Chemistry Challenge for School Pupils at Salters’ Festival

128 students from 32 schools in the Midlands will enjoy an interesting fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry to be held at the University of Birmingham on Tuesday May 1st and Thursday May 3rd 2012. Each school will be represented by a team of four 11-13 year olds.

During the morning the teams will take part in a competitive, hands-on, practical activity called “The Salters’ Challenge – Money, Money, Money...” in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills to solve a murder mystery.

In the afternoon the students will compete in the “University Challenge”, a practical activity in which they will be required to identify solutions using their problem-solving skills. This will be followed by a fun lecture by Ray Plevey, Honorary Lecturer from the University of Birmingham, involving a range of exciting demonstration experiments.

The day will end with a prizegiving ceremony when all participants will be given individual fun prizes and participation certificates and the winning teams will be awarded prizes for their schools.

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of The Salters’ Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. The Festival at the University of Birmingham is one of a series of 54 Festivals which are taking place at Universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2012.

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