Festival of chemistry to go with a bang

Festival of chemistry to go with a bang

PA 114/09

Students from schools across the East Midlands will enjoy a fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry to be held at The University of Nottingham. The festival will take place on Wednesday May 6.

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 activity —“Murder (?) at Saltmarsh Farm” — in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills. Then they’ll sit in on one of the School of Chemistry’s famous Thunder and Lightning demonstration lectures, where they’ll learn about the chemistry behind explosions and glowing gases.

In the afternoon the students will compete in a University Challenge. This will take the form of an egg race, with teams transporting an egg from A to B without breaking it, using a selection of everyday household items.

The day will end with a prizegiving at which 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. Events at The University of Nottingham are one of a series of fifty-five festivals which are taking place at universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2009.

The festivals have been organised by The Salters’ Institute in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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