Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

Posted by er134 at Apr 30, 2014 10:56 AM |
In partnership with The Royal Society of Chemistry at University of Leicester Department of Chemistry on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 April 2014

60 students from 15 schools in the East Midlands region will enjoy an exciting day of chemistry at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry to be held at The University of Leicester on Wednesday 30 April. 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, “The Salters’ Challenge” - “The Blot Strokes Again!” in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills.  In the afternoon, they will compete in the “University Challenge”, a practical activity chosen by the University, in which they will be required to create the most accurate egg timer using the contents of a basic chemistry set. This will be followed by a fun lecture, by Dr Corey Evans involving liquid nitrogen, screaming jelly babies, cannon fire and luminous colour changes.

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.

Dr Carla Jones from the University of Leicester’s Department of Chemistry said: “Events like the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry are important to the Department because they allow us to showcase Chemical Sciences and present them as exciting, interesting and relevant and worth considering as the basis of a career.

“They also allow us to be more open about the work we do within the Department of Chemistry as they give us the opportunity to showcase the novel research we carry out to the wider community.”

The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young, and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries.

The Festival at the University of Leicester is one of a series of 47 Festivals which are taking place at Universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2014.

The Institute is delighted to once again be working in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014.

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