Festival of chemistry to go with a bang

23 Apr 2009 10:51:00.000

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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.

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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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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.


The Salters’ Company is one of the Great Twelve City of London Livery Companies and was founded in 1394 for the medieval trade in salt.  The Company’s activities today are centred on charitable and educational giving.  The Salters' Institute, established in 1918, and now the Flagship Charity of the Salters' Company, aims to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries. www.festivalsofchemistry.co.uk

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