Thunder and lightning to inspire the chemists of the future

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01 May 2014 17:35:14.383


Schoolchildren from across the East Midlands will have their chemistry skills put to the test at a Salter’s Festival of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham next week.

Teams of 11 to 13 year olds from secondary schools across the region will be welcomed into the School of Chemistry on University Park for a day of interactive games and lectures with some of the University’s top scientists and technicians. 

The Festival takes place on Wed 7th May 2014 when, in the morning, the young chemists will be competing in a hands-on team challenge called ‘The Blot Strikes Again’ which tests their analytical skills.

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Bright sparks

In the afternoon they take on a ‘University Challenge’ to devise a chemical reaction that creates a temperature of precisely 10.5˚C, using their skills and knowledge. This will be followed by a demonstration lecture led by top research chemist Professor Pete Licence and team who can recreate thunder and lightning in the lab.

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters’ Institute to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among young people, and to encourage careers in chemistry teaching and in the UK chemical and allied industries.

A taste of campus chemistry

Hosting the event, Dr Samantha Tang, Public Awareness Scientist in the University’s School of Chemistry said:

The annual Festival of Chemistry has been taking place at the University for over a decade and the positive responses we have had from schools, some of whom have become regular attendees, means that the event is a worthwhile activity for schools to engage in. Performing experiments in an undergraduate laboratory helps to raise aspirations and interest in these students, and for the staff participating in making this event happen, we get a real sense of enjoyment in working with local and regional schools, encouraging young people to do more practical chemistry”.

The Festival at The University of Nottingham 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.

Media are welcome to attend by arrangement with the University’s Communications Department, details below. 

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More information is available from Dr Samantha Tang on +44 (0)115 846 7229; or Fleur Layzell, The Salters’ Institute on +44 (0)207628 5962, 

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