On Tuesday 19th April 2016, a group of four Year 8 students from Huxlow Science College travelled to Warwick University to take part in the Salters Festival of Chemistry. After a mini tour of the campus (because Mrs Channell got lost!) they had an introduction to the day from Professor Wills. They arrived at the newly refurbished Chemistry department where they had their own set of equipment laid out and two “Salters Challenges” to carry out. They were judged on team work, safe working and obviously the correct answer. In addition the ‘judges’ wandered around observing and asking the team questions. After lunch they competed in the University Challenge where they had to mix chemicals in order to make the temperature drop to 10.5°C in one minute in front of the University judges.
After an exhausting day in the lab they were rewarded with a stimulating and exciting ‘Chemical Magic’ demonstration given by one of the University’s Professors followed by a prize-giving for the winning schools. Much to their surprise they were awarded 3rd prize for the Salters Challenge so well done to J Michniowska, M Lawrence, W Hall and I Mokogwa.
The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are run by The Salters’ Institute, a charity who work to promote the appreciation of Chemistry and related sciences among the young, and to encourage careers in the UK chemical and allied industries and in the teaching of Chemistry. The Festivals are one-day events held at universities throughout the UK and Ireland. They provide an opportunity for enthusiastic young students to spend a day in a university laboratory and to take part in fun practical chemistry activities.
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