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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Children from years 7 and 8 experience hands-on practical chemistry.

Teams of four, from 20 schools in and around the East of England, once again took part in the Salters' Festival of Chemistry in the department teaching lab.

The students competed in two fun challenges, one set by Salters’ and the other set by the department. The Salters’ Challenge, “Who is the Prime Suspect”, required analytical chemistry skills to discovery who murdered a fictional member of the company. The second, Department of Chemistry Challenge, asked the teams to separate food dyes using a chromatography column.

Prizes were awarded for both challenges:

Salters’ Challenge Winners

  • 1st Prize Richard Hale School, Hertford
  • 2nd Prize Bedford Prep School, Bedford
  • 3rd Prize Sandye Place Academy, Sandy

University Challenge Winners

  • 1st Prize St. Faith's School, Cambridge
  • 2nd Prize Culford Preparatory School, Bury St Edmunds
  • 3rd Prize St. Francis College, Letchworth Garden City

After the prize giving ceremony the combatants enjoyed a demonstration lecture given by Pete Wothers, ‘Burning Issues’.

Next year, 2018 the Salters’ Institute will celebrate 100 years of supporting Science Education and a number of new projects will be launched, including Centenary Awards for post-graduates.

NB. The Salters’ Institute plays a major role in the support of chemistry teaching, the encouragement of young people to pursue careers in the UK chemical industries, and the promotion of chemical education including the whole area of curriculum development.