Wacky world of science ignites passion for chemistry
Youngsters from schools across Sheffield enjoyed an intriguing, fun-filled day of science at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield last week (23 May 2012).
A total of 18 schools from the city were each represented by a team of four 11-13 year olds during the exciting, competitive event.
During the day youngsters took part in a number of interesting, hands-on, practical activities including The Salters’ Challenge-Money, Money, Money, which helped to develop their analytical chemistry skills and scientific knowledge.
Dr Lindsay Hewison from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Chemistry said: “Events of this nature, with competitive challenges and demonstrations, really help to promote the fun side of chemistry.
“One of our aims is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among young people; I definitely think we achieved that. I would like to thank all of the people involved for making the day enjoyable and congratulations to all of the teams who took part.”
The exciting event culminated in an awards ceremony where pupils were recognised for their hard work and achievements. Special prizes were also given to the winning teams for their schools.
Event judge Dr Joanna Buckley, from the Department of Chemistry, said: “All the teams worked really hard throughout the day solving the exciting challenges. Hopefully, it has inspired the students to become the next generation of chemists!”
The Salters' Festival of Chemistry is an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among children.
The Festival at the University of Sheffield is one of 54 events taking place at Universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2012.
The Salters' Institute was established in 1918 and is now the Flagship Charity of the Salters' Company which aims to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among young people.
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The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry
The Salters' Institute was established in 1918 and is now the Flagship Charity of the Salters' Company which aims to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and related sciences and in the UK chemical and allied industries.
During the last eleven years, over 31,500 students have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry. Salters’
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