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Salters' Chemistry Camp

Press release issued: 3 July 2001

A week of whizz-bang!

Salters' Chemistry Camp, 2-6 July 2001

Fifty budding young scientists will spend next week at Bristol University exploring and capturing the fun of chemistry through an action-packed programme. The 15-year-olds have been selected from schools all over the UK to take part in the residential Chemistry Camp.

The students will be given the opportunity to tackle a variety of new activities, involving chemiluminescence, the secrets of blueprinting and paracetamol. Other challenges include controlling the colour change of solutions in time to music and making prehistoric slime.

'It is vitally important for the pharmaceutical industry to encourage students to develop an interest in chemistry. It is one of the sciences which form the basis for the development of new medicines. The thrill of making something new that no-one else has ever made before is exciting - and to think that it may also save lives. That's chemistry for you - it is important, exciting and fun too,' said Dr Frank Ellis, Schools Liaison Co-ordinator for GlaxoSmithKline, who are the principal sponsors of the Chemistry Camp at Bristol.

Professor Selby Knox, Head of the School of Chemistry at Bristol University, said: 'We are delighted to be hosting this Chemistry Camp in collaboration with the Salters' Company. The Camp is a great way for students to learn about chemistry. It's also good fun and a way of helping to open up the University to a wide range of secondary schools. We're very much looking forward to having the students here.'

In addition, the students will be able to see chemistry in action at the new interactive science centre 'at-Bristol'. There'll also be plenty of opportunities for the students to let off steam in the evenings, including an exciting fireworks demonstration, ten-pin bowling and karaoke.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Tuesday, 03-Jul-2001 10:24:39 BST

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