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A day of whizz-bang!

Press release issued: 21 March 2002

A day of whizz-bang!

Sixty-four students from schools in the South West will enjoy a fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry to be held at the University of Bristol on Tuesday, March 26. Each school will be represented by a team of four 11- to 13-year-olds.

The Salters' Chemistry Club initiative aims to make chemistry more interesting and attractive to 11- to 14-year-olds by supporting the setting up of chemistry clubs in schools. School chemistry clubs provide the opportunity for students to experiment with 'hands-on' chemistry where there may be limited opportunity within the curriculum. Clubs can also provide a focus for working with local science-based companies and universities.

"Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm of the young people shows how much fun chemistry can be," said Dr Alan Mawson, Chairman of the Club.

In the morning each of the teams will take part in a practical challenge in which they will become analytical chemists to solve a 'murder mystery'. In the afternoon, the teams will compete in a chemical 'egg race' involving a 'chemical clock' reaction. This will be followed by a fun lecture, 'Astonishing chemical reactions' by Dr Chris Wormald, Reader in Chemical Thermodynamics.

The day will end with a prize giving at which the winning schools will receive cash prizes. All participating students will receive certificates and fun prizes.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Thursday, 21-Mar-2002 12:37:38 GMT

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