Chemical explosions, laser lights and luminous colour changes at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry held at LSBU
14 May 2015
Over 60 students from 16 schools around London, Surrey and Kent donned
lab coats and goggles as they enjoyed a fun-filled day of science challenges at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry. The festival was hosted
by the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University (LSBU).
Festival of Chemistry is an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is
to promote chemistry and related sciences amongst the young.
Each school was represented by a team of four 11-13
year olds who were tasked with competing against each other in a series of fun challenges throughout the day.
morning, the teams took part in a competitive, hands-on, practical activity,
'The Salters' Challenge' where they were presented with a forensic
investigation case entitled 'Trouble at the Salt Mine'. In the afternoon, the pupils competed in the
'University Challenge' where they were tasked with developing a chemical clock. The challenge was then followed by a fun 'chemical magic' demonstration
involving optical illusions, explosions
and luminous colour changes.
Dr Anne-Maria Brennan, Principal Lecturer in Bioscience
and Forensic Science at LSBU, said: "We are delighted to host the Salters'
Festival of Chemistry at LSBU for the fifteenth year running.
"Chemistry plays an important part in our everyday
life, from the food we eat, the clothes we wear, to the fuel we use. We are
attempting to bring the subject of chemistry to life so the pupils have the
chance to experience, first hand, the power and excitement of chemistry.
"It's wonderful to see pupils
interest of chemistry come alive by taking part in the competitive challenges
they were set throughout the day. We truly hope that this will be the start of a
lifelong love for chemistry and that they consider a career in the sciences in
The action-packed day ended
with a prize giving session at which all participants were given individual
prizes and the winning team was awarded a grand prize for their school.
The festival held at LSBU is one of a series of 49 festivals which are taking place at universities
and colleges throughout the UK between March and June 2015.