School children get University lessons in chemistry at LSBU
16 May 2014
Teams of four pupils from each of the 16 different schools participated in the annual Salters' Festival of Chemistry which aims to get children interested in
were given the opportunity to use their analytical chemistry skills during a
competitive, hands-on practical activity trying to solve a crime using forensic
lab-testing techniques. This was followed by a University Challenge game, a university-style
lecture and finished with a prize-giving at which all participants were given
prizes and certificates.
at South Bank University is one of 47 festivals taking place in universities
throughout the UK between March and June 2014. The Salters' Festivals of
Chemistry is an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote
the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young, and to
encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and
Brennan, Principal lecturer at London South Bank University said: "We were
delighted to host the children for the fourth year running as part of The Salters'
Festivals of Chemistry. It was fantastic to see them take a real interest in
the challenges we set them and work hard throughout the day.
"All the teams
showed excellent problem solving skills, outstanding observational skills and
were great team players. It's wonderful to see young people's interest come
alive by the challenges and in the subject of chemistry as a whole, and hope it's
the start of a lifelong love in science and possible career for them in the