Bath pupils join University chemistry camp

Bath pupils will find out what makes jellyfish glow in the dark next week, in a chemistry camp for schools from across the south of England, hosted by the University of Bath.

The fifteen year-old Royal High School pupils will join over seventy schools at the three-day residential event running from Monday 20 July to Wednesday 22 July and again from Wednesday 22 July to Friday 24 July.

They will investigate the properties of 'cold light' that makes jellyfish glow in the dark and have a go at 'blue printing' to produce a photograph without using a camera.

As well as hands-on practical work the pupils will experience a chemistry demonstration full of whizzes and bangs. They will stay in student halls of residence and enjoy a bowling evening and other social events organised for them at the Claverton campus.

The camps are organised by the Salters' Institute at Universities across the UK to give young people the opportunity to enjoy the fun of chemistry and motivate them to take a long-term interest in the subject.

Dr John Lowe, from the University's Department of Chemistry, said: "The camps are a great opportunity for the school students to get into our chemistry labs and have a go at all sorts of experiments that they won't experience at school.

"We hope that working in the labs, with our staff, will help to inspire them to go on and study chemistry at A level and beyond."

In the last eleven years over 4,850 students have experienced life at a Salters' Chemistry Camp. Another 700 students will join this total in 2009.

The Salters' Chemistry Camp is sponsored by: The Salters' Institute; GlaxoSmithKline; Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI); Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE); The Royal Society and The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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