School pupils become forensic science sleuths

Almost 150 pupils from 36 schools in the South West will be tasked with fixing Dr Who’s Tardis at the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry to be held at The University of Bath.

The fun-filled event will held on Tuesday 18 May and Thursday 20 May.

Each school will be represented by a team of four 11-13 year olds.

During the mornings teams will take part in a competitive, hands-on, practical activity, "The Mysterious Death of Captain Salter"in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills.

In the afternoons, they will compete in the “University Challenge”, a practical activity in which they will be required to “Fix the Tardis” before Dr Who falls prey to the Daleks!

This will be followed by a fun lecture by Dr Mike Hill and Dr Randolf Köhn, involving flashes, bangs, mini volcanoes, screaming jelly babies and much more.

The day will end with a prize-giving at which all participants will be given individual fun prizes and participation certificates and the winning teams will be awarded prizes for their schools.

The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry is an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young.

The festivals at The University of Bath are two of a series of 51 festivals which are taking place at universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2010.

The Institute is delighted that the Royal Society of Chemistry is again working in partnership with it for the festivals this year.

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