Bath school children enjoy fun chemistry

Dr Gabriele Kociok-Kohn from the Department of Chemistry has been making Chemistry fun for local school children in an effort to engage them in the subject at an early age.

Gabriele with St John's pupils looking at quartz crystals.

St John’s Catholic Primary School in Oldfield Park, Bath, invited Gabriele in to take part in ‘pattern week’ - a special event held by the school in which patterns throughout nature and art are studied.

Pupils from St John's Primary enjoyed looking at crystals using a microscope.

Gabriele said: “I went to the school to talk to the pupils about crystals, which contain some of the most beautiful patterns in nature. I wanted to make the children aware that there is a lot more to crystals than just the tumbled stuff they find in gift shops.

“The children really enjoyed the subject and were very excited, asking plenty of questions along the way and using the microscopes to look at the crystals in more detail. I think I definitely found some budding scientists amongst them!”

As the event was such a success, Gabriele hopes to repeat the session again next year. She said: “Chemistry is a really exciting subject and there are so many simple topics that can be really engaging for young minds.

“I believe that it’s really important that we introduce children to chemistry by showcasing some of the more exciting elements of the subject to them at a young age so that they realise science is exciting, and not just about text books.”

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