More than 100 students selected from schools all over the UK came to the University of Bath last week to take part in two residential Salters’ Chemistry Camps for 15-year olds.
The camps, which ran from 9-11 July and 11-13 July, helped students to participate in the fun of chemistry and motivate them to develop both awareness of, and a long-term interest in the subject through an action-packed programme.
Each student was given an opportunity to tackle a variety of new activities. They got the chance to investigate chemiluminescence or ‘cold light’, a reaction that causes jellyfish to glow in the dark, before exploring the same oscillating reaction that gives tigers their stripes!
Other exciting tasks for participants included producing a photograph without a camera involving a process called cyanotyping, better known as ‘blue printing’, and students also got to be amateur detectives for the day.
But it wasn’t all chemistry; there was also a varied social programme for the Campers including orienteering and a fun quiz.
The camps were coordinated by Dr John Lowe and Dr Anneke Lubben from the University’s Department of Chemistry.
Dr Lowe said: “The chemistry camps are a great opportunity for students from all over the country, from Cornwall to Yorkshire, to experience what it’s like to work in a high-tech scientific lab for a few days.
“They got to do some really interesting experiments, from making paracetamol to making chemical clocks.
“In addition, a lot of the students were excited about getting a taster of university life and spending a couple of nights in university accommodation away from home.”
The Salters’ Chemistry Camps at the University of Bath are sponsored by: The Salters’ Institute; 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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