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Press Release - 15 May 2006

Local pupils get chance to hear bangs and whizzes at competition

Around 120 pupils from local schools in the west of England will get the chance to prove themselves as chemists at a competition at the University of Bath on Tuesday and Thursday (16 and 18 May).

Around 30 schools will each enter a team of four 11-13 year olds at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.

The teams will take part in a competitive, practical activity called “The Mystery at Salty Towers” in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills in an exercise of forensic science.

They will compete in the University Challenge, in which they will be required to design and prepare some cooling mixtures for refrigerators. This will be followed by a lecture and demonstration entitled The Magic of Chemistry, which includes some bangs and whizzes to show how interesting and exciting chemistry can be.

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

The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. The festival at The University of Bath is one of 52 similar events taking place at universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2006.

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