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The first task for the children, will be a practical forensic exercise titled Who pinched the salt?
The first task for the children, will be a practical forensic exercise titled Who pinched the salt?
The aim of the Salters' Institute is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young.
The aim of the Salters' Institute is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young.

Press Release - 06 May 2008

Local pupils to hear bangs and whizzes at the University of Bath

Around 120 school pupils aged 11 to 13 from 30 schools in the west of England are invited to enjoy the renowned Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry held at the University of Bath on 13 and 15 May 2008.

The first task for the children, grouped in teams of four, will be a practical forensic exercise titled Who pinched the salt? which will challenge their analytical chemistry skills.

The following practical activity, Save the tardis will focus on a university challenge, in which the pupils will be required to fix a time machine, using a series of chemical reactions.

This will be followed by a fun lecture titled The magic of chemistry in which pupils will be treated to an impressive demonstration of exciting flashes and bangs.

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

“The day will be filled with flashes, whizzes and bangs,” said Dr Mike Whittlesey, who will be running the chemical magic demonstration.

“Screaming jelly babies, electrocuted rhubarb, a flashing blue light and other reactions will be used to illustrate the importance of reduction and oxidation in chemical transformations.”

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.

In the last six years, over 15,000 students have experienced practical chemistry through the Salters' Festivals. The Salters’ festival will be working in partnership with The Royal Society of Chemistry at this event.


The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading universities, with an international reputation for quality research and teaching. View a full list of the University's press releases: http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/

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