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Students attend Salters' Festival of Chemistry at Oxford University

Mysterious white powders, colour-changing liquid crystals and liquid nitrogen at -196°: just some of the substances that Vristi Bhanushali, Caitlin Foster, Imogen Lewis and Emily Smith encountered during the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at Oxford University on March 30th. This was one of over 50 Festivals which are taking place all over the UK for students in Years 7 and 8.

The girls had an introductory safety lecture before spending a total of three hours in one of the university chemistry laboratories where they worked as a team to solve a crime by identifying various white powders and by chromatography and then made different liquid crystals and used them to detect temperature changes.

Finally they enjoyed a demonstration lecture which involved some spectacular and very loud chemical reactions, not to mention the delicious ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.

We are grateful to the Salters’ Company, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Oxford University for running this excellent event.

 

Dr L Nickerson

STEM coordinator


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