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Science festival sparking a love of chemistry in local school children

9 May 2017

Sparks are set to fly this Thursday and Friday at the University of Bristol’s Salters' Festival of Science. Over 100 students from 27 local schools will join for two days jam-packed with chemistry workshops and activities.

The festival will allow the year 7 and 8 students to see their studies come to life in a series of practical and engaging activities aimed to ignite young people’s passion for science. The festival hopes to inspire a future generation of careers in science and teaching.

The day’s itinerary kicks off with a fun, hands-on morning activity called “The Salters’ Challenge – Who is the Prime Suspect?” - in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills to find out who committed a fictional crime.

In the afternoon, the competition will heat up with “University Challenge” which is designed to test the students’ wide range of science skills in a series of quantitative chemistry investigations.

After all the excitement and mental exertion of the day, the event will end with a prize giving session which will see each child recognised with individual prizes and participation certificates. The winning teams will also take home prizes for their respective schools.

Tim Harrison, University of Bristol Chemistry School Teacher Fellow, said: “Bristol ChemLabS has been pleased to support the Salters’ Festivals for more than 15 years as it gives an opportunity for schools to celebrate the skills of their gifted science students and not just those who are sporting, artistic, dramatic and musical.” 

The Festivals at The University of Bristol are two of a series of 51 Festivals which are taking place at Universities and Colleges throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2017.

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