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The Flash Bang Show 2014

Over a thousand pupils from twenty-three schools in the north-west travelled to Bolton School for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual Christmas lecture, The Flash Bang Show, which this year was held in the Boys’ Division Great Hall. Dr Sarah Heath from the University of Manchester chose to theme the lecture around the idea of ‘Why I became a chemist’ – because she liked making coloured compounds, burning things and exploding things. This set the scene for an exciting and also education experience!

Read more about this exciting event here.

Shaking turns a clear solution blue
Washing-up liquid makes the production of oxygen visible via bubbles
Clouds of liquid nitrogen
A hydrogen reaction ends with a bang
Another liquid nitrogen experiment
The dramatic Thermite reaction