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Friday, 12 June 2015
A group of girls in Year 8 have attended the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. Shivani Chohan, Elizabeth Crowther, Millie Hurt and Ingrid Lam, together with Head of Chemistry Ms Marcia Teichman, travelled to the university to take part. The girls were selected to take part as they enjoy practical tasks, perform well under pressure, like working as part of a team and are interested in the chemistry they have studied thus far.
The main focus of the morning was The Salters’ Challenge: a competitive, practical activity, for which no advance preparation is required. After a break for lunch, the girls tackled The University Challenge, a practical investigation chosen by the University. This was followed by a fun lecture or ‘pops and bangs’ demonstration, which the girls really enjoyed. The day ended with a short prizegiving, where the winning teams were awarded and all students received participation certificates and fun prizes.
Ms Teichman was full of praise for the Year 8s who attended: “The girls were a credit to the School on the trip and gave the competition their all. They were really focussed on the tasks and worked collaboratively with huge enthusiasm. They were also polite and positive throughout. I hope that they had a good day.”
The Salters’ Festival of Chemistry is one of fifty taking place at Universities and Colleges throughout the UK and Ireland between March and June. These one-day fun events are an initiative of the Salters’ Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst young people; this year they worked in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Festivals provide an opportunity for enthusiastic young students to spend a day in a university department and take part in practical chemistry activities.
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