* Salters' Festival 2007

Forty pupils from ten schools in the region took part in a range of chemistry experiments and challenges at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry's Teaching Laboratories on Thursday 29 March.

Each school was represented by a team of four 11 to 13 year-olds. A Salty Tale

During the morning the teams took part in a competitive, hands-on, practical activity, ‘A Salty Tale’, in which they used their analytical chemistry skills.

University Challenge

In the afternoon, they competed in the ‘University Challenge’, a practical activity chosen by the School of Chemistry, in which they were required to use their measurement, observational and team working skills.

Jenny Slaughter, Steve Henshaw and Alison Rivett

Whilst the judges Steve Henshaw, Jenny Slaughter, David Smith, Alison Rivett (Institute Of Physics) and Sandy Todd (Salters') marked work and ranked the schools, Tim Harrison entertained the students and their teachers with a chemistry demonstration talk, ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’, involving aspects of atmospheric chemistry.

a pupil helping with A Pollutant's Tale

The day ended with a prize-giving event at which all participants were given individual prizes and participation certificates. The winning teams were awarded cash prizes for their schools. Dr Alice Roberts of TV ’s Coast, Time Team and Don’t Die Young presented the prizes and certificates.

one of the winning teams with Alice Roberts and Tim Harrison

The winners were:

The Salters' Challenge

First: Haygrove School
Second: Clifton high
Third: Redmaids School

The University Challenge

First: Colstons Girls
Second: Nailsea
Third: Haberdashers Monmouth

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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. The Festival at the University of Bristol is one of a series of fifty-five festivals, which are taking place at Universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2007 in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Festival at the University of Bristol was also sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS.


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