Chem@rt Winners 2006

1st Prize

Chemart Image, Wheat Sheaves
Sheaves of wheat by Prof. Julian Eastoe – This liquid crystal will change its optical properties when stimulated chemically and may be used as a medical sensor, i.e. if a certain chemical is present this liquid crystal may switch on.

Sheaves of wheat

Sea of lava flowing over the pointed peaks of Mars,
Hungry lions waiting to be fed.
Ghost like trees wave in a burning forest.
Ice pyramids in a twisted mind.
Dancing dogs boogie till sun down.
A waterfall of ice and lava on a summer’s day,
Monster claws rake in the rushing blood.
An angry fire crackles like a volcano.
The ice cold spring flows in a calm village,
Deep dark holes of broken bones
Glimmer.

Esme, Year 5 Chalford Primary School

2nd Prize

Chemart Image, Golden Rule
The golden rule by Dr Simon Hall – This elaborate shell belongs to a diatom living in the sea in one of the coldest parts of the world, Antarctica. Its glassy shell provides a safe environment for the diatom cell and is beautifully translucent.

Golden Rule

This is the story of an extraordinary ruler, two talking birds and me. My name is Dixie. In a way, my adventure was good, but it was my fault. It all started in the attic at my house, when my best friend Margo came over…….

“Dixie?” Margo called.
“What?” I asked impatiently, telling myself Margo was just trying to waste time.
“Dixie!” It sounded pretty urgent this time.
“Margo, stop calling my name, I’m getting annoyed!” I said crossly. Margo ignored me and carried on talking, babbling nonsense.
“Look at this!” she gabbled finally.
“I’m not falling for that one.” I replied, but gave up my search through old crates to turn round and look at her.
“C’mom Dixie, please look!” Margo gestured to a wide, flat box.
“What’s so exciting?” I wondered.
“Read what it says!” Margo pushed me towards the box. I read it.
“Wow!” was all I said.
Continued...

Maddie, age 10 Hillcrest Primary School

3rd Prize

Chemart Image, Autumn Leaves
Autumn leaves by Prof. Julian Eastoe – All the images provided by Prof. Eastoe are computer enhanced photos of real liquid crystal materials that his research group are developing for a range of applications. Liquid crystals are ubiquitous in modern life, being used in displays from mobile phones to watches. Liquid crystals consist of long molecules that can be made to line up in long chains by a magnetic or electric field. Once lined up these chains can either transmit (appearing clear) or extinguish (appearing dark) light and this remarkable property means that they have revolutionized modern display equipment worldwide.

Autumn leaves

Egyptian pyramids sparkle like Aztec gold,
Glistening diamonds fill the air with expense,
Pointed party hats look like ice caves,
Shark infested water surrounds the mountain peaks,
Metallic paper swerves into an ice-cream cone
Like a snake coiling round its prey.
Crystals turn up-side down like birds digging into the
Ground to find worms,
Children peer into the kaleidoscope and it looks like a
Concertina.
Ripples dance round the mountains like
People in a music festival,
Lighthouse lights covered in jagged
Icicles curl round the rocks.
Zips are undone as the water flows out
of the sea in a spraying fountain.

Emily, Year 5 Chalford Primary School

4th Prize

Chemart Image, Bad Air Day
Bad air day by Prof Dudley Shallcross   The ozone layer is 20-30 km above our heads, and it protects us from harmful radiation from the sun that would otherwise destroy protein structures in living organisms. The ozone hole is now well publicised, being caused by the build up of chlorine in the atmosphere from the use of CFCs. This image is from a computer model calculation showing the build up of the ozone hole (red) over Antarctica. If the ozone layer is removed all life on Earth will be put at risk and would indeed be a bad (h)air day.

Bad Air Day

Swirling like the Milky Way
How delicious it looks today
It could be a big red cabbage
Soft and juicy, full of roughage
Or even a dreamy tutti frutti
To eat it would be a happy duty
But take one big bite
And you would die tonight
Looks can be deceiving
This toxic mess would stop you breathing
I wonder what I will see tomorrow
Lets hope it will be no more sorrow.

Naomi, Year 6 High Down Junior School


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