Reporter 451, 8 May 2000

Chemistry made fun

Some 70 pupils from local schools took part in a chemistry festival at the University on April 11, involving an ‘egg race’ event challenging teams to separate diamonds from salt.

Each school was represented by teams of four, competing for a place in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry grand final in July.

The event was one of 23 around the country in a biennial festival organised by the Institute of Industrial Chemistry, an educational charity set up by the Salters’ Company, the ancient City of London livery guild for the chemical industry. The institute encourages schools to set up extra-curricular chemistry clubs, making the subject more interesting and attractive to kids in the 11-14 age bracket by providing a forum for hands-on experiments and liaison with science-based businesses and universities.

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