Date of release: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Festival of ChemistryStudents from several schools in the South East will enjoy a fun-filled day taking part in the Salters' Festival of Chemistry at the University of Greenwich today (Wednesday 19 June).

Each school will be represented by a team of four 11-13 year olds at the event, which is being hosted by the university’s School of Science at the Medway Campus.

During the morning the teams will take part in a hands-on practical activity called ‘The Body in the Staff Room’, in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills. In the afternoon, the students will compete in ‘University Challenge’, where they will be required to make a polymer ball.

This will be followed by a fun lecture by Professor Bob Green, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, involving the chemistry of forensics. The day will end with the winning teams being awarded prizes for their schools.

The Salters' Festival of Chemistry is an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. The Greenwich event is one 49 taking place at universities throughout the UK and Ireland between April and July 2013.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is again a partner with Salters on the festivals this year.

The schools taking part at the Medway Campus are Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne; Fort Pitt Grammar School, Rochester; Longfield Academy, Longfield; LSU The Grays Convent High School, Grays; Rainham Mark Grammar School, Gillingham and The Judd School, Tonbridge.

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