Date of release: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Spectro SuitcaseA scheme which takes science to schools has doubled in size at the University of Greenwich.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is an outreach scheme funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry which gives school students the opportunity to learn about infrared and mass spectrometry through hands-on experience. The scheme has been running successfully at Greenwich for two years.

Dr Sam Booth, Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, promotes chemistry to schools and colleges in the region. She says: "We have a great outreach programme and links with local schools, as well as good relationships with students and their teachers.

"The idea with this programme is to encourage young people to 'do' science. The society wanted to see that we are a good bet. The initial funding was to reach 15 schools but we raced past that and now we have funding for 30 schools."

Dr Booth adds: "The scheme is aimed at Years 11 to 13, and the feedback on these sessions has been brilliant. It's so rewarding for students to have time using the equipment, where they can put the theories they learn into practice."

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