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Children see the fun side of chemistry

06 Jul 2010

Children from schools all over the UK have been selected to participate in a residential Chemistry Camp for 15-year olds at The University of Manchester.

The camp will allow 50 students to participate in the fun of chemistry and motivate them to develop both awareness of and a long-term interest in the subject through an action-packed programme.

Each child will be given an opportunity to tackle a variety of new activities.  They will be using their detective skills to pinpoint the culprits who are selling their own brand of painkillers and will also be given the chance to create fridge magnets from milk.

Other activities include exploring the same oscillating reaction that gives tigers their stripes and investigating the process of chemiluminescence or “Cold Light” to discover why jellyfish glow in the dark.

But it’s not all chemistry – there is a varied social programme for the campers including tenpin bowling and a ‘flash bang’ demonstration.

The camps will be held on 19-21 July and 21-23 July.

The Salters’ Chemistry Camp at The University of Manchester is sponsored by: -
The Salters’ Institute; The Armourers & Brasiers’ Company; Rolls Royce Plc; The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry; Institution of Chemical Engineers; The Royal Society and  The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Notes for editors

1.    The camps are residential events held at eight universities throughout the UK this year.  The first camps were held in 1998.  The aim of the camps is to develop both awareness of and a long-term interest in the subject through an action-packed week's programme which includes hands-on practical work in the university labs, together with lectures and a variety of social activities in the evenings.

2.    Each camp hosts fifty 15-year olds from a variety of schools across the country.  Each school can nominate four candidates to attend a camp.  The camps are staffed by a University Host, a Lead Teacher and a team of five teachers. The students and teachers are accommodated in a University Hall of Residence.  During the last twelve years over 5,550 students have experienced life at a Salters’ Chemistry Camp.  Another 800 students will join this total in 2010.

3.    Since 1998 sponsorship in support of the camps has been raised from over forty companies.

4.    The Salters’ Company is one of the Great Twelve City of London Livery Companies and was founded in 1394 for the medieval trade in salt.  The Company’s activities today are centred on charitable and educational giving.  The Salters' Institute, established in 1918, and now the Flagship Charity of the Salters' activities, aims to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries.

5.    The Institute’s three core activities are the Salters Chemistry Club and Salters' Festivals of Chemistry for 11 to 14 year olds; Salters' Chemistry Camps for those aged 15, in partnership with other scientific institutions, and Curriculum Development, undertaken at The University of York, including the GCSE course Twenty First Century Science, Salters Advanced Chemistry, Salters Horners Advanced Physics and Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology.

6.    Other Institute activities include: The Salters’ Graduate Prizes, Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Prizes, Salters Advanced Chemistry Prizes, Salters Horners Advanced Physics Prizes, Salters’ City and Guilds Prizes, and annual events including a Seminar hosted on behalf of the Chemical Education Group (the eleven major institutions involved with Chemical Education) and the Salters’ Awards Ceremony which is held in November of each year at Salters’ Hall.

For more information please contact:

Miss Fleur Layzell
Publicity Co-ordinator
Salters' Hall
Fore Street
Tel: 020 7628 5962 ext 260
Fax: 020 7638 3679