Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at Keele

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Posted on 18 April 2013

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry in partnership with The Royal Society of Chemistry at

Keele University Department of Chemistry Wednesday and Friday24th and 26th April 2013

Over 160 students from a range of secondary and special schools in the Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire region will enjoy an interesting fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry to be held at Keele University on 24th and 26th April. Each school will be represented by a team of 11-13 year olds.

During the morning the teams will take part in a competitive, hands-on, practical activity, “The Salters’ Challenge” – “The Body in the Staff Room” in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills.  In the afternoon, they will compete in the “University Challenge”, a practical activity chosen by the University, in which they will be required to look at the effectiveness of different antacids, and will include making rockets and ‘worms’ from the indigestion remedies.  This will be followed by a fun lecture, by Dr Katherine Haxton and Dr Richard Darton,  involving fizzes, flashes and bangs. The second festival is being held at Keele’s sustainability hub, and will offer students the chance to make paper to their own, unique design, purify water and investigate the use of solar panels. They will also be making molecular models using reclaimed materials. Both days will end with a prize-giving at which all participants will be given individual fun prizes and participation certificates and the winning teams will be awarded prizes for their schools.

The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. The Festival at Keele University is one of a series of 49 Festivals which are taking place at Universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between April and July 2013.

The Institute is delighted that the Royal Society of Chemistry is again working in partnership with it for the Festivals this year.

For more information please contact:

Dr Jane Essex                Keele University  Tel No: 01782 733504

Miss Fleur Layzell Publicity Co-ordinator The Salters' Institute Tel No: 020 7628 5962 ext 260 E-mail:   Website:

Editors Notes

1. The Festivals are one-day events for schools held at Universities throughout the UK and Ireland.  The first series of Festivals was held in 1991.  Festivals were then held in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000.  Since 2000 Festivals have been held every year.  In 2013 there will be a series of 50 Festivals being hosted by 40 universities between April and July.  The aim of the Festivals is to make chemistry more exciting, more relevant and fun to students aged 11 to 13 years and to encourage schools to set up their own chemistry clubs.

2. Competing schools are represented by a team of four students from years 7 or 8 (or equivalent in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland). Prizes for the winning schools are awarded at each Festival and all participants receive fun prizes and certificates.   During the last twelve years, over 35,300 students have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry.

3. Since 1991 sponsorship support of the Festivals has been raised from over one hundred companies. Many of the Festivals are also sponsored by local 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' Company, 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' Festivals of Chemistry for 11 to 13 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 Twenty First Century Science and Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology, Salters Advanced Chemistry and Salters Horners Advanced Physics.

For more information please contact: Miss Fleur Layzell Publicity Co-ordinator The Salters' Institute Tel No: 020 7628 5962 ext 260 E-mail: Website: