Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at Keele University

Two students walking down steps


Posted on 09 April 2010

More than 100 students from 22 schools in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire will enjoy an interesting and fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry to be held at Keele University on 21 and 23 April 2010. Each school will be represented by a team of four 11-13 year olds.

On 21st April teams will be using chemistry to analyse samples for glucose and protein, and will evaluate the different test available. In the afternoon they will be designing fireworks before having their fireworks lit to test their ideas.

During the morning of the 23rd April a second set of students will be challenged to solve a murder case by carrying out some chemical analysis. They will attempt to solve “The Mysterious Death of Captain Salter” in which they will use their analytical 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 investigate the use of hydrogen as a ‘green’ fuel. This will be followed by a fun lecture, by Professor Mark Ormerod about the ways n which Chemistry may help to protect our planet for the future.

The day 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 fifty-one Festivals which are taking place at Universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2010.

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

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 2010 there will be a series of 51 Festivals being hosted by 41 universities between March and June.  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 nine years, over 25,200 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.

Chris Stone,
Press Office,
Keele University.
Tel.: 01782 733375