The Salters Chemistry Festival at the University of Kent at Canterbury
Four Yr8 students; Fallon Lowery, Macy Churchwood, Toby Keenen and Oscar Benfield attended the Salters’ Chemistry Festival at the University of Kent at Canterbury and achieved a very respectable 2nd place in the University Challenge. 12 schools from the South East battled it out in the “Murder comes to Salterstown” round using various forensic techniques to identify a killer. After lunch teams regrouped to work with fruits that conduct electricity, and colourful density columns using varying concentrations of sugar solutions.
The STS team were praised for their communication skills, tidy working and ability to work as a team under pressure to produce excellent results and were awarded a well deserved 2nd place.
The festival is an initiative to promote the appreciation of chemistry and relate science amongst the young. Working in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Attending staff were treated to some interesting CPD on how to turn your smart phone into a spectroscope delivered by Dr Sean Thurston, RSC Education Coordinator. All attendees were then treated to a “Chemical Magic Demonstration” which highlighted the many applications of liquid nitrogen and was especially meaningful for STS students as it was delivered by a former STS pupil Lucy, who was taught by Mrs Thelma Hopper, and who is now studying for her PhD in Material Chemistry.