Chemistry Camps on campus
A hundred budding chemists from schools all over the UK have been selected to participate in two residential camps this week at the University of Sussex.
The Salters’ Chemistry Camps from 25-27 June and 27-29 June will motivate the 15-year-olds to develop both awareness of and a long-term interest in chemistry through an action-packed programme.
Each student will tackle hands-on practical work in the labs. In the ‘Paracetamol’ activity they will require good detective skills to pinpoint the criminals who are selling their own brand of painkillers, and will discover the fascinating world of transition metal chemistry in the ‘Complex chemistry’ task.
Students will also investigate chemiluminescence, or ‘cold light’ - a reaction that causes jellyfish to glow in the dark - before investigating the same oscillating reaction that gives tigers their stripes.
But it’s not all chemistry: there is a varied social programme for the campers, including a lecture on ‘Hollywood science’ and a fun quiz.
The Salters’ Chemistry Camps at the University of Sussex are sponsored by the Salters’ Institute; the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI); the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE); the Royal Society; the Royal Society of Chemistry; and the University of Sussex.