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Salters Chemistry Festival


On Tuesday 14th May, four Year 8 pupils attended the Salters Chemistry festival at the University of Nottingham. The day was split into two challenges. The morning session involved the pupils tackling a “who killed the principle” challenge. They were left to their own devices, with no help from the teachers being allowed. They correctly solved who the murder was, but unfortunately didn’t make the top 3.

The afternoon session was an egg challenge, think Red Bull FlugTag. They had to construct a structure that would be projected off a platform 4ft high and not only survive the landing, but the winner was the egg that travelled the furthest and remained intact. Our team triumphed and came 1st out of 18 over schools; they even beat the 4 teacher teams.

The day was rounded off with the famous thunder and lightning demonstration.

This is what some of our Year 8 students thought of the day:

“The day was great. It started with a forensic challenge in which we succeeded but didn’t make the top 3. However in the second challenge of the day we won, beating all the other schools and even the teacher’s team. Finally we ended with a fantastic practical lecture of blinding flashing lights and deafening explosions.” – Al, 8Z“

The day was split into two – a forensic task in the morning and an egg-splatting afternoon. The forensic morning consisted of us trying to solve a murder; this tested our scientific techniques and evaluating skills. The afternoon challenge involved making a structure out of the materials given. This structure had to be able to hold an egg and be able to fall from a catapult without the egg breaking. Ours won and we beat all of the teachers!” – Lucie, 8X“

On 14th May, Al, Jacob, Lucie and I went to the University of Nottingham. It was an extremely exciting day. The first activity included flame tests and salt tests. The situation was a murder at a school where we had to investigate “who did it?” Eventually we agreed on Alex Squash, the P.E teacher, as the murderer. The second challenge involved making an egg fly off a catapult without cracking but trying to get the furthest distance. In the end, our “egg-carrier” won and we even beat all of the teachers! We ended the day with a Thunder and Lightning lecture which had plenty of smoke, loud bangs and flashes. Of course, we did not leave empty handed, we won the University Challenge 1st prize for our egg-carrier and each received a Chemistry molecule making set. Overall it was an explosive experience.” Julia, 8Z

"The first task that took place was a Chemistry forensic challenge which required us to find out the various salts. We found out who the murderer was, but we didn’t come in the top 3. In the second challenge we had to launch an egg from a catapult and get it to land safely. We came first and got some incredible prizes. The last activity of the day was a lecture. There were lots of incredible experiments and lots of loud bangs. As my ear drums tickled my trousers rippled. It was a brilliant day out and I had lots of fun.” – Jacob, 8Y

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