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Anglia pupils to help solve murder at UEA

Students from over 30 schools in East Anglia will help solve a ‘murder’, compete in a University Challenge and learn about kitchen chemistry at UEA next week.

Around 128 pupils aged between 10 and 13 will attend the two-day Salters’ Festival of Chemistry event on May 18 and 19.

The children will take part in various hands-on practical challenges, problem solving tasks and laboratory experiments. Each day will conclude with a prize-giving ceremony for the winners and runners up of each challenge.

Dr Sean Thurston from UEA’s School of Chemistry said: “The Salters’ Festival of Chemistry is a really inspirational event for schools – this year the students will be assembling a forensics report using their chemical knowledge and the results of their work in the labs.

“Afterwards they will be watching a demonstration lecture by Dr Stephen Ashworth who will be showing them some of the chemistry you can get up to with household ingredients. It really will be a great experience for local schools to come on to campus and get their hands dirty in the teaching labs with some really challenging chemistry.”

Norfolk schools attending the event include Thorpe St Andrews School, King Edward VII Academy (Kings Lynn), Great Yarmouth High School and Gresham’s Preparatory School (Holt). Suffolk schools include St Felix School (Southwold), Ormiston Denes Academy (Lowestoft) and Iceni Academy (Thetford). Essex schools include Colchester County High School for Girls and Manningtree High School.

The festival at UEA is part of a series of 49 taking place at universities and colleges throughout the UK and Ireland between March and June in 2016. The Salters’ Institute was founded in 1918 to assist young chemistry students returning from the war to complete their studies.

Today the institute plays a major role in the support of chemistry teaching the encouragement of young people to pursue careers in the UK chemical and allied industries and the promotion of chemical education including the whole area of curriculum development.

During the last 15 years over 44,200 students have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through the Salters' Festivals and sponsorship in support of the Festivals has been raised from over fifty companies.

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