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2017 Salters Festival Of Chemistry success

On 17th and 18th May, 31 teams of four year-nine children from schools across the region took part in the Salters’ festival of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia. In the morning the teams were challenged to identify the prime suspect in a hypothetical crime by cracking codes, performing thin layer chromatography (TLC) on inks and identifying unknown colourless powders through chemical tests. The afternoon challenge was to devise a recipe to produce as much foam as possible from a selection of “ingredients”.

All the teams did exceptionally well at this challenge and produced far more foam than the organisers had anticipated, leading to an emergency supply of two-litre measuring cylinders having to be located.
Dr Anna Fuller, who was in charge of safety in the laboratory, said that “all the children were very well behaved and really engaged with both sets of challenges. A great time was had by all”.  The day was finished off with prize giving, Dr Stephen Ashworth's Kitchen Chemistry Show, full of dry ice, bangs and flames!