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Colour and Light at the Glencorse Science Gala Day

We go out and about with a whole range of colour and light-based science
The Chemistry team at the Midlothian Science Festival

A team eight of enthusiastic PhD students from the School of Chemistry recently had an early start as they joined scientists from the Roslin Institute, Queen Margaret University,  Waterways in Scotland and Midlothian Council at the Glencorse Science Gala day, part of the Midlothian Science festival.

Light and colour were the focus of our activities with the team explaining fluorescence, phosphorescence, the visible spectrum and how light is used in chemistry. 227 attendees in just six hours thoroughly enjoyed writing secret UV messages, learning about IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, making a ???rainbow in a box??? spectroscope and colouring a Newton colour wheel.

The children also had the chance to build their own rockets, use video microscopes and learn about medical imaging at the seven other interactive stalls- a wonderful way to spend the last day of the school half term! The whole day was a great success and enjoyed by all.

Monday, November 2, 2015