We had a fantastic day opening our doors to the public on Saturday 26th of September as part of the Cockburn Association Doors Open Day event across Edinburgh. The theme was food and drink for 2015, so we happily provided some chemistry-related food and drink activities!
Our special ice creams made using liquid nitrogen were a massive hit with over 250 ice cream cones handed out! Carole and David expertly made them and at the same time explained some of the science behind it. Using liquid nitrogen to quickly cool the ingredients to -196 ??C gave incredibly smooth ice cream and Fro-Yos. Absolutely delicious!
Inside the building there was lots more to explore. We had our ???Science of Spice??? activities in the foyer and the fantastic video game called Excitune by the Kirrander group in the main corridor which links to their research involving the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (X-FEL). In the museum families enjoyed making their own spectrometers aka ???Rainbow in a box??? and learning about fluorescence. The IR spectrometer from the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project was put to good use identifying different whiskies!
For those interested in the building itself we had tours around the department taken by Prof Colin Pulham and Prof Neil McKeown.
A huge thank you to all the staff and students who were involved in the day.