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Sutton Trust Summer School 2019

We recently hosted school pupils in our teaching labs as part of The University of Edinburgh Sutton Trust Summer School. The summer school, run by the Widening Participation team, is aimed at pupils in S5 (Scotland), Year 12 (England or Wales) or Year 13 (Northern Ireland), who have always attended a state-funded school or college.

It helps build pupils' knowledge in a subject area they are interested in exploring at university while letting them experience university life and meet like-minded students.

Salters' Festival of Chemistry

On the 24th of May the School of Chemistry hosted the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry for primary 7 school pupils. The Festival is an initiative of the Salters' Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry, who is working in partnership with us again this year.

Activities included two practical challenges with fun prizes and certificates for all, and a fun lecture run by our PhD students (led by Dom Carins-Gibson).  

This year the School of Chemistry aimed to get more schools to attend. We hosted the following schools:

Meadows Festival 2019

Nikola Zotev and Ellie Tanaka, on behalf of the School of Chemistry, participated in this year's Meadows Festival on 2nd June 2019. Children and adults enjoyed building household molecules with our molecular building kit, and explored the boundary between solids and liquids with non-Newtonian fluids.

Although the morning welcomed our team with stormy winds and clouds, the sun came out in the afternoon and made it a perfect day for outdoor chemistry! Finally, big thanks to Stuart, Melissa and Sarah from the Centre for Open Learning for welcoming our team at the University stall!

EISF Drop-In: Computer-Powered Chemistry

Public Engagement Development Scholars Ellie Tanaka and Nikola Zotev recently ran a drop-in session at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Here they tell us about how the event went.

This year our fantastic team of postgraduate students and staff welcomed more than 2000 visitors to our drop-in activity at the National Museum of Scotland over the course of five days. Our aim was to help the public to discover the synergy between abstract thinking and experimental work and show how computers are helping chemists in many aspects of our research nowadays. 

St Ninian's School Visit

Last week our Public Engagement Scholars Kelly, Dom and Emily visited St Ninian’s RC Primary School as part of the school’s STEM Week. Here, Emily tells us more about the day.

The children were enjoying a packed day of activities including making slime, programming robots and a K’Nex challenge, so we hoped our new playdough workshop was going to fit in well! We visited six classes from P1-P5, running half hour workshops for the younger ones, and hour-long sessions with the older groups.

Liberton Primary School Visit

Dr Caroline Kirk, and PhD students Rebecca Rae and Fiona Maciver-Jones spent an afternoon at Liberton Primary School with the Primary 5 classes “Growing Crystals”. The children were hands-on in this session; carrying out experiments to grow crystals of salt and sugar as well as using a microscopy to watch crystals form from saturated solutions.

Great fun was had by all!

Make it Glow

The Solar Spark team from the School of Chemistry (Victoria Porley, Sergio Adan, Nikola Zotev, Ellie Tanaka) delivered the Make it Glow! workshop at Dalkeith Library and Lasswade Library as part of the Midlothian Science Festival.

A group of 8 to 12-year-olds enjoyed making their own artistically beautiful sunlight traps (luminescent solar concentrators), learned about the wonders of light and solar energy through a mini-lecture, and explored the glowing effects of their sunlight traps using different light sources.