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Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018 Workshop: Make it Glow!

The School's public engagement team, with the help of the Solar Spark initiative and the Royal Society of Chemistry, developed and delivered a brand new workshop for children age 8-12 for EISF 2018. Our eager participants had the chance to make their own "sunlight traps" (luminescent solar concentrator) out of fluorescent dyes and polymer solutions, and explore their ability to capture and transform light. Children were keen to learn from our demonstrators about the nature of light and how it interacts with everything around us, and how we can use it to produce clean energy for our homes.

Edinburgh Awards

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Chemistry, who achieved an Edinburgh Award or Edinburgh Leadership Award for Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement were honoured at a ceremony on 24 April at the McEwan Hall.

Several students from the School of Chemistry successfully completed the scheme and were recognised by the University to achieve Edinburgh Award or Edinburgh Leadership Award for Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement:

Analysing Water at School

As a part of The University of Edinburgh outreach and public engagement activities; I decided to share my experience of analysing the pH of a water sample with the students of the Libyan School in Edinburgh.

As a student of The University of Edinburgh this gave me an opportunity to volunteer and increased my experiential learning and has also benefited the pupils at the school, furthermore, it gave the school management and kids the impression that Edinburgh is a Learning City.

Midlothian Science Festival Schools Program

As part of the Midlothian Science Festival four PhD students, headed to Paradykes Primary school to run a "Fantastic Plastic" workshop with the p4 and p5 classes.

Loaded with hot plates, mini lab coats and enough corn starch, vinegar and glycerol to make several kilos of bio-polymer we arrived at Paradykes PS to a warm welcome.

The friendly and welcoming staff and the enthusiastic and engaged pupils made the day great fun! After their taste of hands on experiments hopefully there are now lots of budding chemists at Paradykes Primary!

Quentin Cooper Visit

As 3pm approached on Tuesday 22nd of November, a recognisable yet intriguing voice could be heard emanating from the museum of the Joseph Black Building.

Quentin Cooper was in the building!

The science journalist and facilitator known to most for his 14 years at the helm of Radio 4's Material World, was in Edinburgh to talk about how society can dispel the stereotypical images of scientists, as part of the Enlightenment Lecture series.