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EISF 2015: Light Chemistry

From the 9th of April to the 13th of April, the School of Chemistry was part of the University of Edinburgh drop-in activities at the National Museum of Scotland. To celebrate the International Year of Light we looked at how light is used in chemistry!

We had a really fantastic team of enthusiastic chemistry PhD students to explain about fluorescence, phosphorescence, spectroscopy and light in chemistry.

EISF 2015: Dancing Light

During the festival we ran a dance and light movement workshop all about light! This workshop was for 8 to 13 year olds to learn about light and its properties.

They got to dance with ???photons??? and create different movements for the different wavelengths of light. Roberta Beakbane and PhD students in the School of Chemistry developed and delivered the workshop. We held workshops at both the Scottish Parliament and the National Museums of Scotland.

I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here

Dr Martin Ward recently took part in the "I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here" program. He tells us about the experience below:

???I???m a scientist, get me out of here??? is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists.  Groups of 5 scientists are asked to join in live web text chat sessions where primary school kids are on the other side of the keyboard and they can ask us anything that comes in to their head! 

Dunbar Science Festival 2015

The Dunbar SciFest Family Weekend on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March, (10am-5pm) was a great success. The weekend delivered a packed programme of over 100 different events, including stage shows, workshops, drop-in sessions, storytelling and more.

The School of Chemistry was one of over 60 different organisations in Dunbar for the family weekend event. With 3,500 visitors over the two days the School of Chemistry team were kept incredibly busy!

Dr Bunhead Gives RSC School Christmas Lecture

Dr Bunhead visited the School of Chemistry on the 9th of December to give the annual RSC Local Section Christmas Lecture.

Our main lecture theatre was packed out with over 200 school pupils from local schools coming to the talk. The lecture was of course Christmas themed with lots of festive bangs!

It included how to send a reindeer into space (using a hydrogen-powered rocket!) and a glow in the dark snowman.

Crystal Growing Competition Final

And the winners of our 2014 crystal growing competition were the pupils from???James Gillespie???s High School. Congratulations!

75 crystal growing kits and over 250 Kg of ammonium diphosphate have been distributed throughout the year to 33 Schools from all over Scotland. Our crystal growing competition came to an end on Friday 26th September when the participating schools were invited to present their best crystallisation projects in a conference-style setting to a judging panel of professional crystallographers.