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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.

Doors Open Day 2014

Tours of the building and drop-in activities in the foyer and museum proved to be a hit with all ages!

This year???s activities focused on two themes: the International Year of Crystallography and Sustainability. In the foyer, people were encouraged to build their own crystal lattices with Styrofoam balls (or jelly babies) and cocktail sticks, and explore the self-assembly of crystals using our Curious Crystals marble display. A simple demonstration of diffraction, with sieves and laser pens, was used to explain how crystallographers can work out crystal structures using X-rays.