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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.

Murder Mystery Workshop

Upon arrival to the School of Chemistry the students taking part in our workshop were given the shocking news that a researcher???s body had been found in the lab.

With their help we were hoping to find out what had happened. Did he die from natural causes or was he murdered?

The Science of Spice is Rather Nice!

Staff and students from the School of Chemistry joined with scientists from across Scotland to illuminate and entertain over 3000 this weekend at Edinburgh Mela, Scotland's biggest festival of world music and dance. 

The Science of Spice stall was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of their work to engage more people with chemistry.  On the stall thousands of adults and hundreds of children enjoyed colourful chromatography, playing with pigments and guessing the smells of some of our favourite flavours.

Chemistry Goes on Tour

Last week saw post-graduate students from the School of Chemistry hit the road to take Chemistry on Tour to remote and rural schools in Dumfries and Galloway.  Funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, 7 PhD students ran activities with high school and primary classes at Wallace Hall Academy and Wallace Hall Primary in Thornhill, and at Kirkcudbright Academy and Kirkcudbright Primary School.   

International Year of Light Ceilidh

On the 5th December a team of scientists and an award winning science ceilidh band collaborated to deliver a fantastic, light themed science ceilidh.

Diligent work behind the scenes was evident in the glittering transformation of the hall and the adventurous new dances. We put our guests through their paces with challenging routines to explain some complex scientific principles - yet each dance looked fantastic!