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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.

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.