Beer Brewing, Hair Dying and Medicine Making at Chemistry at Work
July 10 2013 | Views: 1506
Kent and Medway
160 secondary school students from 10 local secondary schools attended Chemistry at Work on Wednesday 10th July at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). The event, organised by Kent & Medway STEM at on behalf of Royal Society of chemistry with support from the Wolfson Foundation, shows how the chemistry studied at school is put into use in the real, everyday world.
- Students got active in How Does Anaerobic Energy System Works? Learning about lactic acid with the aid of the Ghost Busters run by MidKent College.
- A presentation from the Medway School of Pharmacy saw students learn about Modern Medicines & their Plant Origins.
- Whilst wearing 3D glasses students were able to learn about The Chemistry of Medicines, in an interactive presentation by Vulpine Science and Learning
- Students were able to see and taste the ingredients used to make beer and learn about the many processes the brewers use to ensure consistency with Shepherd Neame and Science in Brewing!
- Local hairdressers from Hair by Clare presented Peroxide Power! Teaching students how to bleach hair safely.
- Another session, run by STEM Ambassador Lucinda, provided a demonstration on blood analysis in: How does the cardiovascular system adapt to make athletes super human?
- Pfizer's Chemistry Kitchen Presented The Great Butter Race and The Cheesy Challenge which had students giggling as they shook, and then sat on, ingredients to make edible butter and cheese.
- The Department of Geographical and Life Sciences at CCCU provided a photosynthesis session that was rated fantastic by attending teachers.
- All of the students enjoyed Inferno – The Science of Fire! a show by John Coad demonstrating fire tornadoes, coloured flames and loud explosions.
- At the end of the day Kent Fire Service wowed the crowd with a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion demonstration.
Presenters included STEM Ambassadors as well as local companies and industrialists. Each school was paired with a STEM Ambassador who guided them around the campus and supported presentations.