Fifty six students from 14 schools in the East Midlands will enjoy an interesting fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry to be held at The University of Leicester on 1st May. Each school will be represented by a team of four 11-13 year olds. During the morning the teams will take part in a competitive, hands-on, practical activity, "A Salty Tale" in which they will use their analytical chemistry skills. In the afternoon, they will compete in the "University Challenge", a practical activity chosen by the University, in which they will be required to create a series of coloured dyes from a set of chemicals provided, with the teams recipes being assessed by the judges. This will be followed by a fun lecture, by Tracy McGhie involving exciting demonstrations of magical chemical energy transformations. The day will end with a Prizegiving at which all participants will be given individual fun prizes and participation certificates and the winning teams will be awarded cash prizes for their schools.
The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. The Festival at The University of Leicester is one of a series of fifty-five Festivals which are taking place at Universities throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2007.