Over 300 students are expected so far but there are still some spaces left for further student groups at our annual three-day event for Years 7 to 10, open from 28th to 30th June 2016 at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre and we have already booked the following demonstrations to date:

Be a Real Alchemist – students make their own gold pennies
Bees – pheromones and the fascination of keeping honey bees
Dangerous Dust – the dangers of asbestos and why we still use it (quizz approach)
Earthworms – a chance to handle and understand different types of worms
Going up in Smoke – a serious look at the effects of smoking (with examples)
Hair Styling Gel Formation – see how the industry works and make gel
Lovely Hair, Shame about the Skin – a scientific look at human hair
Poisons and How They Work – with a chemical model and historical cases
Healthy Horses – the diet of a horse (with a live horse)
Soil and Water – the science of soil drainage
The Magic of Oxygen – with historical discoveries and whiz-bangs
Water Purification – with tasting.

Schools bring groups of 15 to 20 students and they experience 8 of the demonstration in a day.

More Chemistry demonstrations to be booked pending further school applications!

Teachers seeking more information or considering bringing students please contact us.

Derek Jones
Event Organiser

Our Chemistry at Work days at St Michael’s Catholic School in High Wycombe and Aylesbury Grammar School are now fully ready to go and this year we are pleased to have the Analytical Chemists from Thames Water who are planning a demonstration entitled  “Cabbage Patch Chemistry”  using red cabbage juice to show pH levels, with hands on opportunities for the students.

Anyone with further ideas for demonstrations with a chemistry connection please contact us.

Derek Jones

The RSC has seen a sudden surge in requests to organise Chemistry at Work events in 2016 and while this is good news it has unfortunately lead to a some events not running. If your school has asked to host a Chemistry at Work event in 2016 but cannot do so please contact your Local Organiser as soon as possible.

Derek Jones

Once again the schools filled the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre and brought nearly 600 Year 6 pupils.  The predicted excitement in the Cruck Barn as they build their “canal bridges” meant I had to purchases some more screening to enable the other demonstrator there to be heard comfortably! This time we had Thames Water join us and the children learned much about water management while the proven dangers of smoking were highlighted by the Milton Keynes Respiratory Department. Many of the popular regular demonstrations attended and altogether we had demonstrations on:

Earthworms, Hair Styling Gel Formation, Fight or Flight, Going up in Smoke, How do the Police use Chemistry?, Lovely Hair- Shame about the Skin, Poisons & How They Work, Living on Less Energy, Healthy Horses, Soil & Water, Connecting up Solar Cells, Canal Bridge Building, Life of the Honey Bee, Magic of Oxygen with whiz-bangs, Practical Water Purification, We are A Lifeline (Ambulance Service).

We look forward to seeing all the schools again next year.