We are now setting up the annual “REAL SCIENCE – Junior Chemistry at Work” event for this coming Autumn Term. It will be open to Year 6 pupils again at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre from 18th to 20th October 2016. Throughout the day the pupils, in groups of 15 to 20 with their teachers, will participate in 8 of the many and varied 30-minute science-based demonstrations present. Schools wishing to take part please contact me.

Over 300 students are expected so far and there is still space on the Tuesday for one more student group at our annual three-day event for Years 7 to 10, open from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th June 2016 at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.

We have already booked the following demonstrations to date:

Alchemy, the Philosopher’s Stone and Gold…. – See how to turn copper into silver and then into gold
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.

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