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Students Finish in Top 5 at Salters Festival of Chemistry

Students who attended the annual Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry at the University of Oxford finished in the top 5 for both the Science and University Challenge!

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry for 11-13 year olds are held at universities and colleges. Activities include two practical challenges and a fun lecture with fun prizes and certificates for all. Approximately 50 events are held annually, at around 40 different universities across the UK and Ireland, with 800 schools taking part each year.  In total over 46,000 students have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through the Festivals of Chemistry. Prizes are awarded to the winning teams and all students receive participation certificates and fun prizes. 

The Salters’ Institute plays a major role in the support of chemistry teaching, the encouragement of young people to pursue careers in the UK chemical industries, and the promotion of chemical education including the whole area of curriculum development. The Institute’s core activities include: Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians and Salters’ Chemistry Camps.

Science teacher Mrs Sattar comments: "We had a remarkable day at the competition and the four Year 8 students who attended were a real credit to the school - they even got involved in some of the chemistry demonstrations! STEM is such an important agenda right now, and i'm passionate about encouraging our students to expand their understanding of the opportunities in these fields, especially as they form a key unrepresented group - women - in the industries related to STEM."