UEL gets local children excited about science
East London schoolchildren were invited to use their science skills to solve a “crime” and save a space station, when UEL hosted the Salters' Festival of Chemistry this month.
More than 40 students from 11 local schools enjoyed an exciting day of science-based fun at UEL’s School of Health, Sport and Bioscience at its Stratford campus.
The Festivals are one-day events held at universities and colleges throughout the UK. The aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young and to encourage them to follow careers in the chemical and allied industries.
Each school was represented by a team of four 11-13 year olds.
During the morning the teams took part in “The Salters’ Challenge” - “Trouble at the Salt Mine!” in which they will used their analytical chemistry skills to solve a crime scenario.
And in the afternoon they competed in the “University Challenge”, a practical activity chosen by UEL. Using basic chemistry principles, they tried to solve a problem with an overheating space station.
But the dramatic highlight of the day was a magic demonstration led by Dr Tony Raynham with the event ending with a prize-giving ceremony with awards for individuals and teams.
Dr Samir Ayoub, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology said of the day
“Civic engagement is central to what we do at UEL. As such, an event that encourages local children to get excited about science is particularly gratifying. It was very rewarding to help inspire the next generation of scientists and was an enjoyable experience to see how the pupils engaged with these activities in the lab.”
Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.