Salter’s Festival of Chemistry
On Wednesday 6th May, a team of four Year 8 students represented Oakbank at Salter's Festival of Chemistry at Reading University. The festival is an initiative of The Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. Our students were among those from 16 different private, grammar and comprehensive schools from the local area.
Our students participated in two chemistry-led events – The Salters' Challenge and The University Challenge. The Salter’s Challenge required them to participate in a series of forensic experiments to solve a crime. At the end of the day, they enjoyed a lecture called "Flames, Brains and Everything In-between" from university professor, Dr Ben Littlefield. The lecture included demonstrations on combustion, laser beams, liquid nitrogen and dry ice.
Science Teacher and Head of Year 8 Mr Scrutton, who accompanied the students, commented: ‘They were a credit to the school in their enthusiasm and conduct throughout the day.’
At the start of the day we all met in the school science lab to talk about what we would be doing for the day. We hopped into a taxi and set off for Reading University. We were really excited about the day ahead.
When we arrived at the University unfortunately it was pouring with rain, however this did not dampen our excited mood.
Soon it was time to go into the introduction of the day where we sat ourselves down in a lecture hall and we were told our timetable for the day.
Our first activity was in the science lab so we walked in and we dressed like scientists, tying our hair up and wearing lab coats.
Our challenge was a murder mystery. There had been a murder and by using a variety of different chemical experiments, we had to find out who had committed the crime.