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SALTERS FESTIVAL OF CHEMISTRY

30 JUN 2017

On Wednesday, 31 May 2017, four S1 pupils took part in the prestigious Salters Festival of Chemistry event at Herriot Watt University on the outskirts of Edinburgh. After a very early start the pupils arrived at the impressive campus and were welcomed into a lecture theatre to begin their day with numerous other schools from across Scotland. The tasks for the day were outlined and the pupils discovered that the first activity was based around forensic science. The students were asked to carry out various investigations to identify the culprit and produce a scientific report on their findings.

Pupils were awarded points for teamwork, practical abilities and their laboratory reports. The activities took place in the Chemistry laboratories. This gave pupils the opportunity to experience practical Science in well-equipped university laboratories. The afternoon activity involved working together to carry out an experiment as precisely as possible.

The day was rounded off with a Chemistry lecture on temperature delivered by one of the university lecturers and a prize giving ceremony.

S1 pupil, Ellie McConnachie , wrote about her experience of the Festival ;
“The activities were fun and quite challenging. In the first challenge we did really well and we worked great as a team. In the second challenge we did it perfectly in practice but when we did it in front of the judges our value was quite far out and the whole team felt really frustrated. However, it was a great experience”.

Fellow S1 pupil, James Scriven, wrote about the practical activities they were asked to complete;
“I enjoyed doing the murder mystery best because we got to test lots of different substances to try and identify the murderer”.

The pupils who did a great job of representing the school were Stella Duncan, Ellie McConnachie, Tom Harper and James Scriven.


House Points

Barrie

3294

Haining

4736

Laurie

3429