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Pictures of the Salters' Festival of Chemistry 2011 are available below.

The winners in the two challenges were:

Salters ChallengeUniversity Challenge
Queen Margaret's School
Grammar School
Bootham School
Gateways School
Castleford High School
Ermysted's Grammar School

Why the Salters' Festival of Chemistry?

Most of us can remember the excitement of our early introduction to chemistry - the brilliant colour of potassium permanganate, the smell of sulphur and the sounds of chemical reaction. It can be a magical experience.

In today's classrooms, there is often limited time to devote to hands-on chemistry - an opportunity to enthuse children with the fun and excitement of the subject. And although chemistry plays an important part in everyday life, we are seeing a reduction in the proportion of students taking science A levels. Move on five years and we could see a shortage of high calibre chemistry and other science graduates who will create wealth through industry and teach the next generation. It's not a short-term problem but could have far reaching implications for the future of this country.


The Salters' Festival of Chemistry main objective is to make chemistry more visible, more interesting and more appealing to 11 to 14 year old pupils by creating a network of school chemistry events which are linked to local companies and universities. The Festival provides an opportunity for youngsters to experiment with wet bench top chemistry where there may be little scope for this in lessons and through exciting practical work to develop a stronger interest in chemistry.


The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young. The Institute is delighted that the Royal Society of Chemistry is working in partnership with us again this year. This Salters' Festival of Chemistry is one of fifty five Festivals which are taking place at Universities throughout the UK and Ireland between March and June 2011.

Last modified: 12 May 2011

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