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Year 6 pupils work with QE students to get a taste of A Level Chemistry

Date Posted: 02/09/2019 | Posted In: Latest news

A Level Chemistry students and staff from QE invited year 6 pupils from the Federation of Abbey Schools and Mowden Junior School to a Chemistry taster event before they progress to secondary school in September. Throughout the day, pupils attended an exciting demonstration by Joe McGinnis from the Royal Society of Chemistry in which they encountered screaming jelly Daleks, rabbits, monster foam, the three witches from Macbeth and even a rocket launch. Several pupils discovered that they had secret, magical powers, turning a blue liquid yellow when they shook it. The day concluded with the group working in the College’s laboratories under the guidance of A Level Chemistry students, learning how to create fizzing rainbows, identifying oxygen and hydrogen using glowing and burning splits, and producing artistic masterpieces with milk, food colouring and detergent. One year 6 pupil comments: ‘Being at QE was really fun; I enjoyed working with the different gases to make fizzes and bangs. We would love to visit again as the event has made a lot of us interested in Chemistry’. Janet McRae, Course Leader for A Level Chemistry at QE adds: ‘It is incredibly important to prepare Britain’s young people to be the scientists of the future and the best way to engage them is with practical, hands-on activities. Being supported by our inspiring Chemistry students allowed the year six children to work with excellent role models’