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Chemistry inspiration for young scientists

8th February 2016

Students from across Year 7 and 8 had the opportunity to solve mysteries at Discovery Planet’s Crime Scene Investigation workshops on Friday 22nd January. Led by the University of Kent's School of Physical Sciences, more than 300 students descended on the One Stop Chemistry Shop at Broad Street Hall. Here they took part in hands-on activities, learning how to lift fingerprints, collect evidence and take impressions from weapons and other implements. Students also investigated how to identify substances using chromatography.

The following Friday, all Year 9 students had a hair-raising time as the University of Kent's scientists used a Van der Graaff generator to make students’ hair stand on end and literally handed out electric shocks. Students experienced how fruit and vegetables can be used to create electricity as well as building their own circuits and light-up cards. In addition, students learnt how electricity is generated from wind as a representative from off-shore wind farm operators Vattenfall attended with one of their technicians.

The workshops were both informative and fun and all students left enthused about science.

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