Guest Lectures


Chemistry Guest Lectures  

Your students will see fascinating demonstrations and have the opportunity to hear from experts and world class academics during these hour long sessions. Pupils will have their hearts and minds opened, enabling them to see Chemistry in a whole new light.

Chemistry Guest Lectures are free to attend, but booking is essential.

In association with Aston University, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Association for Science Education.

Dates for 2018/19:

  • Wednesday 13th March 2019 13:30 - 14:30 - Chemistry and Energy: From Steam to Nuclear Power (Year 7,8 & 9)

Exciting Chemistry to delight and fascinate the young audience of future Chemists.

This demonstration lecture will consider the chemistry involved in the production and harnessing of energy. From Thomas Newcomen's first successful steam engine in the world, used to pump water from coal mines of Lord Dudley's estates in 1712, to modern day nuclear electricity generating power stations - and a lot more along the way. The important role of chemists in developing new materials that convert energy more efficiently and in a less polluting manner will be highlighted when considering energy materials for the future.

  • Wednesday 03rd July 2019 13:30 - 14:30 - Magic Molecules: The Magic of Oxygen (Year 9 & 10)

Exciting Chemistry to delight and fascinate the young audience of future Chemists.

The Magic of Oxygen is all about the weird and wonderful properties of atoms and molecules, and one of the most important molecules is oxygen. You can expect a few flashes and bangs along the way as some explosive mixtures are conjured up as our presenters entertain you with a light-hearted look at the work of scientists such as Boyle, Newton and Priestley, and recreate some of their experiments in unusual ways.

Plenty of bizarre and often unpredictable experiments are included, such as:

      • How to find a genie in a teapot
      • How to make toothpaste for an elephant
      • An extraordinary use for marshmallows, and
      • How to make fire from water.
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