Chemistry made cool!

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ALMOST 2,000 pupils and their teachers from primary and secondary schools throughout the North West converged on the University of Ulster’s Coleraine and Magee campuses for interactive Christmas Chemistry science shows.

Organised by the University’s Department of Access and Educational Partnerships, pupils were treated to a series of fun interactive demonstrations, displays and explosions by guest lecturer Sue McGrath, Director of Science2Life and Fellow of the Institute for Physics.

Outreach co-ordinator and event organiser, Emzi Frater said: “We have had a very positive response from schools for each of these events, highlighting the demand for continued science outreach in the area.”

Encouraging schools to get involved in the University’s outreach events, Mrs Anne Mooney, Access Officer, said: “All activities are offered to schools on a ‘zero cost’ basis but demand is growing and the places do fill up very quickly.”

Christmas Chemistry is the first in a series of outreach activities planned for the 2012/2013 academic year which aim to raise young people’s educational aspirations and stimulate their interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects.