Chemistry Conference

On Tuesday 14th March, College hosted our annual Chemistry Conference, which coincided with British Science Week 2017.

The conference began with SFC girls and over 200 students and teachers from secondary schools across the county, including pupils from Rednock School and Gloucester College, enjoying a morning of chemistry lectures.

These included lectures by Dr June McCombie MBE of Nottingham University on Astrochemistry, postgraduate student Sarah Michel of Bristol University on the development of in utero treatments for spina bifida, and a demonstration by Professor John Kilcoyne of Sunderland University and Sky’s Brainiac.

In the afternoon, over 300 pupils and teachers from primary schools across Cheltenham and Gloucestershire enjoyed an afternoon of explosive chemistry at the ‘Gases in the Air’ demonstrations.

Year 4 and 5 pupils from Hester’s Way, Christ Church, Gardners Lane, Glenfall County, Gloucester Road, Airthrie, St James’ Primary, Berkhampstead, and Gotherington Primary School, were all amazed by flowers frozen in liquid nitrogen, solutions that changed colour before their eyes, and Hydrogen explosions.

The demonstrations explored some of the wonders of science, such as the chemistry behind the gases we breathe, the conversions between states of matter, what is and is not a chemical reaction, and how humans have manipulated fire to their advantage. The demonstrations were delivered by Bristol University’s Tim Harrison and the show was sponsored by Bristol University’s School of Chemistry outreach programme ChemLabS.