These outreach resources have been designed to get students excited about chemistry, to show them the real-life applications of chemistry and to demonstrate the huge range of opportunities available in studying the chemical sciences.

Each activity is clearly explained with instructions on setting up and delivering the activities as well as an indication of the time and resource requirements. Questions and further work for students to undertake as part of the activity are also included.

Whether you are an outreach coordinator delivering outreach to schools, a teacher looking for ways to make outreach relevant, or just curious about how to engage and inspire students with chemistry, these tried-and-tested resources are full of great ideas.


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Murder in the lab

Giving students a flavour of analytical techniques that are used in forensic science

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Students undertake the synthesis and analysis of aspirin

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Organic molecules day

Students produce and analyse a simple aromatic compound using various analytical techniques

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Year 9 chemistry day

Introducing the fun aspects polymers with plastic milk and bouncing custard


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Students use light to create their own printed circuit boards

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Chemistry masterclass

Undertaking the work of a medicinal chemist by isolating an active compound

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Snap, crackle and snot

Investigating some of the weird and wonderful properties of solids, liquids and gases


Chemistry is fun

Exciting demonstrations to introduce the properties of physical states


Synthesis and spectroscopy

Students carry out the work of a synthetic chemist


The salt cellar mystery

Introducing the world of forensic science; gathering chemical and fingerprint evidence to solve a crime

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Chemistry of dentistry

Learn about the role of chemistry in dentistry

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Green plastics

Introducing students to the role of chemistry in creating a more sustainable society

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Electrochromic polymer

Using polymers to rival metals in conducting electricity


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Chemistry in your shopping basket

Demonstrating that chemistry really is everywhere

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Colour chemistry

Students use colourful experiments to investigate the properties of colour and its use in chemistry

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Sunlight to electricity

Students compete against each other to power a calculator with their own solar cells

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Contact and Further Information

HE STEM Programme Team
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432221
Fax: +44 (0)1223 423623