“The Chemistry Week event at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre was a great opportunity to engage with the young public about the work that the RSC and its members do,” said Ashleigh. “Passing on our passion to tomorrow’s scientists and inspiring them really brings what we do into perspective. It was our chance to say “Look at what we’re doing, look at how it influences the world around us, and look at how YOU can be involved, too!”
Approximately 80 pupils from three schools in the area (Cannon Slade School in Bolton, Marple Hall School in Stockport and Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes) attended the event. Gemma Reed from the Catalyst Centre also gave a talk on ‘big science’ – a term used to describe large-scale scientific research projects that are usually funded by national governments or groups of governments.
Clare Hampson from the Catalyst Centre helped to organise the day and said: “It was great to see young people being enthused about a range of scientific careers and having the chance to talk about chemistry with industry experts. Thank you to everybody who gave up their time to help!"
“The event was a great success with excellent feedback from all the schools” said Oscar Kelly from our IPCG. “The kids were all very keen to volunteer to help with the experiments and demos and it was a pleasure to see them so keen to learn more about chemistry and the local chemical industries. I’m sure there are more than a few future scientists within their midst!”