Dr Sharon Williams, lecturer in biomedical sciences at Coventry University, writes about the activities she ran for Chemistry Week.
We had an amazing Chemistry Week, holding an event on 24–25 November at Fab Lab Coventry. Our audience was primary school children from Years 2 to 6, who attended along with their parents.
We built ascorbic acid molecules using MolyMod, and found out which fruit and vegetables had the most Vitamin C. We also compared Vitamin C from fresh and canned fruit.
The event was really well received and we received some great comments from parents. One said, "It’s a great opportunity to bring science into the community", while another said, "It’s never too young to start engaging kids with science".
Student volunteers from Coventry University, and Royal Society of Chemistry members, helped to make the event a success.
Chemistry Week is an annual celebration of the chemical sciences, centred around our members sharing their passion with public audiences. In 2017 it took place from 20–26 November, and the theme was 'Global Science'. Members were able to apply for grants from our Outreach Fund to organise activities.
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