Students and staff were encouraged to find information and then produce their own postcard detailing their favourite everyday chemical.
There were some fabulous responses from staff, and tutors had engaging discussions with tutor groups. One year 6 maths groups rose to the challenge and submitted numerous entries.
When talking to some non-science staff it was obvious that some had concerns that they "did not know enough science" and when they were given examples of everyday chemicals, they felt more confident about discussing this with their students. Senior leaders also engaged with the competition and sent in their postcards to create a display.
My aim was to encourage people to think about chemicals they use in their everyday lives and the postcards show that this target was met.
Next year, we will use the same structure but add an extra level of challenge, perhaps using student STEM ambassadors to help promote the event.