Dr Mark Read and Dr Zoe Schnepp engaged with and inspired Year 8 & 9 pupils during an RSC sponsored Chemistry at Work event in February, at the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. The event was fully booked, with participation from ten schools from the West Midlands and Derbyshire, and is part of a national programme sponsored by the RSC, which aims to show how the chemistry studied at school is applied in everyday life. The principal aim of these events is to show how science is relevant, fun, interesting and exciting.

A mixture of lectures and practical demonstrations were given by Mark, showing the relevance of chemistry to the energy industry, highlighting the School of Chemistry’s active research in this area. Zoe held several workshops demonstrating the application of biopolymers to the food industry, complete with tasty experiments that the pupils and staff enjoyed immensely!

Attending schools:

King Edward VI School, Statford-on-Avon. 

Washwood Heath Tech College, Birmingham.

The Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield.

Handsworth Grammar School, Birmingham.

Sir Graham Balfor School, Staffordshire.

Thomas Adams School, Shropshire.

William Allitt School, Newhall, South Derbyshire.

Heanor Gate Science College, Heanor, Derbyshire.

Kingsbury School & Sports College, Birmingham.

Stockland Green School, Birmingham.