“My advice would be: be curious and ask lots of questions”

Last month more than 2000 young people from primary schools across Teesside marked National Chemistry week with a bang. 

The Chemistry4Change event connected 31 schools with three inspirational chemists from the Royal Society of Chemistry who are each using chemistry to protect the environment.

From improving solar power batteries and investigating invisible plastics in shampoo, to generating nuclear power – each panellist brought a distinct area of Chemistry to the table to share with the young people. 

Alongside the opportunity to put their questions directly to the panel, students took part in active classroom challenges to become chemists of the future. They rounded off the session by creating their very own Chemistry Superhero which they were invited to submit to Big Ideas. 

Three winning schools were selected to receive an additional 1:1 digital session with a member of the panel. Congratulations to Caedmon Primary, Berwick Hills Primary and St John The Baptist Primary School!

Thank you to all the schools who attended the session. Big Ideas loved reading feedback from teachers which reflected the experience of the young people taking part: 

“My class were completely engaged in thinking about the power of chemistry to make the world a better place”

“They were surprised that the chemists were women! They thought it was men that became chemists.”

“They have been talking about it non-stop since this morning!”

Chemistry4Change is funded by The Royal Society of Chemistry.