Primary Schools

Held all year round - available upon request

For the summer vacation of 2010, MChem student Aaron Bourne was employed to work within the School of Chemistry here at Newcastle. His role consisted of assisting the Chemistry Outreach Officer in the development of a variety of experiments aimed at primary school students around the region.

His remit was to produce experiments that could be carried out either in our new Outreach Laboratory or could be taken into a local primary school.

It was stressed that all experiments should, if possible, use only household chemicals and items that can be acquired from a local supermarket.

Currently we offer a range of experiments and demonstrations linked to a various areas of the national curriculum. These experiments include:

  • Balloon Rockets - A simple investigation teaching young students many importan scientific elements regarding thrust, air resistance and aerodynamics
  • Bridge over cardboard water - Students learn the importance of structure and teamwork to see who can produce the strongest bridge out of everyday materials
  • Disappearing ink - Students are taught simple acid-base theory to explain some important chemical concepts
  • Layered liquids - Students learn the basics of why some liquids are miscible together and others are not


Also available are a bank of experiments that can be used 'just for fun' to show students the excitement that Chemistry can offer. These are aimed to enthuse students into thinking about studying sciences later in their education without losing interest at a young age.

Please contact us for more details with regards to these experiments.

If you would like to receive any more information about the primary school experiments that we currently offer at Newcastle, to be added to our emailing list, make a booking or to request one of our Outreach brochures, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr. Peter Hoare

Chemistry Outreach Officer

0191 208 8542

Admissions and Outreach Secretary

0191 208 7069