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Chemistry Activities for Primary Schools

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Held all year round - available upon request.

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

Experiments Include:

  • Balloon Rockets - A simple investigation teaching young students many important 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 some interactive presentations 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 - these include "Chemistry in Your Shopping Basket" and "Chemistry of the Senses".

We also have several themed half-day or full day practical activities, based on RSC Outreach resources, developed by us with funding from the National HE STEM Programme, which can be delivered in schools, e.g. "Fantastic Plastics", "Snap, Crackle and Snot" and "Colour Chemistry". Please contact us for more details with regards to these experiments.

For more information:

Further details can be found on our Chemistry Outreach webpage or by contacting us directly.

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Chemistry
  • Events in School
  • Events on Campus
  • Y 6
  • Y 5
  • Y 4
  • Y 3
  • KS 2