Discover Science Club
2 April 2012
The School of Chemistry recently hosted a Discover! Saturday Club event, welcoming around thirty Year 9 level female pupils from eight different schools across South East Wales. The Discover! Saturday Club was launched four years ago by Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale EBP in association with WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction) to encourage girls in Year 9 to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and provide them with the opportunity to explore career opportunities which they may not have previously considered.
The day involved investigating the different wavelengths which contribute to coloured inks through chromatography and UV-Vis measurements. The girls also identified different polymer (plastics) samples through both density measurements and IR spectroscopy. The theme of this years’ Discover! course is the environment, therefore the plastics tested ranged from milk bottles to fruit punnets, demonstrating the different materials which must be sorted before recycling. Finally, in the messiest experiment of the day, the girls were able to make their own polymer in the “Bouncing Custard” practical!
The engagement team consisted of Dr Emma Carter, Jamie Hurcom and Elena Owen, assisted on the day by Heather Butler-Madden. Martin Blamey (Education Business Adviser) from Careers Wales and Laura Nuttall (Discover! mentor) also attended.
The School of Chemistry would like to thank all involved for making the day such an enjoyable success.