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Scouts: "I can do science me!"

posted 12 Mar 2012, 17:41 by Jonathan Chicken   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:00 by Stephen Harrison ]
Scouts made sense of 'Chemistry of the Senses' at Newcastle University this week.scouts at the Kilcoyne lecture 30 scouts and volunteer leaders attended the pop-fizz-bang-tastic RSC Kilcoyne Lecture led by old friends of the Group, Dr. Peter Hoare and Dr. Anne Willis. The event was part of Newcastle's annual Science Festival and bang-on theme for our Explorers and Inventors programme.

The lecture began with some exploding Hydrogen balloons and the pace kept fast and furious as we discovered chemicals that glow, explored how chemicals that flavour a food's smell affect its taste. We experienced chirality, a mirrored molecular structure that allows two identical molecules to smell differently. 

The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the squealing jelly baby, a violent oxidising reaction in which a jelly baby was plunged into hot potassium chlorate - it bursts into flames and squeals and pops! "Head first!" shouted the audience. 

'Tonight was great," said Luke aged 12, "I really enjoyed watching the flowers be put into the liquid nitrogen - the whole thing has been really exciting." A great night was had by all, special thanks from the scout troops to the Chemistry Outreach Team. 

3rd Washington Scouts take part in a balanced programme, that includes fun-based learning. Through a series of themed activities, many outdoors, scouts have access to a rich variety of opportunities that to enthuse everyone. Volunteer adults plan the programme and using their local networks and experiences, highlight local opportunities for adventure.