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Salters' Chemistry Club: Naples blood

Every year on 19 September a 'miracle' takes place in Naples Cathedral when Saint Januarius’ blood is held up by the resident bishop. The 1,600 year old blood liquefies and the Neapolitans can breathe a sigh of relief for another year. Professor Garlaschelli, a chemist at the University of Pavia has come up with...

Salters' Chemistry Club: making and colouring glass beads

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, an investigation into the colour of metal salts and oxides by making coloured beads of borax glass using the flame of a Bunsen burner. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

Salters' Chemistry Club: making a blueprint

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, blueprints are made by placing a drawing over a specially treated paper and exposing it to strong (UV) light. The blueprint is then washed (fixed). The light triggers a reaction that produces the pigment ‘Prussian blue’. The aim is to...

Salters' Chemistry Club: make a snowflake

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, making crystals from borax solution. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

Salters' Chemistry Club: investigating shampoos

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students investigate different shampoos by testing their pH, and by comparing flow properties, which makes the most lather and the grease removing properties. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’...

Salters' Chemistry Club: handwarmers

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students use an exothermic reaction to make a heat pack. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

Salters' Chemistry Club: fizzing in the kitchen

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students investigate chemical reactions using common foods. They investigate which foods fizz when acid is added to them and which gas is given off. They then compare the amount of ‘fizz’ in different drinks. The aim is to convey the...

Salters' Chemistry Club: find the combination of the safe

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, the concentrations of four solutions hold the secret that will undo the lock to a safe. Students use their skill at titration to find the letters and numbers of the combination. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and...

Salters' Chemistry Club: electroplating faces

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, electroplating is used to plate a thin layer of a valuable metal on top of a less valuable one. Students have a go at plating the faces on foreign coins. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity...

Salters' Chemistry Club: eggsperiment

This resource describes activities for an informal chemistry club. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity. In this activity, students investigate what egg shells are made of.

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