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Salters' Chemistry Club: what colour are leaves really?

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 the different pigments in leaves using chromatography.

Salters' Chemistry Club: washing soda stalactites

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students grow stalactites from sodium carbonate. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

Salters' Chemistry Club: the apothecary's cocktail

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students make copper sulphate. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

Salters' Chemistry Club: strengthening ice

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students investigate the best material and conditions for producing strong composite ice. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

Salters' Chemistry Club: secret writing

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students write with a special invisible ‘ink’ and spray the writing with special chemical sprays. The writing only becomes visible when a chemical reaction takes place between the ‘ink’ and the spray. The aim is to convey the...

Salters' Chemistry Club: one-pot copper reactions

This resource describes an activity for an informal chemistry club, students investigate reactions with copper. The aim is to convey the excitement of chemistry and develop students’ curiosity.

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.

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