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Chemistry is…………Elementary!

There was a buzz of excitement as 300 people took their seats, for the finale of Glebelands Science Community Week Challenge.  Amongst the guests were the Mayor and Consort of Waverley, Councillor Carole and Mr Alasdair Cockburn, not to mention countless young scientists with their families.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the bangs and explosions as they were taken on the rich and exciting journey through the history of Chemistry.  From the ancient Greeks to Mendeleev’s periodic table, Dr Bryson Gore presented ‘Chemistry is……..Elementary’.  His talk was based around the discovery of the periodic table. By using the idea of Sherlock Holmes and how an analytical approach allows the development of theories and ideas, he made it interesting and relevant to the children; it contained lots of science, but most importantly it was entertaining and very loud!

The underlying purpose of the talk was to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers. Dr Bryson Gore demonstrated that the analytical skills used in science are an important approach for overcoming all types of problems, even today; as well as demonstrating the opportunities available to students within the field of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). As a Specialist Science and Mathematics school, Glebelands recognises it is important to promote these ideas to all members of our community and hopefully provide some of them with aspirations for the future or just some food for thought!

Source - Glebelands