* SALTERS 07 Results and Photos
*Promotions committee Each year The staff of the Chemistry Department are involved in staging a series of events which promotes Chemistry at Second Level schools; for Chemistry Teachers as in house training and Second Level students who are thinking about taking Chemistry as a subject when they come to University. A special committee, Promotion of Chemistry formed from the Academic Technical and Postgraduate Staff of the Department organise a comprehensive programme in association with various other Educational bodies . Chair is JJKeating and members , John Caffrey, Frank Dillon, Dara Fitzpatrick, JJ.Keating, Barry O'Mahony, David Ottoway,Pat O'Connell, ,Mary O'Neill.Donnach O'Connell
10th MAY SALTERS' Festivals of Chemistry
The main highlight of the Promotion of Chemistry at U.C.C. took place on Wednesday `9th May when the Chemistry Department hosted the SALTERS FESTIVAL of CHEMISTRY . 12 schools from throughout the County as well as one school from Waterford and Tipperary were represented with each of the schools sending 4 pupils and their Chemistry teacher to this one day Festival. All the schools are members of the Salters ‘ Chemistry Club which is the flagship charity of the Salters Company. The Club was founded to re-establish the company’s former connection with the Chemical industry. Its objectives is to support Chemistry Teaching , encourage scientific literacy amongst young people and help maintain the supply of high quality graduates in Chemistry and Chemical engineering as industrialists and teachers , both to create wealth in Industry and to teach the next generation. The Salters’ Festival at the Chemistry Dept of U.C.C. is one of forty five such festivals which will take place in the UK and Ireland between March and June this Summer.
A SALTY TALE
The day long festival involved a morning session of solving the Mystery of the dead body found in waste ground in Saltown by the Sea. This activity is all about Forensic Science. Forensic Scientists/Chemists gather information from a crime scene in order to find out what happens and how it happened .Each school team were asked to take the parts of Forensic Chemists using the clues provided in a police report and the information gathered from suspects to solve the mystery s .The first part of the activity involves testing salts. The salt that most people know is Sodium Chloride , which is used to flavour Food. However Sodium Chloride is only one example of a salt and in the course of the Morning experiment the students would meet several other salts in this activity. The first part of the investigation is to identify the metal part of the salt, the second part to identify the non metals in the salty. To make it more interesting, Salty introduced a mixture of two salts for the students to analyse.
The Salty Challenge results
1. St Angelas
3. Bandon Convent
technician trouble in University Challenge
Our absent minded Technician, Donnacha has a problem. He has made up the solutions for Dr David Otway's practical but has forgotten to label the Test Tubes. He needed the students help.
University Challenge Results –
1. Youghal (2)
2. St Ailbes (2)
3. St Vincents (2)
Declan Kennedy of the Education Department staged a Magic show to conclude the day of Chemistry which was breathtaking and had the students glued to their chairs The Presentation of prizes for the Salters Challenge and the University Challenge was made. At the presentations were Prof Anita Maguire, Head of Department, Leslie Grout of Salters Festival , Ann Cronin, Science Promotions Officer and organisers J.J Keating and Dara Fitzpatrick , and the competition took place in the 5 First Year Laboratories of the Chemistry Dept. in the Kane Building.
In complementing the students and their school teacher for their great understanding of the concepts involved Dr Keating encouraged them to continue with their interest in Chemistry. Finally all staff of the Department involved in the organisation of the event were thanked for their input.