Students Reactiv8 to the science of colour

The University of Sheffield played host to over 130 students from across the South Yorkshire region as they swapped lessons for practical experiments in a project about the science of colour.

Students from ten schools, studying for their GCSEs, GCE 'A' Level, International Baccalaureate and BTEC courses, researched and presented ideas from topics such as food and medical dyes, paint, photography, and colours in nature.

Teams presented ideas such as the chemistry of glowsticks, the essence of colour and the ideas of colour in nature to a panel of seven judges. The presentations were a result of months of research since the launch of the project in February 2009.

The under 16 winning team were Handsworth Grange School, for their project on making colours and light in nature. The over 16 winning team was Lady Manners School, for their research about Chemiluminescence.

Both winning teams received cheques for £200, and each of the runners up and winning teams in each category received a trophy for the team and engraved keyrings for each individual.

Dr Julie Hyde, from the University's Department of Chemistry, said: "This has been a great learning experience for the students involved. It is a great opportunity for the pupils to put their theory skills to practical use. The day has been fun and relaxed and I think the students have really got to grips with communicating science."

The event was a huge success and the University of Sheffield's Chemistry Department intend to run the event again from January 2010. For further information or to register your schools interest please email

Notes for Editors: The Reactiv8 event was funded and sponsored by Girls High School, the Royal Society of Chemistry, SciChem and the University of Sheffield's Department of Chemistry.

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