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Competitions and Events

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Lancaster University is delighted to host several regional chemistry events, which not only get students at a range of Key Stages stuck into chemistry but also lead to wider national competitions.

Top of the Bench

Now more than 20 years old, this annual event puts passionate chemistry students through their paces, whether it’s with quizzes, presentations or practical experiments. Run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), it’s a great way to get students on track for further study and careers in chemistry.

Who? The team must include: 2 x Year 9, 1 x Year 10 and 1 x Year 11
When? Saturday 11th January 2020

For an itinerary and entry form, please contact Gail Sheldrick below.

Closing date for entries is Friday 29th November 2019.

Royal Society of Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry

RSC Schools' Analyst Competition

Run by the RSC’s Analytical Division, this competition offers students studying AS level Chemistry in the first year of sixth form (or equivalent), the chance to put their analysis skills to the test. The team that wins the regional competition goes on for a chance to win the £3,000 grand prize at the National Final in June.

Who? Year 12s AS Level (or equivalent)
How many? Teams of three students  
When? Wednesday 6th May 2020

In 2020, this event is being hosted by the Chemistry Department at Lancaster University.

Closing date for entries is Friday 6th December.

Spaces are limited and will be given on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Salters' Festival

The annual Salters' Festival at Lancaster University offers a day packed with a variety of practical chemistry activities and games, designed to show the fun side of science and allow young people to get a glimpse of their future in chemistry.

Who Years 7 & 8
When Wednesday 20th May 2020

The entry form is available to download on the Salters' Institute website

Salters Institute

Custard Rockets

It’s not often we encourage students to play with their food, but with our custard rockets, it’s all about pudding chemistry to the test.

With the indoor custard mini rocket kit, we supply the hardware, you will need to supply a 500 mL pop bottle and probably some extra 3 mL plastic pipettes.

It’s up to your students to get them flying, using their STEM knowledge to optimise the many experimental variables. Can your students launch their rockets over 8m for a precision strike on target?

Reinvigorate or challenge your STEM club with this lightweight kit –safe for students–that turns the standard laboratory procedures for the generation of H2and O2into a whole lot of fun.

Lower Sixth students from The King’s School, Chester, participate in the Custard Rocket Challenge. Can you beat their 6.5 metres?


If you would like more information or would like to arrange an event for your school, please contact:

Gail Sheldrick

Gail Sheldrick

Recruitment, Conversion and Marketing Coordinator

+44 (0)7966 176094