Chemistry lesson for youngsters

Dr Peter Hoare pictured burning chemicals during the lecture in the science department at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.
Dr Peter Hoare pictured burning chemicals during the lecture in the science department at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

BRIGHT college students have been learning more about how science impacts on everyone, everywhere, and every day.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, hosted the science week, which included a chemistry of the senses lecture.

Organisers say the aim of the week was to broaden the horizons of the students.

As part of the science week students also had the chance to design and fly their own paper aeroplane, learn more about military engineering and how the brain functions.

Other sessions focused on extracting DNA.

The ‘chemistry of the senses’ lecture was delivered by lecturers from Newcastle University and Northumbria University with the aim of showing that the science of chemistry impacts on everyone, everywhere and every day.

Teachers say the demonstration lecture explained how some of the chemical principles that are intrinsic to how human senses work and “which bring our world alive”.

James Donkin, head of chemistry at the college, said: “This is the second year that we have had the chemistry of the senses lecture at the college and again it was really successful.

“We had around 30 students listening to the lecture, which was delivered by lecturers from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

“It is pleasing that we have managed to build strong links with the two universities in recent years.

“Four of the students I used to teach last year are now studying at Newcastle University.

“It gives the current crop of students something to aspire to.”