GCSE Chemistry Workshop at Top University

Rachael C

April 11, 2017

On Monday 27th March the Foundation ran another fantastic Chemistry Workshop, with students and staff from over 15 schools. To make this happen we partnered with the UCL Chemistry Department. Hosting 208 pupils, we had lectures and lab time on spectroscopies.

At our last GCSE chemistry workshop,  students were given the opportunity to explore chemistry beyond the school syllabus. One student, Spencer, told us how it helped him to decide to study chemistry at A-level.  Because it was so well received last year, we decided to do it again!

This year we again showed children from our partner schools how science is used in the real world. As much as we like a good textbook, you can't quite beat time in the lab. For the students, the mixture of scientific experiments and lectures from UCL professors created a real insight into science at a higher level.

GCSE Chemistry Workshop lecture

Student's responses to the GCSE Chemistry Workshop
This time the students, again, had high praise for their lecturers. One took time to express their gratitude, saying, "well done for organising such an interesting lecture with fun and informative practicals and demonstrations!" Another told us they, “really enjoyed the lab work - it made me feel like a real chemist!"


GCSE Chemistry Workshop experiment

A teacher's response to the GCSE Chemistry Workshop
For the teachers it was a novel and refreshing experience. One class teacher said, "it was very informative and interesting! I'll come back with more students in the future..." Because our partner schools are often underfunded, trips such as this one are a real treat for the students and also the teachers.


GCSE Chemistry Workshop girls

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