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One hundred and ninety pupils from eight primary and prep schools in Brighton came to Roedean on Tuesday 14 June for a day of workshops arranged to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. In the three Chemistry laboratories the pupils made oxygen and hydrogen and saw these elements react together causing a plastic bottle rocket to fly across the laboratory. They also watched the reactions of magnesium, iron, sulphur and phosphorus with oxygen. In the Biology labs they tested a variety of foodstuffs for starch, sugar, protein and fat. In Physics they electrolysed water and then constructed cars powered by hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells. As a break from Chemistry, the pupils also went for a swim in the school pool.
Another 100 pupils from other schools then joined those that had been at Roedean all day for a fantastic display of reactions by Professor Hal Sosabowski and his team, giving his aptly named 'Big Bang' lecture demonstration. Professor Hal from the University of Brighton is now known as the man who succeeded where Guy Fawkes failed as, earlier this year, he was invited to set off his explosives in the Houses of Parliament.
The schools taking part were Balfour, Cottesmore St Mary's, Elm Grove,
Our Lady of Lourdes, Roedean Junior, St Aubyn's, St Bernadette's, St John the Baptist, St Mary Magdalen and Westdene.