Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Key Stage 4 workshops are suitable for all abilities but aim to stretch the more able students. 

The experiments are designed to supplement understanding of the school curriculum while also being engaging and providing opportunities to apply knowledge to new situations.

Blueprinting - mix a light-sensitive dye and use it to create a blueprint design on paper or cloth

Chemistry & Art - synthesis of paint pigments

Cough Sweet UV/Vis - Create a calibration curve and use it to determine the amount of dye in a cough sweet.

Aluminium Air Battery - make a battery using aluminium foil, sodium hydroxide and activated carbon, which can power an LED

Chill Out Challenge - investigate endothermic reactions 

Perspective - classroom-based workshop on isomers and drawing organic molecules in 3D.

Racing Enzymes: Foam Explosions! - delivered by researchers from the HydRegen project, experiment with enzymes and find out what chemists can learn from nature.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase - running IR spectra, and interpreting IR and MS to identify substances.

Department Tour - optional add-on after a workshop