How can this Handbook help?

You may have considered starting a chemistry (or science) club but then doubted that you would have the necessary time and resources. The Salters’ Chemistry Club Handbook has been written to fill this gap and contains ideas that can be used by any type of club. Most of the work involved in planning experiments and making risk assessments has been done, so you can start your new club almost immediately.

You can start a chemistry club!
If you are new to chemistry clubs we have included some popular demonstrations and experiments as ‘pump priming’ activities to capitalise on pupils’ enthusiasm at the start of term.

If you already have some experience of running a club but would like to use variations on well-known experiments or ideas for more extended investigations then the information you need is here too.

If you have been running a successful chemistry club for some time you may want it to become a Salters’ Chemistry Club. You will then receive copies of our newsletter, A Pinch of Salt!, and advance notice of the Festivals.

Although Salters’ Chemistry Clubs are intended for pupils aged 11 to 14 you will find that many of the experiments in this Handbook are suitable for older pupils as well.

Many of us who were lucky enough to be introduced to wet, smelly benchtop chemistry as young children shared that sense of wonderment, that urge to know more about the ‘unseeable wheels interlocking’. But first we had to see the colours, smell the smells, hear the spit and crack of the crystals in the tube.’

Bob Finch OBE, originator of The Salters’ Chemistry Club.

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