Midsummer in the Chemistry Kitchen

The Kitchen Chemist has been busy for the last few months. My shows have mainly, but not exclusively, been about Kitchen Chemistry. Read on for an update and some photos and find out where and when this has all been happening by following the link to my events diary. Click on the lecture title for a summary of the lecture and the venue for a map of the lecture location.

Since returning from Scifest I have been busy with visits to University of the Third Age (U3A) groups. The U3A is active all over the UK and allows the more senior of the population to continue to be involved in education and interesting events. The U3A has a website where one is able to get a flavour of the organisation and search for local groups. I have visited the Blackthorne, East Suffolk, Stour Valley, Hadleigh and Great Yarmouth groups.

A return visit to Stour Valley U3A with the original Kitchen Chemistry show.

A return visit to Stour Valley U3A with the original Kitchen Chemistry show.

Why laser light is fantastic at Blackbourne U3A

Why laser light is fantastic at Blackbourne U3A

In the sumptuous surroundings of Great Yarmouth Town Hall after a talk to the U3A

In the sumptuous surroundings of Great Yarmouth Town Hall after a talk to the U3A

I was also asked to do a couple of shows for the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry which were held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in May. The Salters’ Institute stages these competitions for Year 7 and 8 school pupils around the country. I provided the entertainment (at UEA) while the competition is being judged and the results decided.

Ready to talk to the competitors at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry

Ready to talk to the competitors at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

Red Oak Primary School in Lowestoft asked me to contribute to their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) day this year. That saw me putting on four shows in a day for classes of very enthusiastic and lively schoolchildren.

Ready to entertain a primary school with four shows.

Ready to entertain a primary school with four shows.

The other groups that I visited in the last months were the Sanisbury’s Veterans Association, the Probus Group in the Chet Valley and the Thorpe Over 50’s club.

Chet Valley Probus about to have a Second Helping of Kitchen Chemistry

Chet Valley Probus about to have a Second Helping of Kitchen Chemistry

Second helpings of Kitchen Chemistry at the Thorpe Over 50s Club.

Second helpings of Kitchen Chemistry at the Thorpe Over 50s Club.

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I have to say that I am looking forward to my summer break and after that, more adventures in Africa.