One of the things that I love about my job is the chance I get to meet some really interesting people. Lorelly Wilson from Chemistry with Cabbage was no exception when I met up with her recently to discuss becoming a sponsor of her ‘hands on’ educational chemistry programme aimed primarily at Year 5 and Year 6 pupils in the UK.
Lorelly explained that she had originally set up the company to try to encourage young children to become interested in chemistry and to help them understand that chemistry is a natural part of life. After all, as human beings we have lots of chemical processes going on inside our bodies all the time! And it wasn’t too long ago that a Chemistry Set was a standard Christmas present for children so that they could try simple experiments at home.
Wearing her trademark pink lab coat Lorelly visits schools where she runs full-day workshops which give pupils the opportunity to safely perform experiments in the classroom using household chemicals and proper equipment. Alternatively, there are one-hour demonstrations of chemistry experiments with lots of ideas to try out with teachers or at home.
After just a few minutes chatting with Lorelly it was clear to see her enthusiasm for her subject and we were keen to support her. We’ve decided to give Lorelly the chemicals that she needs on an ongoing basis so that she can continue her excellent work and hopefully inspire a new generation of chemists. A list of the chemicals supplied includes:-
- Sodium Tetraborate
- Copper (II) Sulphate
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Iron (II) Sulphate
- Phenolphthalein 1%
- Potassium Permanganate
- Thymol Blue
- Sodium Hydroxide 1M
- Methyl Red
- Bromothymol Blue
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Cresol Red
- Potassium Chloride
Check out the website at www.chemistrywithcabbage.co.uk and have a look at some of the fantastic comments from pupils, teachers and Ofsted Inspectors. Amongst the many honorary posts she holds, Lorelly was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Inspiration in Industry in 2012.
And now for the exciting bit – I have been invited to attend a workshop at Aston-by-Sutton Primary school near Runcorn, Cheshire next month so I’m looking forward to spending the day with Lorelly and seeing her ‘in action’. I’ll let you know how I get on.
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