Chemistry Why does it matter?

Science Interactive Lectures

Limited Elements, Unlimited Materials

To create materials with limited elements, we should understand thoroughly the properties of each of the 118 elements of the periodic table. This lecture is presented by a member of the Periodic Table of Videos team, the School of Chemistry’s Public Awareness Scientist, Dr Samantha Tang. She will introduce some chemical elements with live demonstrations, then compare and contrast the use of video to communicate science versus live demonstrations, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of these differing forms of communication.

Curriculum link:
Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 2 Microscopic World I (Compulsory Part)

Date Time
11.3.2015 (Wed) 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
 
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker:
Dr Samantha Tang, University of Nottingham
Remarks:
  • Conducted in English
  • Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public
  • Schools can register as audience members online through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website at tcs.edb.gov.hk
  • This lecture will reserve a portion of free seats for the general public on a first come, first served basis
 

Click Your Fingers

In the time it took you to do that, your fingernails grew by one nanometre. In this talk, Dr Annela Seddon explores Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – the science of objects on the billionth of a metre scale. Find out about a place where Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering meet. Discover a hidden world of colour and dancing particles, and expect interactive demonstrations involving Lego and a water pistol. You’ll also learn about how some of the biggest problems facing the planet could be solved with some innovative and tiny solutions.

Curriculum link:
Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 14 Material Chemistry (Elective Part)

Date Time
18.3.2015 (Wed) 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
 
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker:
Dr Annela Seddon, University of Bristol
Remarks:
  • Conducted in English
  • Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public
  • Schools can register as audience members online through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website at tcs.edb.gov.hk
  • This lecture will reserve a portion of free seats for the general public on a first come, first served basis
 

Indestructible Energy

Petrol, ping pong balls, calories and cookies – what do they all have in common? Energy! In this lecture, Jamie burns food, bounces balls and generates electricity as he shows us what energy is and why we can't create or destroy it. Explore how your body is like a combustion engine and why cars burn petrol instead of eating cookies!

Curriculum links:
Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 5 Fossil Fuels and Carbon Compounds (Compulsory Part)
Chemistry curriculum S4-6: Topic 13 Industrial Chemistry (Elective Part)

Date Time
20.3.2015 (Fri) 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
 
Venue:
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Speaker:
Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
Remarks:
  • Conducted in English
  • Suitable for senior secondary students (S4-6), teachers and the general public
  • Schools can register as audience members online through the Training Calendar on the Education Bureau website at tcs.edb.gov.hk
  • This lecture will reserve a portion of free seats for the general public on a first come, first served basis