North West pupils solve murder mystery using forensic science.

The Liverpool Echo reports that schools from around the country gather to take part in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.

Over 50 school pupils from across the North West, including Merseyside, Lancashire, the Isle of Man and North Wales, visited LJMU to enjoy an exciting day in the labs, as part of the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.

Teams of four 11 to 13-year-olds from 13 different schools took part in a competitive, hands-on, practical activity, called ‘Who is the Prime Suspect’ where they used their chemistry skills to solve a murder mystery.

The pupils examined the forensic evidence taken from the imaginary crime scene to help identify the murderer.

They also needed to identify the white powder found at the crime scene using chemical analysis and compared that with the white powder found on the clothing of each of the five suspects.

In the afternoon, the pupils competed in the ‘University Challenge,’ a practical activity which will involve using their knowledge and science skills to solve the problem of controlling the time of a chemical reaction.

Dr Ian Bradshaw, Subject Leader at LJMU’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, said: “Our aim is to show the next generation of potential scientists how science affects their daily lives, and have some fun at the same time.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for them to spend time at the University, and hopefully the day will encourage them to consider attending Higher Education and think about pursuing a career in Science.”

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of The Salters’ Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young, and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries.

The Festival at Liverpool John Moores University is one of a series of 51 Festivals which are taking place at Universities and Colleges throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland between March and June 2017.

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