Recently our Year 7 students experienced their first session of Chemistry Club, exploring neutralisation reactions through the creation of bath bombs.
The students worked with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), a special kind of alkali known as a metal carbonate. When metal carbonates are involved in a neutralisation reaction, they release carbon dioxide gas, which is what makes the bath bomb fizz. Adding a product design perspective, the students were able to add colour to their bath bombs, as well as scents such as lemon rind.
The Chemistry team was impressed with the students' enthusiasm for the activity, as was Headteacher, Mr Gillett, who stopped by to work with the group. We look forward to sharing more from the Chemistry Club this term.