RSC’s Chemistry Week

The RSC’s (Royal Society of Chemistry) Chemistry Week is a themed week of events that is held every two years to promote a positive image of chemistry and increase the public understanding of the importance of chemical science in our everyday lives. This year’s theme is “Health.

Using simple household equipment, students test how much vitamin C is in various fruits and vegetables. They then share and compare results with students around the world to see the global picture. For example, do fruits and vegetables from different parts of the world differ in their vitamin C content? Does boiling vegetables affect the amount of vitamin C? Does oxygen affect the vitamin C content?

Find out how this project works with the RSC’s ‘How-to’ video.  The project website  also has lesson suggestions for the classroom and a world map showing the location of participants. The results can be uploaded and analyzed in real time. It looks like a school can submit more than one set of data, too. Follow on Twitter at #globalexperiment

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