Chemistry and Climate Change

Stonar welcomed STEM Ambassador and Exxon Mobil Chemical Engineer, Eddie Henbury, to a STEM Seminar for all students in Years 6, 7 and 8.

Rather than merely a ‘talk’, the session was an interactive and informative demonstration to illustrate the importance and omnipresence of chemistry in our daily lives and was designed to encourage more students to consider a career and understand the breadth of opportunities available in science.

Buckle Hall played host to flames, bangs and a chemistry-created rocket, as Mr Henbury showed students some of the practical effects of science and how all the sciences, including Maths, play an important part in making our world a better place.  He gave an insight into crude oil, from the thick black stuff deep underground to its uses in everyday objects and processes from petrol and paint to plastic and pants! The impact of fossil fuels on climate change and pollution was another important talking point, as was the impact of agriculture.

The talk certainly provided new facts and insights and encouraged our pupils to actively consider employment in STEM careers.