Some chemistry experiments are too big, too expensive, or too dangerous for secondary schools to conduct on their own. Nevertheless, it is vital that pupils can gain experience conducting experiments in order to understand complex issues. Utrecht University has therefore come up with a solution: a travelling lab experiment. The vice-deans of Dutch faculties of science believe that this wonderful initiative deserves support, so they have decided to subsidise the lab and similar projects by two other universities with a grant of 40,000 euros.
Visiting more schools
Over the past two years, Utrecht University has already offered its travelling lab experiment free of charge to more than 15 schools. The travelling lab was developed with the help of a small grant from the Chemistry Department. Second- and third-year students supervise the experiments in the classroom. The new grant will allow the lab to visit even more schools, and give the University of Amsterdam and the University of Twente the opportunity to development their own lab projects. Eventually, a single website will be created offering all three lab experiments together and with three locations the scope will be much larger.