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Applied Sciences Taster Day

We are excited to announce our new Year 12 Applied Science Day which will take place at Northumbria University on Wednesday 5th June between 10:00 and 14:10. Each student will attend workshops from Chemistry, Food and Nutrition and Biological Sciences. This event only has 75 places and is therefore first come first served. We may limit the number of places per school and this will up to the discretion of the Northumbria University staff. Please note that this event will involve students handling and consuming food products. Please fill in any dietary requirements in the Gecko form below.  If you have questions regarding the event please do not hesitate in contacting me at or on 0191 227 4265.

Please note for this event students who sign up must attend due to the popularity of the event.


Timings Session 
 09:30-10:00 Arrivals 

10:00 – 10:15

Introductions & brief of day


10:15 – 10:20




10:20 – 11:05


Workshop 1


11:05 – 11:25




11:25 – 12:10


Workshop 2


12:10 – 12:50



12:50 – 13:35


Workshop 3


13:35 – 13:40




13:40 – 14:10


Evaluations and Close

Chemistry- How Fresh is Fresh?

In this session you will get the chance to apply your analytical chemistry skills to determining which is freshest - ‘fresh’ spinach or frozen spinach. Using thin-layer chromatography (TLC) you will separate out the chemical compounds which give spinach leaves their colour and work out which has been sat on the shelf the longest.

Food and Nutrition – Sugar Consumption


What is the impact of sugar consumption on our health? What challenges do the food industry face when dealing with the replacement of sugar and other nutrients such as salt and saturated fat? In the food and nutrition session we will investigate what happens to certain types of foods when they are made without sugar, and ask you as the consumer what you think of them. You can also explore the health impact on our bodies when you find out what happens to us when they we eat too many sweet and sugary foods. (Disclaimer this activity will include eating food products if you have an allergy please inform the session leader)


Biological Sciences- Diabetes


Diabetes. You’ve probably heard about it, you might even know somebody with it but have you ever wondered how it’s diagnosed? This session will teach you the basic principles involved in diagnosing diabetes and will give you the opportunity to try out the techniques and equipment needed to be a diabetes diagnostician.



To book a place, please fill in the form below.


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