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The UMU, on the hunt for future chemists in the Region (09/10/2019)

The University of Murcia (UMU) launches a new edition of MasterChem, the scientific popularization contest that brings chemistry to students throughout the Region of Murcia, following the culinary program.

The contest, which had more than 300 participants in the last edition, returns this year loaded with new features that include the direct pass of one of the finalists to the scientific popularization contest 'Science in Action'.

Also, on this occasion, the public can decide which groups will reach the final during a previous chemistry fair.

The essence of the contest will remain.

The participating groups, consisting of four students and two teachers, must record a video in which they perform and explain a chemical experiment to move on to the next phase.

Only nine of them can feel like true scientists in the final, six decided by the university teaching staff and three by the public.

Those who reach the last phase, which will take place at the end of March 2020, will face a live experiment from which they will not know the materials or the procedure until time begins.

This innovative initiative, created by the Scientific Culture Unit of the UMU, is aimed at students from all over the region, aged between 6 and 18, who will have to work with their teachers to proclaim themselves as the best chemists.

Likewise, following the basis of the previous edition, the ultimate goal of this activity is to promote the quality, innovation and participation of teachers in the education centers of the Region, through new teaching techniques and initiatives that introduce the scientific subject in the classrooms in a more rewarding and therefore more efficient way.

As easy as sending a video

The registration period is now open and will end on November 30.

To participate, the video must be sent to the email ucc@um.es, demonstrating that they have the necessary knowledge to reach the final.

Through this project we want to encourage chemical vocations among Murcia students and demonstrate the importance of this discipline in daily life, as well as alleviate chemophobia, that is, the irrational fear of the scientific world present in pseudosciences.

This activity can become the first contact of the students with the laboratory and the figure of the scientist.

This scientific contest has been funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and has the collaboration of the Academy of Sciences of the Region of Murcia, the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry in its territorial section and companies such as Tecnoquim, Proquilab and AMC Group.

Source: Universidad de Murcia

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