BOC, the country’s largest supplier of gases for industrial and healthcare applications, is featured on the latest educational videos published on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website this morning.
Faces of Chemistry is a series of short online videos aimed at school students looking at chemistry-related careers. The three RSC films look at food freezing and the chemistry behind it. They feature Sarah Martin-Law, a chemistry graduate who is now the marketing sector manager for food within BOC, and Keith Nicholson, a BOC applications engineer who develops and implements the technologies that allow frozen and chilled foods to be produced more efficiently and safely.
The videos look at the process of food freezing and protective atmosphere packaging for chilled foods, as well as describing how the gases used are extracted from the air. The three films are aimed at 11−14, 14−16 and 16−18 year olds and are linked to key concepts in the national curriculum relevant to each age group. They show real scientists working in a commercial environment and discuss how the careers of Sarah and Keith have brought them to their current roles.
Keith Nicholson said: “Chemistry isn’t a dry, abstract subject; it’s the base on which much of modern technology is built. I hope these films will demonstrate just how exciting and important chemistry is in today’s world.”
Dr Alex Kersting, who coordinates the Faces of Chemistry project at the RSC, commented: “This series is designed to show how chemistry is a vital part of everyday life. We all need food to survive but few of us realise the sophisticated technologies needed to get our nourishment safely and efficiently to our tables. I’ve learned a great deal more about it through this project with BOC.”
The videos can be found online at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website: www.rsc.org/facesofchemistry as part of the RSC Education Learn Chemistry website, a new and innovative online platform for resources designed to support the teaching and learning of chemistry.