On Tuesday 6th February, Papplewick boys from years 5 to 8 were entertained and enthralled by one-of-a-kind chemist Dr Szydlo. He took the boys on a scientific journey through the chemistry syllabus for both common entrance and scholarship entry, incorporating a historic timeline of the events leading up to the famous discoveries in science.
Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Dr Szydlo had the boys fully engaged – his experiments were fantastic. The boys particularly enjoyed the flash and bang experiments and the amazing colour-changing chemical reactions.”
Dr Szydlo’s lifelong passion is chemical experiments. He studied chemical engineering and industrial safety at university, but immediately afterwards returned to his favourite activity – chemical experiments – by becoming a chemistry teacher. Whilst teaching full-time, he enrolled for a PhD researching alchemy and his thesis was later published as a book.