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Copper Curiosity

23 June 2016

Copper Curiosity

ASE is pleased to support "Curious About Copper", a long-standing competition from the Copper Development Association.

The 2016 competition called on UK students aged 11–16 to design an educational poster to appeal to their peers, explaining particular applications of copper and the properties that make it essential to modern living. 

Click here to see ASE competition judge, Richard Needham, explain how and why the winners were chosen.

Find out more here

Winners (Ages 14–16, Years 10–11, Key Stage 4)

Buildings and Design Winner:
Sneha Pimpalnerkar, King Edward VI High School

Electronics and Communication Winner: 
Ben Harvey, Exeter School

Buildings and Design Winner:
Harry Andrews, Chesham Grammar School

Winners (Ages 11–14, Years 7–9, Key Stage 3)

Health and Medicine Winner:
Imogen Evans, King Edward VI High School

Electronics and Communication Winner:
Sophie Downey, The Sandon School

Health and Medicine Winner:
Sabrina Torris, The Cotswold School

Find teaching resources 

This resource explores how generators produce electricity, and how electricity is subsequently distributed. It considers the principle of electromagnetic induction and how this applies to generators and transformers.

Copper and electricity: generation, transformers and the grid

This resource explores how generators produce electricity, and how electricity is subsequently distributed. It considers the principle of electromagnetic induction and how this applies to generators and transformers.

Copper is low on the reactivity scale but reacts slowly in the atmosphere to develop an attractive pale green patina. It also reacts with ferric chloride solution and copper chloride which make copper etching possible.

Reactivity of copper: etching and patination

Copper is low on the reactivity scale but reacts slowly in the atmosphere to develop an attractive pale green patina. It also reacts with ferric chloride solution and copper chloride which make copper etching possible.

This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.

Copper, pathogens and disease

This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.