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Outreach News Autumn 2010



Pollutants Tale, on Five Continents - 2/12/10

The lecture demonstration, 'A Pollutant's Tale' has recently been performed in the United States by Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison. This brings the number of continents that have been exposed to the ever popular talk to five. Only South America and Antarctic audiences have yet to see one of the suite of the lecture demonstrations under this title.

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach and the International Year of Chemistry - 1/12/10

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach plans to play an important part in activities associated with the International Year of Chemistry in 2011. ChemLabS regularly engages with students and teachers from, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Malta, Singapore and South Africa and occasionally with schools, students and teachers from Australia, Brunei, China, Hungary, India and Poland. For 2011/2012 there are plans to work with groups from Botswana, Lesotho, Malaysia, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Tanzania and the USA. In addition a residential school in the Middle East is being planned.

With a multinational intake from many schools from the UK and overseas, the numbers of countries touched by ChemLabS Outreach will be even wider.


Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Activity in 2009/10 - 1/11/10

A total of 45 days of primary schools outreach activity involving 68 named schools took place in the UK, Jersey, Australia and South Africa with approximately 12800 primary students engaged. The UK areas involved were the London Boroughs of Enfield and Westminster, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, North Somerset, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Bristol.

221 identifiable schools have been involved in secondary school outreach events held both at the School of Chemistry and in schools. Over 15000 students have been engaged in a range of residential schools, lab visits, conferences, competitions and lecture demonstrations.

Apart from the UK-based outreach events, students have also been engaged in Hungary, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Ireland and France with students from Malta, Italy, Ireland and Spain having also been hosted in Bristol. Furthermore, Bristol ChemLabS devised lectures and workshops have now also been given by Rhodes University (Grahamstown) and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Johannesburg) staff who have engaged with several thousand students directly in South Africa.


'A Pollutant's Tale' on tour in the Western Cape! - 25/10/10

A team of Outreach chemists from Rhodes University in South Africa have just completed a tour of the Western Cape delivering a series of performances of 'A Pollutants Tale' The week-long road trip from 11-15 October saw 1385 young learners experiencing Bristol ChemLabS most popular lecture demonstration. most popular lecture demonstration. The lead chemist Sunny Sunassee had previously experienced Outreach at Bristol ChemLabS and Ryan Young had experienced it at SciFest Africa.

The schools involved were: Amstelhof Primary, Paarlzicht Primary, Paulus Joubert Primary (Paarl), St. Idas Primary, Kayamandi Primary, Ikaya (Stellenbosch), The Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Westerford High School (Cape Town), and Hawston Primary School (Hermanus).

Climate Radio Programmes to be Aired in South Africa - 11/10/10

Dudley Shallcross and Mike Davies-Coleman (Rhodes, SA) have just recorded five radio programmes on the climate as part of the South East African Climate Consortium (SEACC) in response to Buyelwa Sonjica's (South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs) request that universities and environmental NGOs of SEACC assist the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in demystifying climate issues.

The programmes, to be broadcast on Algoa Bay FM South Africa, are part of one such project. A series of 52 radio broadcasts to demystify climate will be aired from November onwards.

The programmes made were:

"What is the atmosphere?" (download mp3 file)
"What is air pollution and how can we reduce it?" (download mp3 file)
"What has happened to the ozone hole?" (download mp3 file)
"What is climate change and global warming?" (download mp3 file)
"Are there ways to combat climate change?" (download mp3 file)


Spectroscopy Tours 2010 - 21/09/10

The annual round of spectroscopy tours was delivered in a total of 235 twenty-minute sessions to a total of 440 Post 16 students from 25 schools. Techniques covered included MS, XRD, GCMS, IR, SEM and NMR. Over 25 postgraduates, post docs, technical and academic staff were involved in supporting regional chemistry teachers.

The Festival of Contemporary Science becomes an annual event - 06/09/10

Following the success of the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Science Bristol ChemLabS is again holding a festival of leading edge science for teachers, science communicators and technicians on 29th January.

The aim of the conference is to give in-service and trainee science teachers an opportunity to update in a number of areas that are touched on in senior science lessons. Twenty academics from several disciplines will be giving lectures and many more are assisting with workshops during the day.

The conference is being held on a Saturday to make it available to as many science teachers as possible and it is being co-sponsored by the Bristol Alumni Association, A-Level Chemistry LabSkills and the Science Learning Centre-southwest.

For more information please click here.

Chocolate Cooperation Downunder a great success - 03/09/10

STEM Ambassador Andy Chapman's interest in chocolate and chemistry has been put to further good use. Through cooperation with the University of Melbourne many members of the public found out about the chemistry of chocolate during Australia's recent National Science Week.

Mick Moylan, Chemistry Outreach Fellow at Melbourne's School of Chemistry reported, "We ended up having a great day at the Melbourne Fruit and Vegetable markets speaking with loads of shoppers who came to see and taste some of the molecules in chocolate. We've been invited to run it again at the Melbourne Agricultural Show."

Andy has already given several talks to school students on this topic at the university and in local schools.

Bristol ChemLabS to Represent UK Chemistry at Science on Stage Festival in Denmark - 02/09/10

In April 2011 a team from Bristol ChemLabS Outreach will be representing school-level chemistry as part of the UK contingent at the European Science on Stage Festival.

The festival is hosted every two years in a different country. There will be 350 science teachers from 27 European countries who will present their most innovative teaching ideas, workshops and also give performances. This will be the third time that Bristol ChemLabS have been present at this prestigious festival for teachers. The Science on Stage 2011 is sponsored by the Danish Ministry of Education.

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