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Outreach News Summer 2010


June

Bristol ChemLabS International Summer Schools Begin - 28/06/10

Forty-eight students aged 16 to 18 from schools in Malta, Ireland and the UK are working in the School of Chemistry this week engaged in variety of practical investigations and other experiments, lectures, demonstrations, talks and tours.

Half of the students, those from Ireland and the UK,  will move to Trinity College Dublin to complete the week whilst  the two dozen students from St Aloysius College in Malta will remain in the Bristol labs before engaging on cultural activities in advance of their flights back to the Mediterranean island. This is the second time that students from St Aloysius have been to Bristol. It is the sixth Bristol-Trinity College Dublin summer school in the last 5 years.

Calvin Lim Yeong Yew, a chemistry teacher from Meridian Junior College Singapore, is also visiting the summer school in preparation for his students joining in 2011.

Other countries whose students regularly visit Bristol to engage in residential chemistry schools include Spain and Italy. Post 16 students from Jersey (a country outside of the EU) will also be visiting in October.

Tim Harrison, ChemLabS Director of Outreach said 'It is very satisfying to see that visits to Bristol's School of Chemistry are now considered part of the normal schemes of work for these international schools as they are for many UK schools'.

Dudley Shallcross and Bristol ChemLabS Awarded a Major HEA Grant - 24/06/10

Dudley Shallcross and Bristol ChemLabS are pleased to announce the award of a three year grant from the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme to develop a Dynamic Laboratory Techniques Manual (DLTM) for Physical and Biological Sciences.

Building on the success of the Bristol ChemLabS Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) and A-Level LabSkills, this project will put together a panel of science experts from across the UK to produce a list of core practical techniques that are needed in each scientific discipline in the first year of a degree programme. The panel will then prepare a ‘story board’ to demonstrate each technique using the DLM format developed by Bristol ChemLabS. The final DLTM will be freely available to all UK institutes to support practical teaching.

For more details, see www.heacademy.ac.uk/ntfsprojects

AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Grant to Work with Local primary Schools - 17/06/10

Bristol ChemLabS outreach has been awarded a grant by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust to work closely with eight ofthe twelve schools intheBristol Education Authority's 'N3 cluster group' assisting in a number of areas of practical science for Key Stage 2 pupils in the academic year 2010/11.

The project will see the designated schools receive a Science Day in the Autumn term, support for the science coordinators in the schools with the design of further physical science practical work and the establishment of a loanable library of science equipment for the whole cluster. One element of the project will be a poster defence competition for Year 5 and Year 6 primary students at the School of Chemistry where their science work will be on show.

There are 12 schools in the N3 cluster group: St John's Primary, Bishop Road, Hotwells, St Peter and Paul, Elmlea Juniors, Henleaze Juniors, St Bonaventures, Stoke Bishop, Westbury Park, St Michaels on the Mount, St George and Colston's Primary.

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach gets Big Tick Reaccreditation - 10/06/10Big Tick

Bristol ChemLabS is pleased to announce that its Schools Outreach programme has retained its Big Tick status in the Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) 2010 Awards for Excellence.

Bristol ChemLabS achieved the Big Tick in the 2009 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Education Award for its outreach and engagement activities with schools, teachers and students of all ages which were judged to have made a strikingly positive and sustained impact on the community. Last year, ChemLabS was also ‘Highly Commended’ in this category at a reception at St James’s Palace. This year, ChemLabS has been able to demonstrate that it is still a fantastic example of sustainable outreach that continues to have a significant positive impact both nationally and internationally.

polymerStephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Bristol ChemLabS on achieving their reaccreditation. It has been a difficult 12 months for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus on making a positive impact on people and planet, and are prepared to lead by example. That’s what Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence are all about - celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen, and the benefits to the business and society of doing so. Consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as Bristol ChemLabS has demonstrated.

Tim Harrison, Director of Outreach commented: "This is a welcome reflection of the efforts of a very large number of technicians, porters, stores people, secretaries, postgraduates and academic staff in the School of Chemistry, in supporting the promotion of chemistry".

Bristol ChemLabS was presented with a Big Tick reaccreditation certificate at Leigh Court in Bristol on June 10 by guest speaker Jonathon Porritt

For the University of Bristol press release, click here

News of Chemistry Outreach in South Africa - 03/06/10

It is not just the football world cup that is happening in South Africa. Bristol ChemLabS Outreach links with Rhodes University on the Eastern Cape is expanding the audience of 'A Pollutant's Tale'. Postgraduate chemists at Rhodes have just delivered five performances of the lecture demonstration on climate chemistry and atmospheric chemistry to a total of 252 learners during the 5 days of a Focus Week on 'Exploding Myth'. The schools participating were Nombolelo High SDA, Primary Kingswood College, and Samuel Ntsiko Good Shepperd Khanya Maths and Science Club.

Professor Mike Davies-Coleman, Head of Department of Chemistry at Rhodes, said of the outreach programme team, 'I am proud of your efforts and undiminished commitment to what, in my opinion, is one of the most worthwhile programmes emanating from this Department.'

Demonstrators at Sci-Bono Science Centre in Johannesburg are also delivering 'A Pollutant's Tale' to schools visiting several times per week.

Bristol ChemLabS has been involved in the training at both institutions.

Another Record Breaking Month Celebrated by Bristol ChemLabS Outreach - 03/06/10

Bristol ChemLabS continues to engage with large numbers of students, teachers and members of the public. It set a new record in face-to-face engagements in March this year with a total of 9,602 beating a previous high of 9,245 in March 2009 previously reported on the University news pages

Activities in March included delivering the chemistry component of the biannual Jersey Schools Science Week and Sci-Fest Africa 2010 in addition to the more usual UK based events.

May

AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Appoints Dudley Shallcross as New Director - 11/05/10

Dudley ShallcrossThe AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust has appointed Professor Dudley Shallcross as its new Director following the retirement of Professor Hugh Lawlor who had held the post since the establishment of the Trust in 1998.

Since its inception, the Trust has established a considerable reputation within the science education community for providing pedagogic support and continuing professional development for science teachers in the UK. Its work was initially targeted at teachers of science at primary level but it has recently become more engaged with the transition to secondary education.

"The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust prospered under Hugh Lawlor's leadership over more than a decade", said Chair of Trustees, Mike Rance. "The Trustees are excited by the prospect of working with Dudley to build on the foundations created by Hugh."

In response, Dudley states: "I have seen first-hand the difference good science teaching can make to school students. The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust has played a pivotal role in supporting science teachers at primary and transition level in the UK over the last 12 years. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue and extend this work."

More information on the Trust and its activities can be found on its website at www.azteachscience.co.uk and a full press release can be viewed here.

On accepting this post, Dudley will hand over his role as Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Director to Tim Harrison

 

Bristol ChemLabS Enthuses French Students - 07/05/10


In early May more than 120 students, aged 14 -16 years, and their teachers from the 'ambition réussite' network of schools in northern France, took part in four and a half days of hands-on chemistry lecture demonstrations and talks. The outreach team comprised Mohamed Benama, Katie Shaw and Adele Laurain who provided the chemistry experience at the teaching labs in the chemistry department (l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, ENSCL) at Lille University which was initially assisted by Tim Harrison.

This event was sponsored by the British Council's Science in Schools Project and l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille and was covered by the television company France 3 which can be viewed here.

The Ambition Réussite network is made up of schools situated in areas where there may be high unemployment, low socio-economic status and large immigrant communities. Students from the following schools took part: Collège Langevin Wallon (Grenay), Collège Paul Eluard (Beuvrages), Collège de Wazemmes(Beuvrages), Collège Lucie Aubrac(Dunkerque) and Collège Lucie Aubrac (Louvroil).

 

 

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