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2017

August

Bristol ChemLabS has been working with chemists at James Cook University (JCU, Townsville, Australia) in order for them to set up mobile outreach lecture demonstrations to service Northern Queensland.

July

Outreach Again to Work with The BBC

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with the Natural History Unit on a series entitled ' Deadly Dinosaurs'. In a minor capacity, Tim Harrison will be filmed demonstrating some gas experiments.

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Programme

Over the last academic year Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Programme engaged ~28,000 school pupils including 17,000 primary pupils, 9000 secondary students and just under 1000 teachers. Bristol ChemLabS has been asked again to provide the main prize for the national CLEAPSS science competition.

June

A visit from a Bristol ChemLabS outreach team was the prize in a National Science competition sponsored by CLEAPSS and the PSTT. The award-winning school was the River School, Worcester.

This month also saw the 4th annual visit by a group of first year undergraduate chemists from the European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg,

May

Congratulations to former Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Director Dudley Shallcross who has been awarded the RSC’s Nyholm Prize for Education. This is only awarded every two years.

April

An article for the Brazilian science blog site directed at school students 'Spicing Up Chemistry: Cinnamon' by Liv Levy, Tim Harrison and Natalie Fey has just been published. The article was based on a communication task by final year undergraduate Liv Levy as part of a 'School's Project'. The article can be found here. The article is expected to be published in Portuguese and Spanish in due course.

March

Outreach continues apace

Another busy month of outreach with 22 events spread across the south of England from Essex to Somerset including a chemistry camp for young women from Jersey to schools’ conferences at Bristol, Cheltenham and Street.

February

Bristol ChemLabS reinforced its outreach collaboration with Rhodes University (South Africa) with a visit that involved postgraduate demonstration training, science demonstrations in schools and a seminar on outreach advantages.

CHeMneT members will be pleased to hear that Sarah Glover, the postgraduate chemist that many of you will have engaged with either through outreach or through her research, has received her doctorate for her thesis 'It’s Not Just About The Kids: The Effects of University-Led Outreach on Teachers and the Role of the School Teacher Fellow’.

January

The first Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Advisory Board, with membership across the University, the RSC and other HEIs met with the aim to support future outreach activities and the desire to be recognised as a world leader in outreach.

2016

December

Bristol ChemLabS completed a marathon series of 12 visits to 16 primary schools in the Chichester area delivering the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 2150 pupils. The events were sponsored by the PSTT.

November

I’m a scientist get me out of here - Drug Discovery Zone’ winner

Many visitors to Bristol ChemLabS in the last 3 years may recall talks from Steven Street, a final year PhD student working in Carmen Galan’s group and a member of the Chemical Synthesis CDT. Steve has won ‘I’m a scientist get me out of here - Drug Discovery Zone’. You can read more about 'I'm a scientist get me out of here' and a report on Drug Discovery Zone here.

Anti-Microorganism Resistance Schools Conference

The first Post 16 conference on AMR was held this month involving lectures and a hands-on workshop session.

October

ChemLabS Endorses Awards for Primary Science Teachers

Bristol ChemLabS has endorsed two national awards made to two outstanding primary science teachers at the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) national awards’ ceremonies in Bristol. Rebekah May from Birch CofE Primary School,Colchester and William Golding of Lumley Junior School Durham will be visited by Tim Harrison to perform science assemblies at their schools later in the year.

Photo of awards

‘I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here’

Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street, who many schools visitors may have heard speak on anti-cancer drugs based on sugars, has been selected to be a part of the ‘I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here’ outreach competition in November! Steve will be taking part in the ‘Drug Discovery’ section.

September

Outreach Record Broken

Bristol ChemLabS engaged with more than 32500 people last academic year. These were 16700 in primary schools, 14,100 in secondary school and 1700 members of the wider community. In recent years typical outreach numbers were 25000-30000.

August

Bristol ChemLabS Meets with Wolverhampton Chemistry Outreach Team

3 staff from the recently reformed Chemistry Department at Wolverhampton paid a visit to Bristol to discuss a joint outreach project.

Outreach article Invited for national magazine

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach to feature in a Spring edition of CLEAPPS' 'Science and Technology'. Publication. This magazine is sent to around 23000 primary science leaders in the UK.

Outreach Advisory Board to be formed

ChemLabS outreach is forming an advisory group made up from senior university managers, experts from local universities, a senior RSC representative and a CHeMneT member. The board will meet in early November.

July

Widening Participation Support for ChemLabS

An additional grant from WP has provided support for chemistry camps, lab visits, loanable equipment and for primary school fragrance workshops.

June

Bristol ChemLabS Former Outreach Director Awarded Honorary Fellowship

Professor Dudley Shallcross has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the College of Teachers at a degree ceremony by Prince Phillip.

ChemLabS Support for Teachers’ Conferences

Bristol ChemLabS outreach was represented at two highly successful teachers’ conferences this month. The first for Chemistry teachers at the University of Southampton and at the primary Science Teaching Trust’s (PSTT) first international conference held in Belfast.

May

Bristol ChemLabS was represented at the RSC's second National Outreach Conference held at Newcastle.

Bristol ChemLabS hosted two Salters’ Festivals of chemistry for 26 schools this month and has already been asked to do the same next year.

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach has been awarded a RSC Small Outreach Grant to provide several primary school workshops in the new academic year.

April

Jersey Live Labs

Bristol ChemLabS, working with CHeMneT member Steve Braithwaite at Jersey College for Girls, delivered 8 lecture demonstrations over 3 days to over 1300 students from Year 5 to Year 13 from 8 secondary and 13 primary schools.

March

Articles on atmospheric chemistry written by ChemLabS staff have appeared for the third time in 5 years in the pre-release papers by an A Level examination board.

The usual 2 year cycle of National Chemistry Week has been broken and it will again take place in November this year (Saturday 19 November to Sunday 27 November ).

EPSRC Public Engagement Grant - Bristol ChemLabS Outreach has been awarded £5000 to deliver science assemblies for Rural Primary Schools in the South West Region during the next year.

February

Alison Rivett began work on a RSC Small Outreach Grant that allows Bristol ChemLabS to deliver lecture demonstrations to primary pupils from rural schools. The mode employed is to use secondary schools to host their local primary feeder schools to increase the impact of the outreach.

January

Two outreach workers from the Chemistry department at the Universidad de la República, Montevideo in Uruguay spent a week with Bristol ChemLabS researching UK outreach.

2015

December

The annual Christmas Chemistry conference of talks and lecture demonstrations took place in the School of Chemistry for 220 students from Years 11-13 from 8 schools in the region.

November

ChemLabS Primary Workshops to be National Prize

A sponsored visit by Bristol ChemLabS Outreach is to be a prize for CLEAPPS’s national primary science competition.

Belfast Science Festival Participation

Bristol ChemLabS, working with Stranmillis University College, will take part in the ‘Playful Chemistry Event’ next February with lecture demonstrations and workshops for primary pupils.

October

Outreach Events in Great Demand

In unprecedented demand the Open Lab Programme for visits to the Teaching Laboratories for this academic year had nearly all gone by the start of the month. The outreach events around the country were also well attended with over 3000 students and teachers seeing lecture demonstrations in one week in October alone.

September

Bristol ChemLabS has been approached by the University of Montevideo to deliver primary science training in Uruguay in February 2016.

August

Outreach Engagement Continues Apace

Another busy academic year has seen at least 28,450 people (including those from more than 670 schools) engaged in a wide range of activities in the UK and overseas. Bookings for lab space are >80% full for the next academic year already.

July

‘I'm a Scientist - Get Me Out of Here’ Success

Thomas Farrugia (PhD student known to many CHeMneT members for his talks) who has been participating in the Polymers Zone in I'm a Scientist - Get Me Out of Here. Thomas describes this as “It's kind of like the X-Factor or I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here competitions but with scientists being the performers and students the judges”. Thomas won £500 to communicate his work with the public. More information on the website.

June

Local Success in RSC National Schools' Analyst Finals

Blundell's School Year 12 analytical team, who won the ChemLabS event, finished second in the National Analyst Finals held in Aberdeen!

May

RSC Links with ChemLabS Outreach Further Strengthened

Tim Harrison will be presenting at the first RSC National Conference on Chemistry Outreach in Manchester discussing future RSC Chemistry Outreach support in general and Chemistry Week in particular. A RSC Small Projects outreach grant from the RSC to support lecture demonstrations in schools in Devon and Cornwall was received. These school visits will be during the academic year 2015/16

April

ChemLabS Chemistry to be on the BBC

Tim Harrison has just spent 3 days working with the Natural History Unit of the BBC filming chemistry demonstrations that will be used in an 8 part series called Weird World being broadcast in the autumn and narrated by Chris Packham. However, only Tim’s hands and stomach will be in the shots!

March

Science Alive 2015, Hong Kong Science Museum

Bristol ChemLabS outreach broke a record by engaging with 3500+ school students and members of the public in 2 days at an outdoor event in Hong Kong through hands on workshops and more than 30x 20 minute lecture demonstrations across the 14 hours.University of Bristol news item has more information and photos of the event.

February

A small outreach grant from the RSC has seen 1650 secondary students from 8 Devon schools see 9 Chemistry lecture demonstrations in January and February. A grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce), will see a number of outreach events provided to a targeted list of schools in Avon, Wiltshire and Somerset over the next two years.

January

A very busy month has seen more than 2700 students engaged in a range of outreach activities affecting students from 10 counties.

 

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