CHeMneT Events Autumn 2008


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December

18 December: Spectroscopy Tours for Post 16 Chemistry Students

student doing spectroscopyNinety four Chemistry students spent half a day in the School of Chemistry looking at aspects of chemical analysis. The students saw Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), X-Ray Diffraction, Ultra Violet Visible and Infrared spectroscopies.

Chemistry SEA guides involved in the day were Joanne Rowe, Junwei Wang, Paula Gorrotxategi, Aiofe Grant, James Kitulagoda and Katie Shaw. Steve Henshaw, Tim Harrison, Craig Butts, Mairi Haddow and Matthew Case delivered the individual workshops.

The schools involved came from a wide area of the South West. These included City of Bristol College (Bristol), Ivybridge Community College (Devon), Clyst Vale Community College (Devon), Patchway Community College (Bristol), Hardenhuish School (Wilts), Nailsea School (Bristol), Castle School (Thornbury), Bristol Cathedral Choir School (Bristol) and St Augustine's Catholic College (Wilts).

A total number of 524 students visited on spectroscopy tours during the autumn term.

16 December: Practical Workshop, Thomas Hardye School, Dorset

Twenty-two Post 16 students from the Dorchester science college spent the day in the undergraduate teaching laboratories with Chris Holland and Chemistry SEAs Jennifer Hemmings, Rob Scott and Andy Chapman. The students completed a Grignard synthesis as part of their A-Level course.

10 December: Atmospheric Chemistry Presentation, Gordano School, Portishead

Dudley Shallcross gave a presentation on climate change to 15 KS3 Gifted and Talented students at this local Bristol school.

09 December: Institute of Education, London

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' to an audience of over 850 Post 16 students at the Institute's 'Chemistry in Action for A-Level Students' schools conference.

04 December: 'A Pollutant's Tale', The John Bentley School, Wiltshire

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' at the John Bentley School in Calne, Wiltshire. This was an introductory part of a multi-school conference on green issues involving 200 students, hosted by this school as part of an ISSP grant.

04 December: Christmas Lecture, Tudor Hall, Banbury, Oxon

Tim Harrison assisted by Linda Sellou presented an evening performance of 'A Chemical Delight' as the Christmas lecture for 100 Y10-12 students at Tudor Hall in Oxfordshire.

03 December: Schools' Christmas Conference 2008

Three hundred students, mainly in Y9-11, were entertained to an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations punctuated by drinks and mince pies.

Professor Graham Leggett of Sheffield University started the conference with a talk 'Bionanotechnology: What is it? Is it dangerous? Is it useful?'. This was followed by a talk on perfume chemistry, 'Chemistry that gets right up your nose', given by Tim Harrison. The finale was the lecture demonstration given by John Kilcoyne and Jeff Teasdale entitled 'Chemistry for the Terrified'. John and Jeff, from the University of Sunderland have given this talk at Bristol in previous years.

The Schools in attendance at the conference were:

Bishop Wordsworth CoE Grammar School for Boys (Wilts); Blackwood Comprehensive School (Gwent); Castle School, Chipping Sodbury (S. Glos); Colston's School for Girls (Bristol); Downside School (Bristol); Hanham High School (Bristol); Kingsfield (Bristol); Nailsea School (Bristol); St Bede's RC College (Bristol); Strode College (Somerset)

03 December: Caffeine Extraction, Bishops Wordsworth School, Salisbury

Thirty-two Y11 students spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories extracting caffeine from teabags, aided by Linda Sellou and Chemistry SEAs Ben Cheeseman and Katie Shaw.

02 December: Christmas Lectures, Open University, Milton Keynes

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave two performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' at the home of the Open University. A total of 620 Post 16 students saw the lecture demonstration.

The seventeen schools in attendance were:

Bedford Mordern School (Bedford), Bishop Stopford School (Kettering), Caroline Chisholm School (Northampton), Cedars Upper School (Leighton Buzzard), The Cottesloe School (Wing), Harris City Academy Crystal Palace (London), Stantonbury Campus (Milton Keynes), Thomas Deacon Academy (Peterborough), Tudor Hall School (Banbury), Vandyke Upper School (Leighton Buzzard), Bedford College (Bedford), Bury Lawn School (Milton Keynes), Hitchins Girls (& Boys) School (Herts), Redborne Upper School (Ampthill), Shenley Brook End School (Milton Keynes), Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School (Aylesbury) and Walton High (Milton Keynes)

01 December: Lecture Demonstration, Rednock School, Gloucestershire

Bristol ChemLabS was pleased to host a group of 36 Y10 students and their teachers from the Dursley science college for a two-hour session at the School of Chemistry. The students, which included 15 Polish school students, saw 'A Pollutant's Tale' performed by Tim Harrison and then had a tour of the department assisted by Steve Henshaw.

 

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November

27–28 November: Senior Chemistry Winter School at NUS

Thirty-two students aged 15 to 18 attended this second annual workshop at the undergraduate teaching laboratories at the National University of Singapore (NUS). image of benzoic acidThe annual workshops are organised by Gaik Khuan Chuah of the Chemistry Department at NUS.The students worked along side six NUS and three Bristol ChemLabS chemists in a series of practicals and lectures.

The practical work undertaken included the synthesis of benzoic acid as a gentle introduction to the laboratory work, synthesis and characterisation of an anaesthetic, synthesising an azo dye, and the isolation of the carvone from caraway seeds.

The lectures enjoyed by the students were 'A Pollutant's Tale' and 'Extremophile Chemistry', both given by Tim Harrison, and 'Toothpaste Chemistry' given by Linda Sellou.

Bristol SEAs Marcus Medley and Kate Hanford worked with the students.

25–26 November: Chemistry Winter School for Young Chemists, Singapore

One hundred and twenty students aged 13 to 15 attended this second annual workshop at the undergraduate teaching laboratories at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The annual workshops are organised by Gaik Khuan Chuah of the Chemistry Department at NUS.

The school students worked alongside six NUS and three Bristol ChemLabS chemists in a series of practicals and lectures.

The practical work undertaken included some kinetics chemistry, the extraction of caffeine from tea, analysis of sugar in soft drinks and active ingredient in bleach, the synthesis of benzoic acid and the thin layer chromatography of drugs.

The lectures enjoyed by the students were 'A Pollutant's Tale' and 'The Chemistry of Perfumes', both given by Tim Harrison, and 'Toothpaste Chemistry' given by Linda Sellou.

Bristol SEAs Marcus Medley and Kate Hanford worked with the students.

21 November: Crypt School, Gloucester

Dr Richard Pancost revisited the Gloucestershire science college to deliver two lectures entitled 'The Chemistry, Physics and Biology of Global Warming' to 110 Y11 students and the talk 'Biomolecules Tell Us About How Climate Changed in the Past... and How it Might Change in the Future' to 30 Y12 students.

19 November: Workshop and Public Lecture on Chemistry Outreach, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia

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19 November: St Johns School, Marlborough

Twenty-three A-Level and IB Chemists from the Wiltshire school visited the undergraduate teaching laboratory for a practical workshop on the topic of drugs chemistry. The students made benzocaine and carried out an analysis of commercial aspirin. Postgraduate chemistry SEAs Marcus Medley and Caroline Grainger assisted Chris Holland with the practical session.

photo of toothpaste tube18 November: Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan, Brunei

Tim Harrison and Linda Sellou visited this Brunian science college to speak with the Chemistry students in Y12. Tim Harrison spoke to the group of 30 students about entry to university and ChemLabS outreach activities. Linda Sellou gave a presentation of the Chemistry of Toothpaste.

 

17 November: Meeting with Heads of Science, Brunei State Schools, Brunei Darussalam

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13 November: 'Chemistry in Action for A-Level Students' Schools Conference, Institute of Education, University of London

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison, assisted by Steve Henshaw, gave the inaugural public performance of 'A Chemical Delight' to 900 Post 16 students at a day chemistry conference held at the Institute of Education, University of London.

12 November: Organic Synthesis Day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorset

The 29 Y12 students visited Bristol ChemLabS to take part in a piece of chemistry education research while learning new practical skills in a laboratory class.

The practical work undertaken was the synthesis of both esters of salicylic acid (2-hydroxybenzoic acid). Students successfully made Oil of Wintergreen and Aspirin.

Research chemists Linda Sellou, Steve Henshaw, Paula Gorrotxategi Carbajo and Joanne Rowe assisted the students with the practical.

The visit was concluded in the afternoon by Tim Harrison giving a lecture demonstration on gases in the air.

06 November: Climate Change CPD for Teachers

Dudley Shallcross led an afternoon's Climate Change session for CHeMneT. The session was sponsored by the Triple Science Network.

'Excellent! More people should come to these.' John Jones, Cheltenham College

05 November: Caffeine Extraction Morning

20 A-Level and International Baccalaureate Chemistry students from St John's Marlborough (Wilts) spent the morning working in the undergraduate teaching laboratories with postgraduate Chemistry SEAs Adele Laurain, Kara Cubbage and Caroline Grainger.

05 November: Schools' Medical Chemistry Biochemistry Conference

Two hundred and ninety-six students from years 11-13 and members of the local branch of the RSC and the BA attended this conference. Tim Harrison gave the initial presentation on 'Extremophile Chemistry'. Dr Alice Roberts (Bristol) then entertained the audience with a lecture on 'The Chemistry of Death'. After the break Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison presented 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

Unfortunately, several speakers were ill and as a result the conference had less of the Medical and Biochemistry flavours than planned.

The conference's smooth running was ensured by the assistance of Sue Williams and SEAs Sarah Newberry, Rodrigo Sanchez, Amy Styring and Steve Henshaw.

The schools in attendance were Blundells School (Devon), Colston Girls School (Bristol), Cornwall College (Cornwall), Downside (Bath), Hanham High (Bristol), Nailsea School (Bristol), Redland Green (Bristol), St John's Marlborough (Wilts), Strode College (Somerset), Taunton School (Somerset) and Tewkesbury School (Gloucs).

 

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October

25 October: Khanya Maths & Science Club, Albany Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa

Linda Sellou and Preeti Kaur revisited this local Saturday morning club run by Rhodes University students. 25 children aged 12 to 14 spent time carrying out experiments on slime and acids.

23 & 24 October: Chemistry Course for Non-Specialist GCSE Science Teachers

Tim Harrison assisted in the delivery of this locally held course at Ralph Allen School, Bath. The course, organised through the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Science Learning Centres, is part of a four-day course for qualified science teachers who are not chemistry specialists but who are called on to teach chemistry at KS3 or KS4.

More information on these courses on the RSC's website

22 October: Aspiration-Raising Day for Trowbridge & West Wiltshire LSN Triple Science Network

photo of caffeine extractionA total of 90 Y8 students and their teachers from a consortium of secondary schools in Trowbridge and West Wiltshire visited the School of Chemistry for a mixture of talks and practical work. The students experienced what it would be like to be an undergraduate chemist for the day – without the ensuing homework!

The morning saw all the students engaged in the lengthy piece of practical needed to extract caffeine from tea leaves. Some quick-working students also managed to get an infrared spectrum of their product to prove it was dry.

After a quick lunch break the students turned their attention to talks in the lecture theatre.

SEA Chemist Zoe Schnepp gave a talk on the research work going on to make synthetic bone for humans. School Teacher Fellow Tim Harrison rounded off the visit with a short demonstration on 'The Chemistry of Some of the Gases in the Air'.

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22 October: Graeme College, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Linda Sellou and Preeti Kaur gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' in the school hall to 55 students aged 12 to 14. The students also had the experience of doing some chemistry investigations in their school hall with the help of Rhodes University Chemists Sunny, Ryan, Mrs Idahosa and Mr Okewole.

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21 October: Inspiring Chemistry Day, Westleigh High, Wigan

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross delivered three presentations of 'A Pollutant's Tale' at the school for at total of 190 Y10 students and their teachers at this Lancashire specialist technology college.

17 October: Shaw Park Secondary School, Bathurst, South Africa

Shaw Park, a farm school, was today's venue for Bristol ChemLabS outreach. Preeti Kaur and Linda Sellou, assisted by Rhodes University Chemistry postgraduate Sunny Sunnassee, presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 20 Y8 & 9 students and their teachers.

16 October: A Pollutant's Tale, Worle School Somerset

Tim Harrison gave a performance of this ever popular lecture demonstration to all 300 Y10 pupils and their science teachers at this 11-16 school in Weston-Super-Mare.

16 October: TEM Mrwetyana Secondary School, Grahamstown, South Africa

Bristol chemists Linda Sellou and Preeti Kaur, assisted by Rhodes University chemists Annelene and Anne, presented 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 80 Grade 8 students at this township school.

Following the lecture the students and their teacher interviewed Preeti about her life as a chemist.

15 October: Top of the Bench Practical Chemistry Competition

School students in ChemLabSEleven teams of bright young chemists took part in the Bristol & District regional heat of this annual national competition. Students were challenged on this occasion by the analysis of commercially available chemicals.

While the students were in the laboratory, Research Fellow Mairi Haddow gave their teachers a presentation on X-ray Crystallography and a tour of the School of Chemistry's newly reopened facility.

The eventual winners, as judged by SEAs Marcus Medley, Steve Henshaw and Becky Sage, were the team from Cheltenham College, and the runners up were from Bristol Grammar School. Cheltenham College now go forward to the national finals.

Top of the Bench is a national competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for 14 to 16 year-old students. The competition starts in the RSC local sections, where heats are organised for schools in the local area to select a team to compete in the UK Final. The UK final is held in the Science Museum in London in March/April each year. Teams comprised two Y9, 1 Y10 and 1 Y11 students.

The participating schools were Blackwood Comprehensive School, Bristol Grammar School (BGS), Cheltenham College, Clifton High, Dauntsey's School, Downside, Hardenhuish, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) School, St Antony's Leweston School and St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School.

CHeMneT members will be told about next year's competition via the CHeMneT Newsletter in due course.

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15 October: DSG, Grahamstown, South Africa

Rhodes University postgraduate chemist Sarah Abel assisted the Bristol Chemists Preeti Kaur and Linda Sellou with a morning's lecture demonstration to 120 students aged 12 to 14. Sarah had been to Bristol University earlier in the year (see the ChemLabS News page) to work on chemistry outreach.

14 October: NV Cewu School, Grahamstown, South Africa

Preeti Kaur and Linda Sellou took the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to another secondary school in townships of Grahamstown. This time 31 children aged 12 to 14 saw the performance.

13 October: Ntsika School, Grahamstown, South Africa

photo of the outreach team and Ntsika students

Preeti Kaur and Linda Sellou took the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to this secondary school in townships of Grahamstown. Forty-five students aged 12 to 14 watched the performance in amazement.

11 October 'Khanya Maths & Science Club', Grahamstown, South Africa

Preeti Kaur and Linda Sellou led a science workshop, assisted by chemistry students from Rhodes University, for twenty-two 11 to 13-year-old learners at this Saturday morning club.

The Khanya Maths & Science Club is an initiative of Rhodes University and has been running for several years.

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03 October: Lycée Louise Michel, Bobigny, France

A Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team presented ‘Le Conte du Polluant’–'A Pollutant's Tale' in French and English to an audience of 120 17-18-year-olds.

Following the presentation 55 students had the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops, including talks on perfume chemistry,  thin layer chromatography and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy under the supervision of Bristol postgraduate Adele Laurain, Tim Harrison, Dudley Shallcross and Linda Sellou.

This project was co-sponsored by the British Council.

Report on the school's website

Coverage of the French visit in the French newspaper 'Le Parisien'

Coverage of the French visit in the French newspaper 'Le Parisien' local edition

Coverage of the French visit in the weekly "Bonjour Bobigny" (1,5MB PDF – p.8&9)

The visit was also reported by the TV channel France 3 in its regional news on 08 October.

Full report on the French visit

03 October: Lycée Marcelin-Berthelot, Pantin, France

Photo of Parisian students in a workshop with Bristol ChemistsA Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team presented ‘Le Conte du Polluant’–' A Pollutant's Tale' in French and English to an audience of 100 15-16-year-olds.

Following the presentation, 45 students had the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops including talks on perfume chemistry,  thin layer chromatography and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy under the supervision of Tim Harrison, Dudley Shallcross, Adele Laurain, Linda Sellou and Linda's sister and Chemistry student Anissa Sellou.

This project was co-sponsored by the British Council.

There is an article about the visit on p.8 of the November edition of Canal, le journal de Pantin (6mb PDF)

Full report on the French visit

02 October: Collège Auguste Delaune, Bobigny, France

A Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team presented ‘Le Conte du Polluant’–' A Pollutant's Tale' in French and English to an audience of 100 15–16-year-olds. Following on from this talk the students spent the rest of the afternoon performing experiments under the supervision of Bristol postgraduate Adele Laurain, Tim Harrison, Dudley Shallcross and Linda Sellou.

This project was co-sponsored by the British Council.

Full report on the French visit

 

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