CHeMneT Events Summer 2008

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29 September: Kingswood School, Bath

Tim Harrison and Preeti Kaur presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 50 senior students at this school in an evening session of the school's science club.

25 September: Y13 Chemistry Day, Cornwall College

Twenty five Y13 chemists and their teachers braved the long drive from Cornwall to spend a morning session extracting caffeine from tea before spending the afternoon on a spectroscopy tour. Linda Sellou and SEA chemists Martha Tomlinson, Mariam Namutebi and Katie Shaw assisted the students in their visit.

04–25 September: Spectroscopy Tours 2008

Electron microscopy image of a buttercup A total of 428 Post 16 students and accompanying teachers took part in a total of 10 sessions of spectroscopy tours during the month of September. The students saw demonstrations ofnuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS),infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray crystallography (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A very large number of postgraduate chemists, post doctoral students and technical staff contributed to the success of this annual event for CHeMneT members' schools.

School groups came from St Brendan's Sixth Form College, Hanham High, Cotham School, Colston's Girls School, Shaftesbury School, Cheltenham College, The Ridings School, Marlborough College, Downend, King's College, Taunton, Marlwood, Malmesbury, Rendcomb, Ribston Hall High, Chipping Sodbury, Redland Green, Highfield School, Letchworth, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Torbay, Kingswood School, King Edwards Bath, Sherborne School for Girls, Clifton High and Cornwall College. Several individual school students also joined the tours.

24 September: Y7 Chemistry Day, Colyton Grammar School, Devon

One hundred and twenty Y7 students visited the School of Chemistry to work on a circus of experiments in the morning and attend lectures and talks in the afternoon.

The keen young chemists spent two hours working alongside research chemists in perfecting their measuring techniques and team work whilst performing experiments to determine the sugar content of soft drinks and other practical investigations.

The university experience was completed in the afternoon with talks in a lecture theatre. Doug Jennings from the Widening Participation Office gave the students an insight into what university is like. Linda Sellou gave a talk on the chemistry of toothpaste and Tim Harrison gave a short lecture demonstration.

"Thank you so much for the exciting day yesterday. The lab session was excellent and they were spinning in their seats during the 'Pollutant's Tale' [..] it was a shame to cut it short; they were very excitable (and noisy) on the coach home! Once again, many thanks for a fantastic day!" Louise Fitzhenry

SEA chemists Marcus Medley, Steve Henshaw, Nisha Doshi, Sarah Newberry and Zoe Roberts as well as Linda Sellou assisted with the practical work in the undergraduate teaching laboratories.

19 September: Churston Grammar School Caffeine Extraction Workshop

Thirty Y13 students from the Devon-based school spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves. They also ran infrared spectra and carried out melting points analysis of their products.

The students were assisted in this workshop by Teaching Assistant Linda Sellou and SEAs Preeti Kaur, Kyle Taylor and Nisha Doshi.

The afternoon was spent in a spectroscopy tour of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray crystallography (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

Spanish student in the lab

08–10 September: Chemistry Summer School for Spanish School Students

A group of mixed age science students accompanied by their teacher César Prado Fdez from the Colegio de San Francisco de Paula in Santa Ángela de la Cruz, Spain spent 3 days engaged in activities at Bristol ChemLabS.

The students enjoyed a comprehensive set of experiments guided by Teaching Assistant Linda Sellou and SEA Preeti Kaur. The group also experienced lectures and tours of the School of Chemistry as well as of the cities of Bath and Oxford.



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18 July: 'LIVE Question', Nailsea School, North Somerset

Tim Harrison gave a short demonstration lecture on the 'Gases in the Air' to an audience in excess of 150 in the middle of a whole-school evening event that saw students performing music and dance as well as panels of teachers answering questions on science.

16–18 July and 18–20 July: Salters' Chemistry Camps

Bristol ChemLabS played host to the pharmaceutical chemistry camps co-sponsored by Salters, GSK and the RSC. The two residential camps were attended by 98 Y10 students in total. As well as 4 long practical sessions, the students heard from representatives of GSK, experienced a lecture-demonstration and enjoyed a quiz and ten pin bowling.

The Chemistry Camps are open to all secondary schools in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with teachers nominating a maximum of 4 students from their school who may attend one of the 17 camps held nationally.

10 July: ISSP Chemistry Enrichment Day, Cheltenham Ladies College Group

A Chemistry Enrichment Day, funded by Independent and State School Partnerships (ISSP), was held at Bristol ChemLabS for 48 Gifted and Talented Y8 students from a number of North Gloucestershire secondary schools, as part of a week-long residential summer school hosted by Cheltenham Ladies' College.

Photo of G&T Y8 students in the lab

In the morning, the 13-year-olds enjoyed a laboratory session in which they extracted the caffeine from tea leaves, working with Postgraduate SEAs Sam Riches and Rob Scott.

Photo of Tim Harrison in the lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale'In the afternoon, the potential young chemists heard a talk on toothpaste chemistry by Linda Sellou and a lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison. The day was set up in collaboration with Setpoint Gloucestershire and Cheltenham Ladies' College.

The participating schools were: Cheltenham Bournside School, Newent Community School, Christ College, St Peters High School, Chosen Hill School, Pitville School, Winchcombe School, Cheltenham Ladies' College.

09 July: Castledown Secondary School, Ludgershall, Hampshire

Postgraduate SEA Marcus Medley was invited to give the lecture-demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a series of 90 students from Y7, 8 & 10 at this school.

08–09 July: Y12 University Chemistry Experience Camp

Twenty Y12 students from a wide range of schools in England and Wales attended the inaugural University Chemistry Experience Camp.

Full details

07 July: 'A Pollutant's Tale', The High School for Girls, Gloucester

Tim Harrison, assisted by SEA Marcus Medley, gave two presentations of 'A Pollutant's Tale' as part of the festivities to mark the launch of the school's second specialism as a science college.

The fist presentation was to 120 Y7 girls, and the second, an evening performance, was to an audience of around 60 parents, teachers, governors and students.

30 June–05 July: Third Bristol-Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Summer School

Photo of Maltese students in ChemLabS

The Bristol ChemLabS leg of the 3rd Bristol-TCD summer school saw an expansion of the original two-country annual event. The summer school has now developed to include Maltese students visiting Bristol alongside the Irish ones.

"It's great learning chemistry without all the pressures of school. It was great fun." Ryan (UK)

Full Report

Times of Malta Article about the Summer School

University of Bristol Article about Bristol ChemLabS Summer Schools

Bristol - TCD Summer School 2007

Bristol - TCD Summer School 2006

Bristol ChemLabS Summer Schools

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30 June Sutton Trust Summer School

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented 'A Pollutant's Tale' to the group of 20 Post 16 science students. A question and answer session followed the lecture demonstration.

27 June: Drugs Synthesis Workshop

27 June: Caffeine Extraction, Bristol Grammar School

Image of tea from stock.xchng

A party of 10 Y12 chemistry students made good use of the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract and analyse caffeine form tea leaves.

26 June: Drugs Chemistry Workshop

A total of 22 Y12 students from Cheltenham College and Cardiff Academy spent the day in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories making the anaesthetic benzocaine and analysing commercial aspirin.

25 June: Enfield Science and Technology Awards Evening, London

23 June: Eltham College, London

The Bristol ChemLabS team visited this independent school to work with their Y7 pupils.

16 June: St Anthony's College, Malaga, Spain

Dane Comerford visited this school to give a demonstration lecture on chemistry, maths and physics. The college follows the English National Curriculum and 160 of its students, from Y7 to Y13, were joined by a cohort of 20 from the nearby Benalmadena International College.  He presented some research from the School of Chemistry in an accessible way, the production (and combustion) of hydrogen and metals, and the way to make big square bubbles.

"It was great to get another school involved as we don't often get opportunities like this over here!  Thank you so much!" –Science Teacher, St. Anthony's College.

"That was really cool, can you come back next year?"–Pupil

07 June: Tudor Hall Science Festival, Banbury

photo of Tim Harrison demonstrating

SEA postgraduate chemist Jennifer Hemmings joined Linda Sellou and Tim Harrison to provide a total of 5 workshops and talks during the Saturday event at the Oxfordshire school. Eighty students in Y7 & 8 were involved in the first science festival held by the school.

05 June: Chemical Clocks, Cheltenham Science Festival, Gloucestershire

The Bristol ChemLabS team of Alison Rivett, Linda Sellou, Becky Sage, Preeti Kaur and Tim Harrison presented 5 1-hour workshops on the theme of chemical clocks to 168 students plus staff and parents at this local science festival. The students were given a short demonstration at some possible chemical reactions that could be used to time events, and then investigated the conditions of one reaction in particular.

The participants were KS 3 students from Balcarras School, The Downs School, The Heathlands School, Porchester School, Tewskesbury School, Malmesbury Science College, and Rendcombe Schools as well as a number of home-schooled students.

One teacher commented: "Thank you very much for a most inspiring practical session. Our pupils were totally engrossed and are desperate for me to repeat the challenge in class over the next few weeks of term."

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21-23 May: Polymer Chemistry Days

A total of 174 Y9, 10 & 11 students from 7 schools attended this year's Polymer Chemistry Days. These visits saw the students working on a circus of experiments in the laboratories for 2.5 hours before enjoying an afternoon of short talks and lecture demonstrations. Talks were given by Ian Blenkharn from the University's Widening Participation & Undergraduate Recruitment Office, Linda Sellou, Preeti Kaur and Tim Harrison.

Images of polymer chemistry

Postgraduate Chemistry SEAs Sarah Newberry, Mindy Dulai, Kate Hanford, Katie Shaw, Steve Henshaw, Sam Riches, Nisha Doshi, Olesya Myakonkaya, Amy Styring, Jennifer Hemmings, Jemma Vickery and Zhecheng Shao worked with the school students.

The schools attending were Hardenhuish (Wilts), John of Gaunt (Wilts), Downend (Bristol), Worle Community College (Somerset), Bristol Grammar School (Bristol), Nailsea School (Bristol) and Tewkesbury School (Gloucs).

01 May: Analytical Morning for Leckhampton College

A small group of Post 16 BTEC analytical chemists from this college in Brockworth, Gloucester visited the School of Chemistry for a morning of analytical chemistry. The students analysed samples of limonene and aspirin that they had produced in their school laboratory. Linda Sellou led the morning of infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, ultraviolet visible spectroscopy and melting point determination.

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