CHeMneT Events Spring Term 2009


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March

27 March: Khutliso Daniels School, Grahamstown, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave a second presentation of 'A Pollutant's Tale' in a local township school for a class of 30 Y11 learners. Joyce Sewry from Rhodes University assisted.

26 March: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Dudley Shallcross and  Tim Harrison presented the lecture-demonstration to 80 grade 10 & 11 learners and staff from two Kenton township schools at their local  Community Hall.

Joyce Sewry from Rhodes University's Chemistry Department assisted with the performance.

photo of South African students

25-31 March: Scifest Africa 2009, Grahamstown, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented seven performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total audience of around 3,500 students, teachers and members of the public at Africa's biggest science festival, held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape.

25 March: Aimhigher Weston-super-Mare Science Enrichment Programme

Forty Y10 students from four schools in Weston-Super-Mare spent the morning in the School of Chemistry as part of a two-day course organised through the University's Widening Participation Office. The students enjoyed a practical workshop extracting caffeine from tea leaves with SEA chemists Preeti Kaur, Marcus Medley, Mindy Dulai and Ben Cheesman.

24 March: COSAT, False Bay College, Cape Town, South Africa

Tim Harrison assisted by Dudley Shallcross gave a lecture on perfume chemistry to 100 Y11 and 12 students at the College of Science and Technology (COSAT). COSAT is a school for gifted and talented youngsters in Y10-12 from the township 'learners' surrounding a part of Cape Town. The college is partly sponsored by Bristol's Airbus company.

photo of Italians students and their teacher

23-28 March: Spring Schools, Liceo Novello in Codogno, Italy

Twenty 16-year-old students and their teachers from the town of Lodi near Milan took part in this inaugural Spring School. The students spent two days in Bristol ChemLabS and two days with our sister CETL, AIMS, within the Faculty Medical Sciences. The students also took the opportunity to engage in some cultural activities in what is expected to be the first of a series of annual visits.

Research chemists Marcus Medley, Steve Henshaw, Roberto Grilli and Francesca Speranza assisted the Italian students during their stay in Chemistry.

23-27 March: 'Science in Schools', Marseille, France

Bristol ChemLabS, working with the British Council, organised a science week aimed to enthuse school students in Marseille as part of the 'Science in Schools' programme. In total 370 students aged from 13 to 15 took part in the 10 half-day sessions led by Linda Sellou working with other Bristol SEA chemists Katie Shaw and Mohamed Benama.

Each session consisted of a one-hour lecture-demonstration in French and English followed by hands-on experience in a workshop.

This event took place at the 'Maison des Sciences' (Science and Cultural Centre of the University of Provence) and was supported by the Faculty of Sciences of the Centre Universitaire de Saint Jérôme.

Article on the Aix-Marseille Academy's website
Report from E. Rostand (English)
Report from E. Rostand (French)

Secondary Schools participating:
Belle de Mai (Marseille); Paul Eluard (Port de Bouc); Jean Moulin (Marseille); S. Mallarmé (Marseille); J. Prévert, Robespierre (Port St Louis du Rhône); E. Rostand (Marseille); Elsa Triolet (Marseille); Vallon des Pins (Marseille); Versailles (Marseille).

University of Bristol press release: 'Chemists take science to the streets of France'

20 March: Lecture-Demonstration, Bradley Stoke Community School

Alison Rivett gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to the 220 Y9 students at this local school, as part of their National Science & Engineering Week activities.

18 March: Training Partnership Lecture, Institute of Education, London

photo of Tim Harrison demonstrating

Tim Harrison and Steve Henshaw gave a performance of 'A Chemical Delight' to an audience of 930 Post 16 students at the London venue. The series of three performances of this new lecture-demonstration has now been seen by 2500 students within the London University building.

16 March: ISSP Science Enrichment Day, Winchcombe School, Gloucs.

Sixty Y11 students attended the day at the Gloucestershire Science College. Tim Harrison presented the lecture-demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to start the day. Students then attended four workshops during the day on polymers, spectroscopy, thin layer chromatography and fuel cells together with a talk on 'Extremophile Chemistry'. The day was completed by a talk on 'Life as a University Student' and information about UCAS applications.

The aim of the Independent State School Partnerships (ISSP)-funded projects is to raise and support the aspirations of Gifted and Talented students to go onto university.

The Chemistry SEAs working with the students were Steve Henshaw, Marcus Medley, Preeti Kaur, Mariam Namutebi and Linda Sellou.

The schools involved in this collaborative project are Christ College, Pates, Dean Close, Pittville, Bournside, Winchcombe and Balcarras.

13 March: 'Skirting Science', Wyvern Community School, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

A Bristol ChemLabS outreach team provided three one-hour workshops, each comprising a short talk on 'Extremophile Chemistry' by Preeti Kaur and a half-hour practical competition involving the iodine clock experiment for a total of 60 Y9 girls. Chemistry SEAs Adele Laurain and Aoife Grant also provided excellent role models during the practical sessions.

The 'Skirting Science' event organised by Wyvern School and Weston College was a day of workshops to encourage Y9 girls to consider a future in science. The event hosted a total of 300 girls from several schools from North Somerset.

13 March: Science Week, Wootton Bassett School, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave five performances of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 530 students in Y7 to 13 at the Wiltshire technology college as part of their science week celebrations. Chemistry SEA Andy Chapman assisted Tim.

12 March: Lecture-Demonstration, Redland High School for Girls, Bristol

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme chemistry students Lucy Straker and Mhairi Kerr presented a chemistry 'show' for 45 Y7 students as part of National Science and Engineering Week.

12 March: Science Awards Evening, Southfields School, Enfield

Tim Harrison, assisted by Marcus Medley delivered ‘A Pollutant's Tale’ at the award ceremony celebrating the students achievements in Sciences. An audience of over 250 students, parents and civic dignitaries were present. The evening was sponsored by Middlesex University and the Mayor of Enfield.

photo of fireworks

11 March: Y8-10 Schools' Chemistry Conference for National Science and Engineering Week 2009

This afternoon series of talks and lectures was attended by 320 students. Tim Harrison (Bristol) gave a talk on ‘Perfume Chemistry’, Linda Sellou (Bristol) gave a talk on ‘Toothpaste Chemistry’ and the afternoon was completed by a lecture demonstration on firework chemistry entitled ‘Pretty, Pretty, Bang! Bang!’ given by Jackie Arkavan (Cranfield), ably assisted by her husband Shari.

This conference was cosponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

11 March: KS4 and Post 16 Schools' Climate Conference for National Science and Engineering Week 2009

Rich Pancost, Steve Henshaw and Tim Harrison (all Bristol) gave presentations to the Post 16 schools conference on Climate Change, which was attended by 30 students and teachers from Clifton College.

This conference was cosponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

06 March: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Bryanston School, Blandford, Dorset

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the popular lecture, the first to 140 Y9 students and an evening performance to 20 Post 16 students.

05 March: 'Science Day', Crypt School, Gloucs.

Tim Harrison gave 4 performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 120 Y7 students, 30 Y11 students and 240 Y5 & 6 pupils from local primary schools. This was featured on BBC Points West.

04 March: TSN Aspiration-Raising Day for CHeMneT Schools

Sixty Y9 & 10 students spent the day in the School of Chemistry enjoying a diet of practical work and lectures just as an undergraduate would.

The keen students extracted caffeine from tea assisted by SEAs Catherine Parsons, Amy Styring, Linda Sellou, Mohamed Benema and Marcus Medley.

In the afternoon the students experienced lectures. 'A Pollutant's Tale' was given by Tim Harrison, and Linda Sellou gave a talk on 'Toothpaste Chemistry'. A discussion on university life was led by Tim Harrison.

Students then had a tour of the department before leaving.

Schools taking part were Douay Martyrs School (Middlesex), Crypt School (Gloucs), Marling (Gloucs) and John of Gaunt School (Wilts).

photo of Tim harrison in Valencia

02 March: Schools' Lecture, University of Valencia, Spain

Tim Harrison presented 'Una historia de contaminantes' ('A Pollutant's Tale') to 220 Y10 & 11 school students and a group of undergraduate scientists from the University of Valencia.

The schools attending were: Cambridge House Community College (Collegio Ingles de Valencia), Escuelas Pías and the English School Los Olivos.

Article on the University of Valencia website

 

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February

26 February: 'A Chemical Delight', Strode College, Street, Somerset

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the new Bristol ChemLabS' lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' to an audience of 110 Y11 and Post 16 students from the FE college and local secondary schools.

Strode college web report of the lecture-demo

25 February: Schools Conference

One hundred students attended the February conference.

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys (Leicester) gave the lecture ‘Genetic fingerprinting: past, present and future’ and Preeti Kaur (Bristol) gave a short talk on ‘Extremophile Chemistry’, an area linking biology with chemistry.

25 February: Drugs Synthesis Workshop, Patchway Community College

Sixteen Y11, 12 & 13 students from Almondsbury, Bristol spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS making the anaesthetic benzocaine before spending the afternoon in lectures.

SEA Chemists Marcus Medley and Christa Bünzli worked with the students.

25 February: Salicylic Acid Workshop, St Laurence School, Wilts

Fifteen Y13 students from Bradford on Avon spent the morning making two distinctly different esters of 2-hydroxybenzoic acid (salicylic acid) in support of their A-Level Chemistry course. The afternoon was spent in attending lectures and studying infrared spectroscopy.

SEA Chemist Ben Cheesman worked with the students.

25 February: Joint AIMS & Bristol ChemLabS Visit, Beaminster School, Dorset

Thirty Post 16 students spent the day working in Medical Sciences and in Chemistry. The Chemistry session involved Scanning Electron Microscopy and a tour of the department followed by the Schools’ Conference in the afternoon.

SEA Chemist Steve Henshaw acted as guide.

16 February: Y9 Gifted & Talented Future Pathways Challenge, Wellington College, Berks

Tim Harrison and Linda Sellou gave four performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 120 Y9 students from Wellington College and 16 secondary schools in the Surrey Heath, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham areas. This is part of a half term Wellington Independent/State School Partnership (ISSP) activity. The aim of the partnership is to raise aspirations and attainment amongst all able pupils in the region, specifically to enhance confidence, aspiration and active engagement in sciences, mathematics and modern foreign languages. The intention is to raise students' awareness of their own potential and to improve successful ambitious university application rates.

13 February: 'Meet the Scientist', Westfield School, Yeovil

Preeti Kaur and Linda Sellou presenting 'A Pollutant's Tale' in South AfricaPreeti Kaur assisted at this Aimhigher event at which, during the course of the day, Y10 students carouselled around a range of PhD students from the South West area who chatted about their research and experiences as young scientists. Preeti presented 'Life in Extreme Environments'. This very successful event highlighted the diversity and applications of science, as well as showing that not all scientists are stereotypical old men with beards!

12 February: 'Meet the Scientist', Bournemouth, Dorset

Linda Sellou presented at this "Meet the Scientist" event organised by Aimhigher at Avonbourne School. Four 50-minute sessions were held in which groups of 4-5 students would talk to a scientist for 10 minutes at a time and carry on along to the next one. Linda introduced students to different aspects of chemistry with toothpaste, perfume and polymers.

In all 13 scientists were present from the universities of Bristol, Exeter and Southampton.

12 February: Lecture Demonstrations, Sir William Romney School, Tetbury

Tim Harrison, aided by Preeti Kaur, delivered three performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to at total of 320 students in Y7-9 at the Gloucestershire performing arts specialist school.

11 February: Triple Science Network Polymer Chemistry Aspiration-Raising Day

A total of 69 Y10 students from 4 schools enjoyed a morning workshop on polymer chemistry in the undergraduate teaching laboratories. In the afternoon the students moved to the lecture theatre for talks and a lecture demonstration.
Linda Sellou gave a talk on 'Toothpaste Chemistry' and Tim Harrison gave a brief talk about what it is like to be a student at Bristol University followed by a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

The schools attending were: St John's, Marlborough (Wilts), Ridgeway School (Wilts), Sturminster Newton High School (Dorset) and The Meriton–Young Parents Education and Support (Bristol).

SEA Chemists demonstrating during the day were Linda Sellou, Steve Henshaw, Katie Shaw, Ben Cheeseman, Rob Scott, Kaizong Fan and Aiofe Grant.

 

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January

21 January: TSN/CHeMneT Chemistry Aspiration-Raising Day - Caffeine Extraction

Fifty-two students in Y9 & 10 Students from Downside School (Bath), Grittleton House School (Wilts) and Tewkesbury School (Gloucs) spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves in the latest aspiration-raising day partly sponsored by the Triple Science Network.

Linda Sellou and SEA Chemists Katie Shaw and Andy Chapman assisted the students in the laboratory. The afternoon saw talks from Preeti Kaur on extremophile chemistry and Linda Sellou on perfume chemistry. The day was brought to a close following the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

16 January: Somervale School, Midsomer Norton (Somerset)

Tim Harrison, assisted by Steve Henshaw, gave two performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale'. The first was to 140 Y11 students and the second to 110 Y10 students at the Somerset specialist arts college.

15 January: 'A Pollutants Tale', St Bedes Catholic College, Bristol

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 180 Y9 students at the Bristol-based science college.

14 January: TSN/CHeMneT Chemistry Aspiration-Raising Day–Caffeine Extraction

Fourty-two students from Colston Girls School (Bristol), Cotswold School (Gloucestershire) and St Julian's Comprehensive (Newport) spent the morning in the laboratory extracting caffeine from tea with Tim Harrison, Linda Sellou and Chemistry SEAs Ben Cheeseman and Jessica Martin.

After lunch the students attended a series of talks. Ian Blenharn from the University's Widening Participation Office delivered a talk on 'What is it like to be a student at Bristol?', followed by a question and answer session. Linda Sellou then gave a talk entitled 'Toothpaste Chemistry' and Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration on the 'Chemistry of the Atmosphere'.

08 January: TSN/CHeMneT Chemistry Aspiration-Raising Day – Caffeine Extraction

photo of Winchcombe students in the lab

A 2-and-a-half-hour caffeine extraction workshop was delivered in the morning to 48 Y9 students from Winchcombe School, a science college in the north of Gloucestershire, by Tim Harrison and Chemistry SEAs Mohamed Benema, Kara Cubbage and Kaizhong Fan.

After lunch the students attended a series of talks. Ian Blenharn from the University's Widening participation office delivered a talk on 'What is it like to be a student at Bristol?' followed by a question and answer session. Tim Harrison then gave a talk on Perfume Chemistry and also gave a lecture demonstration on the 'Chemistry of the Atmosphere'.

07 January: TSN/CHeMneT Chemistry Aspiration-Raising Day – Caffeine Extraction

Triple Science Support Programme LogoThirty Y10 students from Broadlands School (Keynsham, Bristol) joined 27 Y9 students from Somervale School (Midsomer Norton, Bath) to experience a day as an undergraduate. The morning was spent in an undergraduate teaching laboratory extracting caffeine from tea leaves.

Ian Blenharn from the University's Widening participation office delivered a talk on 'What is it like to be a student at Bristol?', followed by a question and answer session. Linda Sellou gave a talk on 'The Chemistry of Toothpaste' and Tim Harrison gave a talk on some of the 'Chemistry of the Atmosphere'.

Linda Sellou and Chemistry SEAs Mohamed Benema, Nisha Doshi and Shirin Alexander assisted the students with their practical work.

Powerpoint presentation about the day made by the Somervale students

 

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