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August

31 August: Mackay North Senior High School, Australia

Tim Harrison completed his 5-day visit to this school with three performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 72 Y11 & 12 chemistry students at the North Queensland school.

28 August: Mackay North State High School, Australia

Tim Harrison continued his series of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' with two performances to a total audience of 370 Y8 & Y10 students from the Queensland school.

27 August: Mackay North State High School, Australia

Tim Harrison continued his series of performances of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' with an audience of 90 Y8 & Y10 students from the Queensland school.

25 August: North Mackay State High School, Queensland, Australia

Tim Harrison gave performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a mixed group of 50 Y10 & 12 students at this north Queensland School.

24 August: North Mackay State High School, Queensland, Australia

Tim Harrison gave performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a mixed group of 50 Y10 students at this north Queensland School.

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July

24 July: University Chemistry Day for Home Tutored Students

Eighteen home-tutored students aged 12 and above spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS working in the undergraduate teaching laboratories alongside SEAs Marcus Medley and Linda Sellou.

After a tour of the School of Chemistry the students heard a talk on 'Toothpaste Chemistry' by Linda and 'A Pollutant's Tale' by Tim Harrison.

"My son was still talking about it when he went to bed!" From a parent's email.

23 July: School of Chemistry Day for Children of UoB Employees

Forty-eight youngsters aged from 13 to 16 – all children of members of University staff – spent the day at the School of Chemistry. The potential young scientists were given a two-and-a-half-hour session in the labs extracting caffeine from tea leaves, along with a tour of the School of Chemistry, a short lecture on 'Toothpaste Chemistry' by Linda Sellou and a performance of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' by Marcus Medley.

Preeti Kaur and Teresa Climent (Uni. Of Valencia) assisted the students with their practical work.

photo of Malmesbury students in the lab

21 July: Post 16 Chemistry Day, Malmesbury School, Wilts.

Eighteen AS-Level chemistry students and two of their Chemistry teachers came to Bristol ChemLabS to carry out a synthesis of aspirin and analysis of the commercial products. The analysis techniques covered included the use of ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy.

The students were assisted by research chemists Jennifer Hemmings, Kara Cubbage, Linda Sellou and Teressa Climent (University of Valencia).

20 July: Schools Laboratory Programme Day for Backwell School, N. Somerset

Twenty-eight Y12 students and two of their chemistry teachers spent the day at ChemLabS working on ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and green chemistry practicals in the morning. The afternoon was spent on a tour of the laboratories, a lecture on toothpaste chemistry given by Linda Sellou and a shortened version of 'A Pollutant's Tale' was given by Tim Harrison. Marcus Medley and Teresa Climent (Uni. Of Valencia, Spain) assisted with the morning's practical work.

13-18 July: 5th Bristol-Trinity College Dublin Chemistry Summer School

group photo of summer school studentsTwenty-one students from across the UK and the suburbs of Paris took part in the second UoB-TCD summer school of the year. The summer school spent the first part of the week in the teaching laboratories at the School of Chemistry at Bristol before flying off to Dublin to complete the week in the Trinity College laboratories.

The summer school allowed students to experience considerable amounts of laboratory time, using equipment and chemicals not commonly available in schools. The topics of the lectures experienced included atmospheric chemistry, perfumes, extremophiles and carbon monoxide measurement. Dr Dave Warren from Otago University, New Zealand was also on hand to give a lecture on 'conducting polymers'.

Experiments carried out by the students included the synthesis of benzocaine, the hydrolysis of the polymer PET, the extraction of caffeine and of the carvones from mint and caraway seeds, analysis of water and commercial bleaches. Talks on mass spectroscopy, NMR and Electron microscopy were given by Sean Davis, Paul Gates and Paul Lawrence. The students also employed analysis involving ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.

The students also enjoyed a social programme in the evenings including tenpin bowling and quizzes.

The students were assisted by SEAs Marcus Medley, Chris Bailey, Beatrice Cattoz, Preeti Kaur, James Kitulagoda and Linda Sellou.

13-17 July: Chemistry Summer School for Spanish Students

Four senior students from the Colegio de San Francisco de Paula in Santa Ángela de la Cruz accompanied by their teacher spent three days working with the students in the Bristol-Trinity College Dublin summer school before extending their practical experience with work on the analysis of commercial bleaches, the multistep preparation of aspirin and a trip to At-Bristol.

09 July: Caffeine Extraction Morning, University of Bristol - Sutton Trust Summer School

Bristol ChemLabS hosted a morning practical workshop for 19 Y12 students involved in the Widening Participation Office's Sutton Trust Summer School. The students used equipment not often available to school students such as rotary evaporators and infrared spectrometers while extracting caffeine from tea leaves.

The postgraduate SEAs involved were Marcus Medley, Preeti Kaur, Kaizhong Fan and Francesca Speranza.

08 July: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Higher Education Summer School, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison gave a performance of this popular lecture demonstration for the cohort of 40 Y11 students attending the summer school organised through the Widening Participation Office.

photo of Chemistry Experience Summer School participants in the lab

06-07 July: Chemistry Experience Summer School

Twenty-two Post 16 students from all over the South of England took part in this year’s course designed to give students a flavour of what it would be like to read a chemistry degree somewhere in the UK. The mix of A-Level and IB students spent two packed days in the lab, lecture theatres and halls of residence.

Full report and more photos

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June

30 June: Independent State School Partnerships, Wellington College, Berks.

Bristol ChemLabS provided two performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to Y11 gifted and talented students. A workshop on ultra-violet and visible spectroscopy was also given to 20 students at the Berkshire school.

Feedback from the students included:

"It was brilliant. I loved the demonstrations and the explanations. They made good pair. It was really interesting and it was well structured."

"I really enjoyed the Bristol Uni pollutants tale and the chemistry workshop. It was my favourite thing about the trip."

"The Bristol Uni Pollutants tale was the best lesson/presentation ever! Really inspiring because everyone knows chemistry is challenging and we learnt things easily with visual aids."

29 June-04 July: Fourth Bristol-Trinity College Dublin Chemistry Summer School

photo of the Dublin Summer School studentsThe fourth annual summer school for 16-17 year olds saw 26 students from 14 schools in the UK and Ireland take part in an intense week of practical work, workshops, lectures, talks and social events. The summer school spent the first part of the week in the teaching laboratories at the School of Chemistry at Bristol before flying off to Dublin to complete the week at the Trinity College Dublin laboratories.

The summer school allowed students to experience considerable amounts of laboratory time, using equipment and chemicals not commonly available in schools. The topics of the lectures experienced included atmospheric chemistry, perfumes, extremophiles, drug design and toothpaste chemistry.

Experiments carried out by the students included the synthesis of benzocaine, the hydrolysis of the polymer PET, the extraction of caffeine and of the carvones from mint and caraway seeds, analysis of water and commercial bleaches. The students also employed analysis involving ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.

A second Bristol-Trinity summer school is also taking place later this term.

26 June: Science Fair, Broadlands School, North Somerset

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 30 KS3 students during a science fair for local schools.

18 June: Mayor's Award Celebration Evening, Oasis Academy, Enfield

Marcus Medley and Steve Henshaw gave the ever popular lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to over 350 parents and children. This was a prelude to the Mayor of Enfield presenting awards for science projects to children from primary and secondary schools across Enfield.

18 June: Christ’s Hospital, Horsham

Marcus Medley and Steve Henshaw presented 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 120 Lower Erasmus Pupils at Christ’s Hospital.

15 & 16 June: RSC Chemistry for Non Specialists Course, Winchcome School, Gloucs.

Tim Harrison assisted in the delivery of this popular course to upskill teachers primarily in practical chemistry. The Chemistry for Non Specialists Courses are organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry through the local Science Learning Centres.

For further information on these courses please contact Jasmine Read from the Royal Society of Chemistry at readj@rsc.org

10 June: Science Day, Marling School, Gloucsphoto of lecture-demonstration at Marling school

The science day at the school in Stroud was mainly for visiting primary schools from the local area. The morning started with 30 Y6 pupils from Chalford Primary School, working in the laboratory on one of two experiments associated with colour change. One group worked on experiments to determine the best time for making tea using colorimeters as part of an EU project. The rest of the class developed their experimental skills solving iodine clock experiments.

The 30 Chalford pupils then joined 30 Y6 pupils from Whiteshill Primary School for a lecture demonstration on 'Gases in the Air'.

Next on the itinerary, all 130 Y9 students from Marling were treated to a version of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale'. After lunch a total of 63 Y5 pupils from St Matthews Primary School and Y6 pupils from Minchinhampton also got to see a performance of 'Gases in the Air'.

'Thank you for your inspirational work at Marling this Tuesday. The boys have been very excited about it
since '
Alyson Mill Headteacher

Anissa Sellou, Steve Henshaw and Marcus Medley assisted Tim Harrison at this event.

06 June: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Cheltenham Science Festival, Gloucs.

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave a performance of this ever popular lecture to an audience of 300 adults and children at this nationally important festival.

03-05 June: Chromatography of Pens, Learning Science, Cheltenham Science Festival, Gloucs.


LabSkills logoMarcus Medley from ChemLabS assisted Learning Science Directors Bill Heslop and Tony Baldwin in the demonstration of the new LabSkills A-Level DLM software. Over the three days more than 400 children from KS1 to 3 used thin layer chromatography to investigate the mixture of colours found in ink pens. Each pupil was able to complete the experiment virtually before experiencing the real thing.

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May

21 May: Polymer Chemistry Day

photos of polymer experimentsSeventy-five Y9 & 10 chemistry students from Downend School, Merchant's Academy and The Cathedral School, Gloucester spent the day in the School of Chemistry.

In the morning they worked on five different polymer chemistry experiments in the undergraduate teaching laboratories. The students worked alongside postgraduate chemists Anissa Sellou, Amy Styring and Marcus Medley.

The students then spent the afternoon in a lecture theatre. Doug Jennings from the Widening Participation Office gave a talk on aspects of being an undergraduate student at Bristol and there was a questions and answers session. Postgraduate chemist Aoife Grant gave a talk on 'Carbon Monoxide'. The day was completed by a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' by Tim Harrison.

20 May: Polymer Chemistry Day

Seventy-five Y9 & 10 chemistry students from Downend School, Merchant's Academy and The Cathedral School, Gloucester spent the day in the School of Chemistry.

In the morning they worked on five different polymer chemistry experiments in the undergraduate teaching laboratories. The students worked alongside postgraduate chemists Helen Cameron, Junwei Wang, Mark Kent, Andy Chapman, Tom Hey, James Kitulagoda and Marcus Medley.

The students then spent the afternoon in a lecture theatre. Doug Jennings from the Widening Participation Office gave a short quiz on aspects of being an undergraduate student. Postgraduate chemist Katie Shaw gave a talk on the application of computing to the design of new medicines. The day was completed by a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' by Tim Harrison.

18 May: Salters' Festival of Chemistry

photo of students in the lab during the Salters' FestivalBristol ChemLabS hosted the Salters’ Festival once more this year. Sixty students took part in the day, led by Marcus Medley.

The Salters’ Challenge in the morning was to solve “the Theft at Salters' Grange”. The team from Bristol Home Educators won by correctly identified the gardener as the thief. The teams from Balcarras School and Bristol Grammar School came in a close second and third respectively.

The University Challenge in the afternoon saw the schools investigating the amount of sugar found in soft drinks. Excellent analytical work from the Bristol Grammar School got them first prize. They were followed by Hanham High School and Brynteg Upper School as close-fought second and third.

Great fun was had by all and the students enjoyed both challenges with the help of the postgraduate demonstrators Rob Scott, Jennifer Hemmings, Kara Cubbage and Oleysa Myakonkaya.

As a reward for their achievements, pupils were then treated to a fun lecture-demonstration entitled "A Chemical Delight" by Steve Henshaw and Marcus Medley. The day ended with Bristol ChemLabS CEO Nick Norman presenting the first, second and third place winning teams for both challenges with their prizes from Salters and ChemLabS.

Final thanks must go to the three judges: Mike Brunavs (Eli Lilly), Dr Preeti Kaur and Dr Carman Galan (both University of Bristol), who were impressed by all the participants' work.

Photo of the lecture demonstration

The schools who took part were Balcarras School, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol Home Educators, Brynteg Upper School, Clifton High School, Colston's Collegiate School, Hanham High School, Malmesbury School, Redland Green School, The King's School, The Robert Blake Science College, Worle School, Wyvern Community School, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School.

University Press Release

Salters Website

18 May: Chemistry Afternoon, The Moat School, Fulham London

Tim Harrison gave a two-hour version of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to all 60 KS 3 students at this small secondary school for dyslexic students.

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April

29 April: Ninu Cremona Lyceum Complex, Gozo, Malta

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave two performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 400 of the school's own students and invited students from a mixture of church and state schools aged 13 to 15.

The schools attending were: Ninu Cremona Lyceum Complex, Agius De Soldanis Girls' Junior Lyceum, Boys' Junior Lyceum, Bishop Conservatory Girls' Secondary School and Sacred Heart Boys' Seminary.

28 April: Verdala Boys' Junior Lyceum, Malta

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave two performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 750 of the school's own students and invited students from a mixture of church and state schools aged 13 to 15.

The schools attending were: Verdala Boys' Junior Lyceum, Lorenzo Gafa Boys' Secondary School, Erin Serracino Inglott Girls' Secondary School and De La Salle College.

27 April: Stella Maris College, Malta

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave two performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 400 of the school's own students and invited students from a mixture of church and state schools aged 13 to 15.

"A big thank you for a very interesting and enjoyable event. My students loved it very much and are looking forward to any future ones." Chemistry Teacher, Our Lady Immaculate School

The schools attending were: Stella Maris College, St. Francis Secondary School, Our Lady Immaculate School, Dun Guzepp Zammit Brighella Boys' Junior Lyceum and Sir Adrian Dingli Girls' Junior Lyceum.

24 April: Kineton High School, Warwick

Marcus Medley and Steve Henshaw presented five performances of 'A Chemical Delight' to 100 pupils in Y11 & 12 at Kineton High School. This was given as part of the Y11 Curriculum Science Day to aid revision of some chemistry topics before GCSE exams this summer.

23 April: Opening Ceremony, Redland Green School, Bristol

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 400 Y7 & 8 students at the official opening ceremony of the newly built local school.

This event was reported in the Bristol Evening Post.

23 April Science Lecture, The Royal High School, Bath

Tim Harrison and Marcus Medley presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' for an audience of 200 Y9 & 10 students and their science teachers.

22 April: Gifted & Talented afternoon, Gordano School, North Somerset

Dudley Shallcross and Marcus Medley presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a mixed year group (Y7 to 11) of over 100 gifted & talented science students at the local school.

photo of pupils taking part in the heat

03 April: Regional Heat, RSC Analytical Chemistry Competition

Bristol ChemLabS hosted a heat of this annual competition for teams of Y12 chemistry students. This day-long competition saw the students working in the undergraduate teaching labs solving two major pieces of analytical work. The results were presented at the end of the day after a lecture-demonstration by Tim Harrison.

Research chemists Marcus Medley, Nisha Doshi and Olesya Myakonkaya acted as demonstrators and judges for this competition.

Bishop Wordsworth's School were the winners, with Thomas Hardye School second and Clifton High third.

Other schools taking part were: Marling School, Bristol Grammar School, Chepstow School, Colston's School, Katharine Lady Berkeley's School and Queen Elizabeth Hospital School.

01 April: Spectroscopy, Thomas Hardye School, Dorset

Steve Henshaw visited Thomas Hardye School in Dorset to give workshops on infrared spectroscopy to 86 Y12 & 13 Post 16 Chemistry students. Students learned about the applications and importance of spectroscopy in chemistry and had the opportunity to run samples themselves on the Bristol ChemLabS portable IR spectrometer

 

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