CHeMneT Events Spring Term 2010


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March

30 March: SciFest Africa 2010, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave a climate change workshop to an audience of 40 learners, teachers and members of the public on the last day of Africa's biggest science festival. The Bristol ChemLabS attendance was sponsored by the British Council. Bristol ChemLabS engaged with a total audience of 2240 whilst at SciFest Africa 2010 and, with another engagement at Port Alfreds School a total audience of 2540 during their short stay in the Eastern Cape.

24, 25, 27, 29 March: SciFest Africa 2010, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave four performances on separate days of a 'A Pollutant's Tale' to audiences totaling over 2000 learners, teachers and members of the public at Africa's biggest science festival. The Bristol ChemLabS attendance was sponsored by the British Council.

24 March: SciFest Africa 2010, St Alfreds High School, St Alfreds, South Africa

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave a performance of a 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 300 learners and their teachers from Port Alfred High School and Kuyasa High School. This performance was made possible by the Chemistry department at Rhodes University.

24-30 March: Spring Science School, Liceo Novello in Codogno, Italy

Twenty senior students (aged 16-18) and their two teachers from Liceo Novello in Codogno near Milan visited Bristol for a second spring science school. The first two days of their five day visit were spent with Bristol ChemLabS before transferring to Medical Sciences and Physics. Their two day chemistry experience saw the students undertaking a full schedule of practical work, tours and lectures under the guidance of Ben Cheesman and Steve Coker in what has become an annual event.

Steve Henshaw and Ben Cheesman performed 'A Pollutant's Tale' for the group. Postgraduate chemists Francesca Speranza and Gabriela Kissling also assisted in this event. Lauren Hughes, Judy Harris and Helen Heath amongst other worked with the
students in the remaining parts of their visit.

18 March: Mayor's Success Awards, Southgate School, Enfield, north London

Tim Harrison gave a fun lecture performance of the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' to an audience of 350 parents and students at the annual 'Success Awards Presentation Evening' for the London Borough of Enfield. The event was sponsored by Enfield Council, Middlesex University and the London Metropolitan University. Bristol ChemLabS is a regular presenter at these annual award ceremonies.

17 March: A Pollutant's Tale, The Warriner School, Bloxham, Oxfordshire

Tim Harrison gave a well received performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 90 Year 9 students at the host school and to 40 Year 9 students from neighboring Tudor Hall.

17 March: National Science Week Schools Conference

Ninety students and teachers attended this years national Science and Engineering Week schools conference. The three lectures presented were 'Mercury - Window on the Invisible' presented by Dr Andrea Sella (UCL), 'The Use of Computers in Drug Design presented by Katie Shaw (Bristol) and 'The Science of Ice Cream' presented by Prof Peter Barham (Bristol).

17 March: Schools Laboratory Programme

Fifty-three Post 16 students enjoyed a 3 hour morning at the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories undertaking the synthesis of both esters of salicylic acid, aspirin and oil of wintergreen. The students isolated their products and ran infra red and other analyses on their products.

Students from the following schools were present: Kingsfield, Bishop Wordsworh's CoE, Thomas Hardye, Filton College and Cheltenham Ladies College.

The school students were assisted by postgraduate chemists Ben Cheesman, Monika Zeleznik, Kaizhong Fan, Katie Shaw and Katie Lim.

16 March: Redland High School for Girls, Bristol

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the 'Gases in the Air' for all 50 Year 7 students at this local school. The event, part of the National Science and Engineering Week, was co-sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry

15 March: Katharine Lady Berkeley School, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucs

Tim Harrison gave four performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to all 960 students in years 7-10 at the Gloucestershire specialist language college in the south of the Cotswolds. This was part of the school's celebration of national Science and Engineering Week. This event was part-sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

11 March: Jersey College for Girls, St Hellier, Channel Islands

Dudley Shallcross, aided by Ben Cheesman, gave three performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 600 students from years 7, 8, 9 and 11 from Jersey College for Girls and for 200 students from Years 8 and 11 from Victoria College. Later in the day Tim Harrison also gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a further 100 students from Year 10 of the host school.

10 March: 'A' Level project student visit from Blandford School in Dorset

As part of an 'A' level project a student and teacher from Balndford School spent the day in the undergraduate laboratories with Steve Croker who assisted the student in operation and interpretation of HPLC. The student's project was investigating the degredation of chlorophyl in spinach, having done a lot of work using TLC on the project he wanted to extend the project using HPLC.

10 March: Haute Vallee School, Jersey

As part of Jersey Schools' Science Week Tim Harrison and Alison Rivett gave a total of 3 performances of the lecture demonstration ' A Pollutant's Tale' to all 700 students in years 7 to 11 at this Channel Island school.

09 March: Hautlieu School, St Helier, Jersey

Tim Harrison gave 4 performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 325 students in Years 11-13 at this Jersey secondary school, to 10 mature students from the Highlands College and 100 year 7 students from De La Salle School.

08 March: Grainville School, St Helier, Jersey

Tim Harrison gave 4 performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to all 500 students in Years 7-11 at this Jersey secondary school.

08-12 March: Jersey Science Week

For a full report of the Jersey Science week 2010 please see: http://www.chemlabs.bris.ac.uk/outreach/News/Jersey2010.html

08 March: Chemistry Careers Talks, Bristol Grammar School

Fifteen Post 16 students from the local school were in the School of Chemistry to see a talk by Preeti Kaur on her research and a talk by Dudley Shallcross on potential careers in chemistry.

04 March: Fragrance Chemistry Workshop Day, Fitzharrys School, Abingdon, Oxon

Tim Harrison presented a lecture on 'fragrance chemistry' to all 300 students in Year 10 and 11 at the start of the day before working with a group of 17 gifted and talented pupils in Year 10 on other aspects of this chemical topic. As part of the full day workshop the students, who had gained excellent marks in their recent science examinations, designed and produced their own bottle of fragrance during the session.

'I have really enjoyed my day today. The day was very well organised and all the tasks were fun but still allowed me to develop my knowledge in chemistry. The day allowed me to learn many things about perfume but also extra facts which could give me advantages in my GCSEs. Thank you for teaching today. '  Student feedback.

 

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February

26 February: Strode College, Street, Somerset

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'A Chemical Delight'' to an audience of 100 Post 16 students from the college and Year 11 students from a local school.

25 February: 375th Anniversary, Redmaids School, Bristol

As part of this local school's anniversary celebrations Jenny Slaughter, assisted by postgraduate SEAS Chemistry Ambassador, Louise Evans, led a workshop session on what a research chemist does and gave the 20 Post 16 students the opportunity to engage in some thin layer chromatography and infra red analysis of drugs.

24 February: 'A' Level Practical Coursework Session, Wellington School

Fourteen Year 13 students from the Somerset school spent the morning in the laboratories performing an assessed extended practical task created by Bristol ChemLabS for their A Level Chemistry.
After 3 hours in the laboratories the students enjoyed a short talk on what it is like to be an undergraduate presented by Michelle Powell from the Widening Participation Office. This was followed by an extended performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

24 February: 'A' Level Open Laboratory Day, Wells Cathedral School

Forty-one Post 16 students from the Somerset school spent the morning in the laboratories performing a caffeine extraction and infra red spectroscopy session in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories
In the afternoon the students enjoyed a short talk on what it is like to be an undergraduate presented by Michelle Powell from the Widening Participation Office. This was followed by an extended performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.
For more details of the Schools Laboratories Program please click here.

24 February: Access to Bristol Science Stream: Chemistry Afternoon 2

Bristol ChemLabS, working with the University's Widening Participation Office, is provided an afternoon conference for 19 Year 12 students from local schools in the second of 2 afternoon visits to the School of Chemistry.
Postgraduate chemists Katie Shaw gave a talk and discussion on 'The Use of Computers in Drug Design' following on from an extended  performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

22 February: Norton Hill School, Somerset

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'A Chemical Delight' to 250 Year 8 students from a collection of schools as part of a Triple Science Network (TSN) Day.

12 February: Science Day, Sir William Romney School, Gloucs

Tim Harrison gave four performances of the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' to all 560 students at the Tetbury-based Specialist Performing Arts College. The lecture demonstration involved discusion of chemical kinetics. For the Year 11 students the lecture was adjusted to be a wide ranging revision session.

11 February: Spectroscopy Workshop, The Crypt School, Gloucester

Tim Harrison and Beatrice Cattoz spent the morning at the science college working with 20 post 16 students working on visible spectroscopy as part of an EU funded project. Students also had opportunity to have a hands-on session with infra red spectroscopy.

10 February: Polymer Chemistry Day

A group of 26 Y10 students will be worked on their understanding of practical polymer chemistry in the morning undertaking a circus of practical experiments assisted by postgraduates Katie Lim and Olesya Myakonkaya.

After a tour of the School of Chemistry the students then enjoyed a talk on Silicon and Silicones' given by postgraduate Ben Cheesman before a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

05 February: Chocolates and Perfumes, Kings School, Taunton, Somerset

This pre-February 14th science evening gave the 75 post 16 students and their teachers a touch of the chemistry behind typical Valentines' Day gifts. Tim Harrison gave a short talk on the chemistry of fragrances examining the sense of smell, What is a fragrance, what is the connection between fragrance and taste, how do chemists fit in and what do fragrance molecules' look like.
Andy Chapman (Bristol) completed the science evening with a talk on 'The chemistry of Chocolate' which gave an introduction to some of the chemistry behind chocolate, in particular how fat crystallization can have a drastic effect on appearance and flavour. The session finished with students seeing and tasting at first hand the difference between tempered and untempered chocolate

03 February: Aspiration Raising Day, Winchcombe School, Gloucs

Forty-four Year 9 and 10 students from the specialist Science College spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and the afternoon on a tour of the School of Chemistry in the lecture theatre. Jane Fletcher gave a short talk on the re-mineralisation of teeth and on other areas of her research. Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison performed the practical demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' to complete the visit.
This visit is being organised as part of an Independent State School Partnership project. The aim of these projects is to raise and support the aspirations of Gifted and Talented students to go onto university.
Postgraduate chemists Beatrice Cattoz, Lucija Soberl, Cathy Cooper and Mindy Dulai assisted the students.

03 February: Access to Bristol Science Stream: Chemistry Afternoon

Bristol ChemLabS, working with the University's Widening Participation Office, is provided a practical workshop on caffeine extraction from tea leaves for the group of 19 Year 12 students from local schools in the first of 2 afternoon visits to the School of Chemistry.
Postgraduate chemists Francesca Speranza, Chinwe Ulasi and Chris Bailey assisted the students.

01 February: Sidcot School, Winscombe, North Somerset

Tim Harrison presented 'A Pollutant's tale' to 50 Post 16 science students as part of the North Somerset Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) project.

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January

27 January: Top of the Bench Competition, Regional Heat, Bristol

The annual Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC) Top of the Bench Competition for teams of four students from schools from around the region took place at Bristol ChemLabS on Wednesday evening. 15 teams from thirteen schools tackled two analytical chemistry problems in the undergraduate teaching laboratories. Post graduate chemist Andy Chapman gave the accompanying parents and teachers a tour of the department before giving them a presentation on the 'Chemistry of chocolate' complete with examples.

TOTB Judges 2010Whilst the judges came to a consensus Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration on 'The Gases in the Air' to all 90 students, parents and teachers present. The External Judges for the evening, Ben Seager-Scott and David Lee, were both from the Bristol and District committee of the RSC, and oversaw the judging. They were accompanied by Bristol postgraduate chemists Jennifer Hemmings, Olesya Myakonkaya, Amy Styring and James Kitulagoda.

The overall winners, who will be representing the region in the national finals were from Cheltenham College with the team from Wells Cathedral School in second place.

The schools represented at the heat were: Backwell School, Bristol Grammar School, Cheltenham College, Clifton High, Hardenhuish School, Marlborough College, Millfield Pates' Grammar School, Sherborne Girls' School, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, The Ridings Federation, Winterbourne International Academy and Wells Cathedral School.

27 January: Aspiration Raising Day, Bristol.

Fifty-nine Year 9 and 10 students from Marling School (Gloucs) and Broadlands School (Bristol) spent the morning in the undergraduate laboratories depolymerising PET, the polymer that drinks bottles are made from, to recover one of the valuable monomers. The students also spent time using visible spectrometry to solve a problem based on coloured solutions concentration by using a calibration curve. The afternoon saw the students given a talk on universities by Tim Harrison and a Talk on the use of 'Computers in Drug Design' by postgraduate Katie Shaw. Tim Harrison completed the visit with a performance of the lecture demonstration ,'A Pollutant's Tale,. The visit was sponsored via an EU Leonardo da Vinci grant.

20 January: Aspiration-Raising Day for Merchant's Academy and Colston Girls School Pupils

Bristol ChemLabS hosted an aspiration-raising day for a total of 37 KS4 students from the Merchants' Academy and Colston's Girls School who spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories working on the depolymerisation of PET, the 'plastic' that many soft drinks bottles are made from, and using spectrometers to analyse the concentration of a coloured solution. In the afternoon Doug Jennings from the Widening Participation Office gave a short talk on aspects of being an undergraduate student followed by the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Dudley Shallcross and a lecture by postgraduate STEM Ambassador Jane Fletcher on the growing of teeth.

20 January: Fons Luminus School, Soweto, South Africa

Demonstrators from the Sci Bono Centre in Johannesburg, supported by Tim Harrison, took the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 112 learners in years 11 and 12 as part of the Sci Bono Emasondosondo Outreach Programme.

20 January: Diepdale School, Soweto, South Africa

Demonstrators from the Sci Bono Centre in Johannesburg, supported by Tim Harrison, took the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 119 learners in years 10-12 as part of the Sci Bono Emasondosondo Outreach Programme.

19 January: Sci Bono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Demonstrators from the science centre supported by Tim Harrison gave three performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 250 learners mainly from years 10 to 12 from Loftentse Girls, Reasom Secondary School. A full report can be found here.

18 January: Sci Bono Science Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tim Harrison supported by demonstrators from the science centre gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 240 learners from years 10 to 12 from Blue Hills College, Aurora Girls School, Dinoto Technical High and Emshukantambo Secondary School.

12 January: Christmas Lectures, St Bede's RC College/School, Bristol

Tim Harrison gave three performances of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 540 students and 30 teachers. The students entertained were 80 from Year 7 and 192 from 9 from St Bede's. The remaining students came from and Year 6 from eight local primary schools including: Bank Leaze, Our Lady of the Rosary in Lawrence Weston, St. Bernard's in Shirehampton, St. Mary's in Bradley Stoke, Corpus Christi in Weston Super Mare, St. Joseph's in Portishead, St. Francis' in Nailsea and St. Teresa's in Filton This was the third annual schools' conference involving Bristol ChemLabS hosted by this school.

11 January: Wyvern School, Weston-Super-Mare

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the lecture demonstration'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 110 students in Years 9 and 10. The lectures were sponsored by North Somerset's Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) grant which is being used to raise aspirations in all schools in the Education Authority.

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