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July

29 July: School of Chemistry Day for UoB Employees' Post 16 Offspring

The 17 students aged 16-18 spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories synthesising and analysing the anaesthetic benzocaine.
In the afternoon the students had a talk from the Widening Participation Office on what it is like to be an undergraduate at Bristol. This was followed by a tour of the department and talks one 'Extremophile Chemistry' by Preeti Kaur and a lecture demonstration on 'A Pollutant's Tale' by Ben Cheesman.

28 July: School of Chemistry Day for UoB Employees' Offspring

The students spent the morning in the laboratories engaged in a series of experiments on polymer chemistry. Students made several polymers, examined polymer properties and made a monomer precursor. After lunch the students went on a tour of the department, had a talk on polymer chemistry given by Ben Cheesman and finally experiencing the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

21 July: Ribston Hall High School, Spectroscopy Half-Day Practical Morning Session

Sixteen students from Ribston Hall High School spent the morning (of their last day of term) in the undergraduate teaching labs working with postgraduates Ben Cheesman, Nisha Doshi and Kyle Taylor. The students synthesised benzoic acid and determined the active ingredient in aspirin using thin layer chromatography and infrared spectroscopy. They also used spectrometers to calculate the concentration of a blue pigment solution. This activity was supported by an EU grant.

15 July: St John's School, Marlborough, KS4 Day

52 Year 10 students from St John's School spent the day at the School of Chemistry. The practical session in the morning involved the extraction of caffeine from tea leaves in the ChemLabS Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories working with postgraduates Ben Cheesman, Shirin Alexander, Monika Zeleznik and Grace Cookey. The students analysed their products by infrared spectroscopy and determined it's melting point.

In the afternoon the students were given a talk about what it is like to be an undergraduate student at Bristol by the University Widening Participation Department, before Post-graduate Chemist Andy Chapman gave a talk on the Chemistry of Chocolate and Ben Cheesman performed the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

15 July: Chancellor's School, Brookman's Park, Herts

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 170 year 7 students at the Hertfordshire state school.

12-15 July: Chemistry Summer School, Colegio de San Francisco de Paula in Santa Ángela de la Cruz, Spain

SpanishSeven Students aged 15-17 accompanied by their teacher Maria Isern Torres enjoyed a four day summer school at Bristol ChemLabS. A packed schedule saw the students extracting caffeine, making azo dyes, preparing aspirin, benzocaine and paracetamol and carrying out several analytical exercises including the use of visible spectroscopy. One morning was spent in creating their own fragrance in a session on perfume chemistry where the students prepare their own bottle of fragrance to take away.

The students had talks and tours of Electron Microscopy and Diamond Laboratories with Ben Masheder and Paul May.

The group attended several talks during their stay. A general talk on 'What is it like to be an undergraduate student at Bristol University?' was given by Alex O'Driscoll of the Widening Participation Unit. Chemistry specific talks were presented by Ben Cheesman, 'Silicon and Silicone Polymers', Preeti Kaur 'Extremophile Chemistry' and 'A Pollutant's Tale' and 'Fragrance Chemistry' given by Tim Harrison.

Other postgraduates that assisted in the visit included: Andy Chapman, Claire Rosling, Aimee Boyle, Jane Fletcher, Tom Turner, Lucija Soberl, Francesca Speranza and Monika Zeleznik.

13-14 July: Aspiration Raising Residential School for Bexley

Bexley41 Year 11 students from Bexleyheath and Trinity Schools in the London Borough of Bexley spent a two day residential course at Bristol ChemLabS engaged in a variety of practical work, analytical competition, talks and lecture demonstrations including an evening lecture session.
Preeti Kaur gave a talk on extremophile chemistry whilst Ben Cheesman presented 'Silicon and Silicones'. Postgraduates helping with the summer school included Jane Fletcher, Tom Turner, Lucija Soberl, Andy Chapman, Claire Rosling and Aimee Boyle.

09 July: Yate International Academy Spectroscopy Half - Day Practical Morning Session

Thirty Year 9 and 10 students from Yate International Academy spent the morning at the undergraduate teaching labs working with postgraduates Ben Cheesman, Kaizhong Fan and Kyle Taylor. The students synthesised benzoic acid, Analysed aspirin using thin layer chromatography, infrared spectroscopy and melting point. They also used spectrometers to calculate the concentration of a blue pigment solution. This activity was supported by an EU grant

08 July: Sutton Trust Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

Twenty Year 12 students spent the afternoon extracting caffeine from tea leaves in the undergraduate teaching laboratories as part of their week long visit to the University of Bristol. This activity forms part of the Sutton Trust Summer School for a total of 120 year 12 students and is organised through the Widening Participation & Undergraduate Recruitment office of Bristol University.

08 July: Review of the Year, Winchcombe School, Gloucs

Tim Gallagher was on hand to do some chemistry demonstrations and to help with the award ceremony at the North Gloucestershire Science Specialist College.

07 July: Wellington College Year 11 ISSP Day

Thirty-three Year 11 students from the Wellington College Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) spent the day at the School of Chemistry. The morning practical session involved the extraction of caffeine from tea in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories.

In the afternoon Aoife Grant gave a talk on carbon monoxide in the atmosphere, Katie Shaw gave a talk on the use of computers in drug design and Ben Cheesman performed the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

STEM Ambassadors Christa Bunzli, Shirin Alexander and Rachel Wellington assisted the students with their practical work.

06 July: A Pollutant's Tale, Bristol ChemLabS

More than 50 Year 11 students attending the Aim Higher Uni-Taster Summer School were entertained by a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Ben Cheesman.

June

30 June: Fairfield School Careers Convention

Jenny Slaughter visited Fairfield School to explore the topic "Careers in Scientific Research" with thirty Year 10 students. The students acted as materials scientists, making a "new material" and suggested industrial and commercial uses for it, they discussed how careers in the fuel industry will affect global decisions in the future and explored the energy that powers rockets and fuel cells - with explosive results!

Comments from the students:"It was fun and interesting, "The experiments were different", "It was fun because the teacher was funny and we did a cool practical", "Really interesting, learnt a lot", "Quite cool"

28 June - 02 July: Bristol-Trinity College Dublin, Sixth Summer School

Bristol DublinForty-eight students aged 16 to 18 from schools in Malta, Ireland and the UK attended the Bristol leg of this annual event with 21 students completing the second part of the week by transferring to Dublin. The remainder of students, mainly from Malta with somefrom the UK, completed a three day session at Bristol ChemLabS before returning home.

Bristol DublinDuring the sixth such summer school in the last 5 years students engaged in variety of practical investigations and other experiments ranging from the analysis of the chlorate ion in commercial bleaches and the extraction of caffeine from tea, to the synthesis of an anaesthetic. The practical work was interspersed with lecture demonstrations on climate change, fragrance chemistry (both by Tim Harrison), 'The Chemistry of Chocolate' (Andy Chapman) and 'Chemistry in the Dock' (Professor Julian Eastoe ), with demonstration talks and tours of electron microscopy, nmr and mass spectrometery. Several evening sessions were also enjoyed with trips to ten pin bowling, evening lectures and a Chinese dinner (in Dublin). The Maltese students, all from St Aloysius College, also enjoyed two sessions in London as part of their programme.

Calvin Lim Yeong Yew, a chemistry teacher from Meridian Junior College Singapore also visited during the week in preparation for his students joining the summer school in 2011.

The students had a variety of demonstrators assisting them during their week including Bristol chemists Jenny Slaughter, Ben Cheesman, Shirin Alexander, Jane Fletcher, Grace Cookey, Claire Rosling and Mohamed Benama. Gemma Keegan and Dr Mike Bridge from Trinity Colege Dublin also assisted.

More images of the event are available here.

24 June: 'Science Challenge', Enfield. London

Two hundred guests representing 30 Enfield primary schools and 11 secondary schools entered the 2010 Enfield Science and Technology Challenge for children and young people from nursery age through to post 16.

The evening event was hosted by Oasis Academy, Innova Park, Enfield and saw Tim Harrison give a 45 minute lecture demonstration to the mixed age audience on the 'Chemistry of Perfumes'.

23 June: School Laboratory Programme, Organic Synthesis, King's College Taunton

22 Year 12 students from King's College, Taunton spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories synthesising the anaesthetic benzocaine and the afternoon investigating visible spectroscopy.

Claire Rosling, Ben Cheesman and Kaizhong Fan assisted the students with their practical exercises.

22 June: School Laboratory Day, Organic Synthesis, Patchway Community School

Fourteen Year 10 students from Patchway Community School spent the morning at the undergraduate teaching labs working with postgraduates Lucija Soberl, Beatrice Cattoz and Ben Cheesman synthesising benzocaine. In the afternoon the students used spectrometers to calculate the concentration of a blue pigment solution and also had a tour of the department.

22 June: Fragrance Chemistry Workshop, St Julian's School, Gwent

Tim Harrison aided by Kate Hanford worked with 19 gifted and talented Year 9 students at the Newport based comprehensive school. The students learnt about some of the ways in which chemists assist perfumers in a full day of science that culminated in the students each designing and packaging their own bottle of fragrance.

11 June: Chipping Sodbury Festival, South Gloucestershire

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented a special performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 40 Year 7 students from Chipping Sodbury School as part of the opening of the 25th anniversary of the festival. The event was held in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall and was partly sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the RSC.

09 June: John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Sixteen Year 9 students from the specialist science, mathematics and computing college spent the morning at the undergraduate teaching labs working with postgraduates Shirin Alexander and Kyle Taylor. The students synthesised benzoic acid, learnt how to run a thin layer chromatography plate and used spectrometers to calculate the concentration of a blue pigment solution. In the afternoon the students had a tour of the department and a lecture on climate change given by Tim Harrison.

This event was sponsored by an EU grant.

08 June A Pollutant's Tale, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucs

Seventeen Year 11 students from Publiczne Gimnazjum, Powiat Przasnyski in Poland on exchange with the Gloucestershire science college enjoyed a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

May

26 May: 'A Pollutant's Tale', ELTE, Budapest, Hungary

An audience of 90 senior students and teachers from schools and colleges from all over Hungary saw a performance of the lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison and translated into Hungarian by Luca Szalay of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE).

25 May: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Budapest, Hungary

An audience of 30 senior students from Petrik Bilingual Vocational School for Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Information Technology and Radnóti Miklós Practicing School saw a performance of this lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison and translated into Hungarian when needed by Luca Szalay of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE).

20 May Polymer Chemistry Workshop

As part of the annual polymer chemistry workshops 78 year 10 girls from Sherbourne and one home tutored boy spent the day at the School of Chemistry.

The morning saw the students working on a circus of polymer chemistry experiments in the teaching laboratories before moving to the lecture theatres in the afternoon. Katie Shaw, Joshua Konne, Raquel Vax, Kaizhong Fan, Shirin Alexander and Claire Rosling assisted the students in the laboratory. Katie Shaw gave a talk on the use of computers in drug design. Ben Cheesman gave a lecturette entitled 'Silicon and Silicone Polymers'. The final session of the day saw Tim Harrison perform 'A Pollutant's Tale' for the students.

19 May: Polymer Chemistry Workshop

As part of the annual polymer chemistry workshops 36 Year 9 and10 students from Worle School (Weston-Super-Mare), 17 students from Hanham High School and 14 students from Bishop Wordsworth School spent the day at the School of Chemistry.

The morning saw the students working on a circus of polymer chemistry experiments in the teaching laboratories before moving to the lecture theatres in the afternoon. Shirin Alexander, Mohamed Benama, Maddy Strickland, Mark Kent, Chinwe Ulasi and Kara Cubbage assisted the students in the laboratory. Ben Cheesman gave a lecturette on silicon and silicone polymers. The final session of the day saw Tim Harrison perform 'A Pollutant's Tale' for the students.

17 May Salters' Festival of Chemistry Salters

Bristol ChemLabS hosted the Salters' Festival once more this year. Sixty students took part in the day, led by Ben Cheesman and Steve Croker.

The Salters' Challenge in the morning was to solve "The Mysterious Death of Captain Salter". The team from Clifton High School won by correctly identifying the suspect. The teams from Blundells School and Red Maids' School came in a close second and third respectively. The Chemical general knowledge quiz was won by Beaudesert Park School.

The University Challenge in the afternoon saw the schools investigating the amount of copper found in two copper ore samples and investigating the iodine clock reaction. Excellent analytical work from the Robert Blake Science College won them first prize. They were followed by Bristol Grammar School and Sherborne School for Girls in second and third place respectively.

As a reward for their achievements, pupils were then treated to a fun lecture-demonstration entitled "A Pollutant's Tale" by Alison Rivett and Ben Cheesman. The day ended with Salters' representative Michelle Milne presenting the first, second and third place teams from both challenges with their prizes from Salters' and ChemLabS.

SaltersFinal thanks must go to the four judges: Dr Alison Rivett, Beatrice Cattoz, Katie Lim and Lucija Soberl (all from University of Bristol), who were impressed by all the participants' work.

The schools who took part were Backwell, Beaudesert Park, Blundell's, Bristol Grammar, Clifton High, Colston's Girls, Hanham High, Mangotsfield, Nailsea, Red Maids, Redland Green, Sherborne, The Robert Blake Science College and Yate International Academy.

More images of the day are available here

University of Bristol Press Release

 

13 May: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Worle School, North Somerset

Tim Harrison entertained 300 year 7 students with an afternoon performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' at the School based in Weston-Super-Mare. The performance was sponsored as part of Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) project being run by North Somerset's WEP Office.

03-07 May: Science in Schools Project, ENSCL, Lille, France

As part of an event sponsored by the British Council's Science in Schools Project and taking place at l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL) an outreach team comprising Mohamed Benama, Katie Shaw Adele Laurain and Tim Harrison, provided five full day's chemistry experience for 5 different schools from the region. The full details are given within the entries below.

'It was a great honour for the Académie de Lille to be given the opportunity to welcome you and some of your students. The talks you gave were of utmost quality and had our school children and their teachers really interested. We are most grateful and cannot thank you enough for all the trouble you went to ensuring that the contents of your experiments were at the pupils' level.'
Anne François Rectorat de Lille - DEVEP.

07 May: Collège Lucie Aubrac, Louvroil, France

An outreach team comprising Mohamed Benama, Katie Shaw and Adele Laurain, provided a full day of chemistry experience at the teaching labs within the chemistry department at Lille University. The 25 students and their teachers experienced the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale', several practicals and a talk on chemistry careers.

The event was sponsored by the British Council's Science in Schools Project and l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL).

06 May: Collège Lucie Aubrac, Dunkerque, France

Bristol chemists Mohamed Benama, Katie Shaw and Adele Laurain, provided a full day of chemistry experience at the teaching labs within the chemistry department at Lille University. The 22 students and their teachers experienced the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale', several practicals and a talk on chemistry careers.

This event was sponsored by the British Council's Science in Schools Project and l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL).

05 May: Collège de Wazemmes, Beuvrages, France

This morning session provided a half day of chemistry experience at the teaching labs within the chemistry department at Lille University. 21 students and their teachers experienced the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' and practical work at an event hosted by the chemistry department at Lille University. The event was run by Katie Shaw, Mohamed Benama and Adele Laurain.

This event was sponsored by the British Council's Science in Schools Project and l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL).

04 May: Collège Paul Eluard, Beuvrages, France

An outreach team comprising Mohamed Benama, Katie Shaw and Adele Laurain, provided a full day of chemistry experience at the teaching labs within the chemistry department at Lille University. The 21 students and their teachers experienced the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale', several practicals and a talk on chemistry careers.

This event was filmed by France 3 television for their evening news programme and can be viewed here. The event was sponsored by the British Council's Science in Schools Project and l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL).

03 May: Collège Langevin Wallon, Grenay, France

An outreach team comprising Mohamed Benama, Katie Shaw and Adele Laurain, aided by Tim Harrison provided a full day of chemistry experience at the teaching labs within the chemistry department at Lille University. The 19 students and 4 teachers experienced the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale', several practicals and a talk on chemistry careers. This event was sponsored by the British Council's Science in Schools Project and l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL)

April

21 April: Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Competition 2010 Backwell winners

Bristol ChemLabS hosted The Schools' Analyst Competition, a yearly national competition run by the RSC's Analytical Division for first year sixth form students studying AS-Level chemistry or its equivalent. The winners go through to the National Final. Each team comprised three students.

1st place: Backwell School (photograph right)
2nd place: Thomas Hardye School
3rd place: Cheltenham LaAnalytical compdies College

 

Postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Ben Cheesman, Kara Cubbage, Monika Zeleznik, Beatrice Cattoz and Siti Haji Awang Haslie assisted during the day that was led by Dudley Shallcross and Steve Croker.

The schools participating were: Backwell School, Bishop Wordsworth's C of E Grammar School for Boys, Blundells, Bristol Grammar School, Cheltenham Ladies College, Corsham School, Cotswold School, Marlborough College, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Redland Green and Thomas Hardye School.

 

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