CHeMneT Events Autumn Term 2011

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14 December: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Downside School, Bath

47 Year 11 students from Downside School were joined by two Post 16 students from John of Gaunt School (Wilts) to extract caffeine from tea leaves. The students investigated their product using infra red spectroscopy.

Chris Holland led the session and was assisted by postgraduate chemists and Elle Wadsworth.

02 December: Chemistry Outreach Bristol Children's Hospital, Bristol

Postgraduate Chemists Charlotte Beddoes and Joshua Howgego spent several hours working with a group of 8 young patients from KS2 and KS3 in the Children's Hospital having fun with liquid nitrogen and slime amongst the experiments and demonstrations undertaken for the patients.


30 November: Caffeine Extraction Morning

64 students from Years 11 and 12 from Wycliffe College, Cheltenham Ladies College and Ivybridge Community College spent a session in the teaching laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and analysing their samples by infra red spectroscopy. Postgraduate chemists James Cooper, Mohamed Benama, Aimee Boyle, Charles Renney and Elle Wadsworth assisted the students in this task.

30 November: Schools Christmas Conference

Adam Hart (University of Gloucestershire) started the conference with a talk on 'Pheromones, Sex and Violence: the Chemical World of Bees and Ants'. This was followed by a talk on 'Extremophile Chemistry' given by Preeti Kaur. After a break for mince pies the conference was closed with an extended lecture demonstration 'Chemistry for the Terrified' give by John Kilcoyne (University of Sunderland). 245 students were in attendance all of whom thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Schools and colleges attending: Wycliffe College (Gloucs), Strode College (Somerset), Cheltenham Ladies College (Gloucs), Ivybridge Community College (Devon), Gordano School (Bristol), Cleeve School (Gloucs), Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH, Bristol), Taunton School (Somerset). Home Tutored students and those on the Access to Bristol Course (various) were also in attendance.

This was the second Christmas conference this month aimed at Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students. It was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

21-25 November: British Council's Science in Schools Programme, Amiens, France

Bristol postgraduate chemists Benoit Quignon and Mohamed Benama with outreach administrator Elle Wadsworth, delivered chemistry outreach workshops at the l'Universite de Picardie as part of the British Council's 'Science In Schools' Programme.

The young chemists delivered the series of talks, lecture demonstrations and practical work to 81 'Aimhigher' French students saw the talk 'Gases in the Air' delivered by Elle Wadsworth and translated, where necessary, by Mohamed and Benoit who are both French Nationals. They also experienced hands-on practicals that helped develop their investigation and measurement skills. Talks were also be given by the British Council and the host university on higher education and careers in chemistry.

The following schools attended; Collège Marcelin Berthelot (Nogent sur Oise), Collège Gaston Vasseur (Feuquières en Vimeu), Collège Louis Pasteur (Noyon), Collège Edouard Herriot (Nogent sur Oise) and Collège Gérard Philippe (Soissons).

A French TV report can be found here. 14:40 mins into the clip.

A report in the French press can be found here.

23 November: Schools Christmas Conference 2011

The annual afternoon of talks saw 335 students from Years 10-13 and their teachers attend a packed lecture theatre. The programme saw 'Genetic Fingerprinting: Past, Present and Future' by Prof Sir Alec Jeffrey (Leics), 'Molecules of Murder' by Dr John Emsley (Cambridge) and 'Some chemistry of Fragrances' by Tim Harrison (Bristol).

Students from the following schools attended the conference sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC): St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol Grammar School, Strode College, Portsmouth Grammar School, Red Maids School, Marlborough College, Exeter School, King's College Taunton, City Academy (Bristol), Chilton Trinity Technology College, Sidcot School, Bradley School and Downside as well as some students being home educated.

23 November: Caffeine Extraction, Open Laboratory Programme

A total of 54 Post 16 students from Exeter School and Marlborough College and four Year 9 students from Blundells spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves. In the afternoon most of the students attended the schools' conference.

The students were assisted by STEM Ambassador chemists; James Cooper, Monika Zeleznik, Francesca Speranza and Sophie Edwards.

17 November: Hollywood Science, Swindon Academy, Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave a short evening lecture demonstration on some of the chemistry that can be used by Hollywood as special effects to an audience of 120 Year 7 students and their guests at the start of an evening of science shows put on by the students for their parents.

16 November: Organic Synthesis Day, Wilthsire Schools

Seven Year 13 students from St John's School and 15 Year 11 and 12 students from Malmesbury School spent the morning synthesising the anaesthetic benzocaine and in the afternoon enjoying lectures on aspirin given by postgraduate chemist Matt Hess, and the kinetics lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' presented by Tim Harrison.

As part of the prize for winning their section of the Big Bang national chemistry section, a group of Year 11 and Year 12 students and their friends from the Malmesbury School had their visit sponsored by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT).

STEM Ambassadors George Dowson, Nicky Connolly and Elle Wadsworth were amongst those assisting the students with their practical work.

09 November: Doctoral Training Centre Anaesthetic Synthesis Day

66 post 16 students from 5 schools spent the day at the School of Chemistry engaged in a full day of activity. In the morning the students synthesised and analysed the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. This was followed by a series of talks and lectures in the afternoon.

The schools attending were: Tewkesbury School (Gloucs), St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School (Bristol), Fitzharrys School (Oxon), Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg (Rhondda Cynon Taf) and Holyrood Academy (Chard).

The event was sponsored by Bristol Chemical Synthesis Doctoral Training Centre.

For a full report of the activity please click here.

More photos of the day can be found here.

03 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Workshop, King's Oak Academy, Bristol

Postgraduate chemists Aimee Boyle and Emily Baker delivered a full afternoon session on infra-red and UV-Visible spectroscopy to 14 Post 16 students at the local Bristol School as part of their BTEC course. The workshop was sponsored by the local HE-STEM as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project.

King's Oak Academy, prior to September 2011, was Kingsfield School and is part of the Cabot Learning Federation.

"Yesterday went really well, the pupils definitely got a lot out of it and will do a lot of follow up work about Forensic cases where these techniques would be used. While we don't have the equipment to carry out the actual techniques, I got a copy of the resource packs and they will be put to good use in creating a simulated crime scene later on in the year."
Rebecca Jones (Coordinating Teacher)

02 November: Analytical Workshop, Maranatha Christian School, Swindon

21 KS4 students from the Swindon school attended a morning workshop of analytical chemistry. The students learnt skills in titration and thin layer chromatography aided by STEM Ambassadors Elle Wadsworth and Maddy Strickland.


19 October: Caffeine Extraction Day, Great Barr School, Birmingham

Six senior visited the School of Chemistry for a full day of activities including extracting caffeine from tea, lectures and tours of the department. Andy Chapman assisted the students with their practical work and gave tours in the afternoon. Postdoctoral researcher Preeti Kaur gave a presentation on 'Extremophile Chemistry'.

19 October: Royal Society Partnership Grant Project, Leweston School, Dorset

Dudley Shallcrossgave a workshop to the climate change project group of 30 mixed year students. They completed an analysis of bonfire night data, by a process of 'data mining', finding several sites that were extremely high in a number of atmospheric pollutants across the UK (major cities). The data is now being compiled and readied for a potential research paper submission in the New Year.

Afterwards Dudley Shallcross discussed the university application (UCAS) process with the students.

The on-going project climate change chemistry research is part of a Royal Society Partnership Grant.

14 October: Post 16 Chemistry Talks, Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon

Tim Harrison spent this Friday evening with 30 post 16 students giving an informal talk and Q&A session discussing UCAS and Bristol University before presenting the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' to 30 Year 12 and 13 chemistry students. Tim Harrison was assisted by chemistry graduate Elle Wadsworth at both these talks.

13 October: Gases in the Air, Brightstowe Oasis Academy, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by Elle Wadsworth, performed two lecture demonstrations for students in Years 9 and 10. The talk 'Gases in the Air', was seen by a total of 150 students at the local secondary school. This event is sponsored by Hugh James and Bristol ChemLabS.

'I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for both arranging and carrying out the fantastic demonstration that was seen by our Year 10 and Year 9 students yesterday. The demonstration was both informative and exciting from the perspective of the students and the adults in the hall. ....I know that your demonstration has changed the perception of chemistry in the eyes of the students that were in the hall. They were still talking about what they had seen on their way home yesterday afternoon.' David Williams (Lead Teacher - Science)

04 October: RSC Schools Chemistry Conference, Cheltenham

320 Post 16 students from local schools spent the morning at Cheltenham Ladies College enjoying a full programme of lectures. Tim Harrison opened with the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight'. After break Chemistry Postgraduate Andy Chapman delivered a talk on 'The Chemistry of Chocolate.' The final session of the morning was a lecture by Dr John Emsley (Cambridge) on the 'Molecules of Murder'. Mary Bartlett assisted in the organisation of the conference.

Schools in attendance were Malvern College, Ribston Hall High School, John Cabot Academy, Crypt School, Filton College, Fitzharry's School, Ridgeway School (Swindon), Cheltenham Ladies College and Cotswold School.

Gloucester Radio, BBC Radio Bristol and a local newspaper covered the event which was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

A report from UKboarding schools on the event can be found here.


28 September: Triple Science Network Day, Swindon Consortium, Wilts

51 Year 8 students from a group of schools in the Swindon area visited Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of aspiration raising practical work and an afternoon of lectures. The initial talk was given by Widening Participation Student Ambassador Gemma Coxon on what it is like being a student at Bristol. Andy Chapman then gave a talk on 'The Chemistry of Chocolate' before giving the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air'.

The schools represented were: Ridgeway, Dorcan, Kingsdown and Greendown.

Chemistry STEM Ambassadors Katie Lim, Sewa Abdullah, Tanya Case and Simon Carobene assisted Chris Holland in the morning session.

28 September: A Pollutant's Tale, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester

Tim Harrison gave three performances of the ever popular lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 640 students from Year 7 to 13 at the Gloucester school.

27 September: Royal Society Partnership Grant Project, Leweston School, Dorset

A group of 30 Year 10-13 students from the Dorset school visited the School of Chemistry as part of an on-going project involving climate change chemistry research. Their busy schedule included a talk on HPLC and gas chromatography (Steve Croker) and tours of the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group laboratories (Aoife Grant) and Geochemistry Research laboratories (Marcus Badger).

Marcus Badger then gave a talk on the current state of knowledge on climate chemistry. After lunch Dudley Shallcross led a workshop on climate data analysis in preparation for a continuation of the research already begun.

'I like to thank you and the atmospheric chemistry research team for a most valuable and productive day yesterday. The students enjoyed themselves and seemed eager and enthusiastic to continue with the work.' Oznur Kemal, Head of Chemistry.

23-27 September: Schools' Spectroscopy Tours

The annual spectroscopy tours saw 380 Year 13 students from 22 schools and colleges spend 8 sessions across four days of activities at the School of Chemistry. The 235 twenty minute talks covered areas including mass spectrometry, ultra violet-visible spectroscopy, NMR, infra red spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, GCMS and HPLC.

The schools participating this year were: Blundells, Sidcot, Cheltenham College, Churchill School, City Academy, Colston's Girls School, Cotham School, Dauntseys, Holyrood Academy, Ivybridge Community College, John Bentley School, King's College (Taunton), King's Oak Academy, Malvern College, Marlborough College, Marlwood, Red Maids School, Redcomb College, Sherborne Girls' School, St Brendan's VIth Form College, Taunton School, Wadham School and Wycliffe College.

Maddy Strickland, Christina Higgins, Raquel Vaz, Mary Bartlett, Christina Higgins, Joshua Lay, Kaizhong Fan, Grace Cookey, Pip Bird, Helen Pritchard-Smith, Yannan Cui, Mary Bartlett, Steve Croker and Joshua Lay were amongst the chemists assisting the school students on the tours.

13-16 September: Namibian Science Festival, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

As part of the Bristol ChemLabS presence at the 7th National Science Technology and Innovation Week (NAMSCI) 2011 Tim Harrison, aided by Sophie Franklin and Dudley Shallcross, delivered eight performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 1600 students (learners) and teachers aged 8 to 17 as part of the annual science festival. The students attending were mainly from township schools centred on the capital city Windhoek. The visit was sponsored by the Namibian Ministry of Education and Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

A report in the Republikein newspaper can be found here. And more reports here

15 September: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Gobebe Desert Research Station, Northern Namibia

Dudley Shallcross, aided by Sunny Sunassee and Mike Davies-Coleman from Rhodes University, South Africa, delivered a 2 hour performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to an audience of 200 students and researchers at the remote desert research station. Students attended from as far afield as Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

This event was an additional part of the Bristol ChemLabS presence at the 7th National Science Technology and Innovation Week (NAMSCI) 2011. The visit was sponsored by Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG)

Schools attending were: Duinesig Combined, Duneside High, Tutaleni Primary, Narraville Primary, Kuisebmond Secondary , JP Brand Primary, De Duine Secondary and Kuisebmond Namcol Centre.

A report of the event can be found on page 7 of the Gobabeb Times.

14-15 September:Science Summer School, Liceo Novello in Codogno, Italy

23 students from the Liceo Novello in Codogno school in Italy attended an Autumn Science school in the University of Bristol. The students were engaged in a range of lectures and practical activities in chemistry, physiology and anatomy over the week-long event. The 2 days spent in the School of Chemistry were run by Ben Cheesman and the students were guided through the activities by postgraduate demonstrators Francesca Speranza and Maddy Strickland.

The students completed a polymer workshop, extracted caffeine from tea leaves and synthesised an anaesthetic which gave the students the opportunity to learn practical techniques not covered at school. The programme also introduced the students to analytical techniques such as Infra-red spectroscopy, GC-MS and scanning electron microscopy, in addition to a lecture on Silicon and Silicone Chemistry and a performance of the popular lecture-demonstration "A Pollutant's Tale" given by Ben Cheesman.

05-09 September: SEEDS Outreach, Western Cape, South Africa

Bristol ChemLabS chemists Tim Harrison and Sophie Franklin working with Rhodes University through the Scifest Africa project entitled Systemic Education and Extra-Mural Development and Support (SEEDS) entertained over 1320 students (learners) mainly aged 11-14 who enjoyed the 6 performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' that were delivered by various teams of chemists. University of Rhodes chemists Sunny Sunassee, Nichole D'Souza, Shima Batlokwa and Temitope Olomola were also involved.

The township schools involved were: Paulus Joubert, Amstelhof, Rietenbosch, Cloetesville, Pieter Langeveldt, Brooklands, Bottelary, Kraaifontein AME, Eikendal and Paarlzicht primary and Paulus Joubert High schools. These previously disadvantaged schools are based in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Kraaifontein.

The chemistry department at Stellenbosch University are thanked for their support in the provision of several of the chemicals used.

02 September: Mary Waters School, Grahamstown, South Africa

Tim Harrison, assisted by Joyce Sewry (Rhodes University) presented 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 55 students aged 15-16 in the Afrikaans -speaking township school.

01 September: A Pollutant's Tale, Queenstown Girls High School, Queenstown, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Sophie Franklin, assisted by Jess Taylor (Rhodes University), delivered a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 200 learners aged 14-16 at the well established state school in the Eastern Cape. Students from Queens College Boys High School and Hoërskool-Hangklip were amongst the audience along with learners from Queenstown Girls High School.



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