CHeMneT Events Spring Term 2012


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March

27 March: Anaesthetic Workshop, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset

24 Post 16 students from Wells Cathedral School worked in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories synthesising the anaesthetic benzocaine. In the afternoon talks on 'Extremophile Chemistry', given by Preeti Kaur, and 'A Pollutant's Tale' presented by Tim Harrison were enjoyed by all.
Chemists Elle Wadsworth Emily Baker and Preeti Kaur assisted the students with their practical work.

27 March: Caffeine Extraction Day, St Julian's Comprehensive School, Newport, Gwent

14 More Able and Talented Year 9 students from the Welsh school spent the morning extracting caffeine from tea leaves and taking part in an afternoon of talks and demonstration lectures. The talks on 'Extremophile Chemistry', given by Preeti Kaur, and the 'A Pollutant's Tale' presented by Tim Harrison were enjoyed by all.

Chemist Sarah Glover assisted the students with their practical work.

26 March: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Falmouth School, Cornwall

Tim Harrison returned to Cornwall to deliver a further three lecture demonstrations to secondary school students. Two performances of ' Gases in the Air' were enjoyed by 360 students in Years 7 and 9 and their teachers. In the afternoon an extended version of 'A Pollutant's Tale' was enjoyed by a further 175 students from Years 8, 10, 11 and 12.

The event was subsidised by the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

A report from This is Cornwall can be found here.

A report on Falmouth School website can be found here.

23 March: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Penryn College, Cornwall

Tim Harrison visited the Cornish college as part of an RSC Analytical Division sponsored event to perform two lecture demonstrations. The first talk involved 90 Year 9 students. This was followed by a 90 minute lecture demonstration to 200 students mainly Year 11s but with 30 Year 7 students present.

"Over the course of Friday morning Tim presented two chemistry 'shows'- bringing the science of atmospheric chemistry to life with a series of dramatic and entertaining demonstrations. His enthusiastic delivery kept our first audience of Year 9s and two classes of Year 6s from Penryn juniors, enthralled. He then repeated his high energy performance with an audience of Year 11's before lunch. There was a good deal of very thought provoking science interlaced with all sorts of demonstrations to keep the pupils watching- and they were watching without flagging for over an hour- a rare feat!" Chemistry Teacher

22 March: 'Gases in the Air', Widening Participation Unit, University of Bristol

Postgraduate AZSTT Education researcher Sophie Franklin performed the popular lecture demonstration to 38 Year 7 students from Bedminster Down School in the School of Chemistry's lecture theatre.

22 March: St Joseph's School, Launceston, Cornwall

Tim Harrison performed a shortened version of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to all 150 secondary aged students in Years 7-11 at this Cornish school before going on to work with 20 KS4 girls in the areas of Fragrance Chemistry and Spectroscopy.

A press release of the event can be found here.

21 March: Instrumental Analysis Day, The Warriner and Tudor Hall Schools, Bambury, Oxon

40 Year 10 Triple Science students from the two neighbouring north Oxfordshire schools spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories at the School of Chemistry enjoying talks on a variety of analytical techniques including thin layer chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, GCMS and working with UV Visible spectroscopy. In the afternoon the students had talks and lectures on 'Extremophile Chemistry' by Preeti Kaur, 'Aspirin Synthesis and the Pharmaceutical Industry' by Matt Hesse and a lecture demonstration on 'Chemical Kinetics' by Tim Harrison.

21 March: Outreach Liaison with Karlstad University, Sweden

Five 17 year old Swedish school students from Karlstad, and their three accompanying teachers, joined in with practical workshops, and afternoon talks and lecture demonstrations in the School of Chemistry along with British students from Oxfordshire. The students and their teachers were guests of Wuge Briscoe's research group.

15 March: Enfield Challenge, Winchmore School, Winchmore Hill, London

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Sophie Franklin and Sarah Glover spent the morning at the Enfield school delivering workshops comprising a demonstration lecture entitled 'Gases in the Air' and a circus of practical work for a mixed group of 30 Year 7, 8 and 9 students from the host school.

Chariklia Ktori, Winchmore School, assisted with the organisation of the event that was part of the Enfield STEM programme for National Science and Engineering Week.

15 March: Science Lectures, Hereford Cathedral School, Herefordshire

Tim Harrison presented two talks at the independent day school. 80 KS4 students enjoyed the talk 'Perfume Chemistry' and 65 Post 16 students and teachers experienced a hands-on version of ' A Chemical Delight'.

15 March: Chemistry in Action Conference, Institute of Education, London

Julian Eastoe gave the last of three presentations of the lecture 'Chemistry in the Dock: You the Jury' to a total audience of 3000 post 16 students in the London conferences.

The lecture, given several times in Bristol, describes how chemistry helps identify the unique properties that allow a patent on chemicals such as pharmaceuticals to be awarded and protected. Using a real case in which he was an expert witness as an example, Julian Eastoe explained the scientific and legal aspects of the trial. The lecture included chemistry demonstrations, and a final audience vote to answer the question: "Ladies and Gentlemen, based on the evidence put before you, does this product infringe the patent in question?"

The previous lectures were given on 8 November and 8 December 2011.

14 March: Aspiration Raising Day, Fitzharry's School, Abingdon, Oxon

38 Year 10 and 11, plus 4 and gifted and talented Year 9 students, from the Oxfordshire school were in the Bristol ChemLabS Teaching Laboratories for a morning on practical work and for the Schools' Science and Engineering Week Conference in the afternoon.

14 March: Schools Science Conference for Key Stage 3 & 4 Students

An inaugural afternoon conference for younger members of schools saw a mixture of talks on aspects of the three sciences finishing with a lecture demonstration on some of Tim Harrison's favourite pieces of practical chemistry during the talk 'A Chemical Delight'. The other talks presented were 'The Chemistry of a Saturday Night' performed by Dr Graeme Jones (Keele) and 'Extremophile Chemistry' by Preeti Kaur (Bristol).

184 students and their teachers were in attendance including two home schooled students and their parents. The schools represented were Fitzharry's School (Abingdon), Wells Caterdral school (Somerset), Winchcombe School (Gloucestershire), Bristol Grammar School, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Bristol) and Gordano School (North Somerset).

13 March: Mayor's Awards for Science, Young Scientists of the Year, Southgate School, Enfield, London

Tim Harrison delivered a chemistry lecture demonstration, loosely based on 'A Pollutant's Tale' during the Mayor's awards evening for secondary schools organised through the Enfield School Improvement Service. The audience of over 120 comprised students, parents, guardians and teachers from Broomfield School, St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls, Winchmore School, Highlands School, Southgate School and the Latymer School.

12 March: National Science Week Lecture Demonstrations, Wycliffe College, Stroud, Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented 2 lecture demonstrations as part of the school's celebration of National Science and Engineering Week 2012. 'A Pollutants Tale' was enjoyed by 150 Year 9 and 10 with an additional 20 students from Maidenhill School (Gloucs) in attendance in the morning. In the afternoon 'A Chemical Delight' was presented for 120 students in Years 10-13.

07 March: Jersey College for Girls, St Saviour, Jersey

A group of 20 Year 12 chemistry students from the Channel Islands spent a full day at Bristol ChemLabS Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. The morning was spent extracting and analysing caffeine. In the afternoon the students spent a session on UV-Vis spectroscopy before a visit to the lecture theatre. Postdoctoral Chemist Preeti Kaur gave a talk on 'Extremophile Chemistry' and the afternoon was completed when Tim Harrison gave a full presentation of 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

07 March: Anaesthetic Synthesis Workshop, Schools Laboratory Programme

A group of 13 A2 Chemistry students from Filton College (Bristol) together with a group of 20 Year 13 chemists from Sidcot School (Somerset) spent the morning synthesising and analysing benzocaine. In the afternoon the students spent a session on UV-Vis spectroscopy before a visit to the lecture theatre. Postdoctoral Chemist Preeti Kaur gave a talk on 'Extremophile Chemistry' and the afternoon was completed when Tim Harrison gave a full presentation of 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

06 March: RSC Schools' Evening Lectures

Two talks were given as part of the annual evening lectures for 105 school students aged 16-18. Dr Carolyn Morton, a Forensic Chemist from the University of the West of England, presented a talk entitled 'Chemical Detectives' Sciences' and Tim Harrison rounded up with a performance of the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight'.

The schools in attendance were: Queen Elizabeth hospital School (Bristol), Backwell School (North Somerset), Ridgeway School (Swindon), City Academy (Bristol), Bristol Grammar School and the Jersey College for Girls (Jersey).

The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

01 March: 'A Chemical Delight', Strode College, Street, Somerset

Tim Harrison made his annual visit to the Further Education centre to deliver a lecture demonstration in Strode Theatre. 130 Post 16 science students enjoyed a performance of a talk on chemical kinetics.

February

29 February: Edexcel's Practical Examination Components, Open Laboratory Programme

13 Year 13 chemistry students from Wellington School, Somerset and 6 from Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester spent Leap Day in the School of Chemistry working on a two stage synthesis practical assessment for Edexcel in the morning and talks on various techniques, including GCMS, NMR and UV-VIS in the afternoon. Students also had a short tour of the School of Chemistry.

Chemists, Tim Harrison, Elle Wadsworth and Beatrice Cattoz assisted the students within the context of the examination.

Teachers interested in discussing this type of activity in the future should contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk.

28 February: Science Day and Workshops, Leweston School, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented a performance of 'Gases in the Air' for 80 school students in Years 7-10. 25 students in year 7 and 8 then attended practical workshops in the afternoon. Several practical workshops were also given by a Bristol ChemLabS team of Tim Harrison, Elle Wadsworth and Sarah Abel during the day.

27 February: Science Careers Assemblies, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Undergraduate Ambassador Student (UAS) Emelia White presented two science careers talks to a total of 230 Year 9 and 10 students as part of her final year project.

24 February: Science Society Lecture, King's College, Taunton, Somerset

Speakers from Bristol ChemLabS presented an hour of lectures at the schools Friday evening event for 60 students in years 10-13.

Preeti Kaur started the event with a talk on 'Extremophiles' and Tim Harrison gave a talk on the 'Chemistry of Toothpaste'.

22 February: Organic Synthesis Workshop, Castle School, Thornbury, S.Glos

20 Year 13 students spent the morning in the undergraduate teaching laboratories synthesising the anaesthetic benzocaine.

The students were assisted in their practical work by Elle Wadsworth and Stephanie Flynn. The afternoon session took place in the lecture theatre firstly with a talk 'The Synthesis and Development of Drugs: The story of Ibuprofen' given by Mark Greenhalgh. Tim Harrison followed this with a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

09 February: Spectroscopy workshop, The Grange School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS postgraduate chemists Elle Wadsworth and Josh Howgego delivered a spectroscopy workshop to a class of 15 Post 16 chemists who intend to study chemical sciences or related subjects at university. The visit was sponsored by the HE STEM/RSC Spectroscopy in A Suitcase project.

09 February: Organic Functional Group Outreach, Rhodes University, South Africa

Tim Harrison assisted in a functional group identification class with 16 students from Graeme College Grahamstown as part of a Rhodes University Chemistry Department outreach event.

08 February: Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Competition 2012

Bristol ChemLabS once again hosted the Royal Society of Chemistry, Analytical Competition regional heats which was one of two in the South West Peninsula. Each team comprised three Year 12 students. The winners go through to the National Finals which will be held at Bristol ChemLabS on June 25 June 2012.

After a hard day's work in the labs the winners were: Exeter Grammar School First, Bristol Grammar Second and Redland Green Third.

Chris Holland led the day's proceedings and Elle Wadsworth gave the afternoon lecture demonstration. Postgraduate chemists Charley Rennee and Aimee Boyle were additional judges. The schools attending were: Cheltenham Ladies College, Wycliffe College, King's College Taunton, Blundells, Sidcot, Ribston Hall High School, Bristol Grammar School, Redland Green, Colyton Grammar Exeter, Wells Cathedral School, and Colston's School.

For further general information about the competition please see the RSC website here.

03 February: Spectroscopy workshop, The Sir John Colfox School Bridport

Bristol ChemLabS postgraduate chemists Elle Wadsworth and Aimee Boyle delivered a spectroscopy workshop with a class of 33 Post 16 chemists who intended to study chemical sciences or related subjects at university. The visit was sponsored by the HE STEM/RSC Spectroscopy in A Suitcase project.

02 February: Widening Participation Visit, Mangotsfield School, Bristol

50 Year 10 students taking part in a visit to the University saw two short talks in the School of Chemistry. Preeti Kaur gave the talk on 'Extremophile Chemistry' and Elle Wadsworth gave a short demonstration lecture on 'Gases in the Air'.

The visit was organised through the Widening Participation Office.

01 February: Caffeine Extraction Workshop Day, Open Laboratories Programme

21 Year 12 students from Kingswood School, Bath and 40 Year 12 students from Castle School, Thornbury, S. Gloucs spent the morning working in the undergraduate laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves.

Tim Harrison then gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to start the afternoon of talks followed by Matt Hesse on 'The Chemistry of Aspirin' and Tom Prince, a third year History graduate, who gave a short talk on what it is like to be an undergraduate student.

The postgraduate chemists Elle Wadsworth, Shirin Alexander Rory Power with Lisa James, a Biochemist, assisted the students in the lab.

January

31 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Hanham High School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS postgraduate chemists Elle Wadsworth and Josh Howego delivered a spectroscopy workshop with a class of 7 Post 16 chemists who intended to study chemical sciences or related subjects at university. The visit was sponsored by the HE STEM/RSC Spectroscopy in A Suitcase project.

25 January: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Marlborough College

58 Year 10 and 11 students from Marlborough College spent the morning extracting caffeine from tea and investigating infra red spectroscopy. The students were assisted by postgraduates Elle Wadsworth, Tim Snow, Ruth Dooley and Beatrice Cattoz.

In the afternoon Preeti Kaur gave a talk on 'Extremophile Chemistry' before Tim Harrison discussed what it is like being and undergraduate student before giving a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

18 January: Access to Bristol Course 2011/12

27 Post 16 students from local schools attended an afternoon practical session in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves. The students were participating in the annual Natural Sciences Stream where two sessions each of biology, chemistry and physics are experienced. The students had previously spent the afternoon at the Christmas conference in November 2011.

18 January: Benzocaine Synthesis Day, Open Laboratory Programme

21 Post 16 students from Cheltenham Ladies College spent the morning synthesising the anaesthetic benzocaine assisted by Elle Wadsworth and Helen Pritchard-Smith. Postgraduate Chemist Matt Hesse gave a talk on Aspirin Chemistry in the afternoon which was followed by a Post 16 version of the Talk ‘Gases in the Air’ presented by Tim Harrison.

17 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Petroc College, Tiverton, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS postgraduate chemists Elle Wadsworth and Emily Baker delivered a series of spectroscopy workshops to a group of 20 Post 16 chemists during the afternoon. The visit was sponsored by the HE STEM/RSC Spectroscopy in A Suitcase project.

12 January: RSC Top of the Bench Competition, District Heats

This popular competition for teams of four, mixed age students in KS3 and 4 was again hosted by Bristol ChemLabS as an evening event. The students had to tackle three demanding practical problems in the two hours of lab time. The students were assisted and judged by postgraduate chemists; Shirin Alexander, Beatrice Cattoz, Katie Lim and Elle Wadsworth.

The overall winners who are to represent the Bristol and District region in the national finals later in the year were the team from Bradley Stoke. The team from Blundells School were runners up. All 64 competitors enjoyed their evening of practical work.

Andy Chapman presented a talk on the 'Chemistry of a Cup of Tea' to the teachers and other adults accompanying the school teams. Tim Harrison presented a lecture demonstration of some of his favourite experiments whilst the judges conferred.

Schools taking part: Cheltenham Ladies College, Wycliffe College, Chilton Trinity Technology College, Blundells School, Sidcot School, Sherborne School, Bristol Grammar School (BGS), Redland Green, Bradley Stoke, Cheltenham College, Wells School, Bristol Cathedral Choir, Exeter Grammar School, Pates, Queen Elizabeth Hospital School and Oldfield School.

The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

12 January: Christmas Lectures 2012, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol.

Tim Harrison presented ‘A Chemical Delight’ as part of the fourth annual Christmas lectures held by St Bede’s Catholic College. In all 170 Year 8 students and their teachers enjoyed the demonstration lecture on kinetics. A further 70 Year 7 students also saw the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ with primary pupils during their lunch break.

This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

11 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Clevedon School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS postgraduate chemists Elle Wadsworth and Emily Baker delivered a spectroscopy workshop with a class of 6 Post 16 BTEC science students during the morning. The visit was sponsored by the HE STEM/RSC Spectroscopy in A Suitcase project.

11 January: Christmas Lectures 2012, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol.

Tim Harrison presented ‘A Chemical Delight’ as part of the fourth annual Christmas lectures held by St Bede’s Catholic College. In all 170 Year 9 students and their teachers enjoyed the demonstration lecture on kinetics.

This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

 

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