CHeMneT Events Summer Term 2012


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July

16-20 July: Maltese Residential Chemistry Camp

23 Year 12 students and two teachers from Saint Aloysius College in Malta took part in this visit. This week-long residential course was a mixture of chemistry labs, talks, lecture demonstrations, tours and cultural visits.

The students used a wide variety of lab equipment in making anaesthetics, dyes and pain killers. An analytical competition was also held. Tours of mass spectrometry, electron microscopy and NMR were enjoyed. A day was spent in Wales at Chepstow Raglan Castle and the Big Pit coal mine and an evening of ten pin bowling was arranged.

During the week lectures were given by Preeti Kaur, Tim Harrison and Julian Eastoe.

Among the demonstrators assisting the students were: Preeti Kaur, Steph Flynn, Tshepo Pheko, Sarah Glover, Rory Power and Geri Echue.

Photos of the event can be found here.

12-13 July: Y12 University Chemistry Experience Camp 2012

This residential course was for students who are considering reading a chemical sciences degree somewhere in the UK. The course had a full programme of practical sessions, talks, lectures, tours and some social activity. This event was to promote chemical sciences degree courses in the UK and not specifically at Bristol.

The 11 Y12 students, from schools all over the south of England, had practical sessions on the use of infra red and ultraviolet spectroscopy, thin layer chromatography.They also did some natural product extraction and synthesised an aromatic ester that is used as an anaesthetic. Visits were also made to mass spectrometry, electron microscopy and NMR.

The lectures and demonstrations were 'Life in Extreme Environments' given by Preeti Kaur, 'The Pharmaceutical Industry' given by Tim Gallagher and 'A Chemical Delight' performed by Tim Harrison.

The students were helped in their practical work by Geri Echu and James Fothergill.

Images of the event can be found here.

10 July: Caffeine Extraction, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester

Thirty-two Year 10 Triple Science students from the Gloucestershire girls' school enjoyed the morning at Bristol ChemLabS extracting caffeine from tea leaves and an afternoon of talks. The talks included a talk on extremophile chemistry given by Preeti Kaur and the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' presented by Tim Harrison.

Images from the day can be found on our Facebook page here.

09 July: Sutton Trust Summer School Chemistry Morning

Twenty-five Year 12 students from the Sutton Trust Summer School spent the morning working in the undergraduate teaching laboratories where they extracted caffeine from tea before running an infra red spectrum and a sublimation point on their samples. The students were from several schools from England Wales and the Isle of Man.

This annual event is organised annually by the University of Bristol's Widening Participation Office. James Fothergill was among the postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their work.

More photos of the morning can be found on our Facebook page here.

09 July: Aimhigher Unitaster Summer School

52 Year 11 students from the south-west region, each with the ability to progress to Higher Education, enjoyed a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

The annual event is organised by the University of Bristol's Widening Participation Office.

06 July: DES/ Russell Group Widening Participation Event for Year 9 Students

Bristol ChemLabS worked with 50 gifted and talented students from across the south of England as part of a day's visit to the university to give an experience of a university and to raise aspirations, their accompanying teachers also had the chance to look around the labs.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students were Sarah Glover, Tim Snow and Benoit Quignon.

04 July: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Malvern St James School for Girls, Malvern, Worcs

A group of 19 Post 16 students from the Worcestershire school and 3 work experience students from Gordano School (Portishead) visited Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea in the morning and to attend a series of talks and tours in the afternoon. Preeti Kaur gave a talk on extremophile chemistry and Tim Harrison gave a talk on what it is like to be a student at Bristol and performed the demonstration lecture 'A Chemical Delight'.

Postgraduate chemists Monika Zeleznik and Emily Baker helped the students with their practical work.

Photos of the day can be found here.

03 July: Looked-After Children Chemistry Experience

Bristol ChemLabS provided a morning of laboratory experience for 14 Year 8 and 9 students and some of their teachers. The students , all from local schools, extracted caffeine from tea leaves in the morning before enjoying a demonstration lecture on 'Gases in the Air' given by Tim Harrison.

Postgraduate chemists Tim Snow and Geri Echue were on hand to assist the students in the laboratory.
The visit was arranged by Bristol University's Widening Participation Office.

June

29 June: Pre-A Level day, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucestershire

20 Year 11 students intending to continue onto Post 16 courses at the school enjoyed the day at the School of Chemistry. Their morning a spent synthesising the solid anaesthetic benzocaine with the aid of postgraduate chemists as demonstrators. The students also enjoyed a talk on 'The Chemistry of Aspirin and the Drug Industry' given by postgraduate Matt Hesse, a tour of the School of Chemistry and the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight' presented by Tim Harrison.

25-29 June: Bristol-Trinity College Dublin Chemistry Summer School

The Eighth Annual Bristol - Trinity College Dublin Residential Summer School saw a total of 43 students from Ireland, Hungary, South Africa, The Philippines and the UK attended this annual residential school. Those students attending from Irish schools were accompanied by 4 representatives from Trinity College Dublin.

The annual chemistry camp saw the students begin their week working in the undergraduate chemistry labs at Bristol with a warm-up exercise to get used to the facilities. After this the students used spectrophotometry to determine the concentration of a coloured solution. Following a talk on diamond synthesis, given by Paul May, the students extracted caffeine from tea. The evening saw a ten pin bowling competition.

Day two continued with organic chemistry. Students depolymerised PET, explored other polymers and synthesised the anaesthetic benzocaine. Preeti Kaur rounded off the afternoon with a talk on extremophile chemistry. The evening lecture was the demonstration talk 'A Pollutant's Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

On the morning of Day 3 the students extracted and quantified vanillin from vanilla essence using techniques learnt earlier in the week. Later Tim Harrison gave a talk on toothpaste chemistry, the group flew to Dublin and the evening was spent at leisure.

Day 4 began with a talk by David Grayson, Head of Chemistry at Trinity. The task for the lab day was the extraction of the carvone optical isomers from caraway seeds and spearmint. Infra red spectroscopy and polarimetric analysis was performed on the samples. The evening events started with a group dinner at a Chinese restaurant before a talk on 'fragrance Chemistry'.

The last day saw an analytical competition were the students determined the value for money of a wide selection of readily available bleaches. During the afternoon the British students flew back to Bristol.

Images of the practical work, lectures, tours and the social side may be found here.

Irish schools attending were:
St Vincent's (Dundalk), St Paul's College (Raheny), St Brids Callander (Kilkenny), Weaver College (Ballinteer),Nuckcross Park (Donnybrook), Holy Faith Convent (Clontarf), Ashbourne Community College, Blakestown Community School, Loreto Abbey (Dalkey, Dominican Convent, St Paul's College (Raheny,) Kinsale Community School, St Mary Secondary School (Charleville), St Mark's Community School, (Tallaght, St Louis High School (Rathmines), Loreto Secondary School (Balbriggan) and Ardiscoil la Sale.

British students were from Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Bristol), The Castle School (Thornbury) and Torquay Grammar School (Devon).

25-26 June: RSC Analytical Competition National Finals

Bristol ChemLabS hosted the national finals of the Royal Society of Chemistry analytical competition. 54 Year 12 students who were winners of the regional heats, together with their teachers, were engaged in the competition and social events from Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday the students enjoyed an evening meal before spending several hours at @-Bristol, a visit sponsored by the RSC Western Region Analytical Division and Atomic Spectroscopy Group. The following day saw the students engaged in a range of practical exercises before enjoying a lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison. The accompanying teachers had their own programme with departmental tours and talks from Nick Norman, Matt Hesse and Dudley Shallcross.

The teams were judged for skill, understanding and accuracy while also being expected to promote team work and safety in the laboratory. It is hoped that the competitors also learnt new skills in addition to demonstrating their existing knowledge, skills and aptitude for analytical science.

Students were competing for a Challenge Shield, with the first, second and third placed teams receiving prizes of £750, £500 and £250 respectively. The other finalists received £100 each and there were also prizes for the individual team members of the first and runner-up teams.

Winners of the RSC Analytical Competition were: 1st Arnold School, 2nd Hills Road Sixth Form College and 3rd Altrincham Grammar Well done to all teams.

Schools participating were: Altringham Grammar School for Boys, Arnold School, Balerno School, Chigwell School, Egglescliffe School, Central Newcastle, High School, Exeter School, Godalming College, Heckmondwike Grammar School, Hills's Road Sixth Form College, Hull Collegiate School, Meridian School, Priestley College, Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Stafford Grammar School, Tiffin Girl's School, Truro-Penwith School and Ysgol David Hughes.

Representatives of the RSC, including the judges present were: Dr Lee Williams, Dr Derek Stevenson, Brian Woodget, Dayna Mason and Carley McDermott. Sarah Glover was a Bristol ChemLabS judge.

University of Bristol press release can be found here.

More images of the day can be found on our Facebook page here.

A report from Arnold School can be found here.

A report from Hull Collegiate School can be found here.

A report from the RSC can be found here.

20 June: Festival of Contemporary Science for Invited Schools

Bristol ChemLabS played host to a wide variety of talks and lectures for students from invited schools. 32 Year 11 and Post 16 students from 4 schools attended. They experiences a choice of lectures throughout the day ranging from mathematics, enzymes, archaeological chemistry, silicone chemistry, drug synthesis, toothpaste chemistry, climate change and exobiology. Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration at the end of the day.
The other speakers included Nina Snaith, Richard Pancost, Adrian Mulholland, Mathew Hesse, Preeti Kaur and Richard Evershed.

The schools present were: Prior Park College, Wycliffe, Walton High School and Alcester Grammar School.

19 June: A Pollutant's Tale, St Katharine's School, Pill, N. Somerset

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the ever popular lecture to a total of 360 Year 8 and 9 students at this local school.

15 June: Chipping Sodbury Festival, South Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented two morning lecture demonstrations to a total of 105 Year 7 students from Chipping Sodbury School.This annual event is held in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.

May

25 May: Polymer Chemistry Day, Worle Community School, Weston-Super-Mare

36 Year 9 students investigated the physical properties and chemical reactions of monomers and polymers before enjoying an afternoon of lectures. Preeti Kaur gave a talk on the Chemistry of Extremophiles and Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'Gases in the Air'.

More images of the day may be found on our facebook page here.

16 May: Salters' Festival of Chemistry 2012 Session 2

The second of two of the annual Salters' chemistry competitions and lectures was held at Bristol ChemLabS. Schools entered teams of 4 (Year 7 and/or Year 8) students to the two practical competitions.

The Salters' Competition prize winners were;
1st place, Exeter School
2nd place, St Marys RC High School
3rd place, St Katherine's School Team A

The University Competition winners were;
1st place, Kingsmead Community School
2nd place, Dorcan Academy Team B
3rd place, Sidcot School.


The judges for the day were postgraduate chemists:

Elle Wadsworth, Preeti Kaur and Sarah Glover. Mrs Audrey Strong from the Salters' institute was on hand to help out too.

Tim Harrison gave a lecture demo at the end of the day before the prizes were awarded.

The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters' Institute. Their objective is to help promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young.

The schools taking part were: Balcarras School (Gloucs), Chilton Trinity Technology College (2 teams, Somerset), Dorcan Academy (2 teams), Exeter School, Hanham High School (Bristol) , Kingsmead Community School (Somerset), Sidcot School, St. Katherine's School (North Somerset), St. Mary's RC High School (Hereford) and Swindon Home Educators and The Hereford Academy.

More images of the day may be found on our facebook page here.

A press release from the University of Bristol news pages can be found here.

A press item from This is Bristol can be found here.

15 May: Salters' Festival of Chemistry 2012 Session 1

The first of two of the annual Salters' chemistry competitions and lectures was held at Bristol ChemLabS. Schools entered teams of 4 (Year 7 and/or Year 8) students to the two practical competitions.

The Salters' Competition prize winners were;
1st place, Queen Elizabeth Hospital School
2nd place, Robert Blake Science College
3rd place, Bristol Cathedral Choir School

The University Competition winners were;
1st place, Bristol Grammar School
2nd place, Bedminster Downs High School
3rd place, Clifton College Prep School


The judges for the day were postgraduate chemists:

Elle Wadsworth, Preeti Kaur and Sarah Glover. Mrs Audrey Strong from the Salters' institute was on hand to help out too.

Tim Harrison gave a lecture demo at the end of the day before the prizes were awarded.

The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters' Institute. Their objective is to help promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young.

The schools taking part were: Bedminster Down School (Bristol), Bishop of Llandaff High School (Glam), Blundell's School (Somerset), Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Bristol Grammar School, Cardiff High School (Glam), Clifton College Preparatory School (Bristol), Clifton High School (Bristol), Colston's Girl's School (Bristol), Leweston School (Dorset), Queen Elizabeth's Hospital (Bristol), Sir Bernard Lovell School (Bristol), The King's School (Gloucs), The Robert Blake Science College (S.Gloucs) and Wells Cathedral School (Somerset).

More images of the day may be found on our facebook page here.

A press release from the University of Bristol news pages can be found here.

02 May: Polymer Day, Sherborne School for Girls, Dorset

All 75 Year 10 students and six teachers spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS as part of their GCSE chemistry course. The morning was spent working through a circus of polymer experiments before an afternoon of talks. Tim Harrison gave a talk on 'Silicon and Silicone Chemistry' and Sarah Glover and Elle Wadsworth presented the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air'.

More Images of the day can be found here.

01 May: Lecture Demonstration, Appleton Academy, Wyke, Bradford, Yorks

Tim Harrison, aided by Sarah Glover, delivered a performance of 'Gases in the Air' to 280 students in Years 7 and 8 at the Yorkshire academy.

The visit was sponsored by the STEM Centre at Bradford University.

April

22-24 April: National Student Travel Service Sponsored Science Week, Malta

The NSTS annual science week was held at the nature reserve at Xrobb L'Ghagin Nature Park. Tim Harrison and Sarah Glover presented 5 performances of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 720 students and pupils from a variety of primary and secondary schools from across Malta and Gozo.

Apart from their lecturing duties the Bristol ChemLabS pair also judged the national science competitions at all three age ranges. Work from 41 schools was on show. The winners of each Contest are given the opportunity to participate in similar events overseas such as the Belgian Science Expo, the Expo Science Europe and the EU Contest for Young Scientists

The schools attending the lecture demonstrations were St Ignatius Boys Secondary (Handaq), St Francis Secondary (Sliema), St Benedict's College Girls secondary (Tarxien), St Joseph's (Sliema), St Elias College (Santa Venera), DeLa Salle College, Stella Maris College (Gzira), Kullegg San Benedittu Sekondarja Subien (St Venera), St. Ignatius College Boys' Secondary (Handaq), Stella Maris School (Balzan), Savio College (Dingli), Marija Regina College Secondary (Mosta) and St. Edward's College (Citta Vittoriosa).

18 April: Laboratory Morning, Carmel Academy, Bristol

Six KS3 and KS4 students from the local academy spent the morning involved in practical work to support their chemistry studies.

18 April: EDF Energy Aspiration Raising Day for Bridgewater Schools

A group of 49 Key Stage 4 students from several schools in the Somerset area spent the day at the School of Chemistry. In the morning the students extracted caffeine from tea leaves in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. In the afternoon the student and their accompanying teachers spent the afternoon in a lecture theatre enjoying talks and lecture demonstrations: Preeti Kaur presented a talk 'Extremophile Chemistry, Doug Jennings led a discussion on university life and Tim Harrison gave a GCSE Chemistry Revision lecture demonstration based on 'A Pollutant's Tale'.

The Bridgewater schools attending were: Chilton Trinity Technology College, Haygrove School, East Bridgwater Community School, Robert Blake Science College and Penrose School.

The STEM Ambassador chemists assisting the school students were Preeti Kaur, Elle Wadsworth and Sarah Glover.

The event was sponsored by EDF Energy as part of their outreach programme in the county.

A news item from Haygrove School can be found here.

 

 

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