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2013

December

16 and 17 December: Annual RSC Kilcoyne 6th Form Christmas Lecture, Newcastle, Tyne and Weir

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave the 4th in the annual series of lecture demonstrations named after Dr John Kilcoyne (Sunderland) to Post 16 students. The Bristol pair performed 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 50 members of the public, including school students on the Monday evening and to 200 hundred schools students from schools from around the north east on the Tuesday morning.

‘I would just like to take the opportunity to thank you on behalf of myself and the students that attended the lecture this morning. It was pitched perfectly for our high ability Y11 pupils who are studying Chemistry as a single GCSE while being introduced to some aspects of AS level. To put it simply they were ‘buzzing’ on the way back to school. It truly was ‘inspiring’ and enabled our pupils to gain a different perspective of these everyday gases in our atmosphere.’ Head of Chemistry.

The schools attending included: Jarrow School (Newcastle), Trinity Catholic College (Middlesborough), St John’s School and Catholic Sixth Form College (Bishop Auckland), the Duchess’s Community High School (Northumberland), Joseph Swan Academy (Gateshead), Framwellgate School (Durham) and Durham School (Durham).

The event was sponsored by the Newcastle and North East Coast Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

13 December: Christmas Chemistry Lectures, Chilton Trinity, Bridgewater, Somerset

Postgraduate chemist Sarah Glover presented two lecture demonstrations at the Somerset school. Chilton Trinity acted as host for local schools.

'A Pollutant’s Tale’ was first performed for 70 Year 10 students from Chilton Trinity and the second for a mix of Year 8 and 9 students from East Bridgewater Community School (Bridgewater), Brymore Academy (Cannington) and Chilton Trinity.

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

11 December: Anaesthetic Synthesis Workshop, St John's Marlborough, Wilts

15 Post 16 students from St John's Marlborough visited the School of Chemistry for a morning synthesising benzocaine and an afternoon of lectures. Alison Rivett presented the demonstration lecture 'A Chemical Delight' and postgraduate Chemist Marisol Correa Ascencio gave the talk 'Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life’.

11 December: Caffeine Extraction Workshop (Late Start), Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

32 Year 12 students spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves. In the afternoon the students joined those from St John’s Marlborough for an afternoon of talks.

Schools attending were Queen Mary College (Swindon) with 15 students and Rednock School (Gloucs) with 17 Year 12 students.

Postgraduates Chemists assisting the students were Sarah Glover, Michelle Montgomery, Ash Griffith, Amir Kaspar, Thomas Farrugi.

08 -12 December: British Council (France) ‘Science in Schools ‘Outreach Week - Nancy-Metz Acadamie, France

Bristol ChemLabS continued its relationship with the British Council (France) and the French HEI Chemistry sector in providing 3 postgraduate chemists for 5 days of outreach work with 150 Year 9 ‘AimHigher’ students from the region around the Nancy-Metz Acadamie. The Postgraduates teaching students were Ben Mills, Laura Totterdell and James Fothergill.

 ‘..... our thanks for what was one of the best Science in Schools week I’ve done so far !  We’ve really appreciated your great dedication to Science outreach and your passion for Chemistry – I wish I’d had teachers like you when I was a kid!’ Marianne Garcia, British council

The schools attending were: Collège Les Tilleuls – COMMERCY, Collège Jules Ferry – WOIPPY, Collège Haut de Penoy – VANDOEUVRE, Collège St Exupéry – EPINAL and  Collège Grandville – LIVERDUN.

A full report can be found here

November

27 November: Open Laboratories Program, Bristol ChemLabS

55 Key Stage 4 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) and 15 from Ivybridge Community College (Devon) enjoyed a day long visit to the School of Chemistry. All students spent the morning in the laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves. In the afternoon Postgraduates Chemist Marisol Correa Ascencio gave the talk 'Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life'. This was followed by a performance of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ given by Tim Harrison. The postgraduate chemists assisting the 70 students with their practical work were: Nick Barron, Jessica Bonham, Steph Flynn, Godi Tatolo and Amir Kaspar

27 November: Access to Bristol

26 Post 16 students from the Access to Bristol Science Stream course spent the afternoon extracting caffeine from tea leaves. Postgraduate chemists Sarah Glover and Steph Flynn assisted the students. Bristol ChemLabS Outreach worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in providing this course.

22 November: Chemistry Lecture, King’s College, Taunton, Somerset

Duncan Wass presented the talk ‘Molecular Alchemy: Catalysis as the Applied Philosopher’s Stone’ to a group of 50 Post 16 students as part of the schools programme of external science talks.

22 November: Lecture Demonstrations, Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset

In celebration of National Chemistry Week Tim Harrison gave 3 age-related lecture demonstrations at the Somerset independent school. The first three lectures performed were 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 380 students in Key Stage 3 and 4. The final lecture was ' A Pollutant's Tale' for 50 Post 16 Chemistry students.

20 November: National Chemistry Week: Schools Conference

In celebration of National Chemistry Week a schools conference for senior students in Years 11-13 was held at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. Around 280 students and teachers were in attendance.  Carmen Galan(Bristol), presented the talk 'Carbohydrates: the Sweet Building Blocks of Life' and Tim Gallagher (Bristol) gave a thought-provoking talk on all aspects of 'The Pharmaceutical Industry'. After the traditional mince pies Tim Harrison (Bristol) entertained the audience with a presentation of the lecture Demonstration 'A Chemical Delight'.

Groups of students attending came from the following schools: Exeter School (Devon), Wycliffe School (Gloucs),, Cheltenham Ladies College (Gloucs), King’s Taunton (Somerset), Wycliffe College (Gloucs), Sir John Colfox Language College (Dorset), Rendcom  School (Gloucs), Chew Valley (Bristol), Hanham High (Bristol) and All Saints Academy (Gloucs)  Several individual students each came from Franklin College (Lincs), Waddiesdon CofE School (Bucks), Grey Coat Hospital CofE Comprehensive School for Girls (London) and Great Baddow High School (Essex), Woodhouse College (London), Alton College (Hamps) and City Academy (Bristol). 

20 November: A Pollutant’s Tale, Bristol ChemLabS

Sarah Glover presented this popular lecture demonstration to a group of 135 girls from King Edward VI School, Birmingham. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Bristol’s Widening Participation Office in delivering this lecture.

20 November: National Chemistry Week: Caffeine Extraction Morning

The 16- 23 November was National Chemistry Week. Bristol ChemLabS as usual made available the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for a caffeine extraction session for around 60 students in KS4 and Post 16.

Students attending came from the following schools: Exeter School (17 students), Wycliffe School (15 students) and Cheltenham Ladies (17 students). Several pupils each came from All Saints Academy (Gloucs) 15, Franklin College (Lincs), Waddiesdon CofE School (Bucks), Grey Coat Hospital C of E Comprehensive School for Girls (London) and Great Baddow High School (Essex), Woodhouse College (London), Alton College (Hamps), City Academy (Bristol).

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students were; Nick Barron, Greg Smith, Sewa Abdullah, Risa Nofiani, Ikenna Ndukwe and Michelle Montgomery.

The conference was sponsored by the RSC Bristol and District branch.

19 November: Schools Chemistry Conference, Marlborough College, Wilts

Over 1000 student hours were spent in lectures involving 500 students from Years 9-13 at the all day event hosted by Marlborough College in celebration of National Chemistry Week. Tim Harrison gave three separate presentations of ‘Gases in the Air’ for students from Y6 to Year 13. Dr John Emsley (Camb) gave two talks on ‘Vanity, Vitality and Virility’. Prof. Hal Sosabowski (Brighton) also gave the lecture demonstration ‘A Bigger Bang’. Apart from school students from all year groups at Marlborough College (and their teachers) secondary students also attended from: St Mary's, Calne (Wilts) (girls senior 28 Post 16) and Rednock School (Gloucs) (co-ed senior, 16 Post 16). The event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

08 November: Lecture Demonstration, Brislington Enterprise College, Bristol

Tim Harrison presented ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 60 Year 11 students from the local school on a visit to the University of Bristol organised through the Widening Participation Office.

06 November: Open Laboratory Day, Bristol ChemLabS

10 year 12 students from Blundell’s School (Tiverton, Devon) spent the morning extracting caffeine from tea leaves. The students were assisted by postgraduate chemists Nick Barron and Ash Griffith.

05 November: A Pollutant’s Tale, Derby High School, Bury, Lancs

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for 80 students in Years 8 and 9. The event was part of a launch event to a year-long science project involving video and cartoon creation at the joint Science and Performing Arts College.

The session was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

04 November: A Pollutant’s Tale, Ysgol Aberconwy, Conway, North Wales

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for 70 students in Years 10, 12 and 13. The session was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

October

30 October: Caffeine Extraction, St. Benedict College Girls Secondary School, Malta

Tim Harrison worked with a group of 5 national science award winning students from the Maltese school on their prize winning visit to Bristol. The fourteen year olds extracted caffeine from tea leaves and had a tour of the School of Chemistry. The morning at the School of Chemistry was sponsored by a portfolio of research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

An article in the Times of Malta about the event can be found here.

25 October: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS), King’s School, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS visited 40 students in Post 16 classes with theRSC’s SIAS kit to demonstrate infra red and uv-visible spectroscopies in schools. Two sessions were taught with a total of 40 Year 13 students engaged. The chemistry postgraduates Nick Barron and Sewa Abdullah assisted their students with this event.

For more information on the visits, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), please see here.

23 October: Open laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

22 Year 13 chemists from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Torbay, Devon), spent time working in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea in the morning and enjoying talks in the afternoon. The talks were given by Marisol Correa Ascencio on ‘Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life?’ and ‘Gases in the Air’ by Tim Harrison.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students were Helen Pritchard-Smith and Godi Tatolo.

22 October: STEM Day, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

Tim Harrison gave 3 workshop performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ for a total of 60 Gifted and Talented Year 9 students from local schools as part of a full STEM ‘Future Pathways Challenge’ programme at the Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) at the well-known Berkshire school. 11 schools were involved in this 2 day activity. Bristol ChemLabS has been working with this group for several years.

Surrey Heath schools attending: Collingwood College, Tomlinscote, Kings International and Gordons. Wokingham schools attending: Emmbrook Forest, Holt, The Piggott ,St. Crispins and Waingels College.

18 October: Chemistry at Work, New College, Swindon, Wilts

Bristol ChemLabS’ Sophie Franklin worked with GO Science to deliver a day of chemistry as part of an RSC sponsored Chemistry at Work day at the school. The opening event for 80 Year 8 and 9 participating students was ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ performed by Sophie.

The schools involved were: Churchfields Academy, Isambard Community College and The Ridgeway.

18 October: Demonstration Lecture Tour of Cornwall, Cape Cornwall School, St Just, Cornwall

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 225 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 during the morning at this most westerly school in mainland UK.

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Cornwall Learning to perform a series of lecture demonstrations of 'A Pollutant's Tale' and 'Gases in the Air' to secondary and primary schools in Cornwall.  This event was sponsored by the Western Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC.

A report in the school news letter can be found here.

18 October: Demonstration Lecture Tour of Cornwall, Camborne Science and International Academy, Camborne, Cornwall

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 220 students in Year 10 during the afternoon at this school.

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Cornwall Learning to perform a series of lecture demonstrations of 'A Pollutant's Tale' and 'Gases in the Air' to secondary and primary schools in Cornwall.  This event was sponsored by the Western Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC.

17 October: Truro High School for Girls, Truro, Cornwall

Tim Harrison and Sarah Glover presented an afternoon performance of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for all 40 Year 9 girls at this Cornish independent school. This was the first 'outsider' lecture at the school's brand new performing arts theatre.

This event was sponsored by the Western Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC.

16 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

45 Year 13 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning at the School of Chemistry synthesising the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. They were joined by 23 Year 12 students from Leweston School (Dorset) and 10 from Exeter School. will also be present as part of their annual visit to the School of Chemistry.

The session was led by postgraduate Sarah Glover. Sarah also performed the lecture demonstration 'Pollutant'sTale' to those from Exeter and Leweston. a talk on 'Pulque' was given by the archeological chemistry postgraduate Marisol Cornea Ascencio.

The chemistry postgraduates assisting the students were: Steph Flynn, Michelle Montgomery, Helen Pritchard-Smith, John Bowen, Ryan Beattie and Simon Carobene.

9 October 2013 - Abbeyfield School, Chemistry At Work Day

Alison Rivett was invited to start off this special chemistry careers-focused day at Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, Wiltshire with an hour-long demonstration lecture - 'A Pollutant's Tale'. The 130 Y9 students were an enthusiastic audience as they learnt about the topic of atmospheric chemistry and discovered more about what research chemists do.

Afterwards the organisers, Abi Richings & Rhona Phelps, said: "The event was a huge success and the students really enjoyed it. We’ve had some lovely feedback from them: ‘It was good!' ‘A great way to learn about Chemistry’. ‘The day was fun, fantastic and educating!’"

The event was arranged by Catalyst Learning and Communication Ltd, the STEM Contract Holders for Wiltshire, and supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

07 October: Demonstration Assembly, Brown’s School, Bromley, Kent

Tim Harrison and Neil Allan will be visited the special school to perform the demonstration assembly ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 12 students in years 10 and 11. Brown's is a school for boys and girls, aged from 6 to 16 years specialising in educating children of all ability ranges, who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

'I would just like to say a massive thank you for a fantastic show, we have received loads of e-mails from parents saying how much the kids enjoyed it, "why can't all science lessons be like that" was the most common and the kids I spoke to we're saying it was awesome.' Commenting on one particular student '.......... told his mum how brilliant it was and his mum said he has never shown such interest in anything!

This visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

07 October: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Mangotsfield School (Bristol)

An outreach team from Bristol ChemLabS visited a total of 3 Year 11 and Post 16 classes with the RSC’s SIAS kit to demonstrate infra-red and uv-visible spectroscopies. The 45 students who experienced these workshops came from several schools.

The postgraduate chemists involved were; James Fothergill, Nick Barron, Risa Nofiani and Laura Totterdell.

For more information on the visits, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), please see here for more details

04 October: Talk and Evening Lecture Demonstration, Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Chemical Delight’ to 30 Year 11 to 13 students as part of their extracurricular science programme. This followed a talk on the UCAS University Application process to a different group of 25 Year 12 students.

“Thank you so much for a fantastic evening of advice and entertainment. The cleaner this morning thought we’d had one hell of a party! A parent has already written 

04 October: Science Assembly, Brightstowe Oasis Academy, Bristol

Tim Harrison gave two performance of the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 240 students in Year 7 and Year 8 at this local school. This event was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol through several NERC research grants.

03 October: Lecture and lecture Demonstrations, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' for all 225 Year 7 and 8 students and 15 Post 16 girls at the school. This was followed by a talk on Extremophile Chemistry for 50 girls in Y7-13 at the after school Science Club.

01 October: RSC Schools' Conference, Cheltenham Ladies College, Gloucs

The third annual conference saw 290 Post 16 and Key Stage 4 students from several schools enjoy a morning o lectures and demonstrations.

The conference featured Adam Hart (Gloucestershire) who talked on insect pheromones and Tim Harrison (Bristol) and toothpaste chemistry. The conference concluded with the ever witty ‘Fuelling the future, fuelling the fun’ presented by John Kilcoyne (Sunderland) assisted by Tim Harrison.

Bristol ChemLabS , Cheltenham Ladies College and the Royal Society of Chemistry worked together to provide the third annual conference and was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

September

27 September: Chemistry at Work, Wyvern School, Salisbury, Wilts

Bristol ChemLabS worked with GO Science to deliver a day of chemistry as part of a 'Chemistry at Work' day at the school. The event for 120 Year 8 and 9 students saw a performance of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ given by Tim Harrison. The schools, all from the Salisbury area, that attended were: St Edmund’s Girls’ School (Laverstock), The Wellington Academy (Tidworth), The Trafalgar School At Downton (Downton) And Wyvern College, (Laverstock).

This event was partially sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol and by the RSC.

18 September: Caffeine Extraction Day, Bristol ChemLabS

As part of the Open Laboratories Programme 37 Year 11 students from Sir John Colfox School (Dorset) and 25 Year 12 chemists from Kingswood School (Bath) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves. The afternoon comprised a talk on ‘Aspirin Chemistry’ given by Matt Hesse and the demonstration lecture ‘A Pollutant’s Tale' given by Tim Harrison.

Postgraduate chemists Sewa Abdullah, Steph Flynn, Rory Power, Matt England and Nick Barron assisted the students with their practical work.

17 September: Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

24 Year 12 Chemists and their 5 teachers from Radley College (Oxon) spent the day in the School of Chemistry carrying out practical activities and attending talks. The students extracted caffeine from tea in the undergraduate teaching laboratories during the morning. After lunch Paul May gave the students a talk subtitled ‘How to Make Your Own Diamonds’  which discusses the engineering advantages of making diamond surface by Chemical Vapour Deposition techniques. Tim Harrison also gave a performance of ‘A Pollutant’s tale’.

The day’s events were also enjoyed by 3 Year 12 and a Year 13 student from Ashton Park School (Bristol). The Year 12s extracted caffeine and the older student synthesised benzocaine.

Postgraduate chemists Sarah Glover, Amir Kaspar and Sewa Abdullah assisted the students with their practical work.

09-16 September: Annual Spectroscopy Tours, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS was again pleased to support CHeMneT teachers in providing the annual spectroscopy tours. The ten half day events involved 26 members of the School of Chemistry whether giving talks or acting as guides.

A total of 321 Post 16 students, mainly Year 13, from 9 counties and 25 teachers and schools technicians visited the department. Talks were given on infra-red spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS).

The schools attending this year’s spectroscopy tours were: King's College (Taunton), Thomas Tallis School (London), St Brendan's Sixth Form College (Bristol), Malvern School for Girls (Worcs), The Castle School (Thornbury, S. Gloucs), Sherbourne School (Dorset), Sherborne Girls (Dorset), Rendcomb School (Gloucs), Kingswood School (Bath), Sheldon (Chippenham Wilts), Beaufort Community School (Gloucs), Colston Girls (Bristol), Kings Oak Academy (Bristol), Sir John Colfox (Bridport, Dorset), Blundell’s School (Devon),  Cheltenham College (Gloucs), Dauntsey’s School (Devizes, Wilts) and Worcester College (Worcs).

These visits were sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

13 September: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Ludlow College

Bristol ChemLabS visited a Year 13 Chemistry classes with the RSC’s SIAS kit to demonstrate infra-red and ultra violet-visible spectroscopies during a 2 hour session with 15 students. The postgraduates assisting the students were James Fothergill, Sewa Abdullah and Ikenna Ndukwe.

For more information on the visits, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), please see here for more details


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