CHeMneT Events Spring Term 2013


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March

22 March: A Pollutant's Tale, St Marylebone School, London

Tim Harrison gave two performances of 'Gases in the Air' at the all girls' school in Central London. The first performance saw 150 Year 7 and 20 year 9 students enjoy the performance. This was followed by a talk for 90 Year 10 students. The visit was coordinated by Dr Jane Fletcher, teacher and a former STEM Ambassador at Bristol ChemLabS.

This event was sponsored by Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) through NERC funded projects.

"Thank you for teaching us about the different gases on other planets! You have opened my eyes to the greatness of science." Moe
"It was amazing. I learnt a lot in your presentation. I learnt so much it would not fit on this paper!" Maggie
"I did not know anything about liquid nitrogen and now I know so much about it!.  I had a lot of fun." Petra

21 March: Chemistry Taster Session, Widening Participation Office, Bristol ChemLabS

Sarah Glover performed the demonstration lecture 'Gases in the Air' for 40 Year 7 students from Bedminster Down School (Bristol) during a lunchtime session.

"They (the students) all really enjoyed it, and were constantly talking about science after the session and thought it would be 'cool' to do at university." Widening Participation Officer

20 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Stream (6), Bristol ChemLabS

18 local Year 12 students spent their sixth and last afternoon visiting Bristol ChemLabS enjoying the National Science and Engineering Week Schools Conference as part of a series of visits organised through the Bristol University's Widening Participation Office.

20 March: Schools Science Conference for Key Stage 4 & 5 Students

22 Year 10 and 12 students from John Cabot (Bristol) spent the afternoon enjoying talks on several aspects of chemistry. Postgraduates Marisol Correa Ascencio gave the talk 'Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life', Gordon Inglis explained how chemical fingerprinting can help determine temperature changes in previous ice ages and Tim Harrison gave the lecture demonstration on Chemical Kinetics.

20 March: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Open laboratories Programme

22 students from Years 11 and 12 from John Cabot (Bristol) spent the morning in the Bristol ChemLabS Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and having a tour of the labs. In the afternoon they joined other students in the Schools' Science and Engineering Week Conference.

Postgraduate chemists assisting the students were Steph Flynn, Sewa Abdullah, Antony Burton and Niall McCreanor.

13 March: Schools Evening Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

50 year 10 and 12 students from Ridgeway School (Swindon) Blackwood Comprehensive School (Gwent) and home schooling students attended the annual evening lectures sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Tim Harrison gave a short talk on toothpaste chemistry and PhD student Marisol Correa Ascencio gave the talk 'Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life' before Tim rounded off the evening with the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air'.

12 March: Centenary Lecture, Sexey's School, Bruton, Somerset

Tim Gallagher gave a talk entitled 'Pharmaceuticals.... Science and Business' to around 100 students in Years 10, 12 and 13 at the Somerset school.

12 March: 'Gases in the Air', Southgate School, Cockfosters, North London

Sarah Glover and Sophie Franklin presented 3 demonstration lectures on the topic of 'Gases in the Air' to a total of over 300 Year 10 and 11 students and their accompanying teachers.

The event was sponsored by Enfield Education as part of their Science Week celebrations.

13 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Stream (5), Bristol ChemLabS

18 local Year 12 students enjoyed their fifth afternoon in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories applying their recent skills to a natural product extract and quantification as part of a series of visits organised through the Bristol University's Widening Participation Office. The students extracted vanillin from vanilla essence and quantified it using uv-visible spectroscopy.

12 March: Science Morning Latymer School, Enfield, North London

Tim Harrison gave two performances of 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 360 Year 7 and 9 students at the schools' celebration of National Science and Engineering Week. The event was part of Enfield STEM week supported by Enfield Education.

08 March: Science Dinner, Cheltenham Ladies College, Gloucs

Tim Harrison represented Bristol ChemLabS at an evening dinner for 50 senior students who are considering careers in the sciences.

07 March: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Fitzharrys School,Abbingdon, Oxon

Tim Harrison revisited the Oxfordshire Specialist Technology College to perform the lecture demonstration to 240 Year 10 and 11 students.

06 March: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratory Programme

15 Post 16 students from Queen Mary's College Basingstoke (Hants) spent the afternoon in Bristol ChemLabS extracting caffeine from tea and enjoying a lecture demonstration on aspects of gases in the atmosphere given by Tim Harrison.

Postgraduate chemists Rory Power and Sarah Glover assisted the students with their practical work.

06 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Stream (4), Bristol ChemLabS

17 local Year 12 students spent their fourth afternoon in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories synthesising an anaesthetic and developing their TLC skills as part of a series of visits organised through the Bristol University's Widening Participation Office.

Post graduates Michelle Montgomery and James Fothergill assisted the students with their laboratory work.

04 March: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, St Joseph's School, Launceston, Cornwall

A Bristol ChemLabS team delivered a session of spectroscopy for 16 Year 10 girls at the school. The visit was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry's SIAS project.

04 March: Chemistry Lecture, St Joseph's School, Launceston, Cornwall

Tim Harrison delivered a short lecture demonstration entitled 'What is and is not chemistry?' to 90 students from Year 7-11 during what has become a regular visit to the north Cornwall girls' school.

February

26th February: Lecture Demonstration, Swindon Academy, Wiltshire

Tim Harrison gave a public performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to an audience of over 200 people from primary pupils, secondary students and members of the public. The Bristol and District RSC sponsored evening event was held at the Swindon Academy.

Among the audience the school groups taking part were: Kingsdown School (Swindon), Ridgeway School (Swindon), Highworth Warneford School (Swindon), Swindon Academy, Swindon New College and Rendcomb College (Gloucs).

27 February: Edexcel's Practical Examination Component Session

15 Year 13 chemistry students from Wellington School, Somerset spent the day in the School of Chemistry working on a two stage synthesis practical assessment for Edexcel in the morning and talks on various spectroscopies, including GCMS, NMR and UV-VIS, in the afternoon. The session was led by Chris Holland.

Postgraduate chemists Steph Flynn,Tshepo Pheko, Helen Pritchard-Smith, and Nick Taylor assisted the students during the day.

27 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Stream (3), Bristol ChemLabS

18 Year 12 students spent their third afternoon in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories talking part in spectroscopy tours of NMR, GCMS and electron microscopy and a tour of the department as part of a series of visits organised through the Bristol University's Widening Participation Office.

Postgraduate chemists Steph Flynn, Tshepo Pheko and Nick Taylor assisted the students during the afternoon.

20 February: Caffeine Extraction Workshop Day, Open Laboratories Day

30 Year 12 students from Castle School (S Gloucs) spent the day at the School of Chemistry engaged in a laboratory exercise extracting caffeine from tea leaves and in talks and lectures.

Marisol Ascencio presented the talk 'Pulque: An Elixir for Life?' and Sarah Glover gave the lecture demonstration 'A Chemical Delight'.

Postgraduate chemists Michelle Montgomery, Sarah Glover and Sewa Abdullah helped the students in this workshop.

20 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Stream (2), Bristol ChemLabS

18 local Year 12 students spent their second afternoon in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories talking part in a workshop on ultra violet-visible spectroscopy and thin layer chromatography as part of a series of visits organised through the Bristol University's Widening Participation Office.

Schools involved in this programme are: Bristol Brunel Academy, Chipping Sodbury School, City Academy, City of Bristol College, Fairfield High School, Gordano School, King's Oak Academy, Merchants' Academy, Ridings Federation Winterbourne Academy, Sheldon School and St Brendan's Sixth Form College.

Postgraduate chemist Matt England helped the students in this workshop.

18 February: Chemistry Day, Crypt School, Gloucester

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'Gases in the Air' to 180 Year 8 and 9 students at the state grammar school.
This was followed by a lunchtime conference for 80 Post 16 chemists given by Bristol Chemistry postgraduate students. Marisol Correa Ascencio gave the talk 'Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life' and James Fothergill gave a presentation on spectroscopy and spectrometry.

This event was sponsored by Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) through NERC funded projects.

07 February: Lecture Demonstrations, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison gave two performances of 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 440 Year 9 and Year 10 students at the specialist science college as part of an annual science conference. A local newspaper report can be found here.

06 February: The RSC Analytical Competition Regional Heats, Bristol ChemLabS

This competition for teams of three Year 12 students took place in the School of Chemistry. The theme of the competition was pharmaceutically based and introduced the teams to a number of important instrumental techniques, including FTIR, TLC, GCMS and UV-Visible Spectroscopy. In addition, the teams had to perform some volumetric analysis and some simple chemical tests and interpret the subsequent data.

The school representing the region is Cheltenham Ladies College with Wells Cathedral School coming second and Bristol Grammar School in third place.

The winning team will represent the Bristol and District Section of the RSC in the national finals which will be held at the University of Sunderland, probably on 24/25 June, however these dates have yet to be confirmed. The top 3 national finalists receive prizes of £750, £500 and £250 respectively with the other finalists receiving £100 each.

The ten schools taking part were: Blundell's, Bishop Wordsworth, Exeter, Bristol Grammar School, Cheltenham Ladies College, Wells Cathedral School, Backwell School, King's College Taunton, Wycliffe College, and Sidcot School.

The postgraduate chemists acting as demonstrators and judges were Rory Power, Michelle Montgomery and Katie Lim.

More photographs of the day can be found here.

05 February: Demonstration Assembly, St Patrick's High School Keady, CO Armagh, Northern Ireland

Tim Harrison struggled through the snow and gave the chemistry demonstration lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 190 pupils in Years 8-13 during the afternoon. The primary pupils who were to attend with the host school's Year 8 could not attend due to the snow.

AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) Primary College member Sinaed McGleenon assisted in the organisation of the visit which was linked to her cluster of local schools.

This event was sponsored by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust AZSTT

01 February: Careers Talk, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

Jenny Slaughter gave a careers talk to 18 year 11 students who were thinking of studying science at university.

01 February: Chemistry Afternoon, Rendcomb College, Cirencester, Gloucs

Tim Harrison gave a lunchtime talk to 110 staff and students in Years 7-13 on 'Fragrance Chemistry'. This was then followed by a performance of 'Gases in the Air' to 120 students from Years 6 to 9 and staff.

This event was sponsored by Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ARCG) through NERC funded projects.

January

30 January: Access to Bristol Chemistry Stream (1), Bristol ChemLabS

15 local Year 12 students from a wide range of schools spent the afternoon in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves as part of a series of visits organised through the Bristol University's Widening Participation Office.

30 January: 'Gases in the Air', Widening Participation Event, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison aided Sarah Glover who performed the popular lecture demonstration for 40 Year 9 students from Brislington Enterprise College who were on a day's visit to the university.

23 January: Open Laboratories Day

25 Year 12 chemists from Sherborne School (Dorset) and 15 Year 12 students from Sidcot School (Somerset) spent the morning in the undergraduate laboratories. Sherborne performed a caffeine extraction whilst Sidcot synthesised benzocaine. In the afternoon Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' and Gordon Inglis described his work on climate change in the Eocene period.

Postgraduates assisting the students were: Laura Totterdale, Niall McCreanor, Stephanie Flynn, Nick Barren, Michelle Montgomery and Sarah Glover.

'Both the boys, my colleague and myself had a really good and educational day and the feedback from the boys this end has been very positive indeed. The caffeine practical was perfect as it contained limited amounts of chemistry but covered a number of 'A' level practical techniques plus the opportunity to become slightly familiar with infra-red spectroscopy. The demo lecture in the afternoon was, as always, both informative and entertaining and the postgraduate lecture gave the boys some insight into research and also how chemistry might be applicable in a less than obvious field.' Dr Chris Hamon Sherborne School.

16 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Rendcomb School, Gloucs

Postgraduate chemists James Fothergill and Tim Snow gave two 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase' (SIAS) workshops to 32 Post 16 students. They also assisted in a lower school polymer chemistry lesson and talked to students about university life during the lunch session.

09-10 January: Annual Christmas Lectures St. Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Alison Rivett each gave a performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to a total of 190 students and their teachers from Year 9 who were about to make subject choices and to 60 Triple Science students.

This was the fourth year of Christmas Lectures held at St Bede's.

10 January: Laboratory Workshop Day, Marlborough College, Wilts

40 Lower Sixth chemistry students visited Bristol ChemLabS to take part in a synthesis workshop. The students dehydrated a cyclic alcohol and analysed the isomeric products through chemical spot tests, thin layer chromatography, infra red spectroscopy and GCMS. This is one of several annual visits made to the School of Chemistry by the Wiltshire school.

Postgraduate students who assisted the students were: Nick Barron, Adam Bunt and Geri Echue.


08 January: RSC 'Top of the Bench' Competition Bristol and District Heats

The annual Top of the Bench competition heats for 14-16 year old students, to select a team to represent the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK finals, was held in Bristol ChemLabS at an evening event. The teams consisted of two students from Year 9, one from Year 10 and one from Year 11.

The closely fought competition that relied on chemical knowledge, practical skills, team work and time management skills resulted in the team from Cheltenham Ladies College coming first, Sidcot School second and Cheltenham College were third. The Cheltenham Ladies College team now go on to the national finals at Loughborough in April.


Twelve teams from eleven schools were represented. The schools were: Backwell School, Blundells' School, Bristol Grammar School, Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College, Clifton High School, Exeter School, Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School, Redland High School, Sidcot School, Sir William Romney's School and Wycliffe College.

Rory Power, Sarah Glover, Geri Echue and Beatrice Cattoz were the postgraduate chemists who supervised the students and judged the accuracy of their work. Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration whilst the judges determined the winners and then awarded the prizes.

Thanks go to Steve Croker for giving up his evening to assist with the competition. Images from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

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