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2014

March

27 March: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale, Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, working with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office, gave a performance of the popular lecture demonstration for  70 Year 10 students from a variety of schools in the south of Bristol. All students attending were nominated as potential university applicants.

26 March: Year 7 Chemistry Day, Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls

42 Year 7 girls from the Welsh school spent the morning engaged in a circus of chemistry experiments and enjoying the ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture demonstrations performed by Tim Harrison in an afternoon.

The Chemistry demonstrators assisting the students were Sarah Glover, Ash Griffin and Stephanie Flynn.

24 March: RSC Chemistry at Work Day, Carterton Community College, Oxon

Tim Harrison was again working with Go Catalyst to deliver a morning 'kick off' lecture demonstration for all 110 Year 9 students at this RSC Chemistry sponsored event for the school's own Science Week.

19 March: Caffeine Extraction Morning for Clifton College, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 12 students from Clifton College (Bristol) spent the morning at the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and the afternoon watching chemistry lectures.

19 March: EDF Caffeine Extraction Morning for Somerset Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

A total of 45 Year 10 students from Chilton Trinity, Bridgwater College Academy and West Somerset College spent the morning at the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves.

The postgraduates assisting the students were Rebecca  Ingle, Ikenna Ndukwe, Matt Robinson, Sarah Glover, Katie Maskill and Matt Webster.

This event as sponsored by EDF Energy as part of a long standing sponsorship programme.

19 March: Schools' Science and Engineering Week Afternoon Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

An afternoon schools conference for 110 students in Years 10-13 saw several speakers entertain and educate the audience. Over 20 schools were represented at the conference.

Zoe Schnepp (Birmingham) presented a talk entitled ‘Super Conducting Seaweed’, Matt Webster (Marie Curie Ambassador, ETH Zürich), spoke on "Better Living Through Chemistry": Breaking not so Bad" and Katie Shaw (Abbott Laboratories, Pharmaceutical) talked on ‘Drug Design by Computer’. All speakers explained to the audience how they got to where they currently were in the young careers. The final talk of the day was the lecture demonstration ‘A Chemical Delight’ given by the more senior Tim Harrison.

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

19 March: EDF Caffeine Extraction Morning for Somerset Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

A total of 45 Year 10 students from Chilton Trinity, Bridgwater College Academy and West Somerset College spent the morning at the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves.

This event as sponsored by EDF Energy as part of a long standing sponsorship programme.

19 March: ‘Nanoworld’ Lecture, Kingswood School, Bath

Neil Allan gave his new schools’ lecture on nanomaterials to around 30 Post 16 students at an event celebrating National Science and Engineering Week.

18 March: Science Day Demonstration Lectures 2014,Southgate School, Enfield, London

Bristol ChemLabS was again been asked to contribute for the sixth year running to the London Borough of Enfield’s National Science and Engineering Week celebrations. Tim Harrison delivered three demonstration lectures during the day. Two performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ given for a total of 320 Year 7 and 9 students. The third lecture was a revision demonstration lecture for 180 Year 11 chemistry GCSE students.

17 March: Lecture Demonstrations, Latymer School, Enfield, London

Tim Harrison performed  'Gases in the Air' three times for 186 Year 7students and 180 Year 9 students at the school as part of activities for National Science and Engineering Week.

The third talk was for 10 KS3 and KS4 students from a local special needs school.

13 March: Demonstration Lecture, Sherborne Girls, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to around 200 students in Years 7 and 8 from primary schools in the Sherborne area as part of the Sherborne School's celebrations for National Science and Engineering Week.

‘Thank you so much for coming to give the lectures yesterday; as always they were a great success’, Head of Chemistry.

More information can be found here in the schools newsletter.

Schools attending were: Sherborne Preparatory School (15 students), Sunninghill Preparatory School (32 students), Hazelgrove Preparatory School (64 students), Knighton House (34 students) and Sherborne Girls School (46 students).

12 March: ‘Nanoworld’ Lecture, BRLSI/RSC Chemistry Half Day, Bristol

Neil Allan gave his new schools’ lecture on nanomaterials to around 100 Post 16 students at this BRLSI/RSC event.

 

12 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 5

The group of 27 local Year 12 students spent the penultimate afternoon of their programme, and their last practical session in the undergraduate teaching laboratories tackling the drug synthesis and analysis of the solid anaesthetic benzocaine.

This course was organised through Bristol University’s Widening Participation Unit.

The Bristol Chemists assisting the students were Claudio Greco and Ash Griffin. Dr Matt Webster (Marie Curie Ambassador and former Bristol Chemist) from ETH Zürich, Switzerland was also on hand to lend his experience..

05 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 4

The group of 28 local Year 12 students spent the fourth afternoon of their programme in the undergraduate teaching laboratories tackling additional analytical techniques. The students will be engaged in a UV-Visible spectroscopy practical and in finding out about gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS).

Jenny Slaughter, apart from teaching the students about GCMS, gave a presentation on the application process for chemistry degrees in general.

The Postgraduates Chemists assisting the students with their lab work were Alice Charteris and William Ganely.

This course is organised through Bristol University’s Widening Participation Unit.

03 March: Science Club, Redland Green School, Bristol

School project undergraduate Anna Lawrence took the session for 15 Year 7 and 8 students and wowed them with all the fun and games that you can have with liquid nitrogen experiments.

The event was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS.

February

27 February: Lecture Demonstrations Wyedean School, Sedbury, Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented two performances of the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’ to 162 Year 7 and 170 Year 8 students at the comprehensive school bordering Wales at Chepstow.

This event was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol

26 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 3

This group of 28 local Year 12 students, from more than a dozen schools, spent their afternoon of their programme in the undergraduate teaching laboratories tackling the extraction of caffeine from tea leaves.

The students were assisted in their practical work by postgraduate Chemists postgrads for the afternoon by Jessica Bonham, William Ganley and Sarah Glover

26 February: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

11 Year 11 from Kings Alfred’s School (Somerset) extracted caffeine from tea leaves during the morning assisted by Postgraduate Chemist Nick Barron.

In the afternoon Tim Harrison presented a performance of the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’.

This event was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol

25 February: Widening Participation Chemistry Tours, Bristol ChemLabS

Two lunch time tours of the School of Chemistry were conducted for 8Year 12 students from Ledbury by Tim Harrison and Nick Barron.

This event was in conjunction with the Widening Participation Office and formed part of a half day visit by 50 students from the school to the University of Bristol.

24 February: A Pollutant’s Tale, Hayesfield Girls School, Bath

Tim Harrison presented the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 180 Year 8 students at the school as part of a special science day event. Hayesfield Girls School, a technology college with academy status, is a member of the Greater Bristol Science Learning Partnership.

This event was sponsored widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.


13 February: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ Christmas Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison  performed ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for a total of 140 Year 12 students from a combination of Ashton Park (Bristol) and  Kings Norton Sixth Form (Birmingham). 

Bristol ChemLabS was working with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Unit in delivering this event as part of a full day's visit by students

12 February: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

49 Year 12 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning at the School of Chemistry carrying out the dehydration of 2-methylcyclohexan-1-ol and the infra-red spectroscopy associated with it.

The Postgraduate chemists assisting the students were: Rebecca Ingle, Ash Griffith, Steve Cooper and Jonathan Pegg.

12 February: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

8 Year 12 students from Holyrood Academy (Somerset) spent the day at the School of Chemistry. In the morning they carried out the dehydration of 2-methylcyclohexanol. In the afternoon they had lectures from Steve Street on aspects of his drug research and lecture demonstration by Sarah Glover.

The Postgraduate chemist assisting the students was James Fothergill.

12 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 2

The group of 28 local Year 12 students spent the second afternoon of their programme in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories tackling the dehydration of a cyclic alcohol.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Katie Feeney and Chris Sandford.

This course is organised through Bristol University’s Widening Participation Unit.

11 February: RSC Evening Lecture, Swindon Academy, Wilts

This popular and entertaining lecture entitled ‘Pheromones, Sex and Violence –The Chemical World of Bees’ and Ants’ was given by Prof Adam Hart (Gloucs) at the Wiltshire school. The evening talk was attended by 60 schools students and members of the public.

The event was part of the Bristol and District programme 2013-14.


06 February: Lecture Demonstration, Coleg y Cymoedd, Ystrad Mynach, Gwent

Tim Harrison gave a talk on ‘Gases in the Air’ to 26 students on the Access to Biosciences course at the School of Care at the Ystrad Mynach Campus.

This event was sponsored by a NERC portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group ACRG at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

06 February: Lecture Demonstration, Blackwood Comprehensive School, Gwent

Tim Harrison gave a talk on ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 180 Year 10 students at the South Wales school.
“Thank you so much for coming in. The lecture was amazing and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. My HOD said it was the best lecture/ demo we have had in from anyone.“ Head of Chemistry

This event was sponsored by a NERC portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group ACRG at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

05 February: RSC Regional Analytical Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual chemistry competition for groups of 3 Year 12 students was held at the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. The winners of the competition represent the northern part of the south west region at the national finals later in the year. 45 students from 15 schools spent 3 hours in the laboratory undertaking 4 experiments. After lunch the students enjoyed a demonstration lecture given by postgraduate chemist Sarah Glover.

The winners of the competition were Exeter School (Devon), with Hanham High (Bristol) second and Blundell’s School (Wilts) third.

The other schools taking part were: Bristol Grammar School (Bristol), Cheltenham Ladies College (Gloucs), King Edwards School (Bath), Colston School (Bristol), Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon), St Gregory’s School (Bath), Bishop Wadsworth (Salisbury), Wycliffe College (Gloucs), Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Bristol), Wells Cathedral School (Somerset), Sidcot School (Somerset) and Cheltenham College (Gloucs).

Postgraduate chemists acting as both demonstrators and judges were: Stephanie Flynn, James Fothergill and Michelle Montgomery.

05 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 1

The group of 26 local Year 12 students spent the first afternoon of their six visit programme in Bristol ChemLabS undertaking spectroscopy tours. Three sub-groups had talks on infra-red spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy from academic staff.

The postgraduate chemists acting as guides for the afternoon were: Iain Thistlethwaite, Isabel Perez Powell and Jessica Bonham.

Students from the following schools were present: Beechencliff Sixth Form (Bath), Chipping Sodbury School (S.Gloucs), City Academy Bristol, City of Bristol College, John Cabot Academy (Bristol), Katharine Lady Berkeley's School (Gloucs), Kings Oak Academy (Bristol), Kings of Wessex Academy (Cheddar),  Malmesbury School (Wilts), Mangotsfield School Bristol), Nailsea School (Somerset), North Bristol Post 16, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Sixth Form (Wilts), Sir Bernard Lovell School (S. Gloucs), St Bede’s Catholic College (Bristol),  St Brendan's Sixth Form College (Bristol), St Katherines School (Bristol),  Stroud High School (Gloucs), The Castle School (S.Gloucs), Wellsway School (Wilts) and Winterbourne International Academy (S.Gloucs).

January

31 January: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Lliswerry High School, Newport, Gwent

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the ever popular lecture demonstrations to a total of 340 Year 10 and 11 students and a dozen teachers.

These events were sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty of the University of Bristol.

'Many thanks for bringing the WOW factor to my school today. The KS4 pupils have been talking about it all day and that is a fabulous testament to your delivery. The science was obviously very accessible and exciting and will be memorable. Let's hope you inspired one or two! 'Alyson Mills, Headteacher

30 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Chemist David Ratcliffe led an infra-red spectroscopy session at this local school for 10 Post 16 students

This visit is sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). More information about SIAS can be found here.

30 January: Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon's performance to 50 Year 10 students and 3 teachers from Mangotsfield School (Bristol). Several of the Universities Widening Participation Officers also enjoyed the talk.

This event is sponsored by the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol.

29 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

26 Year 12 students from Castle School (Thornbury, S. Gloucs.) and 26 Post 16 students from Sidcot School (Somerset) were in the department for a caffeine extraction morning and a series of lectures in the afternoon. These were joined by a 4 Year 12 AS level Chemistry students from The Bourne Academy (Bournemouth, Dorset) to synthesise aspirin and oil of wintergreen.

Tim Harrison gave a performance of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ in the afternoon. Students also saw 'Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life', given by Bristol Postgraduate Chemist Marisol Correa Ascencio.

Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratories were: Sarah Glover, Michelle Montgomery, Stephanie Flynn and James Fothergill.

27 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Gloucs

Tim Harrison presented a workshop on spectroscopy to 9 Year 13 students at this independent school near Stroud.

This visit is sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). More information about SIAS can be found here

23 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Bradley Stoke Community School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited the 9 Year 13 students at this local school to deliver an afternoon session on spectroscopy as part of the RSC’s SIAS project. More information about SIAS can be found here.

Tim Harrison was aided by Undergraduate Chemistry Ambassador Anna Lawrence in delivering the two hour workshop.

22 January:Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, King`s Oak Academy, Kingswood, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS will visit the 10 Year 13 students at this specialist mathematics and computing school to deliver a session on spectroscopy as part of the RSC’s SIAS project. The postgraduate chemists involved were David Gillespie and Risa Norfiani.

More information about SIAS can be found here.

16-17 January: Annual Christmas Lectures St. Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS' Tim Harrison was again working with St Bede's to give  two performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' all to all 180 Year 9 students at the Bristol-based state school

15 January: Caffeine Extraction Workshop Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

70 Year 10 and 11 students from Holyrood Academy (Somerset) spent the morning at the School of Chemistry. They extracted caffeine from tea in the undergraduate Teaching Laboratories assisted by postgraduate chemists Helen Pritchard-Smith, Michelle Montgomery, Matt England, John Bowen, Jocelyn Peach and Steve Cooper.

13 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Petroc College, Barnstaple, Devon

A team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at the North Devon college delivering three sessions of spectroscopy to Post 16 students of Chemistry and applied sciences. In all 47 students were taught. The teachers and technical staff were also shown the instrumentation as
they were to deliver additional additional sessions for the next 2 days.

The postgraduates delivering the sessions were Sewa Abdullah and Risa Nofiani. Tim Harrison was in attendance.

The SIAS equipment and the visit was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

09 January: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

19 Year 12 students from Sir Thomas Rich's Grammar School (Gloucester) spent the morning session in the undergraduate laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves. They were joined by 28 Year 14 students from Haydon School (Pinner, London) who will be carrying out some transition metal chemistry.

Both groups enjoyed talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' and postgraduate Marisol Correa Ascencio gave a talk on ' Pulque: a Mesoamerican Elixir of Life'. 

The postgraduate chemists involved in helping the students in the laboratory were: Stephanie Flynn, Ash Griffith, Chris Brown , matt Robinson and Helen Pritchard-Smith

08 January: RSC Top of the Bench Regional Finals, Bristol ChemLabS

56 students from Years 9-11 took part in this annual event in an RSC district practical chemistry competition is open to schools in the counties that surround Bristol. More information about the competition can be found here.

The teams of 4 students endured two gruelling sessions in the laboratory analysing the sugar content of soft drinks, investigating an endothermic reaction and carrying out a colorimetric determination of a copper ore whilst working safely a team. The students then enjoyed a lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison.

The winners were:

First: Bristol Grammar School

Second: Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Third Cheltenham College

Fourth Cheltenham Ladies College

The winners will go on to represent the region in the national finals.

The Schools Participating were: Cheltenham Ladies College, Hanham High School (Bristol), Wycliffe College (Gloucs), Cheltenham  College, Bristol Grammar School, King Edward’s School (Bath), Sidcot School (Somerset),  The Castle School (Thornbury), Queen Elizabeth hospital (Bristol), Wells Cathedral School, The Redmaids School (Bristol), Sir Thomas Rich’s School (Gloucs) and Blundells School.

The postgraduate chemists acting as judges were: Steph Flynn, James Fothergill, Rebecca Ingle and Ryan Beattie.

This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the RSC.


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