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July

17 July: Access to Bristol (London) Programme Bristol Residential Course, Bristol ChemLabS

A group of 21 Year 12 Chemistry students from the London area will spend the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories engaged in practical activities. This visit follows on from an earlier weekend course held in London. The students had several sessions of advanced practical work and lecture during their visits held over 3 days (one afternoon, one day and one morning).

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Claudio Greco, Ikenna Ndukwe, Godi Tatolo, Ash Griffith, Jessica Bonham, Amir Kaspar and Sarah Glover.

The Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol coordinated this event.​

15-16 July: Two Day Chemistry Camp for Individual Students, Bristol ChemLabS

26 Year 11 and 12 students from a wide variety of schools from all over England spent two days at Bristol ChemLabS engaged in practical work, lectures, talks and tours. The students also spent an evening in halls of residence therefore getting the full undergraduate student experience. The practical work undertaken included analysis using UV-Visible spectroscopy, simple kinetics, synthesis of an anaesthetic and the extraction of a natural product. Talks on the chemistry of the atmosphere, archaeological chemistry and geochemistry were given by Tim Harrison, Marisol Correa Ascencio Gordon Inglis respectively. The students also toured mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy and NMR. Here the students were assisted by Ikenna Ndukwe, Benoit Quignon and Tim Harrison. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Claudio Greco, Ikenna Ndukwe, Godi Tatolo, Ash Griffith, Jessica Bonham and Sarah Glover.

14 July:  Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

26 Year 12 students from Chew Valley School spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS. In the morning the students extracted caffeine from tea leaves before enjoying lectures in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Marisol Correa Ascencio gave a talk on ' Pulque: a Mesoamerican Elixir of Life' and Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were  Ikenna Ndukwe and Godiraone Tatolo.​

10 -11 July: Residential Summer Camp for Wallingford Schools Academy

16 Year 11 and 12 students from Wallingford (Oxon) spent two days at Bristol ChemLabS in a series of practical work, talks, tours and lectures. This was the second year that students from Wallingford Schools Academy attended this camp

“I am just making contact regarding the Chemistry summer school. I would just like to say a huge thank you as the whole event was superb. Our students had a fantastic time and it reflects in their passion for the subject and the numbers of students opting for Chemistry and then going on to study it at University.”

The students spent most of the time in the laboratories, using analytical techniques, extracting caffeine, from tea, synthesising an anaesthetic and blending their own perfume. The students also had a lecture on ‘Perfume Chemistry’ from Tim Harrison and on ‘Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life?’ presented by Bristol Postgraduate Chemist, Marisol Correa Ascencio.

Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their work were: Sarah Glover, Thomas Farrugia, Ikenna Ndukwe and Godiraone Tatolo.​

07 July: Sutton Trust Caffeine Workshop Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

22 Year 12 students from all over the UK visited the School of Chemistry for a practical session as part of their Sutton Trust sponsored visit to the University of Bristol.

Sarah Glover led the session aided by Postgraduate Chemists Godi Tatolo and Amir Kaspar.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

07 July: Lecture Demonstration for YESS Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

60 Year 10 students and their mentors from all over the South East of England visited the School of Chemistry for a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ given by Sarah Glover. This session was part of their sponsored residential visit to the University of Bristol.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office in the delivery of this event.

June

30 June to 04 July: Bristol ChemLabS, Trinity College Dublin Summer School 2014

A total of 75 Year 11 and 12 students from Malta (35), Ireland (36), Germany (2) and the UK (2) celebrated the tenth Bristol Trinity College Dublin (TCD) summer school in style with the biggest group size to date.

The UK, German and Irish students started the week-long Chemistry Camp in Dublin with two days of practical work extracting optically active  carvones from natural products, exploring transition metal chemistry, engaging in an analytical competition enjoying a ‘pizza and quiz’ evening and a Chinese meal together. Early on the Wednesday morning all bar 3 of the Irish travelled to Bristol to meet up with the Maltese students.

In Bristol the students continued to develop their practical skills by extracting caffeine from tea leaves, synthesising the anaesthetic benzocaine, quantifying the vanillin concentration from vanilla essence, using uv-visible spectroscopy in an analytical investigation. Some fun experiments involving clock reactions and polymer chemistry were also performed. Half a day was also spent by the students in designing and bottling their own fragrances.

Students also enjoyed talks on ‘Carbohydrate Chemistry’ given by Carmen Galan and on ‘Toothpaste Chemistry’ and 'A Pollutant's Tale' presented both presented by Tim Harrison.

The Bristol Chemists assisting the students during the week were: Mark Lint, Claudio Greco, Kelly Bass, Godi Tatolo  Sarah Glover, Nick Barron, Ikenna Ndukwe, Emma Liddle,  Peter Duckworth and Richard Buxton.

Two Postgraduate Chemists from Trinity College Dublin that also helped out were: Michelle Browne and Judith Houston

29 June: Evening Lecture, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Tim Harrison gave an evening talk on aspects of volatile organic chemical usage to an audience of 42 Irish, German and UK students, and other visitors to the School of Chemistry at TCD.

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.​

28 - 29 June: Access to Bristol (London) Programme Weekend, East London Science School, London

A team of Bristol ChemLabS staff and a Postgraduate Chemist delivered a day and a half course for 25 potential Bristol undergraduates from the London area. The topics of spectroscopy and transition metal chemistry were chosen to help support the students Post 16 courses to assist them in getting the top grades required to come to Bristol to read Chemistry. The course included a significant portion of practical work, with equipment and chemicals being taken from Bristol ChemLabS.

This course, along with other subject specialisms, was based at the East London Science School. Chris Holland, Jenny Slaughter and James Fothergill assisted the course participants with their learning. These students will visit Bristol in July.

The Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol is coordinating this and the subsequent Bristol residential events.

27 June: Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

22 Year 12 turning Y13 Chemistry students from Wellsway School (Swindon, Wilts) spent the day tackling the synthesis and analysis of benzocaine before spending an afternoon in talks. Talks were given by Sarah Glover on 'Gases in the Air' and 'Pulque: A Mesoamerican Elixir of Life', presented by another Bristol Postgraduate Chemist, Marisol Correa Ascencio.

Postgraduate Chemists Claudio Greco and Freya Bull assisted the students with their practical work led by Sarah Glover.

26-27 June: Chemistry Camp for Dulwich College and Plymstock School, Bristol ChemLabS

6 Post 16 students from Dulwich College (London) and 16 Year 11 and 12 students Plymstock School (Plymouth, Devon), a specialist sports college, attended a day and a half Chemistry Camp. The students enjoyed a variety of talks, tours, practical experiences and a lecture demonstration.
The students were helped in their practical work at different times by Claudio Greco, Amir Kaspar, Freya Bull, Ash Griffith, and Richard Buxton.

The schedule the students followed can be found here

26 June: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

22 Year 10 and 8 Year 12 students from Wells Cathedral School (Somerset) visited Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work. The younger students carried out a caffeine extraction and the senior students a benzocaine synthesis. In the afternoon the visitors saw the lecture 'How to grow your own diamonds' given by Prof Paul May. 

Postgraduate chemists Amir Kaspar, Freya Bull, Chris Sandford and Richard Buxton assisted the students with their practical work.

25 June:  Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

8 Year 12 Chemistry students from Southfields Academy (Wandsworth, London) took part in a caffeine extraction day at the School of Chemistry. The afternoon saw the students enjoy a lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison as well as a tour of the School of Chemistry. The accompanying teacher was a graduate of the School of Chemistry.

This was the first time any of our students had had an experience like  The students were most excited at being able to work in the laboratory and have a hand at chemistry experiments that we would never be able to do at school. They all said that this increased their interest in chemistry. They loved having a go at an undergraduate experiment and felt they had learnt new practical skills during their day there.” Accompanying teacher.

The visit is sponsored by a widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

25 June: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’, Schools Conference for Year 12s, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison performed the popular lecture demonstration for 45 Year 12 students from schools across South Bristol and South Wales during their visit to the University.

Bristol ChemLabS was working with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office in providing this event

24 June: Sir William Romney's School, Tetbury

Alison Rivett spent the day at this Gloucestershire school giving 3 performances of the demonstration lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 300 Y7, 8 and 9's, which was enjoyed by staff and students alike.

24 June: Caffeine Extraction Day, Bristol ChemLabS

As part of the Open Laboratories Programme 19 Year 12 students from Ribston Hall High School (Gloucester) spent the morning in the Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea.   All students were then engaged in talks in the afternoon including a short talk on archaeological chemistry and a talk on atmospheric chemistry given by Tim Harrison.

Chemists Richard Buxton, Sarah Glover, Claudio Greko and Emma Blackmanand helped the students with their practical work.

23 June: Caffeine Extraction, Bradley Stoke Community School, Bristol

A total of 33 Year 12 and Year 10 students from this local school will spend the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea and in talks and demonstration lectures in the afternoon.

Sarah Glover led the session aided by Postgraduate Chemists Risa Nofiani, Richard Buxton and Claudio Greco.

Gordon Inglis gave a talk on geochemistry and Sarah Glover presented a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’.

20 June: Lecture Demonstrations, Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, East Sussex

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total audience of 190 students in Years 7, 8 and 12. Tim then gave a short presentation to 23 Year 11 and 12s on the UCAS procedure.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with former Postgraduate Chemist Marcus Medley in organising this event.

19 June: Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12 students from Sherborne Girls School (Dorset) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to synthesis benzocaine in the morning and to use uv-visible spectroscopy in the afternoon.

The students were assisted in their work by a series of chemists including Ash Griffith, Amir Kaspar and Richard Buxton.

19 June: Skirting Science Event, Broadoak College,Weston Super Mare, Somerset

A total of 30 Year 9 to 12 students were engaged in a series of three workshops on fragrance chemistry at this event. Full details can be found here.

The workshop was delivered by Lexy Miles-Hobbs along with Hannah Kitchen and Emma McCarthy (all undergraduates, who were working as summer project students).

More details can be found here.

19 June: Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Two additional and separate Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory workshops were running during the morning.  25 Post 16 students from Malvern St James Worcester) spent time on successfully extracting caffeine from tea. These were joined by 30 Year 12 Chemists from Cheltenham Bourneside School (Gloucs) for an Aspirin Synthesis workshop.

The students enjoyed an afternoon of lecture demonstrations and talks given by Gordon Inglis and Tim Harrison.

The Chemists assisting the students in the lab work were Katie Feeney, Chris Sandford, Fraya Bull and Richard Buxton.

 

 

18 June: Caffeine Extraction Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

31 Year 12 students from St Marylebone School (London) and 27 Year 12 from Bryanston School (Dorset) spent the day at Bristol extracting caffeine from tea leaves and engaged in an afternoon of talks and lectures. Isabel Perez Powell gave a talk about her PhD and Tim Harrison presented an atmospheric chemistry lecture demonstration.

Former Bristol ChemLabS chemistry researcher Dr Jane Fletcher coordinated this with her school and former Bristol  undergraduate Abigail Granville (Bryantson) with hers.

13 June: Lecture Demonstrations, Chipping Sodbury Festival, South Gloucs

Tim Harrison returned to Chipping Sodbury Town Hall  to deliver 2 demonstrations to 90 Year 7 students and their teachers from Chipping Sodbury School. This was the sixth consecutive year of Bristol ChemLabS involvement in this event.

10 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Bristol Metropolitan Academy, Bristol

A team form Bristol ChemLabS visited the Bristol-based school to deliver  a spectroscopy workshop for 20 Year 12 Science BTEC students of as part of the RSC’s Spectroscopy in A Suitcase (SIAS) project. More information about SIAS can be found here.

The STEM Ambassadors delivering the course were Risa Nofani and Ikenna Ndnukwe

May

23 May: Caffeine Extraction Invitation Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

62 Gifted and Talented students from 4 CheMneT registered schools in Years 9 and 10 were invited to apply to attend a sponsored day of Chemistry at Bristol ChemLabS. The students were all tasked to extract caffeine from tea leaves in the morning. In the afternoon the students enjoyed a lecture on extremophile chemistry given by Preeti Kaur and a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ given by Tim Harrison.

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Sarah Glover, Godiraone Tatolo, Alice Charteris, Claudio Greco, Jessica Bonham, Amir Kaspar and William Ganley.

The invited schools are: Oldfield School (Bath), Chew Valley School (Bristol) and Ashton Park School (Bristol) and Sir William Romney School (Tetbury, Gloucs).

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

‘Thanks very much for a fantastic day. The students absolutely loved it. The practical was superbly organised and gave them a rare chance to use such equipment. The lecture on extremophiles was pitched at just the right level (and length) and I was pleased with the questions that the students asked. Your lecture was a surefire winner and the applause long and loud. ‘

‘Thanks to the sponsors. Please have a look at our school website for my account of the day (with photos)  http://www.chewvalleyschool.co.uk/News/Chemists-of-the-future/ Head of Chemistry , Chew Valley School.’

22 May: Lecture Demonstration, Redland High School, Bristol

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for all 160 KS3 students at the local girls’ school.

“Thank you so much for your fantastic demonstration this morning, I have already had lots of feedback from the girls to say how much they enjoyed your 'show', and also that they learnt lots too. A great treat for us all.” Head of Chemistry

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

21 May: Salters’ Festival of Chemistry Day, Bristol ChemLabS

16 schools took part in this annual full day of chemistry competitions. Teams comprised of four Year 7 and 8 students got to lock horns with each other in two separate chemistry challenges involving analytical chemistry problem solving and reaction rates and chemical energy tasks.

The winners of the Salters’ Challenge were Clifton College Prep School  with Bedminster Down and Redland Green in second and third respectively. The University Challenge was won by Fairfield school with Torquay Grammar School in second and a team from Bristol Home Educators in third.

Chief judge, Sarah Glover, commended all competitors on their organisation attention to health and safety and team work.

The other judges were: Steph Flynn, Ash Griffith, Gary Bradshaw and Rebecca Ingle.

The full list of schools taking part were: Balcarras School (Cheltenham), Bedminster Down School , Budehaven Community School (Bude), Clifton College Preparatory School, Clifton High School, Colston's School, Fairfield High School, Hanham High School, Kingsmead Community School, Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School, Redland Green School, The Robert Blake Science College (Bridgewater), Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Wellington School (Somerset), West Monmouth School (Pontypool , Gwent) and  Bristol Home Educators. (Where not listed the schools are in Bristol).

The event was sponsored by Salters’, the RSC and Bristol ChemLabS. The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry are an initiative of the Salters' Institute, whose aim is to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences amongst the young.  ​

14 May: Polymer Day, Bristol ChemLabS

70 Year 10 students from Sherborne Girls in Dorset spent a morning enjoying a circus of chemistry experiments related to polymer chemistry.

In the afternoon the students saw a talk given by Isabel Perez Powell on why she became a chemist and what she does in research. After this Tim Harrison gave a performance of the ever popular lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.

The Chemistry Postgraduates assisting the students in the laboratory were: Sarah Glover, Amir Kaspar, Charlotte Boott, Jonathan Pegg and Jessica Bonham

13 May: EDF Energy Aspiration Raising Day, Bristol ChemLabS

13 Year 10 students from Robert Blake Academy (Somerset) and 14 from Crispin School (Somerset) spent the morning extracting caffeine from tea leaves and enjoying a  talk and lecture demonstration 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'.

​Postgraduate chemists William Ganley and Ash Mortimer assisted the students in their practical work.

This event was sponsored by EDF Energy.

12 May: Caffeine Extraction, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

10 Year 10 students from Queen’s College Taunton (Somerset) spent the day in the School of Chemistry. They extracted caffeine from tea in the morning and had talks in the afternoon.

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration ‘The Chemistry of Fragrances’ and postgraduate Marisol Correa Ascencio gave a talk on ' Pulque: a Mesoamerican Elixir of Life'.

​Post graduate chemists Claudio Greco and Steph Flynn assisted the students in their practical work.

This event was sponsored by a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

07 May: Polymer Chemistry Day, Bristol ChemLabS

54 Year 9 students from Sherborne School (Dorset) visited the University of Bristol to spend the morning exploring polymers via a circus of experiments. In the afternoon the students enjoyed a talk on the Mesomerican drink called Pulque given by Marisol  and a lecture demonstration presented by TIm Harrison.

Postgraduate Chemists TIM Snow, Sarah Glover and  Chris Sandford
assisted the students in their lab work.

06 May: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ Year Assemblies, Oxford Spires Academy, Oxon

Tim Harrison, assisted by Postgraduate Chemist Isabel Perez Powel, delivered two assemblies to a total of 360 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 at this Oxfordshire state school.  Several Science and non- Science teaching staff also enjoyed the event.

"Thank you very much for the excellent Chemistry show that you brought to us. The students thoroughly enjoyed it and provided a new dimension to their learning. They left the theatre with a spark in their eyes, and were commenting on what they had seen for days! We even had a vote on which had been the biggest "bang" and they could remember every single one of the experiments! We would love to see you again next year, as the content lined up perfectly with their current study modules and it has helped to put things in context. An outstanding experience overall!" Head of Chemistry

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

02 May: Virtually University Web Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented a secondary schools’ performance of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ via a web cast as part of the Virtually University project to 40 Year 9-11 students in three schools.

The schools involved were:  Ilford County High, Essex (Year 10/11), Belvidere School, Shropshire (Gifted & Talented Year 9s) and Bedford School (Year 9/10/11).

Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in delivering this event.

01 May: Lecture Demonstration, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Shropshire

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' at the Sixth Form College to 80 Year 12 Chemistry students.

This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

April

30 April: Open Laboratories Day: Bristol ChemLabS

12 Year 12 students from The Highfield School (Letchworth Garden City, Herts) visited Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea and to enjoy chemistry talks and demonstrations.

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 students were assisted in their lab work by postgraduate chemist Steph Flynn.

'Thank you so much for today - the students had such a great day and have left feeling very inspired which is fantastic!  [The teachers] equally had a fantastic day and it was great to be back in the University - thanks for such a wonderful experience.'  Lead Teacher

Comments from participating students included:

‘ I loved being able to use the equipment we had learnt about, in a real lab environment’

‘I loved the demos and the seeing the different areas of the chemistry department.’

‘The best thing was to use the expensive equipment.’

28 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, John Colfox School, Dorset

A team from Bristol ChemLabS delivered an afternoon session of infra–red spectroscopy to 17 Post 16 Science students at the Dorset School as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project. The group comprised students from John Colfox School and from the nearby Beaminster School.

More information about SIAS can be found here.

28 April: A Pollutant’s Tale, John Colfox School, Dorset

Tim Harrison  performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for 120 Year 9 students at the Dorset school.

‘ … a massive thanks to Tim for coming to Sir John Colfox last Monday - the Year 9's were thrilled at the talk he did and have been referring to it in lessons all week so was definitely memorable for them’, Head of Chemistry

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

27 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Cirencester College, Gloucs

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited The Post 16 college to deliver 3 one and a half hour spectroscopy workshops for a total of 60 Post 16 students of as part of the RSC's Spectroscopy in A Suitcase (SIAS) project. More information about SIAS can be found here.

Postgraduate chemists Rebecca ingle and Risa Nofiani assisted the students with their learning.

25 April: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Corsham School, Wilts

Tim Harrison presented a lengthened performance of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 210 Year 8 students at this Visual Arts College in Corsham.

24 April: Gases in the Air, Taster Day Event,  Bristol ChemLabS

Sarah Glover performed a shortened version of the popular lecture demonstration for 220 Year 9 and 10 students from schools across South Bristol during their visit to the University.

Bristol ChemLabS was working with the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office and the Science Faculty in providing this event.

23 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS), Downside School, Stratton
on the Fosse, Somerset

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited Downside School to deliver workshops for 48 Post 16 students of as part of the RSC's Spectroscopy in A Suitcase (SIAS) project. The students came from both Downside and nearby King's Bruton School.

"Thanks so much to the team for your presentation today to such a large group. It is much appreciated." (Head of Chemistry).

More information about SIAS can be found here.

Postgraduate chemists Ikenna Ndukwe and Alice Chateris assisted the
students with their learning.

17 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, EF Academy Torbay Campus, Devon

James Fothergill visited the 28 Post 16 students at the independent boarding school to deliver an afternoon session on spectroscopy as part of the RSC’s SIAS project. More information about SIAS can be found here.

10 April: 2014 National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) Science Expo Week, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS outreachers Sarah Glover and Preeti Kaur presented another 4 secondary lecture demonstrations to a total of 99 students from three schools as one part of this Maltese Science Festival. The festival was held at The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in Poala. The event is a week-long.

The schools seeing the lecture demonstrations on this fourth and last day were: San Anton School (30 Form 4), San Anton School, St Paul's Bay, (30 Form 4), Our lady Immaculate School, Hamrun, (20 Form 4) and Sliema Boys Secondary School, (19 Form  2).

In all the Chemists performed the talk 15 times. 11 performances saw 287 secondary students enthused and a further 4 saw 95 pupils primary excited. In all youngsters and their teachers from 12 schools were involved.

09 April: 2014 National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) Science Expo Week, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS outreachers Sarah Glover and Preeti Kaur presented 4 secondary lecture demonstrations to a total of 108 students from several schools as one part of this Maltese Science Festival. The festival was held at The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in Poala. The event is a week-long.

The schools seeing the lecture demonstrations on this third day were:  24 December School Libyan School (Year 10, 15), 24 December School Libyan School (Years 7-9, 40), St Theresa College Boys Secondary School (Form 4, 22) and St Thomas More College Boys Secondary School, Paola (Form 4, 31).

Event organiser Karl Agius reported ‘Once again your session has been ranked by schools as one of the best workshops we have during the expo.’

08 April: 2014 National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) Science Expo
Week, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS outreachers Sarah Glover and Preeti Kaur presented
two secondary lecture demonstrations to a total of 50 Form 1 students
from St Augustine's College as one part of this Maltese Science
Festival. The festival was held at The Malta College of Arts, Science
and Technology in  Poala. The event is a week long.

07 April: 2014 National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) Science Expo
Week, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS outreachers Sarah Glover and Preeti Kaur presented
one secondary lecture demonstration to 30 Form 4 students from St
Clare's College as one part of this Maltese Science Festival. The
festival was held at The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology
in  Poala. The event is a week long.

03 April: The Chemistry of the Arts Science Assembly, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison  presented a lecture demonstration for all 240 Year 9 students at the end of a ‘deep learning day’ on the arts

The event was co-sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol and a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty of the University of Bristol.

03 April: Lecture Demonstrations, Bristol Free School, Bristol

Tim Harrison gave two performances of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to a total audience in excess of 330 students plus 20 staff. The students, all in Years 7-9, enjoyed the performance as part of their Science Week.

The visit was partly sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

02 April: Synthesis CDT Chemistry Day for Invited Schools

45 Post 16 students from three schools spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS in a caffeine extraction workshop in the morning and lectures and tours in the afternoon.

Postgraduate Chemists Isabel Perez-Powell Steven Street gave talks on their research and Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration.

Pradip Songara took photographs during the day. These images will be available from here in due course. Gary Bradshaw and Tim Shuttleworth took the students on tours.

The students were helped in their practical work by CDT postgraduate Chemists Kelly Bass, Emma Blackham, Lisa Recnik, Ash Griffith, Giacomo Crisenza, Charlotte Boott, Andy Smith and Craig Buxton.

'Thanks for the opportunity to come down the chemistry labs this Wednesday. The year 12 students enjoyed the experience greatly. They were able to make use of equipment and techniques not accessible in the school laboratories and so they have increased their knowledge and confidence with their practical chemistry. The caffeine extraction practical gives them hands on experience of important techniques such as solvent extraction, vacuum filtration and rotary evaporation. They also conducted FTIR analysis and sample preparation, a useful introduction to this AS level topic, putting it in context will help the students understand and remember.'

'The talks by the postgraduates into their research is a very powerful way of linking some of the chemical concepts being learned at A-level to current advances in the subject.'  Head of Chemistry, Marling

A report from one of the schools can be found here.

The schools attending the event were: Marling School (Stroud), Corsham School (Wilts), Caerleon Comprehensive (Gwent) and Stratford upon Avon School (Wark).

The event was sponsored by the Centre for Doctoral (CDT) Synthesis at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

01 April: Haywood Academy, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs

Tim Harrison gave two performances of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 220 Year 7 students at the 11- 16 school in the Burslem area of Stoke.


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