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December

16 December: Schools Christmas Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

An afternoon of talks and lecture demonstrations took place in the School of Chemistry for 220 students from years 11-13 from 8 schools in the region. Tim Harrison (Bristol) started the proceedings with a talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’. This was followed by PhD Chemist Thomas Farrugia (Bristol) who spoke on ‘Protein Films’. After a refreshments break for mince pies and a drink Nick Barker (Warwick), aided by Tim Harrison, gave the lecture demonstration entitled ‘Room with a Boom’.

The schools attending were: Downend School (Bristol, 19), Katherine Lady Berkeley's School (Gloucs, 42), Bishop Wordworth's School (Wilts, 53), Cotham School (Bristol,50), Wellsway School Keynsham, 25), Colston's Girls School (Bristol, 3), Castle School (South Gloucs, 16) and Rednock School (Gloucs, 12). Approximately 16 teachers were also in attendance.

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

16 December: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

12 senior students (mixed Year 11 and 12) from Rednock School (Gloucs) and 16 Year 12 students from Castle School (Thornbury, S. Gloucs) made their annual visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for a morning of caffeine extraction and to join in with the Christmas Chemistry Conference.

14-18 December: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Petroc College, Tiverton, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was delivered and collected by Bristol ChemLabS as part of an annual outreach engagement with this Post 16 Devonian college.

 ‘The SIAS was awesome and well received by all of our A2 students. Approximately 80 students used the kit over the 5 days (about 3 sessions per day).’ Organising Chemistry Teacher

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project is sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). More information can be found here.

10 December: Chemistry Schools Conference, Marlborough College, Wilts

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ hosted by the college for students in Years 6-9 and for 360 students and 10 teachers from five local schools. The schools included St Francis (Pewsey, Wilts), Marlborough College, Swindon Academy, Cheam School (Headley, Hants) and Commonweal Academy (Swindon).

Thanks for the fabulous lecture this afternoon at Marlborough College our students as well as myself and my colleague really enjoyed it. The students were all incredibly engaged and talked about it all the way back in the minibus. I am sure it has given them even more inspiration and aspiration for their futures in science.’ Teacher, Commonweal Academy

This event was sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under a project called National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).

03 December: SIAS Visit, Strode College, Street, Somerset

Postgraduate Chemists Richard Booth and Steph Flynn, ran two spectroscopy workshops with a total of 32 BTEC and Year 13 Chemistry students. The workshops used the RSC Spectroscopy in a Suitcase equipment. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

03 December: Lecture Demonstrations, Benenden School, Cranbrook, Kent

Tim Harrison was invited to give two lecture demonstrations at this independent girls’ school as part of a Chemistry at Work day, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Over 200 students from Year 9 to Year 13 students saw the talk ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’. The 10 Kentish schools present were: Tonbridge, Steiners Academy, High-Worth Grammar School, High Wield Academy, Benenden School, Archbishop School, Beechwood Sacred School, Chatham Girls’ Sixth Form College and Cornwallis Academy.​

02 December: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

16 Year 11 students from Exeter School and 9 Year 12s from Commonweal School (Swindon) revisited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine from tea bags in the morning and to enjoy a series of lectures and demonstrations in the afternoon. Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on his research into protein films and Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration on Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change (’A Pollutant’s Tale’). The students were assisted in the lab by postgraduate and postdoctoral Chemists Ash Griffin, Steph Flynn and Emma Blackham. Undergraduate student Laura McCarthy was also in attendance.

November

November

27 November: Lecture Demonstrations, Butler High School, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison, aided by Dr Magda Wajrak (Edith Cowan University (ECU)) gave two presentations of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 170 students from Years 8-10 and 12 members of staff at the High School. This was the second visit to the school in two years. The event was sponsored by ECU and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

26 November: Chemistry at Work Lecture Demonstration, Matravers School, Westbury, Wilts

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 56 Year 9 students from 4 Wiltshire schools.

‘I just wanted to drop you an email to say a huge thank you for your support last Thursday, it was a brilliant day! Looking at feedback the event has been a huge success, coming in overall with a 3.8 out of 5 rating from the students and 4.1 from the teachers, which is excellent!’ Organiser.

Students from the following schools took part: Matravers School, St Augustine’s Catholic School, The John of Gaunt School and The Stonehenge School. Bristol ChemLabS worked again with Catalyst Learning and Communication Ltd in the organisation of this event.

26 November: Science Visit to Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol

Postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffin took a team comprising Pete Duckworth and Harriet Reid to deliver chemistry outreach to the local children’s hospital. Bristol ChemLabS is a regular visitor to the hospitalised students there. The 12 students aged 6-15 were treated to a half hour demo lecture involving glowsticks, thermochromatic paint, dry ice, sublimation and liquid nitrogen demonstrations. The students then had a hands-on experience with slime experimentation and the thermoplastic plastic moulding. The event is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

26 November: Lecture Demonstration, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for 350 secondary and primary school students from Years 6 to 8 and 21 teachers and 8 senior academic staff as part of the ‘Old Ways, New Ways’ event at ECU. This project is a widening participation programme to inspire aboriginal students. The lecture was introduced by Jason Barrow (ITAS Coordinator and Cultural Awareness Officer) before brief speeches by Prof Ron Oliver DVC for Teaching and Learning and Prof Peter Klinken Science Advisor for Western Australia. Prof Jon Finlay-Jones DVC Research, Prof Colleen Hayward PVC Equity and Indigenous were also present.

I was one of the lucky students to attend your presentation. I was paying attention the whole time and I thought that your presentation was very inspiring. We started learning about chemistry at school a few weeks ago and I have been making lots of notes and talking to my father about what I've been learning. Chemistry is really interesting. You also had some awesome demonstrations. I particularly liked the liquid nitrogen tank, and how you hammered the nails into the wood with a frozen banana. Changing the properties of an object to do new things is really cool.’ Year 7 student.

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Dr Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University in delivering this part of the outreach program. The event was jointly sponsored by a Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP) grant (ECU) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol. The schools attending were: Girrawheen SHS. Balga SHS, Balga Primary, Merriwa Primary and Joseph Banks.

20 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Sir Thomas Rich's School, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Gloucestershire school by the postgraduate Chemists Tim Shuttleworth and Ash Griffin. Around 60 Year 13 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the 3 sessions given during the day. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

18 November: ‘Chemistry Day’ Lecture, Gordano School, Portishead, Somerset

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ at this event at a local school. The 'Guest Lecture for Gordano Chemistry Department’ and was well received by 20 Year 13, 10 Year 12 and 6 Year 11 students. The event is to be sponsored by the Bristol and district branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

17 November: HEFCE Sponsored Lecture Demonstrations, Warminster School, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave two lecture demonstrations at the Wiltshire boarding school during the afternoon. 180 students in Years 8, 9 and 10 and 6 teachers saw the lecture ‘Gases in the Air’. This was followed by a performance of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 90 Year 11 students and 5 teachers. The talks were given as part of National Chemistry Week.

Tim’s lectures raised the profile of Chemistry within the school in a big way, supporting and complimenting the work we do here as chemistry teachers. Having had other equally eminent speakers previously, this was the first event of its kind and on a scale the pupils had not previously witnessed or experienced. Indeed, most year group pupils were released from other academic lessons in order to attend this high profile event given by a chemist and demonstrator of such high and international reputation. ……. The lecture demonstrations were not only fascinating in looking at the gases on planets and on Earth and the properties of each, but also for the more advanced students delved into atmospheric and global change chemistry and the future. Tim wonderfully cross-linked his talks with relevant aspects of Biology and Physics, very important for young and aspiring science students, and he was humorous in delivery. He expertly pitched the tone and level with each group and gave perfectly timed examples and illustrations that matched studies made in recent classes and school lessons……..

All pupils and staff attending were enthralled and the practical demonstrations and audience participation, excited and, ‘rocked the hall’. We look forward to a return in the future and to visits to Bristol University ChemLabS.’ Head of Science

This event was sponsored by a Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) grant for widening participation and to promote, and deliver, outreach activities through the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) project.

16 November: SIAS Visit, Torquay Girls Grammar School, Devon

A team from Bristol ChemLabS, led by Tim Shuttleworth, worked with two groups of Year 13 Chemistry students. A total of 30 Post 16 students at the school made use of the equipment. The visit was part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) project. For more information on the SIAS project please see here

16 November: HEFCE Funded Lecture Demonstration, Yeovil College, Somerset

Tim Harrison performed two of the ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture demonstrations for a total of 87 students and 12 staff from 4 schools. The schools and colleges involved were: Yeovil College (15 BTEC and 12 AS level Year 12s, Colefox School (15 Year 7 and 8), Preston School (30 Year 9) and Wadham School (15 Year 10). Bristol ChemLabS was working with local Chemist Dr Joanne Clare in the organisation of this event.

This event is sponsored by a Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) grant for widening participation and to promote, and deliver, outreach activities through the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) project.

11 November: Bristol Chemical Synthesis CDT Sponsored Chemistry Day for Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

62 Year 12 students from five schools from the South West of England spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS involved in laboratory work and lectures. The students started their day by extracting caffeine from tea leaves and analysing the product by infra-red spectroscopy. In the afternoon there were talks given by Postgraduate Chemists Krishna Mistry (‘Frustrated Lewis Pairs used as Catalysts’) and Horatio He (‘My PhD Story and My PhD Project’) before Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’.

 ‘Just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. The girls had a really great time - really informative and useful as well as being thoroughly enjoyable.’ Teacher

The schools attending were: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) School (Bristol), Redland High School (Bristol), St Brendon’s Sixth from College (Bristol), Richard Huish College (Somerset) and UTC Plymouth (Devon).​ The postgraduate chemists from CDT Synthesis aiding the students with their practical work were: Kate Porter Goff, Jess Hill, Krishna Mistry, Horatio He, Matt Harper, Paul Walker, David Heard and Alistair Scott. These in turn were assisted by Steph Flynn. The visit was sponsored by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis.

10 November: RSC Lecture Demonstrations, Humphrey Davy School, Penzance, Cornwall

During the week prior to National Chemistry celebrations. Tim Harrison spent a day on tour in Cornwall working with this secondary schools. Three secondary versions of ‘Gases in the Air’ will be delivered to this school during the day to a total of 360 Year 7, 8 and 9 and a total of 15 teaching staff during the morning.

The event was partly sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant: ‘Chemistry Demonstration Lectures for Geographically Remote Schools (Devon and Cornwall)’ and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

09-13 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Exeter School, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was with this 11-18 school so that 36 of the 45 Year 12 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

06 November: RSC Lecture Demonstrations Tour, Plymouth High School for Girls, Plymouth, Devon

In a second visit to the south-west peninsula Tim Harrison worked with Plymouth High School for Girls to deliver a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 attentive Year 9 students, 12 Post 16 students, 30 Year 7 and 8 members of staff during the late afternoon. The event is partly sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant: ‘Chemistry Demonstration Lectures for Geographically Remote Schools (Devon and Cornwall)’.

06 November: RSC Lecture Demonstrations Tour, Ridgeway School, Plymouth, Devon

In a second visit to the south-west peninsula Tim Harrison worked with Ridgeway School to deliver a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’ to 120 attentive Year 8 students and 8 members of staff during the morning.

Thanks again for Friday’s show. The students were absolutely stunned by what they saw and learned! The show was engaging, exciting and helped students to visualise areas of the chemistry curriculum that they don’t usually get to see. We have recorded the show and will be using areas of it when we revisit the periodic table later this year. We will also be able to use the content of the show when discussing chemical and physical changes. A lot of the content you discussed will be revisited in year 9 when students look and patterns and trends in the periodic table and types of bonding. The show brought many aspects of the science curriculum for year 8-10 together and gave it a context. A huge thank you for a very inspiring session.’ Head of Science, Ridgeway School.

The event is partly sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant: ‘Chemistry Demonstration Lectures for Geographically Remote Schools (Devon and Cornwall)’.

04 November: Caffeine Extraction Day, Open laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

10 Year 12 students from Wycliffe College (Gloucs) spent the morning in The Undergraduate Teaching laboratories. In the afternoon a talk on Protein Films was given by Postgraduate Chemist Thomas Farrugia and a talk on Climate Change was given by Tim Harrison. Postgraduate Chemists Steph Flynn and Richard Booth helped the students with the practical work.

03 November: Schools Conference Morning, Cheltenham Ladies College, Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS, working with the Bristol and District Branch of the RSC and CLC, organised the annual schools conference for students in Years 10-13 in Gloucestershire. Around 190 students and 23 teachers were present for the talks: ‘The Chemistry of Fragrances’ (Tim Harrison, Bristol), 'Sugars, drugs and nanoholes' on the topic of nanochemistry (Postgraduate Chemist Abi Coveny, Bristol) and the lecture demonstration "Give Me Strength" which is the chemistry of the energy sources in our lives (Nick Barker, Warwick).

The morning session provided an excellent opportunity for students to be introduced to some real life applications of the chemistry they are learning in class. Feedback from teachers from Balcarras, Chosen Hill, Kings and St Brendans was really positive. They all said they will certainly come again if it is run again next year.’

 ‘The session from Bristol Uni really provided an excellent insight into the progress that one can make through a university career and helped students to recognise that a degree in Chemistry can be a valuable route into a range of scientific disciplines and careers.’ Head of Chemistry at CLC.

 ‘Great to attend the conference today it has inspired our students with lots of positive comments afterwards.’ Head of Chemistry, St Brendan’s College.

Schools attending: All Saints' Academy (Gloucs), Hartpury College (Gloucs), Chosen Hill School (Gloucs), Barnwood Park School (Gloucs), Balcarras School (Gloucs), St Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Bristol) and the Kings School Gloucester. This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant’ from the Royal Society of Chemistry and from the Bristol and District branch of the RSC.

October

21 October: Benzocaine Synthesis, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

18 Year 13 Chemistry students from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to synthesise the solid anaesthetic benzocaine during the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. The students heard a short lecture by Postgraduate Chemist Thomas Farrugia on his research into ‘Protein Films’ and Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Hariet Reid, presented a talk on ‘Gases in the Air’. In the labs Postgraduate demonstrators assisting the students with their work were Sarah Glover and Emma Liddle.

20 October: Lecture Demonstration, Marylebone School for Girls, Central London

Tim Harrison was working with former postgraduate Chemist Jane Fletcher, now Head of Chemistry, to deliver the lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ to 130 Year 9 girls during the afternoon. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

20 October: Lecture Demonstration, ISSP STEM Day, Wellington College, Berks

Tim Harrison returned for the seventh year to deliver the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to 100 Year 9 G&T students from local state schools in the Christopher Lee Theatre at the Berkshire school. The Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) STEM Day is a 2 day event run each October.

The Surrey Heath Schools present were: Collingwood, Tomlinscote, Kings International and Winston Churchill. The Wokingham Schools present were: Bulmershe, Emmbrook, Holt, Piggott, Waingels College and Oakbank.

16 October: RSC Lecture Demonstration, Plymstock School, Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison visited this Plymouth School to deliver the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to a group of 110 Year 11 students during the afternoon. 16 Post 16 students and 8 teachers also squeezed in to an overflowing lecture theatre. The event was partly sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant: ‘Chemistry Demonstration Lectures for Geographically Remote Schools (Devon and Cornwall)’.

16 October: RSC Lecture Demonstrations Tour, Devon

In the first of his visits to the peninsula where Tim Harrison will be working with secondary and primary schools he visited Coombe Dean School (Plymouth) where he delivered two ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture demonstrations. In the first of the two, 190 very excited Year 7 students and 20 Post 16 science students watched; this was followed by 180 Year 9 students. Additionally 16 science and English teachers saw the performances.

Once again, Tim, thank you very much indeed for the lectures this morning. There was a lot of chat about them in the dining hall at lunchtime, always a good sign. I ….. hope to see you again soon. There will be an article in the school newsletter- I'll send you a copy when it is published’. Deputy Head

An article about the visit in the school magazine can be found here

The event is partly sponsored by a Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grant: ‘Chemistry Demonstration Lectures for Geographically Remote Schools (Devon and Cornwall)’ and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

15 October: Lecture Demonstrations at King’s College Taunton, Somerset

Tim Harrison performed two lecture demonstrations at the Somerset college during the college’s Science Festival celebrations to 305 students. Bristol ChemLabS also provided chemistry workshops a few days ago. Schools attending were: King’s College Taunton and Exeter Cathedral. The lecture demonstrations are sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

14 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

32 Year 12 Chemistry students from Exeter School (Devon), 4 Year 13 students from Beaufort School (Gloucs) and 13 Year 12 from Plymouth High School for Girls visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to synthesise benzocaine during the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Steve Street gave a talk about his research into ‘Sugar-Based Anti-Cancer Drugs’ and Tim Harrison presented a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’. The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were: Jessica Bonham, Sarah Glover, Ikenna Ndukwe and Michelle Montgomery. This event is partly sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol

13 October: Wycliffe College STEM Day, Stroud, Gloucs

Tim Harrison performed the demonstration ‘A Chemical Delight’ to all 500 students in Years 7-11 at the Cotswold-based school as part of a STEM subject celebration day.

13 October: Science Festival, The Kings School, Taunton, Somerset

Alison Rivett took over morning Assembly and kicked off this Somerset independent school's inaugural Science Festival week with some explosive demonstrations for all 460 Year 9 -13 students in the imposing surroundings of the school's Chapel.

12 October: Science Demonstration Lectures, The Dean Academy, Lydney, Gloucs

Tim Harrison gave 2 performances of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to a total of 360 students in Years 8, 9 and 10 at the school as part of a science enrichment day. This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

08 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester

Tim Harrison gave the annual afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' for all 120 highly excited Year 7 girls at the school. The lecture demonstration was followed by a talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’ for the after school Science Club which saw the 25 students in Years 9-13 all enjoy an olfactory experience.

‘Perfume Chemistry’ was an entertaining and interactive presentation that the pupils found interesting and fun. The Chemistry content was accessible to a wide range of age groups and we had Year 9 to Year 13 pupils present. The presentation was thought provoking as many pupils asked thoughtful questions at the end and the next day. It really helps our uptake of A Level Chemistry as Mr Tim Harrison reinforces our ethos in Chemistry at Ribston Hall High School; that Chemistry is a challenging, interesting and exciting subject. Pupils really appreciated the hands on nature of the lecture and Mr Harrison’s friendly and humorous demeanour.’ Head of Chemistry.

The event was sponsored by a Widening Participation Grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

07 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

36 Year 13 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning only in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories synthesising the solid anaesthetic benzocaine in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their work were Sarah Glover, Ash Griffin, Ikenna Ndukwe and Steph Flynn.

05 October: SIAS Visit, Downend School, Downend, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this school by STEM Ambassadors led by Tim Shuttleworth to give a workshop on spectroscopy to 9 A Level students and 2 Level 3 BTEC Forensic Science students. This was the first such visit to this school. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see http://www.rsc.org/sias.

05 October: 'Gases in the Air' Lecture Demonstrations, Chew Valley School, Somerset

Tim Harrison performed 2 lecture demonstrations for a total of 400 students in Years 8 and 10 and 20 teachers during an afternoon visit. Bristol ChemLabS was working with teacher Craig Brown in delivering this event.

Tim Harrison provided two lectures during the afternoon, based on the gases in our air. Tim expertly guided the students through helium and hydrogen (loud bangs and shrieks here). Then there was liquid nitrogen and its effect on rubber tubing and on lab gloves, as well as a fantastic ‘nitrogen shower’ for Tim himself! Next was dry ice and exposure of the myth of Harry Potter-style Chemistry. The lectures were delivered to a total of 400 enraptured students and 20 staff. Tim’s ability to both amuse and educate meant that they were able to see and appreciate the appliance of Chemistry beyond the school laboratory. I have no doubt that our students have been inspired and would like to thank the sponsors for their financial support. There is a news story about the lectures (with associated pictures) on www.chewvalleyschool.co.uk’ Chemistry Teacher. A report from the school can be found here

The talk was sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under a project called National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).​

September

24 September: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Finborough School, Great Finborough, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Tim Harrison performed a series of 5 one hour lecture demonstrations on ‘Gases in the Air’ to over 300 students from Years 5-13 at this small independent school. Bristol ChemLabS was working with teacher Dr Phyllis Fiadzomor, a former Bristol Chemistry STEM Ambassador.

Wow, I learnt so much this morning! What an amazing experience for our pupils I am sure that will have inspired a new round of scientists!’ The Proprieter

We would like to extend a massive thanks to Tim for providing us with such an inspiring day and I have a feeling that we have started the next generation of budding scientists on their exciting journey!’ Head of Science.

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

23 September: Synthesis Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

21 Year 12 and 13 students from Leweston School (Dorset) made their biannual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to synthesize benzocaine in the morning and to attend talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street presented a talk on ‘Sugar Based Anti- Cancer Drugs’ and Tim Harrison presented ‘A Pollutant’s tale’.

Thank you so much for the Synthesis day on the 23rd September. I had so much positive feedback from students, parents and the new head. The majority of the groups with the help of highly supportive team of post graduates managed to complete the task and acquired valuable skills, some at the beginning of their A levels. Students found both talks interesting and were particularly enjoyed your demonstrations.’ Head of Chemistry

The postgraduates helping the students in the laboratory were: Steph Flynn, Ash Griffin, Steph Flynn, Phillip Coulter and Emma Liddle.

22 September: Lecture Demonstration, St Mary's School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 170 girls in Years 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13 at the Wiltshire boarding school.

I wanted to thank you once again for a lively, informative and inspiring talk you gave to the girls in Years 7 to 9. Coming out of the hall, they could not stop talking about the demonstrations which were superb and very engaging. You have clearly inspired the girls and have made them think about science in a completely new way. I have no doubt that the girls will remember this afternoon for a very long time indeed.’ Deputy Headteacher

More information is available on the school website.

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants from the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

22 September: Lecture Demonstration, Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to a group of 130 Year 11 boys during the morning.

Just a brief email to say a massive ‘thank you’ for the talk on Tuesday. It was absolutely fab and when a group of boys were asked later in the day what they had thought of the talk their response was simply ‘awesome’! Head of Chemistry.

This event was sponsored by a Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) grant for widening participation and to promote, and deliver, outreach activities through the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) project.  

21 September: Lecture Demonstrations, Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave three performances of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 470 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 and 20 teachers at this 11-16 state secondary school. Bristol ChemLabS was working with the new Head of Science/Chemistry Graham Dakin, a former Chemistry graduate of the University of Bristol. This event is sponsored by a Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) grant for widening participation and to promote, and deliver, outreach activities through the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) project.

10-18 September: Annual Spectroscopy Tours, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemists guided around 350 students and 25 teachers through the School of Chemistry to see a range of talks regarding various spectroscopy techniques. The 5x twenty minute sessions, plus introduction talk, per half day included the following: infra-red (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The talks were given by a mixture of academics, postgraduates, technicians and teaching fellows. 11 half day sessions were delivered for students from Gloucestershire, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol.

Thanks for a BRILLIANT afternoon. Really excellent. Kids full of beans afterwards.’ Accompanying Teacher, Rendcomb College.

Years 13 students from the following schools took part: Rendcomb College (Gloucs), Kingswood School (Bath), St Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Bristol), Katharine Lady Berkeley's School (Gloucs), Kings College (Taunton), Blundell’s School (Devon), Cheltenham College (Gloucs), Colston's Girls School (Bristol), Yeovil College (Somerset), Sherborne Girls (Dorset) and Kings School Bruton (Somerset). Among the Chemistry postgraduates acting as guides were: Steph Flynn, Sam Briggs, Sarah Glover, Rose Willoughby, Ikenna Ndukwee, Alice Charteris, Risa Nofani and Jessica Bonham. The events were sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

14 September: Lecture Demonstration, Aiming Higher Day, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover delivered the ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture demonstration to 40 Year 11 students and 2 teachers from Torquay Girls Grammar School (Devon) who were visiting the university as part of a ‘taster day’. The event was being organised and sponsored by the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol.


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