CHeMneT Events SpringTerm 2015


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March

30 March: Visit by Mukogawa Women's University Junior & Senior High School, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS was visited by 7 Japanese Post 16 students for a caffeine extraction workshop morning as part of a full day visit to the University of Bristol. Tim Harrison supervised a visit organised by lecturer Steven Wedge from Mukogawa.

25 March: HEFCE Funded Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

42 Year 12 Chemistry students visited. the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for caffeine extraction day which will included an afternoon of talks and lecture demonstrations. The students were joined by 3 teachers and a science technician.

The schools participating include Malmesbury School (Wilts) and Bradon Forest (Swindon, Wilts). This day was for invited schools and sponsored through 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. The Chemistry postgraduates assisting the students in the labs were James Fothergill, Karl Wuge and Rose Willoughby. The session was led by Sarah Glover. James Fothergill gave a session on infra red spectroscopy, Stephen Street presented a lecturette on Drug research and Sarah Glover gave a performance of ' A Pollutant's Tale.

''Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit Bristol ChemLabs on Wednesday. The students absolutely loved the whole day and experiences they had. The practical session was really well organised. The students went from being hesitant and nervous to start with to super confident so quickly it was lovely to see. I particularly enjoyed the lecture from the postgraduate and feel inspired myself now. Finally the gases in the air lecture was great and a fabulous way to end the day. 'I know it was inspirational and enjoyable for all of us.' Senior Curriculum Leader (Science).

21 – 28 March, Lecture Demonstrations, NSTF Science Expo, Paola, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS was invited once more to give a series of lecture demonstrations to primary and secondary schools at the NSTSF sponsored National Science Week in Malta. This was the fourth consecutive year that representatives of Bristol ChemLabS presented at this festival. Tim Harrison and Postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith performed 11 lecture demonstrations to 312 students in Forms1 to 4. One show was seen by the Maltese Minister for Innovation.

The schools attending were: Our Lady Immaculate School (Form 3), Verdala International School (Form 1), St Augustine College (Form 2), St Benedict College Secondary School, Kirkop (Form 3), Kullegg St Margerita, Zejtun (Form 1), Maria Regina College Naxxar (Form 1), St Thomas More Secondary School Zejtun (Form 1), Mater Boni Consilii St Joseph School Paola (Form 2), Verdala International School (Form 3), St Thomas More Girls' Secondary School (Form 4) and St Bernard’s (Form 1). Bristol ChemLabS attendance was sponsored by portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

20 March: Lecture Demonstrations Day, Hereford Cathedral School, Herefordshire

Tim Harrison performed 2 planned and an impromptu lecture demonstrations for 500 students from Years 7-13 at the school during National Science and Engineering Week. One lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ was given to students in Years 7-9, a session on cryomaterials for students in Years 10,12 and 13, and ‘The Chemistry of Fragrances’ for students in Year 11. Bristol ChemLabS last visited the school 2 years ago.

18 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

31 Year 12 Chemists from St Bede’s Catholic College (Bristol) will make their inaugural Post 16 visit to Bristol ChemLabS. The students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine in the morning before joining the schools conference for National Science and Engineering Week.

18 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 6, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 30 Year 12 students from local schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this, their last visit, the students attend the scheduled Schools Chemistry Conference.

18 March: CHeMneT- RSC ChemNet Joint Afternoon Schools Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

An afternoon schools conference for 65 Year 12 students was held, which included some RSC ChemNet member students. All the other students were from a variety of state schools in, or near, Bristol. Steve Street gave a talk on ‘Sugar-based Anti-Cancer Drugs’. Stephen Hill discussed further applications of sugar chemistry in the lecture ‘The Sweet Smell of Success’. Tim Harrison gave the lecture demonstration ‘A Chemical Delight’ to complete the afternoon. This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

17 March: 'Gases in the Air' Lecture Demonstrations, Southgate School, Enfield, North London

As part of the local celebrations of National Science Week Tim Harrison performed the afternoon lecture demonstration for 200 Year 7 and 8 students and another for 200 Year 10 students.

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

Tim Harrison performed 'Gases in the Air' twice, the first show was for 180 Year 7 students from the school and the second time for 40 students and 20 staff from a nearby Waverley Special Needs School.

The third lecture of the morning was on ‘The Chemistry of Fragrances’ for a further 180 Year 9 students at the school as part of a programme of activities for National Science Week.

I would like to put in writing the conversation I had with you after your lectures on Monday morning. I was able to sit in for a few minutes on the fragrance one. 186 students were clearly very engaged by the material and by, if I may say so, the very interesting and confident delivery. Your lectures are a significant enhancement to our science education. Thank you very much for coming all the way from Bristol and for providing such a fascinating morning for hundreds of school students.’ Headteacher

13 March: Perfume Chemistry Workshop Day, Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford

Tim Harrison, and postgraduate Chemist Laura Totterdell, returned to the Oxfordshire secondary school to deliver a whole day workshop on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’ for 30 selected Year 10 students. The students learned about fragrances and had opportunity to produce a 30 ml bottle of their own unique fragrance.

13 March: Chemistry Demonstration Assembly, Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford, Oxon

Tim Harrison returned to the Oxfordshire secondary school to deliver an assembly on ‘Gases and Fragrance Chemistry’ to 120 Year 10 students and 6 teaching staff.

 ‘Oxford Spires Academy was delighted to welcome Tim Harrison, from Bristol University, to work with Year 10 students. His lecture to the year group on the chemistry of perfume was entertaining and informative. As it was a whole year group, the ability range was large, but he managed to keep the top students thinking while making clear basic chemical processes for those who struggle more in Science. Experiments were relevant as well as exciting – playing to a variety of student senses – and there was sufficient pace to get through key ideas before he continued to build on those in later workshops. He consolidated and worked on students’ prior learning as well as expanding that into new areas and introducing new ideas. His manner is as engaging as his subject matter – lively and humorous enough to keep the interest of everyone in the room. I was delighted to find myself in the lecture as an accompanying teacher and enjoyed the lecture along with my students. I imagine OSA students will retain what he presented not simply to their GCSE exams but well beyond those!’ Jackie Watson, Head of Sixth Form, Oxford Spires Academy

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

11 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

38 Year 12 boys from Radley College (Oxon) made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS for a caffeine extraction workshop in the morning with a talk and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. Steve Street gave a talk on aspects of the pharmaceutical research and Tim Harrison gave a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’. The postgraduate Chemistry demonstrators assisting the students in the laboratories were: Esther Townsend, Ikenna Ndukwe, Thomas Nunns and Alex Croot.

11 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 5, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 28 Year 12 students from local schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students performed an experiment involving uv-visible spectroscopy. The group also saw Tim Harrison give a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’. The postgraduate Chemistry demonstrators assisting the students in the laboratories were: Thomas Nunns, Amir Kasper and Alex Croot.

10-11 March: Chemistry Camp for Jersey School for Girls, Bristol ChemLabS

23 Year 12 students from the Channel Islands’ state school paid another visit to the School of Chemistry to take part in a condensed residential experience of laboratory work and lectures. The girls enjoyed an evening in lectures a laboratory day followed by a tour of the department which culminated in a lecture demonstration. The practical work included extracting caffeine from tea leaves and an exercise involving uv –visible spectroscopy. Tim Harrison gave a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’. The postgraduate Chemistry demonstrators assisting the students in the laboratories were: Rebecca Ingle, Amir Kasper, Thomas Nunns and Alex Croot.

10 March: Evening Schools Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

Two talks were presented at this open evening session attended by 26 Post 16 students. Steve Street gave a talk on aspects of the pharmaceutical industry and Tim Harrison gave a talk on perfume chemistry. This event is sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

09 March: Science Alive 2015, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong, China

Two, 2 hour workshop sessions for 71 students (12-15 years of age) and 7 teachers from several schools across Hong Kong were delivered by TIM Harrison, Alison Rivett and postgraduate Chemist James Fothergill. The workshops started with a short lecture demonstration using liquid nitrogen. The hands-on element involved a 3 station workshop involving the properties of polymers, rates of reactions and molecular fragrance chemistry model making.

Bristol ChemLabS was working with the British Council ( Hong Kong) and the Science Museum to deliver these sponsored events. The Bristol team were also sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.University of Bristol news item has more information and photos of the event.

04 March: Edexel Extended Practical Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

22 Year 13 students from Wellington School (Somerset) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories performing the synthesis component of their Edexcel coursework for Chemistry A level. This is an annual visit by the school.

The students also spent the afternoon on a spectroscopy tour which included sessions on NMR , UV Visible spectroscopy, GCMS and SEM. There was also a tour of the research laboratories.

Postgraduate or other research chemists assisting the students with their practical work or tours were: Sarah Glover, Rebecca Ingle, Thomas Farrugia, Jason Potticary, Tom Leman and Paul Lawrence.

04 March: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 4, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 28 Year 12 students from local schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students were synthesising the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their practical work were Montgomery, Claudio Greco and Sam Timson.

04 March: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

34 Year 12 students from Sherborne School (Dorset) spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS. They extracted caffeine from tea and enjoyed a series of talks and demonstrations on one of the school’s regular visits to Bristol ChemLabS. Sarah Glover gave the demonstration lecture and Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on protein films. Demonstrators assisting the students in the laboratories were : Amir Kasper, Anna Slatanova, Elizabeth Mould.

February

27 February: Science Club, Redland Green School, Bristol

Undergraduate Chemist Ben Gresham performed liquid nitrogen demonstrations to 14 students from Years 7-9. The event was sponsored by a HEFCE grant.​

27 February: Chemistry of Fragrances, St Joseph’s School, Launceston, Cornwall

Tim Harrison, assisted by Amir Kasper from Bristol ChemLabS revisited the now mixed 4-16 independent school to deliver a suite of activities. Harrison gave two, one hour talks on the chemistry of Fragrances to all 30 students in Year 10.

26 February: 'Fragrance Chemistry Lecture', Marlborough College, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon interactive lecture with 45 Year 9 students from the Wiltshire independent school.

25 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 3, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 22 Year 12 students from local schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students were increasing their knowledge of spectroscopy through tours and talks on MS, NMR, SEM and UV-VIS analytical techniques. Staff and postgraduate Chemists giving presentations were: Hannah Maple (NMR), James Fothergill (SEM), Thomas Farrugia (UV​-​VIS) and Tim Harrison (MS). The postgraduate Chemist acting a guides were: Rose Willoughby, Rebecca Ingle, Michelle Montgomery and Ash Griffin.

24 February: Lecture Demonstrations, Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School, Blackwood, Gwent

Tim Harrison performed two lecture demonstrations of the ever popular ‘Gases in the Air’ to 180+ students coming from Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 and to 10 teachers at Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School (Ysgol Gyfun Pontllanfraith). ‘Thank you so much for today. The kids loved it at all ages. They were totally engaged.’ Head of Chemistry The event was sponsored jointly by a grant from the Western Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC.

13 February: Lecture Demonstration, Chumleigh Community School, Chumleigh, Devon

Tim Harrison visited this school and performed the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 110 Year 9 and 20 Year 10 students during the afternoon of Friday 13th! This visit was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

13 February: Lecture Demonstration, South Molton School, Devon

Tim Harrison paid a second visit to this school and performed the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 230 Year 8 and 9 students in the gym during the morning of Friday 13th!

Tim’s lecture was a brilliant example of the ‘awe & wonder of science’ and why demonstrations are such an important part of maintaining children’s interest & curiosity in the subject. The audience were not only captivated for an hour of flashes, smoke & bangs, but key misconceptions and literacy were directly addressed in a powerful way! At the end, there was real buzz of excitement in the hall, I overheard a group of year 7 pupils (boys & girls) saying, ‘I really want to be a chemist, that was so cool!’ As the Adviser for Science in Devon, I look forward to seeing Tim in action in many more Devon schools, both Primary and Secondary, in the near future! The benefits are obvious and I would like to thank the University of Bristol Chemistry department and the RSC in providing such excellent outreach to our Devon schools. Thank you!’ Paul Brown, Adviser for Science in Devon

This visit was sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

12 February: Lecture Demonstration, South Molton Community College, South Molton, Devon

Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to all 110 Year 7 students at the school during the morning. This visit was sponsored by a small outreach grant by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

12 February: Lecture Demonstration, Maynard School, Exeter, Devon

Tim Harrison performed an extended version of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale to all 85 Year 7 and 8 students at the independent girls’ school during the afternoon. This visit was sponsored by a small outreach grant by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).​

11 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Course Session 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw approximately 29 Year 12 students from local schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS for a second time. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students be put their new found practical skills to use in dehydrating a cyclohexanol to 2-methylcyclohexene in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. The postgraduate chemists assisting their students were: Harriet Reid, Natasha Burgess and Ash Griffith.

11 February: Year 7 Chemistry Day for Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls, Bristol ChemLabS

54 Year 6 and 7 girls from the Welsh school spent the morning engaged in a circus of experiments to do with polymer chemistry. In an afternoon the enjoyed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ presented by Tim Harrison. This visit is now an annual event. ‘Thanks so much to you and all your staff- the girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and we haven’t been able to stop them talking about it’. Lead teacher. The postgraduate chemists assisting their students were: Michelle Montgomery, Matt Robinson, Rebecca Ingle, Amir Kaspar and James Fothergill.

11 February: SIAS Visit, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Bristol

There were 3 Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) sessions delivered to a total of 43 Year 12 students by postgraduate Chemists Tim Shuttleworth and Ikenna Ndukwe. For further information about the RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project enquires please visit http://www.rsc.org/sias .

06 February: ‘Gases in the Air’ Lecture Demonstrations, Caldicot School, Gwent

Tim Harrison performed two lecture demonstrations to a total of 120 Year 10 students at the Welsh school.

I would like to thank you on behalf of the staff and pupils of Caldicot School that attended your gases in the air demonstration. The material was interesting to the pupils who really enjoyed seeing gases shown in such a way and experiencing their properties so close up. Gases in the air is part of the WJEC core science module so not only was the subject matter interesting but also highly relevant to the pupils. Staff also enjoyed the talk and were all pleased that you continually reinforced the care needed when using scientific words to ensure that the sometimes subtle differences to pupils (for example see through and colourless) are correctly expressed when describing observations. Also your references to the quality of examination answers were appreciated as it is always helpful if our inevitable “white noise” is occasionally heard!’ Organising Teacher.

The lectures were sponsored by the Western Region of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Analytical Division. (WRAD).

05 February: School Protein Workshop, Brislington Enterprise College (BEC), Bristol

Postgraduate Chemist Chris Wood led a second morning workshop for another class of 20 Year 10 students at this local school. He revealed the mysteries of protein structure via an introductory lecturette (with demonstrations) before using a protein structure-determining game and a modelling session. The students learnt something of the about the vast variety of proteins and their roles, how they work and of their structure and size. The event is sponsored by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) grants.

04 February: Access to Bristol Chemistry Programme Session 1, Bristol ChemLabS

27 Year 12 Chemists, all of which wish to read a chemistry degree, attended the first of several Wednesday afternoon sessions at Bristol ChemLabS. The group got used to the Teaching laboratories environment by spending the afternoon extracting caffeine from tea leaves. The session also involved infra-red spectroscopy. The Year 12 Chemists were assisted by the following Postgraduate Chemists: Claudio Greco, Thomas Nunns, and Elizabeth Mould.

Students from the following schools are registered on this course: Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Chipping Sodbury School, Clevedon School, Colston's Girls' School, Gordano Academy Sixth Form, Gordano School, Hanham Woods Academy, Hayesfield Girls School, Katharine Lady Berkeley's School, Malmesbury School, Midsomer Norton Sixth Form, North Bristol Post 16 Centre, Norton Hill School, Patchway Community College, Redland Green School, Sheldon School, St Bede's Catholic College, St Brendans Sixth Form College, The Castle School, The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy and Weston College.

04 February: Caffeine Extraction, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

18 Year 12 Chemistry students from Sidcot School spent the morning in the School of Chemistry extracting caffeine from tea leaves and the afternoon enjoying series of talks and lecture demonstrations. Postgraduate Chemists Steven Street gave a talk on drugs chemistry and Sarah Glover performed a lecture demonstration.

Thankyou for another very worthwhile day at the chemistry department. The caffeine practical went very smoothly and was well supervised by your students. The afternoon lectures were both good, the first speakers description of his academic career was particularly informative for our students.’ Lead Teacher

Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Tom Carvell, Rose Willoughby and Anna Slastanova.

04 February: Benzocaine Synthesis Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

27 Year 12 and 13 students from Hayden School (Pinner, London) visited the School of Chemistry on their annual visit to perform a benzocaine synthesis in the morning and for lectures, talks and demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemists Steven Street gave a talk on drugs chemistry and Sarah Glover performed a lecture demonstration. Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Liam MacFarlane and Steven Street.

January

30 January: Lecture Demonstration, Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Tim Harrison gave a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’ to 30 of the top set of Year 10 students at the school. The visit was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

30 January: Post 16 Fragrance Chemistry Talks, Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Tim Harrison gave two, 30 minute talks on Fragrance Chemistry to a total of 25 Post 16 students. The visit was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.​

28 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

55 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 its analysis. The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Yaoyang Hu, Liam MacFarlane, Tom Carvell, Philip Coulter, Jessica Bonham and Ash Griffith.

23 January: Spectroscopy In A Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Malmesbury School, Wilts

5 members of the School of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS) delivered two sessions of spectroscopy to two classes of Post 16 students at this science college. Around 25 school students were involved. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

23 January: RSC Lecture Demonstration Tour 1, Combe Dean School, Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison gave two morning performances of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to a total of 320 students (160 Year 9 and 160 Year 10) at the school.The event was part of a two day tour of Devon sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

23 January: RSC Lecture Demonstration Tour 1, Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Brixham, Devon

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon performances of the lecture demonstration Gases in the Air’ to 170 Year 7 students at this state school.The event was part of a two day tour of Devon sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

18-22 January: SIAS Visit, Petroc College, Barnstaple, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) equipment was again in use at the Post 16 college. On this occasion 4 new groups, totalling 90 students, were able to use the kit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

22 January: RSC Lecture Demonstration Tour 1, Ivybridge Community College, Devon

Tim Harrison gave a morning performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 170 of the most able of the 400 Year 7 students at the second biggest school in Devon. The event was part of a two day tour of Devon sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

22 January: RSC Lecture Demonstration Tour 1, Plymouth UTC, Devon

Tim Harrison gave two afternoon performances of lecture demonstrations at the 200 student 15-18 University Technical College (UTC). 85 Year 10 students were entertained with the ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture demonstration whilst 85 Year 11 students revised aspects of their GCSE during a performance of ‘A Pollutant’s tale’. The event was part of a two day tour of Devon sponsored by a small outreach grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

21 January: The RSC’s TOTB Competition 2015, Bristol ChemLabS

The Top of the Bench (TOTB) competition is for 14 - 16 year old students studying chemistry. Royal Society of Chemistry Local Sections run heats during the autumn term to select a team to represent the section in the UK final the following year. The 12 teams of 4 students (2 x Y9, 1 xY10 and 1x Y11) attempted 3 practical exercises and a quiz during the 2.5 hours of practical time. After a lecture demonstration presented by Tim Harrison the results were announced to the 48 students and 12 teachers.

The team representing the RSC’s Bristol and District region at the national finals in Loughborough University were Sidcot School. Blundell’s School came second and Sherborne School third. The Postgraduate Chemists acting as judges were: Preeti Kaur, Steph Flynn, Ash Griffith and Amir Kaspar. The schools attending were: King Edward’s School (Bath), Wells Cathedral School, Bristol Grammar School, Wycliffe College (Stroud), Marling School (Stroud), Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Blundell’s School, Sidcot School, Sir Thomas Rich’s School (Gloucs), Oldfield School (Bath) and Sherborne School (Dorset).

14 January: Open Laboratory Morning for Sir Thomas Rich’s School (Gloucester), Bristol ChemLabS

30 Year 12 students from the Gloucestershire academy extracted caffeine from tea leaves in the morning visit. The students finished with a short tour of the department.

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratories were Rebecca Ingles, Claudio Greco and Ester Townsend.

13 January: Christmas Lecture Demonstration, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison performed a GCSE revision lecture demonstration ‘A Chemical Delight?’ to 220 students in Year 11 at the Specialist Science College during a two day visit to the school. This event was subsidised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

08-09 January: Christmas Lectures 2015, St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with the school to deliver 6 Christmas lecture demonstrations across two days for Key Stage 3 students and visiting primary school pupils from the region. Alison Rivett delivered the ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture on the first day to all 184Year 9 students. On the following day Tim Harrison performed the lecture to all 175 Year 8 students.

07- 08 January: The Highfield School Two-Day Chemistry Winter School, Bristol ChemLabS

17 Year 12 Chemistry students from The Highfield School, a science college in Letchworth Garden City (Herts) spend two days at the School of Chemistry engaged in practical work, lectures, demonstration, talks and tours. The students first day saw them start the day in some warm up exercises in the Teaching Laboratory before enjoying a lecture demonstration from Tim Harrison. In the afternoon the students extracted caffeine from tea leaves and took a tour of the department before listening to a lecture on protein chemistry given by Postgraduate Chemist Thomas Farrugia.

The second day started with a short talk on spectroscopy followed by the synthesis of the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. The afternoon session was a session on ultraviolet spectroscopy before departure.

Over the two days the Postgraduate Chemists assisting the school students with their practical work were: James Fothergill, Esther Townsend and Jessica Bonham.

07 January: RSC Analytical Regional Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

The 2015 heats for the RSC’s Western Region Analytical Division (WRAD) saw 13 schools compete in a day-long session to select a team to represent the WRAD in the UK finals in Aberdeen. The teams of 3x Year 12 students tackled a wide range of practical tasks. Whilst the judges marked the scripts the 39 students were entertained by a Chemistry lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison. The Postgraduate Chemists acting as judges were Ash Griffin, Amir Kaspar, Stephanie Flynn, Michelle Montgomery. Alison Rivett also assisted with supervision.

The winning team came from Blundell’s School and the runners up were from Exeter School and Cheltenham Ladies College third.

King Edward’s School (Bath), Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon), Wells Cathedral School (Somerset), Bristol Grammar School, Wycliffe College (Gloucs,) Colston's School (Bristol), Cheltenham College (Gloucs), Blundell’s School (Devon), Sidcot School and Sir Thomas Rich’s School (Gloucs).


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