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December

14 December: Lecture Demonstration, Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison revisited this Salisbury school to give a lecture demonstration on the ‘Gases in the Air’ to 220 Year 11 students and 5 teachers at the school during the morning.

Thank you for a terrific session yesterday. I asked my year 11 group today for their views and they were (as I would have expected) incredibly positive. They were expecting a lecture (which they suggested gave the impression of being not so interesting) and they were then incredibly pleased when they found out that it ‘wasn’t just like any other normal lecture’. They said that what you said was engaging and very helpful as they approach their GCSE examinations.’ Emma Baker (Head of Chemistry)

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

07 December: Schools' Christmas Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual Christmas conference saw 200 students (Years 10 and 12) and teachers enjoy a series of 3 lectures: ‘Perfume Chemistry’, Tim Harrison (Bristol), ‘Protein Films’, Thomas Farrugia (Bristol) and the lecture demonstration, 'Kitchen Chemistry: 2nd Course’, Dr Stephen Ashworth (University of East Anglia). They also enjoyed nearly 300 mince pies!

The schools attending were: Downend School (Bristol, 22), King's College, Taunton (16), Kingsbridge Community College (Devon, 27), The Bourne Academy (Bournemouth, 9), Bideford College (Devon, 12), Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School (Gloucs, 41), Blundell's School (Devon, 21), The Commonweal School (Swindon, 21) and Yeovil College (Somerset, 12).

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

07 December: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

21 Year 12 students from Blundell's School (Devon) spent the morning working in the School of Chemistry's Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and enjoying the Chemistry conference in the afternoon. The postgraduates assisting the students in the laboratories were Claudio Greco, Steve Street and Harriet Reid.

05 December Science Demonstration Lecture, Winterbourne International Academy, Yate, S. Gloucs

Alison Rivett delivered the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 300 Year 7 students at this comprehensive school in South Gloucestershire. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Becky Huffee in the organisation of this event.

Thanks so much for supporting our science festival we were thrilled with all of our contributors as were the students. The lecture that Alison was outstanding and the students loved it. Alison was exceptional at demonstrating and managing the excitement of the students which is no small feat with over 300 students in an auditorium. The feedback we had from the students was extremely positive.’ Organising Teacher.

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

05 December: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Cotham School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemists Tom Burnham and Lexy Miles-Hobson so that 32 Post 16 students, in multiple sessions, had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

November

30 November: Visit to the School of Chemistry, Bristol ChemLabS, Bristol

39 Year 11 students from Marlborough College visited the School of Chemistry where they had tours of the department and a presentation on IR spectroscopy. The postgraduate chemists looking after the school students were: Emma Liddle, Sam Briggs, Lina Mohamed, Tom Burnham and Natalie Pridmore.​

29 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Kings of Wessex Academy, Somerset

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this regional school by postgraduate Chemists Tom Burnham and Richard Booth so that 30 Post 16 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during 2 hour long sessions. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

29 November: Lecture Demonstration, Bridgwater College, Somerset

Emma Liddle delivered the lecture demonstration entitled 'A Pollutant's Tale' in the McMillan Theatre for a group of 125 Year 7 students from Bridgewater College Academy who were visiting this Somerset FE College host. This event was sponsored by EDF Energy's 'Inspire' programme.

25 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemists Richard Booth and Tom Burnham so that 30 Year 13 students in 2 sessions had the opportunity to use the spectrometers. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

24 November: Science Club, Redland High School, Bristol

Emily Boys, UAS Chemistry student, assisted with a science club for 5 Year 8 girls at this local school.

24 November: Annual Lecture Demonstrations, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison aided by Nadia Bordas (ECU) and Magda Wajrak (ECU), delivered a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 331 secondary school mixed-aged students from 5 widening participation schools in the greater Perth area.

The lecture was introduced by the Chief Science Officer for Western Australia, Professor Pete Klinken after a welcome in the native Aboriginal language by Jason Barrow, (School of Kuronkurl Katitjin, ECU).

photo of Tim Harrison

I have no words to express my gratitude for what you did for my students on Thursday. They were absolutely enthralled by Tim's demonstrations. They just couldn't stop talking about it on the way back to school, at school AND on Friday morning (I had them Period 1)!!!! ​One of the children asked me the most unusual question, "Miss if the Yr. 10s got to go too, does that mean that when we go to Yr. 10, we get to go again?" It was a simply fantastic end of year treat for our guys. Thank you so much for making this possible for us.” Science Teacher, Thornlie Senior High School, Perth, Australia

The 5 senior high schools (SHS) taking part were: Balga SHS (100 students, 2 teachers), Thornlie SHS (128 students, 4 teachers), Girrawheen SHS (24 students, 3 teachers), Mirrabooka SHS (69 students, 4 teachers) and Anchorpoint (20 students, 3 staff). This was the fourth such joint venture between Bristol ChemLabS and ECU.

The event was sponsored by a Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP) grant (ECU), ECU Old Ways New Ways Program and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

22 November: National Chemistry Week, Girl Guides and Scouts Evening Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist, and Queens Guide Emma Liddle organised and presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 7 local guides units and 4 scouts groups. Altogether 126 people, mainly children aged 10-16 (104), saw the event. Additionally other group leaders came to see the event in the hope that it will be repeated in the future so that they can bring their own groups. All groups were given samples of polymorph to take away to explore the material properties at a later meeting.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with county commissioners in the organisation of this event. The groups represented were: 93rd St Albans guides, 1st Wick guides, 183rd Bristol guides, 62nd Bristol guides, 2nd Filton guides,1st Clevedon guides,1 scout group (ages 10-14), 1st Little Stoke scouts,1 explorer scouts (ages 14-16) and Trident explorer scouts.

The event was in celebration of National Chemistry Week and was sponsored by a grant via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bristol and District branch.

16 November: Ada Lovelace event at Bristol Students' Union, Bristol

The Women in Chemistry Working Group provided a hands-on demonstration at a Women in Science & Engineering Outreach event for 80 students from 6 local schools. Beth Anderson, Laura Broad, Natalie Fey, Natalie Pridmore and Laura Rodriguez-Arco linked smells, molecular structures and x-ray diffraction at the event celebrating Ada Lovelace.

16 November: Synthesis CDT Chemistry Day for Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

43 Year 11,12 and 13 students from three schools spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS in a wide range of activities including laboratory work, lectures by Postgraduate Chemists and a lecture demonstration. The schools attending were, Redland High School for Girls (Bristol) and Bradley Stoke Community School (Bristol) and Gloucester Cathedral School (Kings School). Talks on their research (Spina Bifida treatment and anti-cancer drugs-based on sugars) were given by Sarah Michel and Michael O'Hagan. Tm Harrison and Emma Liddle completed the afternoon with a lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.

All enjoyed the practical and the level of responsibility they felt at using unfamiliar equipment. They all thought the PhD student helpers were brilliant and very approachable, pitched their explanations at the right level. They really enjoyed the exciting demo lecture, and one of the other lectures. It has made at least 2 of our year 11s reconsider their A level options to include chemistry. Good result! Thanks again for hosting them - it's such a great experience.’ Chemistry Teacher Redmaid’s School

I saw pupils yesterday and they were buzzing with it - really enjoyed every bit, except having to leave early!’ Deputy Head, King’s Gloucester.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the labs were: Alberto Avila, Ailis Chadwick, Jon Davies, Lydia Dewis, Louise Eagling, Josh Farndon, James Fordham, Beth Glaisyer, Alastair Knights and David Morris. The visit was sponsored by the Bristol Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).

15 November: Lecture Demonstration for KS5 Science Week, Gordano School, Portishead, Bristol

Postgraduate Chemist Emma Liddle visited this local school to give a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ at a twilight session to 25 year 12 students. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Morag Evry at the school. This event formed part of a week of different activities for the three sciences with the aim of inspiring KS4 students into A level Sciences and beyond.

The lecture demo was a resounding success and the Y12 are now putting me under pressure to ‘blow more things up’. It made great use of our sixth form lecture hall and science bench, which is hardly used otherwise. Emma was great, so approachable and stayed at the end to answer a couple of kids’ questions about Chemistry at degree level.’ Chemistry teacher.

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

10 November: Lecture Demonstration, School of Chemistry, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration for 60 Year 9 and 10 students and 6 teachers from Chilton Trinity School (Bridgewater, Somerset), Clevedon School (North Somerset) and Sir Bernard Lovell School (S.Gloucs) as part of a pre-16 school conference event. 7 student ambassadors were also in attendance. The event was sponsored by the Widening Participation Office.

09 November: Schools Conference on Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance Science, Bristol ChemLabS

This inaugural school conference on antibiotic science was for Post 16 Chemistry and Biology students and their teachers. 150 students and 15 teachers attended. 3 presentations and a hands-on workshop made up the conference. Academic Matthew Avison (School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and BristolBridge) presented “The Rise and Fall of Antibiotics”, postgraduate Chemist Paul Walker talked on "How Can We Make New Antibiotics?" and the conference was concluded by Adrian Mulholland (School of Chemistry) who talked on "Nerds vs. Antibiotic Resistance: Can We Use Computers to Outsmart Resistance?"

The hands-on section involved 9 stations with more than 12 postgraduates and postdocs from several faculties (Science, Medicine and Engineering) presenting and engaging the school students. The conference was of special interest to those aspiring to careers in the biological, medical and chemical sciences.

The 10 schools attending were: St Mary’s Calne (Wilts), Wellington School (Somerset), Yeovil College (Somerset), Launceston College, St Katherine's School, Churchill Academy and Sixth Form Centre (North Somerset), Launceston College (Cornwall) and King’s College Taunton (Somerset), Bristol Grammar School and Colston’s School (Bristol).

The conference was sponsored by the BristolBridge AMR Project at the University of Bristol and supported by Bristol ChemLabS. You can read more in this news item.

08 November: Chemistry Talks, International School of Bologna, Italy

Tim Harrison addressed 20 Year 7 and 10 Year 10 students on the topic of Fragrance Chemistry during the morning and a small group of Post 16 students on the topic of Climate Change in the afternoon. The visit was organised by former Bristol postgraduate Chemist and STEM Ambassador Jane Fletcher. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

07-14 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Exeter School, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this school by a postgraduate Chemist and left for a week so that Post 16 Chemists had the opportunity to use the spectrometers. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

07 November: KS3 Chemistry Talks, International School of Bologna, Italy

Tim Harrison addressed 20 Year 8 students on the topic of Fragrance Chemistry. The visit was organised by former Bristol postgraduate Chemist and STEM Ambassador Jane Fletcher. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

03 November: Lecture Demonstrations, Sir Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Tim Harrison, aided by Emma Liddle, returned to this school to deliver a series of lectures, and lecture demonstrations. Two performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ were given to a total of 240 Year 9s, 10 Year 8s and 10 teachers. A talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’ was given to 8 Year 13 chemistry students.

A huge thank you. The work you did last week in our school was fantastic. Raising the profile of science, particularly Chemistry is very high on our agenda. The work you did went a long way to doing that particularly with our younger students. Very many thanks again.’ Assistant headteacher. 

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Assistant Headteacher Sue Bailey in the organisation of the event. The visit was jointly sponsored by the PSTT and a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

October

20 October: Lecture Demonstrations, King’s School, Bruton, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Emma Liddle, performed 2 lecture demonstrations for senior students from both Bruton and neighbouring Sexeys schools. In total 185 students from Year 10 and 11 from Bruton and 54 G&T Year 10s from Sexeys saw the presentation. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Sadie Osborne of King’s Bruton in organising and hosting this event which was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) held by the University of Bristol. The secondary schools attending were Kings School Bruton and Sexeys School, the state boarding school.

19 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

13 Year 13 Chemistry students from Plymouth High School for Girls (Devon) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to synthesise benzocaine during the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Krishna Mistry talked about her journey to a PhD and about her research into ‘Frustrated Ligand Bonds’. The Chemistry postgraduates assisting students in the laboratories were Jonny Furze and Lisa Recnik.

19 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

13 Post 16 students from St John’s College (Cardiff) made their inaugural visit to Bristol ChemLabS to spend the morning in the laboratories nitrating methylbenzoate and the afternoon enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations. Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Krishna Mistry talked about her journey to a PhD and about her research into ‘Frustrated Ligand Bonds’. The Chemistry postgraduates assisting students in the laboratories were Claudio Greco and Emma Liddle.

18 October: Wellington College, ISSP STEM Day, Wellington College, Berks

Bristol ChemLabS was involved for the eighth year running in this annual event at this well-known independent school. Alison Rivett delivered the lecture demonstration ’A Pollutant's Tale' to 100 Year 9 G&T students from local state schools in the Christopher Lee Theatre. The following schools who are all part of the Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) attended the day: from Wokingham - The Holt School, St Crispins, Oakbank, The Piggott, Waingels - and from Surrey Heath - Kings International, Collingwood, Gordons & Tomlinscote.

The ISSP Partnership Coordinator aid afterwards "The students as always loved the presentation, we asked them what they liked best about the event and they said: - I liked the science lecture as it was fun but still relating to science. - The science lecture because it was entertaining and I also learned a lot at the same time - I liked the demonstrative talk in the theatre because it was extremely interesting and interactive and I really enjoyed watching the experiments. - I liked the Pollutant’s tale and all the experiments. - My favourite part of the event was the introductory assembly to science demonstrating experiments with liquid nitrogen."

13 October: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Downend School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to local school by postgraduate Chemists Richard Booth and Sam Briggs so that 6 Post 16 students had the opportunity during a 1.5 hour session to use the spectrometers. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

11 October: Fragrance Chemistry Lecture Demonstration, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Dorset

Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration for 90 students in Years 5-10 and 5 teachers as part of a day-long visit to this girls' school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Kirsten Le Poidevin of St Mary’s Shaftsbury in organising and hosting this event. The lecture was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 October ‘Smell You Later: How Animals Talk With Chemicals’, RSC Evening Lecture, Malmesbury School, Malmesbury, Wilts

The lecture ‘Smell you later: How animals talk with chemicals’ was given by well-known author and radio and TV presenter Prof Adam Hart (Gloucs) to an audience of around 160 students, teachers and members of the public. The event was hosted, for the second time, by Malmesbury School. Apart from school students from Malmesbury a group from St Mary’s Calne (Wilts), Sparsholt College (Hants) and Abbeyfield School (Wilts) were among the audience.

Lecture outline: Many insects live together in colonies - sometimes with millions of individuals. Despite being very organised, there is no single insect in charge. Coordinating all these individuals requires communication and insects, and other animals, use all sorts of chemicals to communicate all sorts of things.

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

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

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith, gave an afternoon performance of 'Gases in the Air' for all 120 Year 7 students at this girls’ school. This is an annual visit made by Bristol ChemLabS to the Gloucestershire school.

05 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

37 Year 13 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories synthesising the solid anaesthetic benzocaine in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. The students were assessed on their practical skills during the course of the workshop for their examination component. The students had the following postgraduate chemists as demonstrators: Jonny Furze, Lena Mohammed, Oscar Hernandez and Lisa Recnik.

04 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Alison Rivett returned to this Wiltshire school to give a series of three lecture demonstrations entitled 'A Chemical Delight' for secondary school and local primary school pupils. Two performances were for the host school. The 480 Year 8 & 9 students enjoyed finding out more about chemical reactions in the interactive assemblies. The visit was sponsored by an NERC Grant

September

27 September: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Bideford College, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Devonian college by Bristol Postgraduate Chemists Iyke Ndukwe and Tom Burnham so that 24 students in all (12 Year 11s, 7 Year 12s and 5 Year 13s) had the opportunity to use the instruments. The session was held after school. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

23 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 3, Bristol ChemLabS

These morning or afternoon tours of several instrumental analysis techniques are designed for Year 13 students. The visit comprised 4 or 5 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), with electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), uv-visible spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as available. The introductory sessions, and some tour guiding, were given by Chris Holland. 70 students and 4 teaching staff attended.

Schools attending: (Morning Sessions): St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Bristol (40 Year 13), (Afternoon Session): St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Bristol (40 Year 13).

Academic speakers: Anwar Khan, Craig Butts, Jason Potticary and Natalie Pridmore. Postgraduate demonstrators assisting: Lina Mohammed, Lisa Recnik, Ikenna Ndukwe, Sam Briggs and Ash Griffith.

22 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 2, Bristol ChemLabS

These morning or afternoon tours of several instrumental analysis techniques are designed for Year 13 students. The visit comprised 4 or 5 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), with electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), uv-visible spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as available. The introductory sessions, and some tour guiding, were given by Chris Holland. 77 students and 5 teaching staff attended.

Schools attending: (Morning Sessions): Yeovil College, Somerset (12 Year 13) and Blundell’s School, Devon (25 Year 13), (Afternoon Session): Cheltenham College, Gloucs (30 Year 13) and Katharine Lady Berkeley's School, Gloucs (10 Year 13).

Academic speakers: Anwar Khan, Craig Butts, Jason Potticary and Natalie Pridmore. Postgraduate demonstrators assisting: Nicolette Moreau, Lina Mohammed, Ellen Pope, Tom Burnham and Ikenna Ndukwe.

21 September: Caffeine Extraction Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Approximately 20 Year 12 students from Wycliffe College (Gloucs) and 20 Year 11 students from Exeter School (Devon) spent the morning in The Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves in a session led by Karen Parish. In the afternoon there were two talks given by Steven Street and Sam Briggs.

Thank you for last week, we all had a great time. The lab work was of course excellent but I would like to congratulate the two excellent post graduate speaker, Steve Street and Simon Briggs. They were fantastic speakers and quite inspiring. I would love to have these two come and visit us in the future if possible.’ Organising teacher.’ Exeter School.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the labs were: Oscar Hernandez, Lisa Recnik and Ash Griffith.

19 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 1, Bristol ChemLabS

These morning or afternoon tours of several instrumental analysis techniques are designed for Year 13 students. The visit comprised 4 or 5 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), with electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), uv-visible spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as available. The introductory sessions, and some tour guiding, were given by Chris Holland. 74 students and 6 teaching staff attended.

Schools attending: (Morning Sessions): Sherborne School for Girls, Dorset (25 Year 13 students) and Kings Bruton School, Somerset (9 Year 13 students), (Afternoon Session): Colston Girls School, Bristol (15 Year 13), Kingswood School, Bath (15 Year 13) and Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School (10 Year 13).

Academic speakers: Anwar Khan, Craig Butts, Jason Potticary and Natalie Pridmore. Postgraduate demonstrators assisting: Lisa Recnik, Ash Griffith, Jonny Furze and Rose Willoughby.

19 September: Drugs Synthesis Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

27 Year 13 students from King Edward’s School, Bath (BANES) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories synthesising aspirin and oil of wintergreen and the afternoon synthesising benzocaine in a day run by Chris Adams.

We had a great day, thank you! Lots of positive feedback from the students and I could see that they had really grown in confidence with their practical work by the end of it. Thanks again and we look forward to doing another one next year!’ Organising Teacher.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in their practical work were: Ash Griffith, Tom Burnham and Lina Mohamed. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Chemistry teacher Lucy Miners in the organisation of this visit.​

16 September 2016: STEM Conference Assembly, St Mark’s School, Bath, BANES

Dr Alison Rivett kicked off this special day for visiting schools with an explosive performance of the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’. The audience of 204 included 20 Year 7 students from St Mark's in addition to the Year 6 pupils from five local primary schools: Batheaston, St Saviour's Juniors, St Stephen's Primary, Swainswick Primary and Wick Primary. This event was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

Afterwards the organiser said "The children had a wonderful time and the assembly supplied by ChemLabs was very engaging and exciting. It was a wonderful introduction to the day's workshops and really enthused the children (lots of oooos and ahhhs!)."

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