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19-21 July: Insight into Bristol 2016 - Bristol Leg, Bristol ChemLabS

21 Year 12 students from all over London spent 3 days at the University of Bristol with sections of each day being spent in the School of Chemistry under the supervision of Tim Harrison. All participating students had expressed a desire to read a science degree at Bristol and all were studying A Level Chemistry. The students got a taste of what it is like to be a Chemistry undergraduate with several laboratory sessions of practical work including extraction, synthesis and even fragrance blending. The event was organised through the Widening Participation Office at the University of Bristol.

The schools represented were: Ark Burlington Danes Academy, Ashcroft Technology Academy, Bow School Sixth Form, Brampton Manor Academy, Brampton Manor Sixth Form, Cardinal Pole School, Gunnersbury Catholic School, Heston Community School, Loxford School of Science and Technology, Mossbourne Community Academy, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, Queens Park Community School, Raines Foundation Sixth Form, Steyning Grammar School and Winchmore School.

19-20 July: Two-Day Residential Chemistry Camp For Individual Students, Bristol ChemLabS

This residential two-day camp was attended by 23 Year 12 students, from all over the south of England, who are thinking of pursuing a career in Chemistry. The students experienced what it is like to be an undergraduate with engagement in practical work, lectures, tours and talks during their visit and a stay in halls of residence. The students synthesised a dye and an anaesthetic, explored some reaction kinetics, engaged in analytical work involving spectroscopies. The group toured NMR, electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. They also enjoyed talks by Thomas Farrugia (Protein Films) and by Sam Briggs (Coacervates) and a demonstration lecture from Tim Harrison (A Chemical Delight).

I really enjoyed the two day summer camp because it taught me a lot about what happens in chemistry at university. I also learned valuable skills required for the subject and has, therefore, given me a small boost for the next academic year of studying the subject.”

"The summer school was a nice insight into how chemistry might be at Bristol aside from the usual open day spiel. It gave a different perspective, one that was more encouraging of us as prospective chemistry students. It's also a great way to meet like-minded individuals.” 


The schools represented included: Ipswich School for Girls (Suffolk), St Helen and St Katharine (Abingdon, Oxon), Mayfield School (E.Sussex), Rendcomb College (Gloucs.), Greenshaw High School (Surrey), King Edward VI Grammar School (Essex), Redcliff Sixth Form Centre (Bristol), North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (WSM, N. Somerset), Sevenoaks School (Kent), Oakhampton College (Devon), Sheldon School (Wilts.), Malvern College (Worcs.), Magdalen College School (Oxon), Shrewsbury Sixth from College (Shrop.), The Lady Eleanor Hollis School (Hampton, West London) and Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, (Kensington and Chelsea, W. London).

18 July: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

8 Year 12 students from King Alfred School (Somerset), 20 Year 10 students from Writhlington School (Radstock, Bath) and 5 Year 10 students from the Bristol Free School spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS engaged in practical work, lectures and demonstrations. The students extracted caffeine from tea during the morning supervised by postgraduate chemists Lena Mohammed, Krishna Mistry and Emma Liddle. They also saw Tim Harrison give a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ and a talk from postgraduate Thomas Farrugia on ‘Protein Films’.

Just wanted to say thanks for hosting a fantastic workshop for some of our year 10's on Monday. It was brilliant to see their eyes popping out of their heads at all the equipment and facilities. They all had a fantastic and inspiring time, and collectively said this when I asked for feedback: I had a fantastic time. Was great to use all the equipment and doing the experiment was something we would never get the chance to do. The lecture was awesome, especially blowing up things.” Organising Teacher, Bristol Free School.

This event was sponsored by a Widening Participation grant from the University of Bristol.

11-14 July: Sutton Trust Summer School 2016, Bristol ChemLabS

9 participants on the Sutton Trust Chemistry Stream were in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during this period engaged in a series of practical experiments, tours and talks. The practical work involved caffeine extraction, diazo dyes formulation, anaesthetic synthesis and a perfume chemistry workshop. The students also had a spectroscopy tour and a two lectures by Tim Harrison. The students were in Chemistry on the Monday, Tuesday all day, half day on the Wednesday and most of the Thursday. During the rest of the week the students worked with the Wider Participation (WP) Office of the University of Bristol on general aspects of being an undergraduate. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Tom Prince of the WP Office in the organisation of this event.

I just wanted to send a quick thank you for all of your work on organising the Chemistry timetable on the Sutton Trust Summer School. Last week was a real success and we've received really positive feedback from many of the students who have contacted us to express their gratitude for the opportunities open to them throughout the week. The week provided a real insight into what it's like to be taught by world-class academics at a world-class university and without the hard work and commitment that you and your colleagues showed in providing such great sessions, the week simply would not have worked.‘ WP

Postgraduate Chemist Steph Flynn looked after the students in the laboratory.

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

30 Year 10 students from Cirencester Deer Park School (Gloucs) attended the caffeine extraction morning and enjoyed lectures from Steve Street and Tim Harrison in the afternoon. Harrison gave the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. This event is partly sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

11 July: Gifted and Talented Taster Day, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 36 Year 9 and 10 students from Caerleon Comprehensive School (Gwent) spent the morning extracting caffeine from tea leaves in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. This was followed by a short talk which was given by Steve Street. The visit was sponsored by the Widening Participation Office at the University of Bristol.

08 July 2016: Yeovil College, Somerset

Alison Rivett gave 2 performances of the Demonstration Lecture 'A Pollutant's Tale' as part of the second 'Your Futures' Day, organised by the College for 400 Year 8 students from local secondary schools (Preston School, Bucklers Mead Academy, Stanchester Academy & Westfield Academy). The lecture was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

The organiser at Yeovil College said afterwards: "Thank you very much for your time and for the enthusiasm, explosions and energy which you brought to the My Future event last Friday. I’m sure you will have launched the careers of hundreds of future scientists!" You can see some tweets from Preston School here:

https://twitter.com/mssampsonmfl/status/751378395985014784 https://twitter.com/mssampsonmfl/status/751387804735836160

07-08 July: Two Day Chemistry Camp for Oxfordshire Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

A total of 14 year 11 and 12 students from Wallingford School spent two full days at the School of Chemistry enjoying spectroscopy, natural product extraction, organic synthesis perfume chemistry, lectures and demonstrations. This was the fourth annual visit for Wallingford School. Postgraduate Chemists Thomas Farrugia and Sam Briggs gave short lectures to the students. Steph Flynn, Emma Liddle and Iyke Nudkwe assisted the students in their laboratory work.​

06 July: Lecture Demonstration, Wellington Academy, Salisbury, Wilts

Postgraduate Chemists Ashi Griffith and Steph Flynn from Bristol ChemLabS presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 60 Year 9 students from this, and local schools, at the start of their ‘Chemistry at Work’ day. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the STEM provider Go Catalyst in the organisation of this event.

04-06 July: Three Day Chemistry Summer Camp for Westcliff High School for Boys, Bristol ChemLabS

46 Year 12 students from the Co-ed Post 16 school spent 3 days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures. This was the second annual visit by this Essex grammar school to Bristol ChemLabS.

The students enjoyed a diet of laboratory work comprising drug synthesis and extraction, analytical work, simple kinetics and a perfume workshop. The students had the opportunity to tour the School of Chemistry whilst engaging in a spectroscopy tour. The school group also heard lectures and demonstrations on Gases in the Air and in Fragrance Chemistry (Harrison) and on Protein Films (Farrugia) and Sugar-Derived anti-cancer drugs (Street). The talks on spectroscopy were given by: Paul Gates (MS), Paul Lawrence (NMR), Ioatzin Rios De Anda (SEM) and Rebecca Musgrave (XRD).

Some of the students were also given a hands-on impromptu demonstration of virtual reality chemistry by David Glowacki and Craig Butts during one morning break time.

The team of postgraduate chemists assisting the students in their laboratory work were: Steph Flynn, Iyke Ndukwe, Lena Mohammed, Charlotte Boott, Emma Liddle and Claudio Greco.

02 July: Insight into Bristol 2016 - London Leg, Islington Arts and Media School, North London

Tim Harrison and Postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith delivered this Saturday event where 25 Year 12 students from all over London (and Brighton) came together for the initial day of tuition before the following trip to Bristol. The students were given several practical exercises and a tutorial on NMR with which to engage. All participating students have expressed a desire to read a science related degree at Bristol and all are studying A Level Chemistry. The students will be attending the University of Bristol for 3 days later in July. The event is organised through the Widening Participation Office by Alex O'Driscoll at the University of Bristol.

01 July: Science Forum Day, St Benedict’s School, Ealing, London

Tm Harrison made an inaugural visit to this London catholic college to give a long performance of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to a total of 74 members of Years 9-12 from St Benedict’s and students from Sacred Heart School (Hammersmith). Bristol ChemLabS worked with Deirdre O’Connor (Head of Chemistry) to put on this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

June 2016

27-29 June: International Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

28 Year 12 students from St Aloysius College (Malta) made their annual visit to Bristol to enjoy a packed programme of practical work, talks, tours and lecture demonstrations. They were joined by 2 Year 11 students from QEH School (Bristol). The students used infrared and uv-visible spectroscopy, extracted natural products, synthesised an anaesthetic, a dyestuff, produced a bottle of perfume and had a chemistry competition. Talks were given by Tim Harrison (‘Gases in the Air’, ‘the Chemistry of Toothpaste’), Thomas Farrugia (Protein Films), Steve Street on anti-cancer sugar-based drugs and by Sam Briggs (on the of potential artificial cells). The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in their laboratory work were Steph Flynn, Iyke Ndukwe, Risa Norfiani, Lina Mohammed and Oscar Hernandez Fajardo.

28 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Kingsbridge Community College, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Devonian college by postgraduate Chemists Emma Liddle and Iyke Ndukwe so that Post 16 students (31 Year 12 Chemists and 3 BTEC students) in 2 sessions had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. ‘The students were super engaged and interested.’ For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

24 June: Benzocaine Synthesis Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

21 Year 12 from Sherborne Schools for Girls (Dorset), 9 Year 12 Kings Bruton School (Somerset), 12 Year 12s from Wellsway School (Wilts) and a single student from QEH School (Bristol) made their annual visits to Bristol for a morning of practical work and an afternoon of talks.​​ The students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine and enjoyed a talk on Proten Films from Thomas Farrugia and the lecture demonstration A Chemical Delight performed by Tim Harrison. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students with their laboratory work were: Amir Kaspar, Claudio Greco, Lina Mohammed, Chris Sandford and Oscar Hernandez.

23 June: "Catalysts - Hero-Support for the Molecular Sciences", Skirting Science Day at the Broadoak Mathematics and Computing School, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

The event is organised by the Weston Branch of Soroptimists International and brings together Year 9 girls and science professionals from various research, industrial and educational establishments. In all, final year UG student Eloise Hicketts and Natalie Fey gave 3 workshops on catalysis and saw around 40 girls over the course of the day, as well as a range of teachers and observers from the Soroptimists. Participants were shown the "Elephant's Toothpaste" demo of hydrogen peroxide decomposition and then they had a chance to use Molymod, Lego, modelling clay and playing cards to simulate and explore different aspects of chemical synthesis, catalyst modelling and process optimisation.

The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Eloise Hicketts, building on older material developed with help from Jenny Slaughter and the technical staff at Bristol, and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

22 June: RSC Chemistry At Work Day, Lydiard Park Academy, Swindon

Students from Wiltshire enjoyed five workshops and presentations demonstrating Chemistry at Work, organised by STEM Wilts & Dorset and supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Alison Rivett kicked things off with 'A Pollutant's Tale' Demonstration Lecture for the 81 enthusiastic Year 9 students who attended from Lydiard Park Academy, Nova Hreod Academy + Isambard Community School.

You can see some pictures from the day here and read a piece by one of the attending schools here.

21 June: SIAS Visit, Weston College, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

Postgraduate chemists Iyke Ndukwe and Steph Flynn visited the college to deliver a 1.5 hour spectroscopy session with 10 BTEC second year students. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

16 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

27 Year 12 young women from Malvern St James (Worcestershire) were engaged in a benzocaine synthesis in the morning and were entertained by talks and lecture demonstrations by Steve Street and Tim Harrison in the afternoon. This was the 6th annual visit made by the school. The postgraduate chemists involved in assisting the students in the laboratories were: Steph Flynn, Iyke Ndukwe and Oscar Hernandez.

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

26 Year 12 and three teachers from Bryanston School (Dorset) again spent the day at Bristol extracting caffeine from tea leaves and engaged in an afternoon of talks and lectures. Steve Street gave a presentation on his work in Sugar-based anti-cancer drugs and Tim Harrison performed ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’. Former Bristol undergraduate Abigail Granville (Bryanston) coordinated this annual visit for her department.

10 June: Chipping Sodbury Festival, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucs

Tim Harrison returned to deliver 2 demonstrations to 140 Year 7 students and 6 teachers from Chipping Sodbury School. 12 members of the public also saw the talks. This was the eighth consecutive year at an event hosted at the Town Hall. This event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

07 June: Strode College, Street

Alison Rivett delivered a Chemistry Demonstration Lecture as the culmination of this Somerset FE College's "Science Sensations" Day. 125 Year 10 students & 10 teachers attended from local secondary schools Ansford Academy, Crispin School, St Dunstan’s School, Westfield Academy & Whitstone School. The performance was enhanced by some live-filming by Strode College BTEC Broadcast Media students Sam & Charlie and was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme. Afterwards one of the teachers attending said "The final chemistry show was excellent and the students were enthralled throughout."

06-09 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, The City of Bristol College, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Bristol college by Postgraduate Chemist Steph Flynn so that Post 16 Science students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers and learn more about chemical analysis. 16 Year 12 and 26 Year 11 students in 3 classes had a hands-on experience.

Many thanks; it was great and really engaged them.’ Organising teacher.

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

May 2016

23 May: New Fosseway School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this local school for students with learning difficulties as part of their Creative Arts Week. Alison Rivett, Steph Flynn, Ash Griffith & Emma Liddle led the 16 Year 10 & 11 pupils through three practical experiments in a hands-on Chemistry workshop.

20 May: “Catalysis – A Vital Process for the Molecular Sciences”, Red Maids School STEM Conference, Bristol

Natalie Fey and Becca Musgrave delivered a workshop to around 15 pupils at this STEM careers event organised by Red Maids School in Bristol. Participants had a chance to use Molymod, Lego, modelling clay and playing cards to simulate and explore different aspects of chemical synthesis, catalyst modelling and process optimisation.

19 May: Atmospheric Chemistry Lecture Demonstration, Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford

Tim Harrison, aided by postgraduate chemist Jess Bonham, performed the ‘Gases in the Air’ lecture demonstration for 110 Year 9 and 8 Year 12 students during his day’s visit to the school. Bristol ChemLabS was working with Head of Chemistry Esther Garcia in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

18 May: Polymer Chemistry Day for Sherborne School, Bristol ChemLabS

49 Year 9 students from Sherborne School (Dorset) spent time investigating a circus of polymer Chemistry-related experiments in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during the morning. The students were aided by postgraduate chemists Amy Foulds, Claudio Greco, Steph Flynn and Jess Bonham.

17 May: Polymer Chemistry Day for Sherborne Girls, Bristol ChemLabS

80 Year 10 students from Sherborne Girls (Dorset) spent time investigating a circus of polymer Chemistry-related experiments in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during the morning and in talks and demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate Scientist Abigail Coveney gave a talk on ‘Drugs, Sugars and Nanoholes’ and Tim Harrison gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. More information is available on the school's website.

'Thank you for an excellent day on the 17th May. It was very much the ‘talk of the school’ when we got back to Sherborne. The girls were ‘blown away’ by your lecture demonstration. Head of Chemistry

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their practical work were: Stephanie Flynn, Kelly Butterfield, Hugh Hamilton, Jessica Bonham, Ikenna Ndukwe and Krishna Mistry.​

13 May: Salters’ Festival 2016 Session 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This date was reserved for the second of the annual Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry. The event, for 13 teams of four Year 7/8 students, saw competitions for the Salters’ Challenge and for the University Challenge.

The results of the Salters Challenge were: Queen Elizabeth Hospital School (Wilts) (First), The King’s School (Gloucs) (Second) and Exeter School (Devon) (Third).

The results of the University Challenge were: Redland Green School (Bristol) (First), Sir William Romney School (Tetbury, Wilts) (Second) and Blundell’s (Devon).

The schools attending were: Blundell's School (Tiverton, Devon), Coombe Dean School (Plymouth, Devon), Downend School (Bristol), Nailsea School (Bristol, N Somerset), Orchard School (Bristol), Redland Green School (Bristol), Sidcot School (N.Somerset), Sir William Romney's School (Tetbury Gloucs), St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School (Bristol), The King’s School (Gloucs), Exeter School and Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School (Melksham, Wilts). The postgraduate chemists acting as judges for this competition were Krishna Mistry, Steph Flynn, Amir Kaspar and Jonny Furze.​

12 May: Polymer Workshop Day, Bristol ChemLabS

40 Year 10 students from Exeter School spent their morning engaged in a circus of laboratory practicals, led by Steph Flynn, in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during the morning and enjoyed a demonstration lecture in the afternoon. This was a regular visit by the school to the School of Chemistry. Tim Harrison performed the demonstration lecture ‘Gases in the Air’. The Postgraduate chemists assisting the students in their practical work were; Jess Bonham, Amir Kaspar and Julie Stephenson.

12 May: Lecture Demonstration, Beaminster School, Beaminster, Dorset

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to students from this, and local schools, at the start of their ‘Chemistry at Work’ day. 130 Year 7 and 9 students saw the performance. The Dorset schools attending were: Beaminster School, Lytchett Minster School (Lytchett Minster) and The Wey Valley School (Weymouth). Bristol ChemLabS worked with the STEM provider Go Catalyst in the organisation of this event which was co-sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

11 May: Salters’ Festival 2016 Session 1, Bristol ChemLabS

This date was reserved for the first of the annual Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry. The event, for 14 teams of four Year 7/8 students, saw competitions for the Salters’ Challenge and for the University Challenge.

The results of the Salters Challenge were: St Katherine’s (First), Chew Valley (Second) and Maynards (Third). The results of the University Challenge were: Kingsmead (First), Cleeve (Second) and Chumleigh (Third).

The judges for the event were​: Ash Griffith, Jonny Furze, Jessica Bonham and Amy Foulds. 

The schools attending were: Bristol Brunel Academy (Bristol), Chew Valley (Bristol), Chulmleigh Community College (Chulmleigh, Devon), Churchill Academy (Winscombe, N Somerset), Cleeve School (Cheltenham, Gloucs), Clifton College Preparatory School (Bristol), Colston's School (Bristol), Kingsmead School (Taunton, Somerset), Haygrove School (Bridgwater, Somerset), St. Katherine's School (Bristol),Stover School (Newton Abbot, Devon), Uffculme School (Cullompton, Devon) and The Maynard School (Exeter, Devon).

10 May: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, King’s Oak Academy, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Cornish school by postgraduate Chemists Steph Flynn and Emma Liddle so that a total of 12 enthusiastic Post 16 students, via two workshops, 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.

April 2016

29 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Falmouth School, Cornwall

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Bristolian Mathematics and Computing College by Postgraduate Chemists Steph Flynn and Emma Liddle so that 23 Post 16 BTEC Forensic Science students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers and learn more about analysis during the 2 hour session. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

29 April: ‘Futures’ Day’, St Mark`s CofE School, Bath, NE Somerset

A Bristol ChemLabS team of Tim Harrison and Amy Folds, delivered three performances of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’, for a total of 130 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 in this all day event. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Suzanne Wiltshire in the organisation of this event.

 ‘Thank you so much for today. Our students were extremely engaged and captivated by the chemistry displays shown. It was great for them to see chemistry in action, not just the theory of it. One student was overheard telling his parent how great the explosions were!’ Organising teacher.

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.​​

27 April: Caffeine Extraction Day, Bristol ChemLabS

42 Year 10 students from Rendcomb College (Cirencester, Gloucs) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine from lea leaves during the morning and to enjoy talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on his work on protein films and Tim Harrison gave the lecture demonstration ‘ Gases in the Air’. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their laboratory work were: Krishna Mistry, Rose Willoughby, Ikenna Ndukwe and Katherine Pugsley.

Gases in the air Rencomb photo

20 April: HEFCE Funded Laboratory Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

52 Year 10 G&T students from four schools spent the morning extracting caffeine from tea leaves in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories before enjoying an afternoon programme of talks and demonstrations. Postgraduate chemists Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on his research into ‘Protein Films’ and Tim Harrison gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’.

The schools attending include; St Mary Redcliffe and Temple (Bristol), St Edmund's Girls' School (Salisbury), The Taunton Academy (Somerset) and the Lydiard Park Academy (Swindon). ‘Many thanks for the fantastic day today at Bristol University. The students loved using the uni labs and equipment - and having chance to do 'real chemistry' over a longer time period than the usual one hour lesson! They have been inspired at the taste of higher level chemistry, so much so that I am going to dedicate our lesson next week to theory around IR and some of the practical techniques they used. The 'show' was both entertaining and informative, covering core scientific concepts as a whole. Thanks again! Accompanying Teacher

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with the practical work were; Sam Briggs, Nicolette Moreau, Jonathan Furze and Rebecca Ingle. The visits are sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) and are for identified schools in the counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol. For further information and enquiries please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

18 April: Jersey School’s Demonstration Chemistry Lectures - Day 3, Jersey College for Girls, St Saviour, Jersey

On the third day of his visit Tim Harrison gave a series of performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ and ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 44 Year 10 secondary students from Grainville Schools. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Steven Braithwaite, Head of Chemistry of Jersey College for Girls, who were kind enough coordinating and hosting the events. This is the first Bristol ChemLabS visit to the island for several years.

Jersey’s school children have just enjoyed the most amazing science lectures/demonstrations by Tim Harrison from Bristol University’s School of Chemistry, which really brought science to life. 1400 students from primary to sixth formers were amazed, delighted and a little grossed out in the series of eight shows over three days. Each show was tailored to the particular audience. Primary students learnt about the chemistry of the air, KS3 had much of their recent learning reinforced and the whole of KS4’s show was relevant to their revision at such a crucial time. The sixth form students learnt about climate change, its consequences and potential remedies. The value of these highly entertaining and informative shows cannot easily be measured, but the smiles, laughs, screams and whoops of delight in the audiences can be. Thank you Tim.” Head of Chemistry

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol and by the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

15 April: Jersey School’s Demonstration Chemistry Lectures - Day 2, Jersey College for Girls, St Saviour, Jersey

On the second day of his visit Tim Harrison gave a series of performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ and ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 450 secondary students from a number of schools. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Steven Braithwaite, Head of Chemistry of Jersey College for Girls, who were kind enough coordinating and hosting the events. This is the first Bristol ChemLabS visit to the island for several years.

First lecture: Jersey College for Girls, 107 students from Years 7.

Second lecture: 181 students: Jersey College for Girls from Years 8 and 9.

Third Lecture: 161 students: Jersey College for Girls (107 Year 11 Students), Le Rocquier School (30 Year 11 students), De la Salle (24 Year 9).

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

14 April: Jersey School’s Demonstration Chemistry Lectures - Day 1, Jersey College for Girls, St Saviour, Jersey

Tim Harrison visited the Channel Island of Jersey to give a series of performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ and ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to secondary students from 4 schools. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Steven Braithwaite, Head of Chemistry of Jersey College for Girls, who were kind enough coordinating and hosting the events. This is the first Bristol ChemLabS’ visit to the island for several years. First lecture: Jersey College for Girls, 146 students from Years 9, 10 Second lecture: 144 students: Jersey College for Girls, (54 Post 16 students), De la Salle College (19 Post 16 students) and Victoria School (48 Post 16 students). The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

13 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Ivybridge Academy, Ivybridge, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Devonian school by postgraduate Chemists Tim Shuttleworth and Ash Griffith. 14 Year 12 students enjoyed the first workshop session and 14 Year 12s and 4 Year 13s in another. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

13 April: HEFCE Funded Laboratory Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

Places were made available to invited schools to bring Key Stage 4 or Year 12 students to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to experience a morning of practical work and an afternoon of lectures. 18 of these places were allocated to the Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy for their Year 12 and 15 places to Year 10 students from a consortium of Brimsham Green School (Yate, S. Gloucs), Yate International Academy and Chipping Sodbury School (S. Gloucs). The students extracted caffeine from tea leaves in the morning and had the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ performed by Tim Harrison and a talk on protein films by Thomas Farrugia.

The Year 10 students had a fantastic time last Wednesday. They enjoyed the lab work and found it a really rewarding experience to use the more sophisticated kit available in the teaching labs and in particular being able to carry out a multistage chemical process. They also enjoyed the lectures and although the post-docs lecture was very high level I think they managed to gain an appreciation of the research that was being carried out. I think the students have had their eyes open to not just what university could be like but also the wider world of science outside the school classroom – I think this is the most valuable part of the day for year 10 students.’ Organising Teacher Brimsham Green.

The postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the labs were: Stephanie Flynn, Jessica Bonham, Amir Kaspar and Emma Liddle The visits were sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) project National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) and are for identified schools in the counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol.

01 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), Somerset

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Somerset college by Postgraduate Chemists Steph Flynn and Iyke Ndukwe so that 13 A level students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the 2 hour visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

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