* Bristol ChemLabS Schools' Laboratory Programme

Post 16 Aspirin and Oil of Wintergreen Synthesis Workshop

Introduction

Bristol ChemLabS is making available its recently refurbished undergraduate teaching laboratories to groups of school students to support regional Chemistry teachers. The laboratories are the best of their type in the UK and amongst the very best teaching laboratories in the world.

This means opportunities for your students to study at a world-class university with world class facilities outside of undergraduate term time as well as on Wednesdays throughout the year.

Bristol ChemLabS is making available its refurbished undergraduate teaching laboratories to groups of school students to support regional Chemistry teachers. The laboratories are the best of their type in the UK and amongst the very best teaching laboratories in the world.

This means opportunities for students to study at a world-class university with world class facilities outside of undergraduate term time as well as on Wednesdays throughout the year.

This workshop day is one of several involving practical work designed by the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow to meet current examination specifications and with practical scripts written in appropriate language. It also aims to let Post 16 students see what it is like to be an undergraduate science student by experiencing laboratory work and lectures/talks so that they may make informed decisions about their future university applications.

Target Students

A maximum of 60 chemists for the session. The group may be made up of more than one school.

Teachers

The number of teaching staff accompanying the student groups from each school should be what is considered appropriate by the local school rules, but there should be at least one teacher per group of up to 20 students.

Teachers may also carry out the experiment if they so wish. This may be of most interest to newly qualified teachers or teachers of chemistry who are not graduate chemists. Please notify chem-net@bristol.ac.uk if you wish to do this.

Expected Timings

   

9:30 –9:40

Welcome, Safety talk and fitting out with safety glasses and lab coats.

9:45 –10.00

Safety talk and fitting out with safety glasses and laboratory coats for those students who do not have appropriate ones of their own.

10:00 –12:30

Practical work, with groups working on one of the two possible products and its spectroscopic identification

12:30 –13:45

Lunch break, with an optional short tour of the School of Chemistry (including research laboratories) in small groups

13:15 –14:15

Tour of the School of Chemistry

14:15 –14:45

Short talk by a research Chemist on a topic suitable for Post 16

14:45 –15:30 Lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’

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Health and Safety

Extremely Important! Students and accompanying staff will be expected to follow the School of Chemistry's rules for visiting school scientists on health and safety in the laboratories as well as the specific health and safety requirements of the experiments.

This information MUST be made available to all pupils and accompanying adults.

This information MUST be made available to all pupils and accompanying adults.
Failure to observe these rules will result in no admittance to the laboratories for students or accompanying staff.

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safety sign - no ballet shoes!

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The general rules include

Failure to observe safety rules including inappropriate clothing will result in no admission to the laboratories either for students or accompanying teachers.

Bristol ChemLabS has a more than sufficient supply of lab coats and safety glasses available for students and accompanying staff.  However, if students or staff wish to bring their own that is fine. Lab coats and safety glasses must be worn at all times in the laboratory. Failure to do so will result in no admittance to the laboratory or removal from it.

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Outline of Visit

Experiments: The Esterifiction of 2-Hydroxybenzoic Acid to Produce Oil of Wintergreen or Aspirin

These are both common Post 16 syntheses but rely on the availability of large numbers of fume hoods and glassware that may be very limited in most school laboratories.

Groups of 10 to 12 students will each have a postgraduate chemist as a demonstrator to assist them. It is not often that school students will have the opportunity to work with young professional scientists at such close quarters. All postgraduates (and technicians) are CRB-checked through the Science and Engineering Ambassadors (SEAs) or STEM Ambassadors Programme.

The experiment uses solvents and equipment not normally used in schools and includes the use of Büchner funnels/vacuum filtration, heating mantles, separation funnels and rotary evaporation apparatus as appropriate.
The beauty of the experiment is that it uses a natural product from which common compounds are synthesised and that the resultant material may then be analysed by melting or boiling point and infrared spectroscopy by the students themselves.

Tour of the School of Chemistry

This may be available on this occasion depending on available time.

Refreshments

Drinks and biscuits are provided at morning break.

Students must provide their own lunch (to avoid complications due to dietary requirements).

 

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Cost

Please contact Sue Williams for details.

Careers Advice

Students with Special Needs

The teacher in charge of the visit is expected to notify the School of Chemistry in sufficient time if there are students with special needs so that appropriate risk assessments can be carried out.

Photography

Photography of the day's activities is welcomed. Teaching staff have found that images taken in the laboratory make good copy for school websites and newsletters. Images may be taken by School of Chemistry staff for our own websites, articles and other publications. Each school is requested to complete the consent form found at: http://www.chemlabs.bris.ac.uk/Documents/PhotoConsentForm.pdf and return it to Steve Croker by post or fax.

Arriving by Coach or Minibus.

There is no coach parking and very limited minibus parking (by prior booking chem_net@bristol.ac.uk). Coaches can drop off and collect students at a safe point opposite the entrance to Cantock's Close on Woodland Road.

A Map for the School of Chemistry, BS81TS. can be found by clicking here

Contact

Please contact The School Teacher Fellow for any queries at t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk

 

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