* CHeMneT Events Spring Term 2006


March

28th March Weston School Consortium Visit to Chemistry

Tim Harrison lectureAs part of the annual Sciences Enrichment Programme, organised by The University of Bristol Widening Participation Office, a group of 40 Y10 students from several schools in Weston Super Mare spent the afternoon in the School of Chemistry.

During the afternoon, postgraduate student, Zoë Schnepp gave them an insight into the work being undertaken in the School of Chemistry, The students were also given a tour of the department and Tim Harrison entertained and educated them with an interactive lecture on aspects of the chemistry of the atmosphere.

24th March A-Level Chemistry Enrichment Afternoon at Norton Hill School

Bristol ChemLabS were invited to the Midsummer Norton science college to work with Post 16 chemists. PhD student Emma Yates, of the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group, gave a talk on the greenhouse effect and on the mechanisms of ozone depletion. Dr Sarah Henley and her Y12 and 13 chemistry students then had the chance too participate in some demonstrations of atmospheric chemistry with Tim Harrison.

17th - 18th March - Science Alive

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‘Science Alive’ was again held in Broadmead Galleries Shopping Centre. The event is part of the University's contribution to National Science Week - an annual event arranged by the British Association for the Advancement of Science to increase PUBLIC engagement with the subject.

School of Chemistry postgraduate students Dane Comerford, Becky Sage, Claire Galvani, Dem Jardel, Julie Pearce, Nicky Elliott, Nick Walker and Phyllis Fiadzomor explained some of the chemical physics work we do here at the university. This involved linking basic concepts of structure through some simple demonstrations and experiments with slime to synthetic diamond production. For details click here.

The British association for the Advancement of science organises National Science Week with the intention of having a lot of fun with science and putting across a very positive image of scientists.

17th March GCSE Chemistry Revision at St Katherine’s School

Bristol ChemLabS was invited to St Katherine’s School, a North Somerset specialist science college to present a revision session to year 11 chemistry students. The session involved a number of demonstrations performed by the students, under close supervision, to reinforce their understanding of some chemistry concepts. One of the experiments managed to raise the ceiling tiles of the lab!

15th March 2006 Science Week Schools’ Conference

8th March Poster Presentations for Regional Science Colleges

As part of Science Week, Bristol ChemLabS organised a poster presentation for students in Key Stage 4 from regional science colleges. The students presented work carried out as part of their GCSE coursework or investigations undertaken in a science club.

The students had the opportunity to talk with postgraduate students Zoë Schnepp and Alex Griffin and to see where they worked. The afternoon also involved a lecture by Zoë on Synthetic Bone Chemistry. The students were also given the chance to participate in a short lecture demo.

The competition part of the afternoon saw the students defend their posters (and in one case, a video diary of their work) to a panel of four judges, made up of Alex, Zoë. The winning team, from Malmesbury School, presented a project on the uptake of carbon dioxide by plants, while the two runners up, both from Stroud High School, presented projects on reaction rates.

All participants in the event were presented with the BA’s Science Communicators Award.

1st and 2nd March - Chemistry for the Non-Specialist at Science Learning Centre South West

February

20th February - Chemistry Enrichment Day at Severn Vale School, Gloucester

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A set of Y10 students at Severn Vale School enjoyed a day of chemistry activities encompassing workshops on polymer chemistry, Grätzel cell chemistry and a lecture on bonding.

The polymer chemistry workshop, co-tutored by Zoë Schnepp, involved students making slime, nylon, plastic from milk and artificial silk fibres. The Grätzel cell workshop, facilitated by Dr Dimple Patel of Loughborough University, involved a competition to produce the most efficient cell.

The afternoon saw students from the Crypt school Gloucester join the group from Severn Vale to see a lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison. The event was sponsored by Aimhigher through Widening Participation.

3rd February - WISE Event at Malmesbury School, Wiltshire

Some of the students taking part in the workshop

A morning workshop on Gratzel cell chemistry was held for 25 young women from Y9 at Malmesbury School as part of the ‘Women Into Science, Engineering and Construction Campaign’ (WISE). The event was jointly held with Loughborough’s Dr Dimple Patel to enthuse students through involvement in some novel science and to meet a practicing female scientist.

The students investigated the voltage output of TiO2 solar cells that make use of dyes found in such ‘hazardous materials’ as cranberry juice, blackcurrants and hibiscus tea!

Grätzel Cell Workshop for Teachers - 20/12/05

January

25th January - Sixth form Chemistry Conference Biochemistry /Medical Chemistry

January 3rd 2006 AS and A Revision Workshops

Two chemistry revison workshops were held at Rednock School in
Gloucestershire in preparation for AS and A-Level chemistry module
examinations.

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