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April

23 April: Science Day at the Crypt School, Gloucester

AIMS and Bristol ChemLabS, the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) of the School of Medical Sciences and the School of Chemistry, again joined forces and had the Mobile Teaching Unit in action at this Gloucestershire science college. Lectures on atmospheric chemistry, climate change and anatomy were given by Dudley Shallcross, Tim Harrison and Alice Roberts. Students from the Crypt school were joined by students from other invited schools.

19 April: Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood Middlesex

Around 360 KS3 and 4 students were engaged with two separate versions of ‘A Pollutants’ Tale’ lecture demonstration on this visit. A lunchtime session with Post 16 students on infrared spectroscopy also took place.

16 April Easter Study School, University of Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS put on a lecture demonstration as part of a programme being organised for up to 60 school students by the Widening Participation Office.

 

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March

29 March: Salters' Festival 2007

Forty pupils from ten schools in the region took part in a range of chemistry experiments and challenges at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry's Teaching Laboratories on Thursday 29 March.

Photo of Salters Festival

Click here for a full illustrated report.

28 March: Thomas Hardye Y12 Chemists (organic synthesis day)

27 March: Y12 RSC Analyst Chemistry Competition

The Schools' Analyst Competition is a national competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC's) Analytical Division for Y12 students studying AS level Chemistry or equivalent. The Analytical Division's Regions hold heats, generally during March and April, to select a team or teams, to go through to the National Final. Each team comprises three students.

 

26 and 27 March: Bristol Teachers Evenings

Bristol ChemLabS opened its doors to members of CHeMneT and other invited school teachers. The teachers were welcomed by Professor Nick Norman, shown around the new facilities by Tim Harrison, given a tour of the Dynamic Laboratory Manual in relation to its possibilities for future schools' use by Dr David Smith and given a breakdown of outreach opportunities by Dr Dudley Shallcross.

A future evening event will be held in the autumn for CHeMneT members who were unable to come.

Any Chemistry teacher who is not a member of CHeMneT but wishes to be notified of the future date should contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

24 March: Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench Finals, London

A team of four young chemists from Stroud High in Gloucestershire represented the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry at this event held at the Science Museum and Imperial College.

There were 3 tasks to complete; a written test, an information seeking exercise in the Science Museum galleries and a practical component hosted at Imperial College.
The team  worked with Tim Harrison in preparation for the competition.

Click here for their report.

22 March: Deer Park School, Cirencester

Two groups of Y9 students totalling around 250, together with their and other science teachers visiting the school, enjoyed a lecture demo talk on the ‘Gases in the Atmosphere’ as part of their science enrichment day.

21 March: Y10 Colour Chemistry Day

Eighty GCSE science students from Malmesbury and Ridgeway Science Colleges in Wiltshire were the very first Key Stage 4 chemists to make use of the newly refurbished undergraduate Teaching Laboratories in a joint Royal Society and Bristol ChemLabS funded day.

Malmesbury and ridgeway students

The students worked with six Science and Engineering Ambassadors (SEAs) postgraduate chemists on a 2.5 hour circus of experiments that included the determination of the concentration of copper sulphate solution by uv-vis spectroscopy methods, natural dyestuffs extractions, an investigation into thermochromic pigments, fluorescence and chemiluminescence. In the afternoon the students were reminded of the elements of the practical work that accompanied their GCSE science courses by Tim Harrison before an interactive lecture demo on nanotechnology by Professor Julian Eastoe assisted by Zoë Schnepp and Matthew Hollamby.

The students will follow up their work back in their respective schools in a programme drawn up by Miss Becca Stepek of Malmesbury School.

All students were given RSC and ABPI careers literature before leaving.

15-16 March: Science Days, Wooton Bassett School, Wiltshire

As part of the school's Science Week, Bristol ChemLabS were invited to provide 2 days of engagement activities. On the Thursday Science and Engineering Ambassador (SEA) postgraduate chemist Anwar Kahn assisted Tim Harrison with a polymer chemistry workshop for Y8 and with 5 lecture demo talks on 'The Chemistry of the Atmosphere' for groups of students ranging from a local primary Y6 group to students in Y9 to 11. On the Friday Science and Engineering Ambassador (SEA) postgraduate chemist Roisin Walsh assisted Tim Harrison in the delivery of another 4 talks to students in Y10 to13.

In all over 400 students and numerous teaching staff were present in Bristol ChemLabS activities during the two days

14 March: Schools’ Chemical Sciences Conference, University of Bristol

A Pollutant's TaleAs part of National Science and Engineering Week Bristol ChemLabS once again hosted a schools’ conference, this time for students in Y10 to 13.

Lectures were given by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, discoverer of DNA fingerprinting, from the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester and Dr Ann Schmiedekamp, a NASA Ambassador from Penn State, gave a short talk on the chemistry of the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison (Bristol) concluded with the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.

Around 250 students from the region were in attendance.

12 March: Spectroscopy Visit to Blundells School, Tiverton

Portable Infrared Spectrometer

Several workshops on infrared spectroscopy for Post-16 Chemists were taken to the Devon school.

07 March: Thomas Hardye Y12 Organic Chemistry Workshop

A group of 27 AS level Chemists from the Dorset school became the first school students to use the recently refurbished labs. The party, whose visit had been organised by the Widening Participation Office spent the day working on an organic synthesis of an ester found in the smell of bananas. The students enjoyed the visit so much it was hard to get them to leave the lab to rejoin their coach!

The students were assisted by postgraduate Science and Engineering Ambassadors (SEAs) Tom Thomas, Hannah Woodward and Julie Pearce and by technicians Steve Croker, Phil Newberry and Belinda Burke.

03 March: Climate Change Workshop Plumstead Manor School, South London

Bristol ChemLabS presented a morning of demonstrations, talks and carbon dioxide measuring activities for gifted and talented students part of a day entitled 'Climate Change: Are We Losing our Cool?’.

The Y9 pupils from Plumstead Manor and surrounding schools learned about the chemical composition of the atmosphere, mathematical modelling of climate, infrared sensors to measure carbon dioxide concentration, historical records of climate, global warming and global dimming, blackbody radiation and the degree of uncertainty of the extent of global temperature rise.

Anyone interested in materials on climate change and ozone depletion may wish to visit our resources page on the subjects - this is available to all, not just CHeMneT members.

 

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February

20 February: Bishop Vesey Grammar School Sutton Coldfield

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison presented 'A Pollutant's Tale' to an audience of 50 Y11 Chemistry students at this Midlands Specialist Language College

14 February: Geographical Association Conference

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale as part of the Bristol Branch of the Geographical Association Conference on Climate Change for Post-16 Geography students'. There were over 100 students present.

07 February: Stroud High Science Day

MTL outside and inside

A joint outreach event by both Bristol Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) saw the School of Medicine (AIMS) and Bristol ChemLabS in action at the Gloucestershire Science College.

In a pilot use of the Mobile Teaching Unit (MTU), a HGV Class 2 truck whose prime purpose is in providing mobile facilities for training surgeons in situ, Dr Alice Roberts, Sarah Gossling and Tim Harrison gave a series of presentations and lectures. While the school's hall was used for 3 lectures on climate change and medical imaging involving 600 students, the MTU was used for small-group work in anatomy.

More information about the Mobile Teaching Unit will appear in the next CHeMneT newsletter.

Article on the Stroud High website

01 February Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire

Postgraduate Chemist and Science and Engineering Ambassador (SEA) Paul Hamer, along with the ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow Tim Harrison, presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to senior students at the college. A discussion about climate change and its consequences followed.

 

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January

30 January Ribston Hall High School, Gloucester

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison presented the lecture demo 'A Pollutant's Tale' to over 50 Gifted and Talented students from Y8-13 at the school, with the aim to stimulate interest in science that goes beyond the classroom and the limitations of the national curriculum.

29 January Thomas Hardye School, Dorset

Tim Harrison and Science and Engineering Ambassador (SEA) Steve Henshaw visited the Dorchester school to give 4 workshops to Post 16 students on infrared spectroscopy. This provided the students with an opportunity to run samples through, including those they had synthesised themselves, and to see carbon dioxide sensors in use. A final session allowed chemistry teachers at the school to explore further use of the portable infrared spectrometer.

12 January 'Climate Change - How to Keep Our Cool' Brunel University London

Bristol ChemLabS presented a morning of demonstrations, talks and carbon dioxide measuring activities at this whole day event hosted by Brunel University for forty Y10 Gifted and Talented students from three West London Schools.

The youngsters learned about the chemical composition of the atmosphere, mathematical modelling of climate, infrared sensors to measure carbon dioxide concentration, historical records of climate, global warming and global dimming, blackbody radiation and the degree of uncertainty of the extent of global temperature rise. This work was presented byScience and Engineering Ambassador (SEA) Steve Henshaw and School Teacher Fellow Tim Harrison.

In the afternoon session the students followed up this work by preparing a debate on carbon credits.

Please note CHeMneT activities were reduced in January and February to help with the commissioning of the refurbished teaching laboratories.

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