*Two Day Chemistry Camps

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach runs residential chemistry camps for individual (Y11-13) or school groups (Y9-13). These typically take place during April, late June and July but can be at any time that undergraduates are not using the teaching laboratories. Students can stay in halls of residence and enjoy several sessions of practical work, enjoy lectures and lecture demonstrations and take tours of analytical laboratories and, if requested, can have a presentation on the university application process. Longer Chemistry Camps are also possible.

The practical work allows students to develop practical skills on Day 1 that they can then use in the extended synthesis practical on Day 2. Students work in pairs. Images of the Teaching Laboratories can be found here.

The residential sessions start 09:30-10:00 and finish at 17:30 each day. There is an hour for lunch (students can organise their own lunch or packed lunches can be ordered) and a morning and afternoon break each day where drinks and biscuits are provided. An evening meal will be organised in one of Bristol’s biggest restaurants.

A typical programme may be found by clicking here.

Clifton Hill House, Manor Hall and Goldney Hall are halls of residence that are typically used depending on availability.

For further information on availability and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk or t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk.

Typical Programme for Two Day Chemistry Camp



10.00 am

Arrival, Welcome, Safety Talk and Lab Coat Issue

10.10 am

Practical Session 1: Warm up session with iodine clock reaction, followed by copper sulfate concentration determination via uv- visible spectroscopy. Coffee break mid-session.

12.55 pm

Lunch break. Students to provide own from local sandwich bars

2:00 pm

Lecture Demonstration: A Pollutant’s Tale (Tim Harrison, Bristol)

3.00 pm

Practical 2: Extraction of caffeine from tea leaves with an afternoon break.

5.15 pm

Depart School of Chemistry

5.30 pm

Check in at Hall of Residence

7.00 pm

Depart to Restaurant e.g. ‘Za Za Bazzaars’ Restaurant, Waterside, Bristol

7.20 pm

Rest of evening at Halls of Residence



9:00 am

Leave Halls of Residence and bring bags to School of Chemistry

9.30 am

Spectroscopy Tours – students will have the chance to see and have talks on NMR, GCMS (or mass spectrometry) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) as available.

11.00 am

Morning Break

11.20 am

Practical Session 3: Benzocaine Synthesis (Part 1)

1.00 pm

Lunch break. Students to provide own from local sandwich bars

2.00 pm

Practical Session 4: Benzocaine Synthesis (Part 2)

4.00 pm

Lectures (2 x 30 min) by current postgraduates and/or on the UCAS system.

5.00 pm

Evaluation and farewells (if school requires it).

5:30 pm


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