Upcoming CHeMneT

Upcoming events run by the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team for secondary schools

Teachers are asked to check back to these pages regularly to see details about these events as they become available. Those members of CHeMneT–the School of Chemistry’s School network will have the details of events emailed to them as soon as they become available. Click here to find out about regular CHeMneT events. Teachers who are not yet on the CHeMneT database may become so simply by emailing chem-net@bristol.ac.uk


For an "at-a-glance" overview of Bristol ChemLabS Outreach activities please check the general Outreach activities page.

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2018

May 2018

25 May: Lecture Demonstration for Schools, University of Valencia, Spain

Tim Harrison will return to Valencia to give a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for English speaking students in the city. Bristol ChemLabS is again working with Dr Teresa Climent in the organisation of this event.

June 2018

03 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

04 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

05 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

06 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

06 June: Chemistry Demonstrations, Annual STEM Day New College, Swindon, Wilts

Postgraduate chemists led by Jonny Furze, will be presenting 3 one-hour lecture demonstrations for 400 Year 8 students from several local schools. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Amanda Spanswick (Faculty Manager, English, Languages, Maths and Science) in the organising of this event. This event is sponsored in part by a widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

06 June: ‘Gases in the Air’ Chemistry Demonstration Lecture, Wimbledon High School, W. London

Tim Harrison will be performing 2 lecture demonstrations for Years 7 and 8 at this west London independent school. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Nadine Risso in the organisation of this event.

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

Tim Harrison will return to deliver 2 demonstrations to around 140 Year 7 students from Chipping Sodbury School for the tenth consecutive year at an event hosted at the Town Hall as part of the town's annual festival.

13 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Petroc College, Barnstable, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will again be taken to this Devonian College during this period by postgraduate Chemists including Joanna Sparks during this period so that Post 16 students will have the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

13 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

20 Year 12 students from Wycliffe (Stroud, Gloucs) will visit the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in the synthesis of benzocaine, talks and a lectures. These will be joined by a group of 30 Year 10 students from Clevedon School, Somerset) who will be extracting caffeine from tea in the morning before an afternoon of talks.

15 and 16 June: University of Bristol Open Days 2018

The open days offer the perfect opportunity to find out all that is needed to know about the University of Bristol. Further details and booking information will be available in Spring 2018. For more information please see: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/opendays-visit/

19 June: Science Assembly, Perry Court E-ACT Academy, Whitchurch, Bristol

Tim Harrison will visit this large 2 form entry Bristol school to perform the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' twice during the day. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Nicky Reynolds (Lead Practitioner and Regional Science Lead). The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

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

Approximately 25 Year 12 students from Bryanston School (Dorset) will again spend the day at Bristol extracting caffeine from tea leaves and engaged in an afternoon of talks and lectures. Former Bristol undergraduate Abigail Elliot (Bryanston) will coordinate this annual visit for her department. There are additional spaces available on this date. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for information on costs and timings.

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

King’s Bruton (Somerset) 12 Year 12 , 20 Year 12 from Wellsway (Wilts), and  26 Year 12 from Sheborne School (Dorset) will be synthesising benzocaine during the morning and enjoying an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations.

25 and 26 June: Undergraduate Chemistry Taster Days/Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

Groups of 12 Year 12 students from Dulwich College (London) and 14 senior students from Lancing College (W.Sussex) will visit the School of Chemistry for two days of practical work, talks, tours and demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with chemistry teacher Harry Willetts (Dulwich) and Mark Walsh (Lancing) in the organisation of this event.

Space for another school, is available. Colleagues should contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for more information on content, timings and costs.

27 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

20-25 Year 12 students from Ribston Hall School (Gloucs) will be making their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and to have an afternoon of talks, tours and lecture demonstrations. They are being joined by 15 Year 9s from Harris CofE (Rugby, Wark).

Comments on last year’s visit; Thanks for last Wednesday Tim. It was another brilliant experience for the students, they loved it

28 June: 10th Skirting Science Festival, Churchill School, Somerset

This year is the 10th Skirting Science event which promotes science to Year 9 girls. Former PhD chemist Emma Liddle will be supported by Bristol ChemLabS in delivering one element of the day of hands-on science with the loan of the Forensic Science Box and other equipment.

 28 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Churchill Academy, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this college by a team of Postgraduate Chemists led by Dr Emma Liddle during the day so that it may be used in the Skirting Science event for Year 9 girls. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

28 and 29 June: Undergraduate Chemistry Taster Days/Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

On this camp students will spend days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures. A group of 16 students from St Martins School (Essex), organised by John Peacock will be attending. We are also expecting a group from Andover 6th Form Academy (Andover, Hants) organised by lecturer Paul Roberts, to also be attending. There is space for another small school group of students to join this camp. Please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

July 2018

02 July: “Big Bang @ Cirencester”, Cirencester College, Cirencester, Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS is expecting to send a team of outeachers to participate in this event which is expecting around 500 Year 9 and 10 students from schools in the area. Cirencester College, is a Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre for Excellence in the South West.

02 July: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Cirencester College, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this college by a team of Postgraduate Chemists led by Jonny Furze during the day so that Post 16 students will have the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

02 July: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

28 Year 12 students from Kingswood (Bath) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea and to enjoy an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations. These students will be joined by. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Dr Jenny Wood in the organisation of this visit.  22 spaces are available. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk  for more information.

03 July: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 15 Year 12 students from Malvern St James (Worcester) will be engaged in a caffeine extraction in the morning and be entertained by talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. These will be joined by 15 Year 10 students from Harris CofE Academy (Rugby) and by 22 Year 12 students from St Edward’s School (Oxford).

04-06 July: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for St Aloysius' College (Malta), Bristol ChemLabS

This midweek slot has been reserved for the annual visit by this Maltese school. Typically, 35 Year 12 students come to Bristol. An additional 15 places can be made available to a second school.

05 July: ‘My Future’, Science Day, Yeovil College, Somerset

The Bristol ChemLabS team will return to this Somerset college to help deliver a Science Day they are hosting for visiting Year 8 students from local secondary school schools. Alison Rivett will perform the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ during the day. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Jocelyn Pritchard (Yeovil College) in the organisation of this event. Last year 302 Year 8 students attended the event from Bucklers Mead Academy, Yeovil; Stanchester Academy, Stoke sub Hamdon; Preston School, Yeovil; Westfield Academy, Yeovil; King Arthurs Community School and Wincanton. The day will be sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

09-13 July: Sutton Trust Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

During this week Bristol ChemLabS will provide several sessions (expected to be 10-12 July) for 10 Chemistry students while the Widening Participation Office provides other activities during the week. These students will be supervised by a postgraduate Chemist and will, for most of their time, be integrated into other events that are running during the week.

09-11 July: Three Day Chemistry Summer Camp for, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 45 Year 12 students from the co-ed sixth form at Westcliff High School for Boys, an Essex grammar school, will spend 3 days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures. This will be the fourth annual visit by this school to Bristol ChemLabS for such a camp. There is space for a school group of 15 students to join this camp for the first two days. Please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

12-13 July: Chemistry Camp for Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

Up to 20 Year 11 and 12 students from Wallingford School (Oxon) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. Bristol ChemLabS are working with Helen Grindy to bring about this event. Additional spaces will be made available for other schools to participate. Please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for further information.

13 July: Chemistry Afternoon for Visiting Chinese School Students, Bristol ChemLabS

15 school students from a group of schools in Qingdao China, will visit the Teaching Laboratories for an afternoon of Chemistry. The group comprise students are studying for UK A-Levels - mostly Maths, Further Maths - all of whom highly likely to come to the UK for study at degree level. These will be supervised by Chris Adams. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Alex Barlow from the International Recruitment Officer of the University of Bristol in the organising of this event.

16 July: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session has just been released. It will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

17 - 20 July: Insight into Bristol (London), Bristol ChemLabS

This is a provisional date for this Widening Participation organised summer school. Following an introductory day in London (30 June) the group of approximately 20 students, all wishing to become Chemists, will visit Bristol ChemLabS for a series of workshops and talks at various times within these 4 days.

20 July: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

60 spaces have been set aside for schools’ activities. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for details of costs, timings and activities available.

September 2018

08 September: University of Bristol Open Days 2018

The open days offer the perfect opportunity to find out all that is needed to know about the University of Bristol. Further details and booking information will be available in Spring 2018. For more information please see: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/opendays-visit/

13, 17-18 September: Tentative Dates for Spectroscopy Tours, Bristol ChemLabS

These dates are being considered for the annual half-day spectroscopy tours of IR, NMR, MS, XRD and TEM/SEM. Note; no bookings will be accepted until the dates are verified.

October 2018

04 October: 'A Pollutant's Tale', Finborough School, Great Finborough, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Tim Harrison will perform a series of one hour lecture demonstrations to students from the school. Bristol ChemLabS is working with former outreach postgraduate chemist Phyllis Fiadzomor. The visit will be sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 October: Benzocaine Morning, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Marlborough College (Wilts) will be making their annual Year 13 visit to synthesise benzocaine during the morning. These will be joined by 14 Year 10 students from Tormead School (Devon) who will be extracting caffeine from tea leaves. Please note there will be no lectures during the afternoon.

06-14 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Sidmouth Science Festival 2018

Bristol ChemLabS will be performing several demonstration and assemblies for primary, secondary and members of the wider public during this annual event.

Contact: chris@lockyear.gotadsl.co.uk  (Organising committee)

11 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Sidmouth Science Festival 2018, Sidmouth College, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS will be performing several demonstration and assemblies for secondary pupils and members of the wider public during this annual event. This visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. For more information about the science festival click here.

17 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Post 16 students from King Edward’s School, Bath will spend the day working on the Year 12/13 Drug Synthesis day, comprising Benzocaine and Aspirin synthesis. These will be joined by 16 Year 13 students from Harnden Huish Academy (Somerset). Several talks will follow in the afternoon.

30 October: ISSP STEM Day, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berks

Bristol ChemLabS will, for the tenth year, be supporting this event for KS3 students from local secondary schools by presenting a lecture demonstration to kick start the event. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with organiser Sue Parker (Wellington).

31 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

32 senior students from the Haydon School (Middlesex) will make a return visit to Bristol to extract caffeine from tea in the morning and to enjoy talks and demonstrations in the afternoon. 18 spaces remain available to work with secondary schools. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

November 2018

05 November: Demonstration Chemistry Lecture, Marlborough College, Wilts

Tim Harrison will again be presenting an afternoon lecture demonstration to Year 9 students from the host college and from state and prep schools from surrounding areas. Bristol ChemLabS will again be working with Gary Doyle in the organisation of this visit. The events is sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

06 November: Halloween Chemistry Evening Lecture Demonstration 2, The King’s School, Gloucester

Members of the chemistry community, including teaching colleagues and school groups (both primary and secondary) are warmly invited to attend a lecture-demonstration at the School of Chemistry starting at 7pm. Tim Harrison (Director of Outreach, Bristol ChemLabS) and Saskia O’Sullivan (Deputy Head, Academic, The King’s School) will uncover 'The Chemistry of All Hallows' Eve and Bonfire Night', so expect some ghoulish surprises and bangs! This event is suitable for Year 5 and upwards. Please contact Simone at Chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

07 November: Bristol Synthesis CDT Invitation Day, Bristol ChemLabS

These dates have been set aside to work with invited secondary schools only as part of an outreach project for the Bristol Synthesis CDT.

15-30 November: Outreach Events, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be returning to Western Australia to work with Dr Magda Wajrak (ECU) and her state award-winning outreach team to deliver a variety of lectures, lecture demonstrations and teacher/technician workshops for primary and secondary schools in Western Australia.

19 - 25 November: National Chemistry Week 2018

With theme 'Community Outreach - Chemistry for Everyone' Chemistry Week is an annual celebration of the chemical sciences. It is an opportunity to organise events and activities that connect chemistry with local people and communities to:

Grants up to 750 are available to support members to organise activities taking place during Chemistry Week and celebrate. See here for more details.

December 2018

05 December: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Year 11 students from Marlborough College will make their annual trip to the teaching laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning. These will be joined by 15 Year 12 students from St John’s Marlborough (Wilts) whose trip is organised with Gemma Joyce (Head of Chemistry). The afternoon session is expected to be the Schools Christmas Chemistry Conference.

05 December: The Annual Schools Christmas Chemistry Conference

This date has been set aside for the annual conference. Timings are expected to be 1:45 pm to 4;30 pm. 336 places will be made available. Further information will be placed here in due course.

06 December: Early Evening Chemistry Demonstration Lecture, Marlborough College, Wilts

Tim Harrison will again be presenting ‘Gases in the Air’ at a late afternoon lecture demonstration (4 pm – 5pm) to Year 9 students from the host college and students for Year 7 and 8 from local state and preparatory schools. Bristol ChemLabS will again be working with Gary Doyle in the organisation of this visit. The events is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Teachers interested in attending should email Dr Gary Doyle at gad@marlboroughcollege.org.

07 December: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Monmouth School for Girls, Gwent

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this Welsh school by 3 Postgraduate Chemists during this period so that ~55 Post 16 students will have the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the four sessions of the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Dawn Clark (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this event.

12 December: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

These dates have been set aside to work with secondary schools. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

January 2019

03-04 January: Winter Chemistry Camp and Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual 2-day winter camp for school groups (Y11-13) will again be held. The camp comprises extraction of caffeine from tea, an organic synthesis of a drug, a perfume chemistry workshop and spectroscopy tours, talks, tours and demonstrations. 13 Year 13s from St Lawrence College (Ramsgate, Kent) will again be among those visiting Bristol for this camp.

16 January: Provisional Date for Analytical Chemistry Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside for this competition. More details will be announced here in the summer term.

17-18 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will revisit this local specialist science college for the 11th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools and several of their own year groups. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with science teacher Jo Pascoe in the organisation of this event.

17 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Badminton School (Bristol, Michael Gibbons) will be visiting Bristol ChemLabS today. 50 Year 10 students will be extracting caffeine during the morning before engaging in an afternoon of talks and demonstrations. ​

18 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

40 Year 12 and 13 students from Churchill Academy (Somerset) will be making their annual trip to Bristol to synthesis benzocaine during the morning and to engage in talks and demonstrations in the afternoon.

22 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Cheltenham College, Gloucs

Tentative: The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will again be taken to Cheltenham College by postgraduate Chemists so that Post 16 students will have the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

23 January: Provisional Date for RSC Chemistry Competition

More information will be placed here in due course.

February 2019

06 February: 2019 Access to Bristol Course, Session 1, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see a maximum of 30 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. The six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. This session is expected to be the production of a perfume. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

07 February: RSC Evening Lecture Demonstration, Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset

This date has been reserved for a one-hour lecture demonstration, starting at 7:00 pm. Full details will be recorded here nearer the time. The talk will cover a wide range of topics within Chemistry and should be enjoyed by those as young as 10 up to and including adult members of the community. This event, sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), is free of charge. Individuals may attend but school groups should contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk to register interest. Bristol ChemLabS is again working with Tim Joliff at Queen’s College in the organisation of this event.

13 February: 2019 Access to Bristol Course, Session 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see a maximum of 30 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. The six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. This session is expected to be the extraction of caffeine from tea leaves. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

13 February: Provisional Date for RSC Chemistry Competition

More information will be placed here in due course

26 February: RSC Schools’ Chemistry Conference, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Gloucs

A morning conference for senior students, and hosted by Cheltenham Ladies’ College, for state and independent schools in the region has now becoming a regular fixture in the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach year. The usual schedule expected to be followed is below. Details of lecturers and topics will follow nearer the time.

9.15-9.30: Schools arrival

9.30-10.20: Lecture. 1

10:20- 10:50 Postgraduate (Bristol) TBC

10.50-11.10: Break

11.10-12.10: Lecture demonstration.

12:10-12:20: Thanks and departure.

The event is free of charge. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Matt Gill (Cheltenham Ladies’). The event is sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the RSC and Bristol ChemLabS.

For bookings please contact Simone at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

27 February: 2018 Access to Bristol Course, Session 3, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see a maximum of 30 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. The six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. This session is expected to be the reduction of a cyclohexanol. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

March 2019

09-18 March: British Science Week

13 March: Open Laboratories Programme Caffeine Extraction Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

20 Post 16 students from Sidcot School (Somerset) and 15 Post 16 from Sherborne School (Dorset) will make their annual visits to Bristol to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and to enjoy talks and demonstrations in the afternoon as part of School’s British Science week Chemistry Conference. There are still 15 spaces available. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

13 March: British Science Week Schools Conference Afternoon, Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside for the annual conference. Timings are expected to be 1:45 pm to 4;30 pm. 336 places will be made available. Further information will be placed here in due course.

13 March: 2019 Access to Bristol Course, Session 4, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see a maximum of 30 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. The six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. This session will see the students joining the National Chemistry Week Schools’ Conference. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

20 March: 2019 Access to Bristol Course, Session 5, Bristol ChemLabS

20 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Badminton School (Bristol, Michael Gibbons) will be visiting Bristol ChemLabS today. 25 Year 12 students will be synthesising benzocaine during the morning before engaging in an afternoon of talks and demonstrations. ​ These will be joined by 20 Year 12 students from Harnden Huish Academy (Somerset).

27 March: 2018 Access to Bristol Course, Session 6, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see a maximum of 30 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. The six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. This session will see the students synthesising the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

April 2019

02 April: Evening School’s Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

Provisional date: This event, 7-9 pm, will comprise two postgraduate chemists talking about their research and a lecture demonstration. A full schedule will be published here and in the CHemneT newsletter in due course.This event is free of charge and will be sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

02-03 April: Chemistry Camp for Jersey School for Girls, Bristol ChemLabS (Provisional Date)

Approximately 30 Year 12 students from the Channel Islands’ state school will pay another visit to the School of Chemistry to take part in a condensed residential experience of laboratory work and lectures. The young women will enjoy an evening in lectures on Day 1 followed by a laboratory day culminating in a lectures, talks and tours on Day 2. Bristol ChemLabS will be working, as usual, with Head of Chemistry, Steve Braithwaite, in the organisation of this event.

03 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 20 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

10 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 20 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk. NOTE: schools in Wales are still in term time on this date.

May 2019

07 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

30-40 Post 16 students from Cheltenham College will return to Bristol ChemLabS to send time in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories in the morning and to enjoy talks and demonstration lectures in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Chemistry Teacher James Copeland-Jordan in the organisation of this event.

There are still 20-10 places available on this day (numbers confirmed in the new academic year). The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact Simone at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

08 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

09 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

10 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

13 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

14 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 50 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

15 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside for the only session of this year’s Salters’ chemistry competition for Year 7/8 students. Applications for this must be made through the Salters’ organisation when applications open. See their website for more information.

16 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Provisional date: Around 50 Year 10 students from Wells Cathedral School, will spend the morning working in the School of Chemistry's Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and enjoying the lectures in the afternoon.

17 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Provisional date: 85 Year 10 students from Sherborne Girls School (Dorset) will take part in their annual polymer chemistry workshop during the morning and a programme of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon.

November 2019

06 November: Evening Lecture, WMCTC, University of Birmingham, W.Midlands

Tim Harrison will be assisting Saskia O’Sullivan, in delivery a cut down version of the lecture demonstration ‘The Chemistry of Halloween’ for the West Midlands Chemistry group.

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Projects being developed for secondary schools outreach work include:

Practical Chemistry Opportunities for KS4 and Post 16 Students

A portfolio of work for practical-based day workshops has been developed that will allow GCSE and A/AS-level students to come to the undergraduate teaching laboratories to spend a day, a morning or an afternoon carrying out practical work (synthesis, extraction, analysis). These are available as the Bristol ChemLabS Schools' Laboratory Programme.

This programme is being further developed. If you are a chemistry teacher and would like to discuss the elaboration of a bespoke chemistry day, perhaps as part of a Royal Society Partnership Grant, please contact Tim Harrison (t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk).

STEM Ambassadors Training

Postgraduates at the School of Chemistry are undertaking Ambassador training to equip them with the information and skills required to go into schools to talk to students. It is proposed that such postgraduates may be used to assist in the delivery of elements of AS/A-Level General Studies 'science' modules.

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