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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

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, Bristol ChemLabS - CANCELLED

07 November: Bristol Synthesis CDT Invitation Day, Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside to work with invited secondary schools only as part of an outreach project for the Bristol Synthesis CDT. The schools invited are Rednock School, (Dursley, Gloucs Anita Newton) , Ebbew Vale FE College  AKA Coleg Gwent (Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Katie Hanford) and Bartholomew School (Oxford, Katie Rosser-Evans ). The total of 45 Year 12 students will be extracting caffeine from tea leaves, experiencing two talks from CDT postgraduates and a lecture demonstration from Tim Harrison.

09-18 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.

Three lecture demonstrations will take place on the Joondalup Campus before a further 3 on the Bunbury Campus ( 2 hours south of Joondalup). There will also be a technician teacher training event in Joondalup at the end f the period as in previous years..

19-30 November: Outreach events, Queensland, Australia

Tim Harrison will be delivering several science assemblies in Mackay and is also expected to work with James Cook University (Townsville) in their outreach programme.

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.

27 November: Chemistry Academic Talks, Wimbledon High School, London

Helen Whelton will be giving talks on her area of research and on what it is like being a research chemist/chemistry student to senior girls at this London school. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Mary McGovern (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this event.

28 November: RSC Evening Lecture on Biofuels, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Prof David Read (Soton) will give the talk ‘Biofuels: Fuelling the future, or big fraud?’

Tentative start time 5:30- 6:30/7:00pm

Venue: Theatre at Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Content: This talk and chaired debate will explore the viability of biofuels as a sustainable solution to the “energy crisis”. The focus will be on the chemistry behind the fuels as well as the social, political and economic factors influencing policymaking and public behaviour.

This is a free event. Members of the public or school groups should contact Matt Gill Cheltenham Ladies’ College) to book places gillm@cheltladiescollege.org.

December 2018

04 December: Chemistry Demonstrations, 2018 Bridgwater STEM Festival, National College for Nuclear, Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset

Bristol ChemLabS will be performing the lecture demonstrations ‘Gases in the Air’ to students visiting the STEM festival. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Sherryl Sellick in the organisation of the visit. The event is sponsored by EDF Energy.

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

40 Year 11 students from Marlborough College will make their annual trip to the teaching laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning.  The afternoon session is the Schools Christmas Chemistry Conference. There are still places available for a small group of ~10 students. Please contact Simone at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for further information on costs and timings.

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: Chemistry Demonstration Lecture, Marlborough College, Wilts

Tim Harrison will again be presenting ‘Gases in the Air’ at an afternoon lecture demonstration (2:30 to Year 7, 8 and 9 students 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 the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Teachers interested in attending should email Dr Gary Doyle at gad@marlboroughcollege.org.

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 college. Bristol ChemLabS will again be working with Gary Doyle in the organisation of this visit.

06 December: RSC Evening Christmas Lecture, University of the West of England (UWE), Frenchay, Bristol

Time: Arrive from 18:30 for a 19:00 start.

Venue University of the West of England (UWE)

Joanna Buckley (Sheffield) will present the talk ‘Edible experiments - A Taste of Chemistry’-

Synopsis: ‘Edible Experiments -a baker’s dozen of food experiments that explore the chemistry behind certain foods. During the lecture Jo will share her passion for food chemistry and answer some significantly silly food-based questions that have kept her up at night.’

This event of free of charge but please book places with Kevin.honeychurch@uwe.ac.uk

07 December: PSTT Science Assembly, John O’Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Chemists Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will visit this Community Academy School to perform a science assembly to Year 7 students. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Fellow and cluster lead Pauline Rodger and Sarah Simmonds (John O Gaunt) in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There are likely to be several such assemblies on this date.

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

40 Year 12 students from St John's Marlborough (Wilts, - contact: Gemma Joyce) will be extracting caffeine from tea leaves in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during the morning. 10 Post 16 students from Kings School (Gloucester, Saskia O’Sullivan)) will also be using the undergraduate teaching laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning. All students will enjoy an afternoon of talks and demonstrations.

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.

03-04 January: Chemistry Experience for Students in BA and BS Postcodes, Bristol ChemLabS

Advance Notice: Up to 25 Year 12 students from state schools in the BS and BA postcodes and who know they wish to study chemistry at university will be given the opportunity to join a 2-day Chemistry Camp as day students.

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. Students will join Year 13s from St Lawrence College (Ramsgate, Kent) who will again visiting Bristol for this camp.

The camp will be sponsored by a Widening participation grant from the Science faculty at the University of Bristol. Students will need to make their own way to the School of Chemistry

Application forms and procedures will be posted here in due course.

15 January: RSC Family Talk, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies College, Gloucs

Prof. Adam Hart (Gloucestershire) a well-known TV, radio science communicator, will present an interactive talk on insect pheromones (title: ‘Saying it Smells’) for school students and members of the public. The talk will start at 6:30 pm and will be an hour or so in duration.

Lecture synopsis: ‘When they really want to get their point across, insects don't shout - they stink! Using a remarkable range of pheromones, chemicals they release to communicate with others, insects can "say" a great deal - and in some cases we can pick up on their message too. It isn't just a simple message either - the social insects like ants and honeybees can even organise their massive colonies using smells. In this interactive lecture, Professor Adam Hart immerses us in the smelly world of insect chemical communication.’

This is a free to attend event. Bristol ChemLabS , Cheltenham Ladies College and the Royal Society of Chemistry will work together to provide the third annual conference and was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  . For group bookings please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

16 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Year 12 students from Marlborough College will make the annual visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to reduce a methylcyclohexene. These will be joined by 10 Year 13 students from Monkton Senior School. There are no lectures in the afternoon.

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

 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: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Malmesbury School, Wilts

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to Malmesbury School by Jonny Furze 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: RSC’s Analytical Chemistry Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

The Schools' Analyst Competition is a competition run by the RSC's Analytical Division for Y12 students studying A level Chemistry or equivalent (i.e. Year 12).  The Analytical Division’s Regions hold heats, in early spring each year, to select a team or teams, to go through to the National Final (held in June). Each team comprises three students (with an accompanying teacher). Sixteen team places are available. Bristol ChemLabS is hosting one of the 3 Western Division of the Analytical Division’s competitions. Only 2 school teams from the 3 heats expected in the region are expected to go through to the national finals.

At the time of writing there will not be a programme for accompanying teachers, but a room will be provided for marking etc. Teachers who have not previously visited the school of chemistry will have the opportunity for a tour if requested in advance.

The date for the commencement of booking places will be 01 July 2018. Please contact Simone on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to book or for more information. A waiting list will be employed in case of last minute tea withdrawals.

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.

Chemistry: The central science’ will be presented by Prof David Read, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton.

Chemistry has a reputation as one of the most difficult subjects we encounter at school.  Although many people have fond memories of ‘doing fun experiments’ and watching their teacher ‘blow stuff up’, studying the theory was less enjoyable for most of the population.  This presentation will address some of the fundamental principles that make chemistry challenging, using demonstrations, animations and simulations to bring the subject to life and break down some of the key barriers that prevent people from getting to grips with this most elegant of disciplines. 

Chemistry is ubiquitous in all of our lives, yet chemists generally fail to communicate its importance to the public.  Chemistry underpins many other scientific disciplines, which themselves have a key role to play in solving some of the major challenges faced by mankind in the 21st Century. The presentation will explore some of the unseen contributions made by chemistry in tackling these big challenges.  This will be an interactive session, with the audience being able to test their knowledge by voting on the answers to questions throughout.  Will you prove yourself to be a master chemist?’

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

TThis 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: RSC Top of the Bench (TOTB) Chemistry Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

Sixteen places are available. In the first instance, according to RSC requests 8 places will be reserved for state schools. For state schools a deadline of 30 September 2018 for registration is set when, any unused places will be made widely available.

Bristol ChemLabS is hosting the RSC’s Bristol and District heat. The winners go on to the national finals later in the year. The teams should comprise 2 x Y9, 1 x Year 10 and 1x Year 11. The day will run 10:00 am until 3:45 pm.

The RSC rules include:

∑         None of the team participants should have been in the competition in the past.

∑         The team compositions should reflect the make-up of the school they are representing.

∑         The RSC will be collecting data on the gender composition of the teams (male/female/other).

The heat is to reflect the style of the final so there will be both practical and pen and paper elements.

For more information on the competition please see the RSC website here.

At the time of writing there will not be a programme for accompanying teachers but a room will be provided for marking etc. Teachers who have not previously visited the school of chemistry will have the opportunity for a tour if requested in advance.

The date for the commencement of booking places will be 01 July 2018. Please contact Simone on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to book or for more information. A waiting list will be employed in case of last minute withdrawals.

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.:p>

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

12 March: †Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Wimbledon High School, London 

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this west London school by Postgraduate Chemist Bethan Donnelly 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.. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Mary McGovern (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this event.

12 March: Postgraduate Academic Lecture, Wimbledon High School, London

Postgraduate Chemist Bethan Donnelly will visit the West London School so that Post 16 students will hear about Bethan’s research into synthetic chemistry and to have the opportunity to ask about being a chemistry student at Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Mary McGovern (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this event.

13 March: Postgraduate Academic Lecture and SIAS Workshop, Roundwood Park School, Harpenden, Herts

Postgraduate Chemist Bethan Donnelly will visit her old school so that current Post 16 students will hear about Bethan’s research into synthetic chemistry and to have the opportunity to ask about being a chemistry student at Bristol. She will also deliver a spectroscopy workshop 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 March: Open Laboratories Programme Caffeine Extraction Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Post 16 students from Sidcot School (Somerset) and 20 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. They will be joined by 15 students from Blundell’s School (Devon).

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. There are still 20 places available on this workshop. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

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.

May 2019

08 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will see 35 Post 16 students from Exeter School synthesise benzocaine in the teaching laboratories in the morning and enjoy a series of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon. There are still 15 spaces available. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, which could involve other practical work for Y10-13, lectures and demonstrations. For more information about content and costs please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

09 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 Lauren at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

10 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

50 Key Stage 4 students from Sir Thomas Rich’s School (Gloucester) will extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and will engage in lectures and demonstrations in the afternoon.

13 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Another 50 Key Stage 4 students from Sir Thomas Rich’s School (Gloucester) will extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and will engage in lectures and demonstrations in the afternoon. This is the second visit to Bristol ChemLabS this week.

14 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

50 Key Stage 4 students from Rendcomb College (Gloucs) will extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and will engage in lectures and demonstrations in the afternoon.

15 May: Salters' Chemistry Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside for the only session of this year’s Salters’ Chemistry Competition (Salter’ Festival) 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.

June 2019

12 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

22 Year 12 students from Wycliffe College (Stroud, Gloucs) will visit the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in the synthesis of benzocaine, talks and lectures. This is an annual event. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Keith Roser and Matt Archer I the organisation of this event. There are still 30 places left for this, or other experiments. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for information on timings and costs.

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

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

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

Tentatively ,King’s Bruton (Somerset) 8 Year 12 , 15 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.

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

Tentative booking: A group of around 12 Year 12 students from Dulwich college (London). 6 Year 12 Students from Siddenham School and 10 Year 12 students from Lancing College will again attend this camp.

On this camp students will spend 2 days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures.

There is possible space for another small school group of students to join this camp. Please contact  t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

28 June: Chemistry Visit: Brentwood School. Brentwood, Essex

A group of 15 Post 16 pupils from this independent barding and day school will attend a day-long chemistry experience at Bristol ChemLabS. The camp will comprise practical work, talks and demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Dan Wightman (Head of Sixth Form Chemistry) in the organisation of this event.

July

02 July: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Tentative: 15 Year 12 students from Malvern St James (Worcester) will be engaged in a caffeine extraction in the morning These were joined by 20 Year 12 students from St Edward’s School (Oxford). I the afternoon it is likely that Tim Harrison will give a demonstration lecture following a talk from a Postgraduate Chemist.

11-12 July: Two Day Chemistry Camp for Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

Tentative: 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 in this 2 day chemistry camp. Please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for further information.

11, 12,15 July: Chemistry Camp, Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar, Malta

A group of approximately 15 senior pupils from this Maltese state school will attend a 3-day chemistry experience at Bristol ChemLabS. The visit will comprise practical work, tours, talks and demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Dennis Zarb (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this event.

14 – 19 July: Sutton Trust Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

The outreach team from Bristol ChemLabS will be working with 10-12 Year 12 students from all over the UK who wish to read a Chemistry degree. A full programme of practical work, lectures, and tours will occur within these dates. Other activities will be provided by the University for all Sutton Trust students visiting other departments during this period. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Raeesah Ellis-Haque of the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office.

29 July – 02 August: Insight to Bristol, Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

The outreach team from Bristol ChemLabS will be working with 20-30 Year 12 students from all over London who have expressed a wish to read a Chemistry degree. A full programme of practical work, lectures, and tours will occur within these dates. Other activities will be provided by the University for all such students visiting other departments during this period. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Raeesah Ellis-Haque of the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Office.

October

24 October: Lecture Demonstration, University of Durham, Durham, Co Durham

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze will present a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ at an outreach events being organised by Jacquie Robson (Outreach Director, School of Chemistry, Durham). The event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. More information will be supplied here in due course.

November

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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