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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2020

January

06-07 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. 22 Year 13s from St Lawrence College (Ramsgate, Kent) will again be among those visiting Bristol for this camp. 18 places are still available. Please contact Lauren on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

08 January: Benzocaine Synthesis Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

40 Post 16 students from Millfield School (Somerset) will spend the morning synthesising benzocaine and enjoying an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with chemistry teacher Tony Cheung in the organisation of the visit 10 spaces are still available. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

09 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

23 Year 13 students from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon) will return to Bristol ChemLabS to send time in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories in the morning, where they will be synthesising benzocaine, and to enjoy talks and demonstration lectures in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Chemistry Teacher Chris Hall in the organisation of this event.

There are still ~20 places available on this day. 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.

14 January: Lecture Demonstration, Ealing Fields High School, Ealing, W.London

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be giving a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon for senior students at this Year 7-10 school. Bristol ChemLabS is working with CHeMneT member and former Bristol ChemLabS’ postgraduate outreacher Izzy Lawson in the organisation of this event. The visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12 and 13 students from St Mary’s Calne (Dorset) will make a visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to synthesis benzocaine in the morning and to engage in an afternoon of talks and lecture demonstrations.  There are 17 Year 13 students from RGS Worcester also participating in the day.

16 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 45 Year 12 students from Churchill Academy & Sixth Form (N. Somerset) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea leaves in the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.

17 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 45 Year 12 students from Marlborough College will make the annual visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to reduce a methylcyclohexene. There are no lectures in the afternoon.

21 January: Undergraduate Chemistry Visit, Malmesbury School, Malmesbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison and 4 Schools Project students will visit this science college as part of their final year’s project. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Gabrielle Peers-Dent (Head of Science) in the organisation of this visit.

22 January: 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 to other schools.

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 Year 9, 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 Lauren on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to book or for more information. A waiting list will be employed in case of last-minute withdrawals.

February

03-04 February: Science Assemblies, PSTT College Bromsgrove Cluster, Midlands

These dates have been reserved for schools of members of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) cluster project members in the Midlands. Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ at local schools. This is part of a national project.

05 February: 2020 Access to Bristol Course, Session 1, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see around 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 with Bristol as a likely choice. The six-week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Additional sessions will be provided by the university. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

07 February: Science Demonstration, Swindon Academy, Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will visit this school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for its own Year 7 students. 

Bristol ChemLabS will work with Karen Stokes (Chemistry teacher) in the organisation of this event. The visit will be part sponsored by a Large Outreach grant held by the Bristol and District Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

11 February: PSTT Science Assembly, The Maynard School, Exeter, Devon

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this girl’s independent school to perform the science assembly ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to an audience of ~220 pupils in Years 7. This is ‘to incorporate Chemistry and Geography links to climate change.’ Bristol ChemLabS will be working with STEM Coordinator Jessica York in the organisation of this event.

11 February: Lecture Demonstration, The Maynard School, Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison will present the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to Year 7 pupils at this independent girl’s school. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Geography teacher and STEM co-ordinator Jessica York in the organisation of this event.

12 February: 2020 Access to Bristol Course, Session 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see around 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 with Bristol as a likely choice. The six-week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Additional sessions will be provided by the university. On this occasion the students are likely to be engaged in an NMR workshop. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

12 February: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

23 Year 13 students from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon, Chris Hall) – will be making their annual visit to the labs to synthesis benzocaine. These will be joined by 20 Year 12 students from Sherborn School (Dorset) to extract caffeine from tea leaves. Both schools will enjoy an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations.

19 February: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for 40 Year 13  students from Cheltenham College (Gloucs). The students, in their annual visit, will synthesise benzocaine ad enjoy talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. The visit will be under the supervision of Jonny Furze.

 26 February: 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 2019. Please contact Lauren on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to book or for more information. A waiting list will be employed in case of last minute team withdrawals.

25 February: Annual Schools Chemistry Conference, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

This date has been set aside to run the annual conference for senior students from local secondary schools during the morning. Three speakers will present. The schedule will be pasted here in the autumn term. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Head of Science Matt Gill in the organisation of this event.  Teachers wishing to be kept informed should contact Lauren at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

This event is to be sponsored by a Large Outreach Grant held by the Bristol and District branch of the RSC.

26 February: 2020 Access to Bristol Course, Session 3, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see around 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 with Bristol as a likely choice. The six-week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Additional sessions will be provided by the university. On this occasion the students are likely to be engaged in an NMR workshop. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

27 February: Chemistry Lecture Demonstrations, Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset

Tim Harrison, aided by Postdoctoral Chemist Jonny Furze, will again visit this independent school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air to an audience of ~200 students from Years 7-9. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with James Grierson (Chemistry Teacher) in the organisation of this event. This is one of two talks in the school on this date. The visit is sponsored by a ‘Large Outreach Grant’ from the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) under the project’ RSC Schools' Chemistry Conferences and Talks’.

March

04 March: 2020 Access to Bristol Course, Session 4, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see around 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 with Bristol as a likely choice. The six-week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Additional sessions will be provided by the university. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

05 March: Lecture Demonstration, Downside School, Stratton On The Fosse, Nr Bath, Somerset

Bristol ChemLabS will be performing the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ for Year 10 students from the school and other students from nearby schools during the afternoon. Following the talk will be a Q&A session about life at University. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Paul Hunt (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this visit.

11 March: STEM Taster Day, Chemistry Talks, Bristol ChemLabS

Several postgraduate chemists have been invited to speak with Year 12 students attending the university on this date. During the two sessions postgraduate chemists will explain what they do and why they became chemists. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Sarah Almond in the Widening Participation Office in the organisation of this event.

17 March: Evening School’s Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

This evening event comprises two talks. One will be a chemist talking about her research and the second a lecture demonstration.

The timings will to be 7:00-9:00pm.

 

'What's on the menu for the medieval peasant? Chemical Archaeology‘. Dr Julie Dunne (Organic Geochemistry Unit, University of Bristol)

 

‘A Chemical Delight’ lecture demonstration (Tim Harrison, University of Bristol)

Individual Post 16 students may attend on their own but any school groups should please let Lauren chem-net@bristol.ac.uk know in advance. There is no charge for this event. It is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

17-18 March: Chemistry Camp for Jersey School for Girls, Bristol ChemLabS

(Provisional Date). Around 20 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 lectures on the evening of Day 1 followed by a laboratory day culminating in a tour of the School of Chemistry on Day 2. Bristol ChemLabS will work again with Head of Science, Steve Braithwaite, in the organisation of this event.

18 March: 2020 Access to Bristol Course, Session 5, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see around 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 with Bristol as a likely choice. The six-week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Additional sessions will be provided by the university. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

18 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

In their annual visit 25 places are reserved for Year 12s from Badminton School (Michael Gibbons), to synthesis benzocaine in the morning and t attend a schools’ chemistry conference of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon.

20 March: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this science college by postgraduate chemists for several sessions so that Year 11, 12 and 13 students will have the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Head of Science Helen Craig in the organisation of this visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

20 March: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Holmleigh Park High School, Tufley, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this school by postgraduate chemists for several sessions so that Year 12 and 13 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.

20 March: Lecture Demonstration, School of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxon

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, will visit the university to deliver the chemistry lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to students and teachers from local schools. during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Saskia O’Sullivan in the organisation of this event.

23 March: SIAS Workshops, Clifton College, Bristol

Research chemists will take the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) spectrometers to this local school so that senior students will have the chance of using the expensive instrumentation. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Matt Deacon (chemistry teacher) in the organisation of this event. For more information but the RSC’s spectroscopy in a suitcase (SIAS) project click here.

25 March: 2020 Access to Bristol Course, Session 6, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see around 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 with Bristol as a likely choice. The six-week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Additional sessions will be provided by the university. Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

25 March: Schools’ Science Week Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

Scheduled as not to compete with other British Science Week events this afternoon will see 3 lectures given, including a lecture demonstration. The timings are expected to be 2:15 to 4:45 pm.

A full schedule of speakers and titles will appear here, or in the CHeMneT newsletters, in due course. This is a sponsored event. For bookings please contact Lauren at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

26 March: Secondary Schools’ Chemistry Conference, Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS, working with the Bristol and District branch of the RSC, and with Andy Mead (Head of Chemistry, Blundell’s School) as host, will hold a secondary school’s conference for Year 10-13 students from local schools.

13:00                  Welcome

13.10 – 14:00    Academic Lecture (TBD)

14:00 – 14:30    Postgraduate Lecture (Bristol)

14:30 – 14:45    Break – refreshments provided in Big School Foyer / Quad

14:45 – 15:45    Demonstration Lecture ‘A Chemical Delight’ (Tim Harrison, Bristol)

15:50                  Departure

The event is sponsored by a RSC ‘Large Outreach Grant’ held by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Teachers wishing to receive more information should contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

26 March: Chemistry Demonstration Lecture, Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS, working with the Bristol and District branch of the RSC and with Andy Mead (Head of Chemistry, Blundell’s School) will perform the ever-popular chemistry demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for students in Years 7 and/or 8. This event will take place during the morning.

The event is sponsored by a RSC ‘Large Outreach Grant’ held by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

30 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Up to 30 Post 16 students from St. John's Academy (Marlborough, Wilts) will make their annual visit to synthesise the solid anaesthetic benzocaine during the morning and to enjoy an afternoon of talks and demonstrations.

31 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

24 Year 12s from Ribston Hall School (Gloucs) will be in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories undertaking the nitration of methylbenzoate during the morning and for talks and demonstration lectures in the afternoon.

April

01 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 45 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 age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

03 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 45 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 age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

24 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Workshop, Farmor's School, Fairford, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this college by postgraduate Chemists so that 16 Post 16 students will have the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. Bristol ChemLabS is working with teacher Sylvia Bettington in the organisation of this event. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

May

11 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12s from Malvern St James (Worchester) will make their annual visit to the School of Chemistry to extract synthesis the solid anaesthetic benzocaine in the morning. These will be joined by 30 Year 12 students from Clifton College (Bristol) who will be extracting caffeine from tea leaves. Both groups of students will enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.

12 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

40 Year 12s from d'Overborecks School (Oxford) will make their annual visit to the School of Chemistry to extract synthesis the solid anaesthetic benzocaine in the morning. These will be joined by 10 Year 9 students from Clifton College (Bristol) who will be extracting caffeine from tea leaves. Both groups of students will enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.

A report of a similar day last year can be found at D’Overbroeck’s College website here.

13 May: Salters’ Festival (Chemistry Competition), Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside for this year’s chemistry competition. 16 teams of Year 7 and/or Year 8 will compete in 2 competitions during the day. Applications for places must be through the Salters’ Institution once the application process is open. See here for more details.

14 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12s from Wells Cathedral School (Somerset) will make their annual visit to the School of Chemistry to extract synthesis the solid anaesthetic benzocaine in the morning. These will be joined by 25 Year 10 students who will extract caffeine from tea leaves. Both groups of Well’s students will enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.

15 May: Polymer Chemistry Workshop Day, Bristol ChemLabS

90 Year 10 girls from Sherborne Girls’ School will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to engage in a morning of practical work and an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations.

June

03-05 June: Three-Day Chemistry Camp for Westcliff High School for Boys, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 40 Year 12 students, both male and female despite the school name, will spend 3 days engaged in practical works, tours, talks and lecture demonstrations in their annual visit to the School of Chemistry. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Darryl Hill (Head of Chemistry) in the organisation of this event.

10 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will see 14 Post 16 students from Sidcot School (N. Somerset) synthesise benzocaine in the teaching laboratories in the morning and enjoy a series of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon. These will be joined by 25 Year 12s from Bryanston School (Dorset) who will extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning session.

12 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 twelfth consecutive year at an event hosted at the Town Hall as part of the town's annual festival.

17 & 18 June: Two-Day Chemistry Camp for Wallingford School, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 25 Year 12 students from Wallingford School (Oxon) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. This camp will comprise practical work, lectures demonstrations and tours.

17 & 18 June: Two-Day Chemistry Camp for St Martins School, Bristol ChemLabS

30 Year 12 students from St Martins School (Essex) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. This camp will comprise practical work, lectures demonstrations and tours.

17 -19 June: Two-Day Chemistry Camp for Giovanni Curmi School, Bristol ChemLabS

Tentative: 20 Post 16 students from Giovanni Curmi School (Malta) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. This camp will comprise practical work, lectures demonstrations and tours and terminates with a Saturday morning perfume/fragrance chemistry workshop.

19-20 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) @ University Open Day, University of Bristol

The spectroscopy in a Suitcase equipment will be available to school students visiting the autumn 2020 Undergraduate Open Days to try their hands at running Infra-red spectra , guided by postgraduate chemists.

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

19-20 June: University Open Day, University of Bristol

These Friday and Saturday dates have been set aside for the autumn 2020 Undergraduate Open Days.

For more information about Open Days please see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/visits/open-days/

29-30 June: Two-Day Chemistry Camp for Lancing College, Bristol ChemLabS

Tentative: 15 Post 16 students from Lancing College (Kent) will make a visit to Bristol ChemLabS. This camp will comprise practical work, lectures demonstrations and tours.

29-30 June: Two-Day Chemistry Camp for St Aloysius College, Bristol ChemLabS

Tentative: 30 Post 16 students from St Aloysius College (Malta)will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. This camp will comprise practical work, lectures demonstrations and tours.

29-30 June: Undergraduate Chemistry Taster Days/Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

A group of around 10 Year 12 students from Lancing College (West Sussex) will again attend this camp. These will be joined by 15 Post 16 students from Dulwich College (Teacher, Francesca Boycott) On this camp students will spend 2 days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures.

July

02 July: EDF Year 8 ‘My Future’ Science Careers Conference, Yeovil College, Yeovil, Somerset

Bristol ChemLabS will be providing the chemistry lecture demonstrations for this event. There are expected to be two demonstration lectures during the day at the host FE college. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Julie Young (Somerset Education Authority) in the organisation of this visit. The lecture demonstrations are sponsored by EDF Energy

06-08 July: Post 16 Spectroscopy Tours 2020, Bristol ChemLabS

Tentative: these dates have been set aside for the postponed spectroscopy tours for Post 16 students. Morning and afternoon sessions will be available to see a selection from NMR, Mass spec, IR, XRD, SEM and  UV-Vis analytical techniques. There will be a maximum of 40 students per half-day session.

Details of timings will be made available here in due course. To register an interest at this stage please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

30 July: Chemistry ‘Option’ Session, Insight into Bristol, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS will provide a 1 hour 45 minute session on what it is like to be a chemists at Bristol, during the afternoon. This will be students from across the UK who are visiting the university for other courses during the week. Talks are expected to be given by a senior member of the School of Chemistry and a postgraduate chemist. A sort tour of the School of Chemistry will also be included. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Sarah Almond of the University’s Widening Participation Office.

30-31 July: Chemistry Camp for Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 35 Year 12 students from targeted schools will be invited to Bristol ChemLabS to engage in a 2-day chemistry camp. This visit will involve practical work, talks, tours and workshops designed to assist the students in obtaining the top grades required to enter the School of Chemistry degree programmes. The camp will also include a stay at a hall of residence.

September

16 September: Open Laboratory 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. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.      

17 September: Open Laboratory 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. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.                                           

18 September: Open Laboratory 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. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

October

07 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 45 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 age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

09 October: Lecture Demonstrations, Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth College, Sidmouth, Devon

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, will visit this comprehensive school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Chris Lockyear (Governor)) in the organisation of this event.

14 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 45 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 age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

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

Bristol ChemLabS for the twelfth year, is supporting this event for KS3 students from several local secondary schools. Tim Harrison will be aided by Jonny Furze, presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to around 100 Year 9 students to kick start the event.

Among the local Berkshire and Surrey schools anticipated in attending are likely to be Colling College, Tomlinscote, King’s International, Winston Churchill, St Crispin’s and The Holt.

Bristol ChemLabS is again working with organiser Sue Parker (Wellington).

November

04 November: CDT Synthesis Laboratory Day, Bristol ChemLabS

This session is set aside for invited schools through sponsorship from the CDT Synthesis group.

06-27 November: Outreach Events, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison will return to ECU to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations and teacher training in Perth, Bunbury, Margaret River and Augusta alongside the award winning ECU Chemistry Outreach team.

11 November: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 40 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 15:00, will involve practical work and lectures. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

25 November: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 40 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 15:45, will involve practical work and lectures. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

December

02 December: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 40 KS4 or Post 16 students and maybe for more than one school. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 15:45, will involve practical work and lectures. The practical work will either be a caffeine extraction or a benzocaine synthesis as age appropriate. For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

06-12 December: Christmas Lecture Demonstration Tour of Scotland

Tim Harrison, Dudley Shallcross and Jonny Furze will give a series of lecture demonstrations in schools and universities in the Borders and Edinburgh, including Heriot Watt and the University of Edinburgh. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with the local RSC section in the organisation of events.

2021

 

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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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