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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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2017

September 2017

 09 September: University of Bristol Open Days 2017

This Saturday event is the last of three Open Days in 2017. Places must be booked. Booking for the limited places is expected to be open in late July. For more information please see the Open Day website.

12-14 September: Spectroscopy Tours, Bristol ChemLabS

These are the provisional dates for the annual spectroscopy tours of Mass Spectrometry, NMR, SEM, IR and XRD. The morning and afternoon sessions will be led by Chris Holland (Bristol). When dates are confirmed bookings will be opened via chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

13 September: Spectroscopy Tours, Bristol ChemLabS

31 Yr 10 students from Cheltenham College will take part in a tour.

15 September: Year 6/7 STEM Conference at St Mark's School, Bath, BANES

A team of Postgraduate Chemists, led by Jonny Furze, will present a one-hour lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ to around 200 Year 6 primary pupils and Year 7 secondary students to kick-off this STEM conference. This is the second year in a row that Bristol ChemLabS has been involved in this annual event. The visit is sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

26 September: Strode College, Street

Alison Rivett will return to this Somerset FE College to deliver a Chemistry Demonstration Lecture as the culmination of their second annual "Science Sensations" Day for Year 10 students & teachers from local secondary schools. Bristol ChemLabS' participation in this event is sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

October 2017

02 October: RSC Bristol and District Evening Lecture 2017, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Title: A Boom in the Room.

Speaker: Nick Barker (Warwick)

Times: 6:30pm for a 7:00 pm start.

Nick Barker runs an educational outreach programme from the Chemistry Department at The University of Warwick working with young people aged 4 - 18 in the local community and beyond. In this practical demonstration lecture, Nick will look at some of the chemistry in our every day lives, consider what a chemical reaction is, and also why, chemistry has never mattered more to all of us. The talk is likely to contain jokes and a couple of pretty loud bangs.’

The event is sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Bristol ChemLabS and is free of charge. The Bristol and District branch of the RSC is, once again, delighted to be working with Alison Simpson (Malmesbury School). Interested school groups should please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk to book spaces. Individuals can just turn up.

04 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

A maximum of 38 Year 13 chemists from Marlborough College will make their annual visit to the School of Chemistry to synthesis benzocaine during the morning. 15 Year 11 students from Exeter School (Devon) will make their annual visit to the School of Chemistry to undertake practical work. The students will extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.

11 October: Drug Synthesis, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

King Edward School, (Bath) will be bringing 30 Year 13 students to synthesise either aspirin or benzocaine during the morning and to attend talks during the afternoon.

11 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 - 20 Post 16 students from St John’s College (Cardiff) will make a return visit to Bristol ChemLabS to spend the morning in the laboratories nitrating methylbenzoate and the afternoon enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations.

14 October: STEM Day and SIAS visit, Badminton School for Girls, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Michael Gibbons (Head of Chemistry) in contributing to this Saturday event. It is expected that postgraduate chemists will be involved in giving talks and a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Team will also be present providing workshops throughout the morning.​

17 October: STEM Day, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berks

Bristol ChemLabS will again 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.

18 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 20 Year 12 Chemistry students from Plymouth High School for Girls (Devon) and 31 Post 16 students from Cheltenham College (Gloucs) will make a return visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine during the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.

November 2017

02 November: Science Club Evening Lecture, Millfield School, Street, Somerset

Duncan Wass will present the lecture "Catalysts: From Biofuels to Self-Healing Aeroplanes” for Post 16 students at the school and those from surrounding schools and colleges. Bristol ChemLabS is supporting James Hope in the organisation of this event. For those wishing to take part (talk starting at 19:15) please contact James Hope at hope.j@millfieldschool.com

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

Tim Harrison and Saskia O’Sullivan (King’s School) will perform a lecture demonstration at the independent school, for students and their families from the surrounding area. Full details will be posted here in due course.

15 November: Synthesis CDT Chemistry Day for Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

Approximately 60 Year 12 students from several schools will spend the day at Bristol ChemLabS in a wide range of activities including laboratory work, lectures by postgraduates and a lecture demonstration. Schools attending are Oxford Spires Academy (Esther Gonzales Rodrigues) and the Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, The Latymer School (Tanya Williams, Enfield, N. London) (Leics, Catherine Smith). The visit will be sponsored by Bristol Synthesis Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The schools attending will be by invitation only.

15 November: ECU High Schools Presentation, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be performing the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to several hundred students and teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

15 November: ECU High Schools Presentation, ECU Bunbury Campus, Bunbury, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be performing the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to several hundred students and teachers from schools in the Bunbury area. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

16 November: RSC Bristol and District Evening Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS, University of Bristol

‘A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie’ will be presented by Dr Kathryn Harkup in Lecture Theatre 1 (TBC) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol (BS81TS) starting at 7:00 pm.

Dr Kathryn Harkup, freelance science communicator and writer. Information: ‘No one has used more poisons, more often and more accurately than Dame Agatha Christie in her classic crime novels. Her toxic tally totals over thirty different compounds which she used to bump off over 100 characters. The Queen of Crime may have been writing fiction but it wasn’t all made up. Chemist and author Kathryn Harkup will explore the science and history of just a few of Christie’s killer compounds. Expect country houses, red-herrings, chemical clues and magnificent moustaches.’

Please contact Dr Andy Tubb for school group bookings and for further information andy.tubb@uwe.ac.uk . Individuals, may just turn up. This is a free event sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

20 - 26 November: National Chemistry Week

In 2017, the RSC are inviting members to ‘design and deliver events centred on the theme of 'Global Science'. The theme has the flexibility to support the development of creative and innovative engagement opportunities to raise the awareness and importance of international scientific collaboration to advance knowledge, foster growth and tackle global challenges.’ For more information please see here.

29 November: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 13 students from Exeter School (Devon) and around 20 Year 11 students from Blundell's School (Devon) will make their annual visit to the School of Chemistry to undertake practical work. These will be joined by regular visitors from Commonweal School (Swindon). The Exeter students will synthesise the solid anaesthetic benzocaine during the morning whilst the Blundell’s School students extract caffeine from tea. The 10 Year 12 students from Commonweal are likely to be extracting caffeine from tea too. All schools will enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.​

December 2017

06 December: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

50 students from Badminton School for Girls will be attending the School of Chemistry in the morning to extract caffeine from tea. The students will be attending the Christmas Chemistry Conference for Schools in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Head of Chemistry Michael Gibbons in organising this event.

06 December: Schools Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual Christmas Chemistry Conference has been set for this date. The afternoon session will run from 1:45 to approximately 4:30. The full programme will be announced in future CHeMneT newsletters and on this outreach web page in due course but will include a talk on geochemistry (title to be announced) by Rich Pancost (Bristol), Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Michael (Bristol) on potential Smart material uses for Spina Bifida treatment and a lecture demonstration ‘ Redox Chemistry at Christmas: Is it Better to Give, or to Receive? ‘ by David Read and Paul Wilson (Soton). There will be an interval for the consumption of mince pies. The event is sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Information on Prof Read and Dr Wilson’s lecture demonstration: ‘Every whizz, bang and explosion can be explained in terms of redox chemistry. In any redox reaction, one substance is ‘giving’ electrons to another. These transfers of electrons are responsible for the many wonders of chemistry, and being able to predict and explain them is the key to success as a chemist. This lecture aims to illustrate and explain some of the mysteries of chemistry with a range of spectacular demonstrations interspersed with discussion and interactive questioning’.

08 December: Lecture Demonstrations, Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison will revisit the Salisbury school to give two lecture demonstrations on the ‘Gases in the Air’ to Year 10 students and ‘A Chemical delight’ revision talk to Year 11 students at the school during the morning. This visit is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.​

2018

January 2018

03 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session has been set aside for invited schools for KS4 students. The day, which will run from 10:00 to 16:00, will involve practical work, lectures and demonstrations. 15 students from Withrington School (Radstock) are among the 45 students who will be attending The event will be sponsored by a grant from the Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol for schools in the BS and BA postcodes.

04 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will be for a maximum of 30 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.

04-05 January: Winter Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS Spaces available

The annual winter camp for school groups (Y11-13) will again comprise a 11:00 to 18:30 session on day 1 followed by a 9:30-16:00 session on day two to allow for transport from schools further afield from the south west. The camp will comprise a kinetics experiment, extraction of caffeine from tea, an organic synthesis of a drug, a uv-visible spectroscopy experiment, talks, tours and demonstrations. Schools are responsible for their own accommodation and meals as no halls of residence are available.

8 Year 12s from St Lawrence College (Ramsgate, Kent) will again visit Bristol for this camp. They will be joined by a group of 13 senior students from Hele’s School (Plymouth) who will be joining for the first time. There is still space for another school group.

06 January: RSC Family (and Schools) Lecture Demonstration, University of Southampton, Hants

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be performing the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale ' to members of the community on this Saturday event. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Prof. David Read (Soton) in the organisation if this event. Timings are expected to be 2:30 to 3:40 pm. For more information about school bookings please contact D.Read@soton.ac.uk and NOT chm-net@bristol.ac.uk.

10 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Wells Cathedral School (Helen Talent) will be visiting Bristol ChemLabS today. 22 Year 13 students will be synthesising benzocaine and 30 Year 12 will be extracting caffeine during the morning before engaging in an afternoon of talks and demonstrations.​

11 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Churchill Academy (Somerset) will be bringing ~40 Year 12 students for a caffeine extraction morning and an afternoon of talks and demonstrations. There are 20 additional spaces. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for timings and charges.

12 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

20 Year 13 students from Monkton School (Bath) TM will make an inaugural visit to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work on Transition Metals and an afternoon of talks. These will be joined by 25 Post 16 students from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon) working on benzocaine synthesis. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Chris Hall (Churston Ferrers Grammar School) in the organisation of their visit.

15-17 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Malmesbury School, Wilts

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit will be taken to this local school by undergraduate Chemists 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.​

17 January: RSC Top of the Bench Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

Reserved date. Bookings will open in June 2017

18-19 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will be revisiting the local specialist science college for the 10th consecutive year to deliver 2-4 lecture demonstrations to students from the school and to the primary feeder schools.

23 January: 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 is now becoming a regular fixture in the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach year.

9.15-9.30: Schools arrival

9.30-10.20: Lecture. Dr Zoe Shnepp (Birmingham), ‘Adventures in Nano Chemistry’

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

10.50-11.10: Break

11.10-12.10: Lecture demonstration. Nick Barker (Warwick) aided by Tim Harrison (Bristol), ‘A Boom in the Room’.

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 a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

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

24 January: RSC Analytical Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

Reserved date. Bookings will open in June 2017.

31 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

40 Year 11 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) will spend the morning only in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS.​

These students will be joined by 10 students from Leweston School (Dorset) who will be synthesising aspirin before engaging in an afternoon of other chemistry activities.

31 January: 2018 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. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

February 2018

05-07 February: Visiting Academic, Monkton Senior School, Bath, NE Somerset

Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry will spend three days at this school in early February (dates to be confirmed) working with students in their science classes and in giving a public evening lecture. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Head of Chemistry Guy Thompson at the school.

06 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.

07 February: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

40 Year 12 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) will spend the morning only in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories dehydrating a methylcyclohexanol in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS.​ There are 10 additional spaces available. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

07 February: 2018 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. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

09 February: Fragrance Chemistry Talk, Bryanston School, Dorset

Tim Harrison will revisit the school to give an evening presentation of a talk on perfume chemistry to 150 students at the school as part of 'The Science Society' programme for the year.

09 February: HE Afternoon Talk, Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Tim Harrison will be delivering a lecture as part of a HE event for senior students from this and several local schools during the afternoon.

21 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. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

22-23 February: Chemistry Demonstrations, Commonweal School, Swindon, Wilts

During this period Tim Harrison is expecting to spend a day at this school giving a series of one hour-long demonstration lectures for younger students at the school and for senior pupils from regional primary schools. A total of 300 students in 3 lectures will be engaged, Bristol ChemLabS will be working with teacher Polly Long (Commonweal School). The event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

March 2018

05 March: Lecture demonstrations, Lady Eleanor Holles, Hampton, Middlesex

Tim Harrison will make an inaugural visit to this girls school to give performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ and/or ‘A Pollutant’s tale’ to several year groups. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Catherine Packer (Chemistry Teacher) in the organization of this event. The event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 March: Evening Schools Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

Two hours of lectures and talks will be presented at this evening session that will run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The first two talks will be given by postgraduate chemists on areas aligned with their research. Details will be posted here in due course. The last hour will be a lecture demonstration on ‘Chemical Kinetics’ given by Tim Harrison​ (Bristol)​. These talks will be suitable to Year 10 upwards. This event is sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is free of charge.​

06-07 March: Chemistry Camp for Jersey School for Girls, Bristol ChemLabS (Provisional Date)

Approximately 35 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.

07 March: 2018 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. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

07 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

20 Year 12 students Sidcot School will engage in a caffeine laboratory day culminating in a lectures, talks and tours in the afternoon.

07-13 March: SciFest Africa, Gramhamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison are expected to return to SciFest, Africa’s biggest science festival, after a break of several years to give performances of ‘A Pollutant’s tale’ to large audiences of school students and their teachers throughout the programme.

13 March: Science Assembly, The Oaks Secondary School, Spennymore, County Durham

Tim Harrison will be delivering a science assembly at this special needs school during National Science Week. Tim will be working with PSTT College member Faye James in the organisation of this visit.

14 March: RSC Bristol and District Evening Lecture, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucs

Catalysts: From Biofuels to Self-Healing Aeroplanes’ will be presented by Prof Duncan Wass (Bristol) at Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JS starting at 7:30 pm.

Please contact Colin Chapman for school group and individual bookings and for further information at crc@lochinpublishing.org.uk (01453 547531). This is a free event sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

14 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12 students from St Mary’s Calne (Dorset) and 25 Year 12s from Sherborne School will synthesis benzocaine during the morning before attending the National Science Week Schools Conference in the afternoon.

14 March: 2018 Access to Bristol Course, Session 5, 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.

14 March: National Science Week Schools Conference Afternoon, Bristol ChemLabS

Information will be placed here as soon as confirmed. The timings are expected to be within 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm.

21 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 students from Badminton School (Bristol) and 20 students from the newly formed Redmaids’ High School (Bristol) will be visiting the undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for a morning of practical work in the undergraduate teaching laboratories.

21 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. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

April 2018

 10 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

40 Post 16 students from St John’s (Marlborough, Wilts) are visiting the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in practical work, talks and a lecture demonstration. The students will be joined by 15 Year 9 students from Harris C of E Academy (Rugby).

 11 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

20 heavily subsidised spaces are available for a visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in practical work, talks and a lectures. The exact programme will fit in with an existing chemistry camp. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for information.

 12 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

26 Year 12 students from Badminton School (Bristol) will visit the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in practical work, talks and a lectures. The exact programme will fit in with an existing chemistry camp.

 09-13 April: 2 Day International Chemistry Camp 2, Bristol ChemLabS

A small group of senior students from Mukogawa Women's University Junior & Senior High School (Japan) will spend a few days at the School of Chemistry undertaking practicals, lectures, tours and workshops. This is a tentative booking.

mid April: International Chemistry Camp for LPO Charles Coeffin (Guadeloupe), Bristol ChemLabS

A group of 13 senior students and two teachers from the Caribbean high school LPO Charles Coeffin (Guadeloupe) will be visiting the School of Chemistry for a weeklong chemistry camp. The group will be enjoying lab-based outreach during Thursday lunchtime. This leaves the last one and a half days of activity such as tours, talks, additional lectures and a perfume chemistry workshop at the end of the week. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Dr Laurence Marival in the organisation of this trip.

18 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 40 Year 10 students from Rendcomb College (Cirencester, Gloucs) will make their annual visit the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and to enjoy talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon.

10 spaces are still available. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for possibilities, timings and charges.

25 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

10 spaces are available for a visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in practical work (caffeine extraction), talks and a lectures. The exact programme will fit in with an existing chemistry camp. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for information.

25 April: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

40 senior students from Radley College (Abingdon) will spend the morning working in the teaching laboratories and enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with teacher Keith Halliday in the organisation of this event. 10 places remain available for a second group. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for further information.​

26 April: RSC Evening Lecture, The Chemistry of a Good Curry (working title), School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Expected Venue: (TBC) Lecture Theatre 1, School of Chemistry, Cantock’s Close, Bristol, BS81TS

Timings: 7:00 pm -8:30 pm

Main Speaker: Prof Nazira Karodia, Dean of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton. This event is free of charge and is sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Please check back here prior to event in case of last minute changes. Schools should book their groups with t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk. Individuals or families may just turn up.

May 2018

15 May: Salters’ Chemistry Festival Provisional Date, 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 Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

PROVISIONAL: 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

This date has been set aside for the visit of a school or schools for a total of 50 students. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for information about possibilities and costs.

18 May: Polymer Workshop,Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

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 2018

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: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside for the visit of a school or schools for a total of 50 students. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for information about possibilities and costs.

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

Around 30 Year 12 from Sherborne Schools for Girls (Dorset), 12 Year 12 from Kings Bruton School (Somerset) and ~20 Year 12s from Wellsway School will make their annual visit to Bristol for a morning of practical work and an afternoon of talks.​​

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

Groups of Year 12 students from Dulwich College (London) and from Lancing College (W.Sussex) are expected to revisit the School of Chemistry for two days of practical work, talks, tours and demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with chemistry teacher Lucy Webber (Dulwich) and Mark Walsh (Lancing) in the organisation of this event.

Space for a third school, and possibly a fourth, is likely to be 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.

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

Another 35 additional spaces have been set aside for other schools’ activities. Please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for details of costs, timings and activities available.

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

Students will spend days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures. There is space for a school group(s) of up to 40 students to join this camp. Please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for more information. We are also expecting a group from Andover 6th Form Academy (Andover, Hants) organised by lecturer Paul Roberts, to be one of the schools attending.

30 June: Access to Bristol London Event, London

This Saturday has been reserved for a ChemLabS visit to London to engage with a group of Year 12s from all over London who wish to apply to Bristol to study Chemistry. The event will be hosted in a secondary school. This event is organised by the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol.

July 2018

02 July: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 15 Year 12 students from Chew Valley School (Bristol) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea and to enjoy an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations.

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.​

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.

06 July: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 15 Year 12 students from Chew Valley School (Bristol) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea and to enjoy an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations.​

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.

10-12 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

13-16 July: Chemistry Camp for Giovanni Curmi School Malta, Bristol ChemLabS

This Friday, Saturday, Monday morning period has been set aside for around 25 senior students and three teachers from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary in Naxxar, Malta to make a second visit to Bristol ChemLabS for a short chemistry camp. The students will be spending 2.5 days in the School of Chemistry and also will be spending some time in cultural activities.

17 - 19 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 3 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.

April 2019

April : Day International Chemistry Camp 2, Bristol ChemLabS

A small group of senior students from Mukogawa Women's University Junior & Senior High School (Japan) and surrounding schools will spend a few days at the School of Chemistry undertaking practicals, lectures, tours and workshops. This is a tentative booking with dates TBD.

mid April: International Chemistry Camp for LPO Charles Coeffin (Guadeloupe), Bristol ChemLabS

A group of 13 senior students and two teachers from the Caribbean high school LPO Charles Coeffin (Guadeloupe) will be visiting the School of Chemistry for a weeklong chemistry camp. The group will be enjoying lab-based outreach during Thursday lunchtime. This leaves the last one and a half days of activity such as tours, talks, additional lectures and a perfume chemistry workshop at the end of the week. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Dr Laurence Marival in the organisation of this trip.

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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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