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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2019

March 2019

08 March: Lecture Demonstrations, Matravers School, Westbury, Wilts

As part of a 3-lecture visit celebrating National Science Week Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to students from this host school. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Teacher Grant Price in the organisation of this event.

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. In the same visit 15 senior students from Fairfield School Bristol will be extracting caffeine from tea leaves before joining the others for talks in the afternoon.

27 March: 2019 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.

17 April: Lecture Demonstration, Bellerby’s College, Brighton, E. Sussex

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will perform the science assembly ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ during the late afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Chemistry Teacher Arantxa González García in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the International Office at the University of Bristol.

25 April: Widening Participation Lecture Demonstrations, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be performing lecture demonstrations for groups of Year 12 students during this day. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Kate Whalley, Widening Participation and Undergraduate Recruitment Office, University of Bristol.

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.

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.

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.

26- 29 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.

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.

September

11-12 September: 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.

October

09 October: Benzocaine Synthesis Morning, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

30 Year 13 students from Marlborough College will make their annual trip to the teaching laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning.  There are still places available for a small group of ~15 students. Please contact Lauren at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for further information on costs and timings.

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.

06 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. Around 50 Year 12 students will be extracting caffeine from tea leaves, experiencing two talks from CDT postgraduates and a lecture demonstration.

08-20 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 the Greater Perth and Bunbury area. Several lecture demonstrations will take place on the Joondalup Campus before others on the Bunbury Campus (2 hours south of Joondalup). There will also be a technician teacher training event in Joondalup at the end of the period as in previous years.

27 November: 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.  There are still places available for a small group of ~10 students. Please contact Lauren at chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for further information on costs and timings.

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. 13 Year 13s from St Lawrence College (Ramsgate, Kent) will again be among those visiting Bristol for this camp.

17 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Around 35 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.

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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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