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

April

25 April: University of Bristol STEM Taster Day 2019, University of Bristol

Jonny Furze will perform a lecture demonstration for around 30 Year 12 students from a variety of local schools. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Katie Whalley of the Widening Participation 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

03 May: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Chew Valley School, Chew Magna, Bristol

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

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: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, The King’s School, Gloucester, Gloucs

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

14 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Year 12 students from d’Overbroeck’s School (Oxford) will make their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to syntheses the solid anaesthetic benzocaine during the morning and will engage in lectures and demonstrations in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Chemistry Teacher Dave Borthwick in the organisation of this event.

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

04 June: Royal Society of Chemistry Evening Lecture on Explosives, Bristol ChemLabS

Title: ‘ Cross-disciplinary Explosives: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine’

By Dr W. G. Proud, Director Institute of Shock Physics, (Imperial)

Venue:                University of Bristol, Lecture Room 1.

Time:                   18:00 – 20:00

Abstract:    During a detonation, materials can change from a solid/liquid at room temperature into a gas, at several thousand degrees and exerting up to half-a-million atmosphere pressure, all on a sub-microsecond basis. This sudden release of energy rapidly spreads to the surrounding environment and causes 'much confusion and change', in the words of an early Chinese author. This talk will cover some aspects of current research in Energetic Materials and outline the wide variety of disciplines which are required to understand this class of extremely useful materials.

This is a free to attend event and is sponsored by the Bristol and district branch of the RSC.

School groups should contact Lauren on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

05 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session will see 15 Post 16 students from Tormead School (Devon) extract caffeine from tea leaves in their annual visit. These will be joined by 40 Post 16 students from Cheltenham College who will be synthesising benzocaine in the teaching laboratories in their annual visit. Both practical workshops will be in the morning and all will enjoy a series of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon.

06 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This visit will see 20 Post 16 students from Cotham School (Bristol) extract caffeine from tea leaves in their annual visit. These will be joined by 30-35 Post 16 students from Richard Huish Academy who will be synthesising benzocaine in the teaching laboratories in their annual visit. Both practical workshops will be in the morning and all will enjoy a series of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon.

12 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This visit will see 25 Post 16 students from Bryanston School (Dorset) extract caffeine from tea leaves in their annual visit. Making their inaugural visit to Bristol ChemLabS will be 5 senor students from The International School Bologna (Italy). The later will be in the charge of Jane Fletcher, a former outreach PhD Chemist from Bristol. These will be joined by 22 Year 12 students from Wycliffe College (Stroud, Gloucs), organised by Matt Archer, who will be synthesising benzocaine in the teaching laboratories in their annual visit. Both practical workshops will be in the morning and all will enjoy a series of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon.

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.

14 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Bridgwater and Taunton School, Bridgwater, Somerset

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

14 June: Bristol ChemLabS Undergraduate Open Day, University of Bristol

Visit days 2019 - Experience a day as a University of Bristol students. This Friday event is part of a University of Bristol Open Day/Visits schedule.

University of Bristol central information for visits: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/visits/open-days/

Further undergraduate open days will take place on:
• Saturday 15 June 2019
&• Saturday 7 September 2019

15 June: Bristol ChemLabS Undergraduate Open Day, University of Bristol

Visit days 2019 - Experience a day as a University of Bristol students. This Saturday event is part of a University of Bristol Open Day/Visits schedule.

University of Bristol central information for visits: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/visits/open-days/

A further undergraduate open day will take place on:
&• Saturday 7 September 2019

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.p>

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.

27-29 June: Three-Day Chemistry Camp for St Aloysius' College (Malta), Bristol ChemLabS

30 Maltese students form this college will make their annual visit to Bristol for a series of practical’s, lectures, tours and workshops on this Thursday to Saturday workshop. The visit will culminate in a perfume chemistry workshop on the Saturday morning.

July 2019

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.

04 July: EDF’s Year 8 My Future Day, Yeovil College, S. Somerset

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze will again present two lecture demonstrations on ‘Gases in the Air’ at the annual EDF outreach event. This event involves several hundred Year 8 students from 5 local secondary schools in the South Somerset area and is a two-day event, with the first day based at Yeovil College. Here the students get to understand different career and employment sectors. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Tom Thayer (EDF) and Julie Young (Somerset Education).The event is sponsored by EDF .

08 July: Lecture Demonstration, School of Chemistry, University of Swansea, S.Wales

Tim Harrison, aided by Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit Swansea to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for Year 12 students who are visiting Swansea’s Chemistry department. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Head of School Prof Simon Bott in delivering this event.

08 July: SIAS Workshops, The Big Bang at Cirencester College, Cirencester, Gloucs

Research chemists will take the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) spectrometers to this science festival in a repeat visit. Last year they engaged with 7 groups of students in Years 9 and 10 from 8 schools, during the day in 25 mins presentations.

The 8 Gloucestershire and Wiltshire state and independent schools participating last year were; Deer Park, St Joseph’s, Nova Hreod, Dorcan Academy, Kingsdown, Westonbirt, The School Farms Network and Abbey Park. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

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 2019

07 September: Bristol ChemLabS Undergraduate Open Day, University of Bristol

Visit days 2019 - Experience a day as a University of Bristol students. This Saturday event is part of a University of Bristol Open Day/Visits schedule.

University of Bristol central information for visits: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/visits/open-days/

11-12 September: Two Day 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. These will be joined by up to 40 students from Reigate Grammar School who are making their inaugural visit. Bristol ChemLabS are working with Julian Sergeant to bring about this event. This camp is now full.

23-27 September: PSTT Science Assemblies, Christchurch and Bournemouth, Dorset

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will send a week in this area delivering a series of 9 one-hour long science assemblies to pupils, and their teachers, in Years 2-6.

The schools involved will be: Christchurch Junior School, Priory C of E Primary School, Twynham Primary School, Highcliffe St. Marks Primary School, Burton C of E Primary School, St. Katherine's CofE Primary School, Christchurch Infant School, Somerford Primary School and St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School.

Bristol ChemLabS is working with science lead and PSTT Cluster lead Helen Ellis in the organisation of this event.  The event is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This is part f a national project.

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.

10 October: South Gloucestershire Educational Awards Evening 2019, Aerospace Bristol, Bristol

Tim Harrison will be making an appearance at this awards evening for primary and secondary students, their parents and teachers. Tim will be giving a display of practical chemistry and physics as well as making some of the presentations to winners. Around 500 people are expected at this event which will include senior management at Aerospace Bristol. This event will be partly sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

16 October: 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 lab 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.

November

04 November: Girls into STEM, Old Buckenham Hall, Brettenham Park, Ipswich

Bristol ChemLabS will be performing a lecture demonstration at this local event. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Head of Science Jay Baptiste in the organisation of this event.

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 10 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) will be engaged in a caffeine extraction in the morning There are no lecture demonstrations in the afternoon.

December

02-03 December: Science, Religion and Philosophy Conference, St Mary’s Shaftsbury, Shaftsbury, Dorset

Tentative: Bristol ChemLabS will be presenting a lecture demonstration at the conclusion for this conference There are expected to be 100-150 KS4 attendees from local state and independent schools. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Chris Enos (Deputy Head and CHeMneT member) in the organisation of this event.

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.

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.

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 still 15 places available for this, or other, practical work. Pease contact Lauren on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

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.

22 January: RSC’s Analytical Chemistry Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

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

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

The date for the commencement of booking places will be 01 July 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.

 

30 January: Lecture Demonstration, Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex

Tim Harrison, aided by Chemist Jonny Furze, will be presenting a lecture demonstration at the school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Marcus Medley (Deputy Head and CHeMneT member) in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

February

04 February: Lecture demonstration, Richard Huish College, Taunton, Somerset

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this sixth form college to perform the chemistry demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for 120 Post 16 chemists during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with ex Bristol Postgraduate Chemist Jo Clare in the organisation of this event. Careers information will be made available.

04 February: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’, Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this local school to perform the science lecture ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ during the late afternoon for 25 Year 12 students. This talk is sponsored by the Widening Participation Office at the University of Bristol.

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.

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

45 spaces have been made available for the Open Laboratories Programme on this date. Where no practical details are given i.e. ‘Open Laboratory Programme’; these dates are open to discussion for bespoke sessions. 

A typical laboratory day is a 2.5 to 3 hour session (usually starting at 09:45-10:00 but this can be set back slightly for schools coming from further afield), ususally with talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon which usually finishes between 3:30pm and 4.30pm. Sessions may be morning only. Suggestions as to possible workshops can be found via the link but most schools use the caffeine extraction for Y9-12 or benzocaine synthesis Y12-13.

Contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk&  for more information and costs.

15 February: Lecture Demonstrations, Hawarden High School, Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales

Tim Harrison, aided by Chemist Jonny Furze, will be presenting 2 lecture demonstrations at the school during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Georgina Cohen (Head of Science and CHeMneT member) in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

19 February: 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.

25 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Victoria Road Primary School, St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS will visit this Devonian primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Member Carla Jenkinson in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK and one of two in Devon today.

25 February: PSTT Science Assembly, Yealmpton Primary School, Yealmpton, Plymouth, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS will visit this Devonian primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT College Member Nicky Collins in the organisation of this event. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK and one of two in Devon today.

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

Sixteen places are available. In the first instance, according to RSC requests 8 places will be reserved for state schools. For state schools a deadline of 30 September 2018 for registration is set when, any unused places will be made widely available 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 Simone on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to book or for more information. A waiting list will be employed in case of last-minute withdrawals.

26 February: 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.

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.

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.

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.

30 March: 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.

31 March: 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.

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.

02 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.

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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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