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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03 March: Schools Chemistry Conference, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

This date has been set aside restart the annual schools' chemistry conference series, The morning conference will be hosted by Cheltenham Ladies' College. The morning will comprise three sessions with an interval. Talks will be giving by an academic followed by a postgraduate chemist the session will culminate in a lecture demonstration. The full details will be published here in due course and in the CHeMneT newsletter. As usual Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Matt Gill (Head of Science) in the organisation of this event.

The conference will be sponsored in part by the Bristol and district section of the Royal Society of Chemistry and by Bristol ChemLabS. to tentatively book a place please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

01 February: RSC Evening Family Chemistry Lecture Demonstration, Queen’s College Taunton, Somerset

Start time: 7:00

Tim Harrison (Bristol) and/or Nick Barker (Warwick) will present an entertaining, hour-long lecture demonstration at Queens' College as the annual lecture series gets back underway. The event is free of charge. Groups over 6 people should inform chem-net@bristol.ac.uk in advance to make sure there is adequate room. The event is hosted by Tim Joliff (Queens) and is sponsored by the Bristol and District section of the RSC.


12 November: Spectroscopy Workshop, Matravers School, Westbury, Wilts

Jonny Furze will be visiting the school to work with Post 16 students for a spectroscopy workshop during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with chemistry teacher Grant Price in the organization of the event.

07 or 08 December 2021: RSC's Top of the Bench Competition 2021/22

The Bristol and District Sections Top of the Bench Competition (TOTB) For schools in Bristol, Gloucs, Wilts, Somersets and S.Gloucs only. will take place on-line. Those in other areas should contact the RSC for information about local competition.

As you may be aware the RSC has mandated that the first round of the TOTB competition must be virtual again this year.

How it will work:

On the morning of the competition, either 7 or 8th December 2021 (teacher choice) a file of materials will be emailed to the teacher to distribute to the team at the appropriate time during the day. There is no experiment for students to do practically. Teams of 4, 2 x Y9, 1 x Y10 and 1 x Y11 do not need to be in the same room (or country) as this is on-line. Teachers send out the materials to their students and they send answers back to the teacher to forward to us. Students have a 2.5 hour window to be complete the tasks before 6:00pm to get the answers in to you and onto us. Some schools will holding this after normal school hours. We are not expecting all that time to be needed if the students' IT works well. For registration or for more details please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk

09 December TBC: Lecture Demonstration, Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wilts

Bristol chem labs outreach is expected to resume its annual visit to Marlborough College to give lectures to its year nine students. There will be 2 lectures at the school during the afternoon, one of which will be to the local primary and prep schools. The event is supported by the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

15 December: Schools Christmas Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

We hope to reinstate our Christmas Chemistry Conference in December as a live chemistry event.

We are earmarking Wednesday 14 December for this. The conference is likely to be an evening event. Confirmation of the date, timings and of the programme will appear in the September newsletter. The event will be sponsored by the Bristol and District section of the RSC so admission will be free of charge.

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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 'cience' modules.

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