23–27 July 2007 ‘Into the Heart of Matter’ NAGTY Summer School

For the third year running Bristol ChemLabS has played host to 20 members of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY). photo of NAGTY students in the lab

The week is an intensive exposure to chemistry with a mix of laboratory work, talks, lecture demonstrations, visits, competitions and presentations. The lab work involved the synthesis and analysis of drugs and fragrances, the DNA polymerase chain reaction, investigations of alternative fuels and rates of reactions. 

photo of NAGTY students in lab

Talks were given on Diamond Synthesis by Dr Paul May, Scanning Electron Microscopy by Zoë Schnepp and Instrumental Analysis by Steve Croker. A lecture on aspects of Atmospheric Chemistry was given by Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison.

photo of Tim Harrison setting fire to something

There were also visits to the Cadbury (formerly Fry’s) chocolate factory in Keynsham and to At-Bristol.

As with last year’s group the 2007 students pitted their wits against their Antipodean counterparts by entering the Australian Schools Chemistry Quiz. The students also had opportunity to give presentations on one aspect of the chemistry that they had covered during the week to gain the BA’s Science Communicator Award at Silver Level.

photo of NAGTY students giving a presentation

‘Into The Heart of Matter’ is a two week Physical Science summer school where the students, aged from 14 to 16, spend one week in the School of Chemistry and one week in the Physics Department with Dr Helen Heath.


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