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07-08 December: Top of the Bench Competition 2021/22, On-Line

For the second year in a row the annual RSC Top of the Bench competition has gone on-line. Teams of 2 x Year 9, 1 x Year 10 and 1 x Year 11 have worked on virtual practical and knowledge tasks for a 2 hour period within the two days of the competition and submitted their results for marking. The competition was constructed by Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze. 13 schools participated from the 17 who initially entered.

The winners were the Crypt School (Gloucester) who narrowly beat King Edwards School (Bath) into second place and Bishop Wordsworth’s School (Salisbury) into third. The top 3 schools were only separated by 2 marks. The Crypt School will go on to represent the Bristol and District section in the national finals.

Feedback Apart from the many messages of thanks and appreciation, the following were of note:

'Thank you for the great competition questions that you provided today. Our girls loved it.' Alex Healey (Badminton)

'Thank you to yourself, Tim and Jonny for organising it in difficult Covid-affected circumstances.' Henry Bowen (Crypt School)

'They are having a great time completing this! Thank you very much to you and all those involved for putting this together.' Rob Archer Prior Park:

'The students really enjoy themselves and relished the challenge. Thank you to you and the ChemLabS team for organising! 'Ryan Beattie (Bradley Stoke Community School)

'The students really enjoyed this challenge and worked extremely efficiently as a team, the Year 11 and 10 students gained a lot of confidence as they went through the tasks and they delegated parts of the challenge to ensure a quick finish time.' Lucy Miners (King Edwards School)

Schools participating (which includes some schools from outside the region who were not eligible for area representation): Stonar School (Atworth, Wilts), Crypt School (Gloucester), Bradley Stoke Community School (Bristol), Stroud High School (Gloucs), St Katherine's School (Pill, Bristol) Taunton School (Somerset), Badminton School (Bristol), Queens College Taunton (Somerset), Bradon Forest School (Purton, Wilts) Clifton High School (Bristol), King Edward's School (Bath), Prior Park College (Bath) and Bishop Wordsworth's School (Salisbury).

The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District section of the RSC.

09 December: Lecture Demonstration for Visiting Schools, Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wilts

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze again visited this independent school to perform the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air'. Due to covid restrictions only 60 Year 7 and 8 students from Swindon Academy attended with 3 teachers, rather than the half a dozen schools usually present. The event was enjoyed by all.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Science Gary Doyle (Marlborough) in the organisation of this visit. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol and a small grant from the Bristol and District section of the RSC.

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

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze again visited this independent school to perform the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 120 Year 9 students and 3 teachers. The event was enjoyed by all.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Science Gary Doyle (Marlborough) in the organisation of this visit.

01 December: Lecture Demonstration, Richard Huish College, Taunton, Somerset

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze performed an afternoon lecture demonstration at this Post 16 college for visiting Key Stage 4 students and Post 16 chemists.

Bishops Fox brought 95 students–a mixture of top set Year 10 and Year 11. Taunton Academy brought 32 Year 11 and Richard Huish College 40 Post 16 chemists. Altogether at least 8 teaching staff were present. The Taunton Academy also enjoyed a tour of the Physics Department at the host school.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry, and former ChemLabS Outreach PhD, Jo Clare in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by a grant from the Bristol and District section of the RSC and by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

30 November: Spectroscopy Visit, Matravers School, Westbury, Wilts

Jonny Furze and postgraduate chemist Mackenzie Millward spent the afternoon with 4 Year 13 students, from this 11-18 foundation school, in a workshop on spectroscopy.

'I just wanted to pass on my deep appreciation to yourself and Mackenzie. It is so helpful having hands on demonstrations of specialist equipment and the students were very positive.

The focus on university backgrounds and routes into chemistry was fantastic and great to hear what a degree in chemistry/related courses can open to them. The data sheets were fab and really appreciate sharing those. Overall, it was really appreciated and hugely helpful.' Grant Price

Bristol ChemLabS worked with chemistry teacher Grant Price in the organisation of this visit.

19 November: Chemistry Lecture Demonstrations, Southend Boys Grammar School, Southend on Sea, Essex

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this state grammar school to present the demonstration lecture 'Gases in the Air' and, for the more senior students, 'A Pollutant’s Tale'. 490 students in Years 10-13 saw one of the two presentations as did 14 teachers.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Science Darryl Hill in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

18 November: Chemistry Lecture Demonstrations, Aldenham School, Elstree, Herts

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this independent school to present the demonstration lecture 'Gases in the Air' twice during the afternoon. 96 students in Years 10-13 saw the presentations as did 3 teachers.

'Again a huge thank you on behalf of the school and more importantly the students to you and Jonny.

The Y10 found the talk engaging and exciting. On questioning they could recall the different components of the atmosphere and wider discussion topics regarding anthropogenic climate change and pollution.

I also met with the head last Friday and he could hear the cheers and clapping from the hall, remarking that it was 'most unusual to hear such loud applause……'.

Our A level students found the talks thought provoking, and whilst many of them are already familiar with the science behind the changes to our atmosphere, it was a useful revision exercise and discussion topic. Once again, thank you both for your time and commitment.' Darryl Hill

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Science Alexis Shead in the organisation of this event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

09 November: Lecture Demonstration, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Brislington, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze visited this local college to 200+ Post 16 chemists and geography students, plus 6 teachers, to perform the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant’s Tale'.

'It was fantastic to have the team from Bristol ChemLabS in College, and to get the students from the two subjects together and really thinking about how Chemistry affects our everyday lives.'

'he afternoon was a big success. The students really enjoyed being outside of the classroom, and for many of them it was a great taste of what studying Chemistry might be like at University level.' Nicola Shaw, (taken from St Brendan's students in their element!).

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry Nichola Shaw in the organisation of this visit. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

30 September: Chemistry Assembly Visit, Malmesbury Science College, Malmesbury, Wilts

Jonny Furze visited this specialist science college to present the science assembly 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 240 Year 9 students and 10 teaching staff over two sessions.

'The students particularly liked the liquid nitrogen and it was nice to see our entry level students making the link between elements and the gases in the show. Jonny was outstanding'. Barny James

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Bristol chemist Barny James in the organisation of this visit.

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol and by the Bristol and District section of the RSC.

24 September: Lecture Demonstration, Wells Cathedral School, Wells, Somerset

Jonny Furze presented the Lecture Demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 90 students in Years 9-10 and to 4 teachers at his morning event. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Karl Gibson and Helen Grey in the organisation of this visit.

'It was another great show for them, I've already had a few excited students popping in to tell me how much fun it was! Many thanks once again.' Helen Gray

The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol and a grant from the RSC Bristol and District section.

 


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