Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2009

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17 November: Waycroft Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett and STEM Ambassadors, Shirin Alexander and Adele Laurain spent the morning at this Bristol School. All the Junior School pupils saw a Demonstration Assembly about the Gases in the Air and then Gifted & Talented pupils from Years 5 & 6 were joined by pupils from the neighbouring Stockwood Green School for a practical chemistry workshop.
The Science Coordinator at the School - Alice Vickers - said "Thank you so much for the morning you gave us yesterday, the children were so excited and the staff were very impressed with the assembly". The school was pleased to be awarded a grant by the Bristol Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

04 November: Old Sodbury Primary School, South Gloucestershire

Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemist Ben Cheesman visited this village primary school to deliver a Demonstration Assembly all about fire & explosions as part of their firework-themed Science Week. The excited audience enjoyed demonstrations of the chemistry of fireworks, the amazing effects of liquid nitrogen and a few explosions! One pupil, Edward, wrote in a thank-you letter, "I loved everything but my favourite experiment of all was at the end, when you set fire to the balloons".(see the full letter here)

One of the school's Governers, Joe McEntee, said afterwards "The kids and the teachers thought it was a five-star performance - definitely seen by all as the high-point of the school's science-week activities". The school was grateful to receive a grant from the Bristol Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


20 October: Dunalley Primary School, Cheltenham Dunalley primary school

Bristol ChemLabS provided a whole school science assembly and a series of short workshops for the KS2 pupils as part of this schools Science Week. The Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils enjoyed making some sticky slime and finding out about 'thermoplastics' with postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Shirin Alexander, Rodrigo Sanchez and Kaizhong Fan, whilst the Year 6 pupils investigated the Iodine Clock reaction. The school received a grant from the Bristol Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

16 October: High Down Primary School, Portishead, Bristol

Dudley and worked with pupils in Y1 and 2 on a project on healthy eating as part of the school's Science Week.

01 October: Perfume Chemistry Day, Stroud Schools, Gloucestershire

Bristol ChemLabS provided a day of activities centred around fragrance chemistry for gifted and talented pupils from a number of primary schools. The workshop involved a lecture demonstration, making molecular models, packaging and advertising. The pupils also produced their own bottle of fragrance to keep.

The workshop was coordinated and hosted by Marling School in Stroud.


22 September: St Joseph's School, Launceston, Cornwall

Tim Harrison, aided by Stem Ambassador Ben Cheesman, delivered a full morning of chemistry outreach for pupils in the Cornish school. All 100 students in Y1 to 6 saw the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air', and 28 pupils of Y6 also enjoyed a practical workshop on reaction times and polymers.

The visit was part of an award made by Bristol ChemLabS in recognition that students from that school had won the RSC Bill Bryson Prize for science writing in 2008.

18 September: Brighton Primaries Lecture, Rodean, Sussex

Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 110 very keen and enthusiastic primary-aged pupils from both the host school Rodean and local primary schools including Coombe Road Primary, Lancing College Prep, Somerhill Primary, St John the Baptist Primary, St Mary Magdalen Primary and Westdene Primary schools. The event took place in the senior school's theatre.

01 September: North Mackay State Primary School, Queensland, Australia

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air' to 380 pupils at the primary school in North Queensland. Unusually, this was an outside performance which took place in the shade covered playground. It was enjoyed by pupils from Kindergarden to Y7 as well as staff.


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