Primary Schools Outreach Events Autumn 2010


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December

09 December: Hotwells Primary School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team visited the final school taking part in the AZSTT N3 project and received a very warm welcome. The 180 pupils packed into the hall to 'ooh' and 'ahh' at the chemical reactions Alison Rivett showed them in a special assembly. The 64 Year 5 & 6 pupils then had a go at some different experiments with STEM Ambassadors Sophie Franklin, Katie Bayliss, David Lunn.

The following article about the event appeared on the school website here:

"ChemLabS, a team of chemists from Bristol University came to show us a spectacular display of chemical reactions during our assembly. They also gave really exiting and interesting workshops to Years 5 & 6 in which they made slime, used bunsen burners and did lots of investigative science.White lab coats and safety goggles were a fashion must at all times!"

06 December: Fragrance Chemistry Workshop, National University of Singapore

As part of the 4th Annual Winter Chemistry Schools held in Singapore an outreach team from Bristol ChemLabS ran a half day 'perfume chemistry' workshop for 26 students aged 10-12. The session started with Tim Harrison giving a one hour lecture demonstration on Fragrance Chemistry before the group were taken into the undergraduate teaching laboratories where Ben Cheesman, Shirin Alexander and NUS postgraduates led sessions on the structure of fragrance molecules and in preparing a chosen fragrance to take home. We thank Professor Gaik-Khuan Chuah (NUS) for her organisation of this event.

02 December: SS Peter & Paul Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS visited this Redland School as part of the AZSTT N3 Cluster Project. The day started off with an interactive assembly about the 'Gases In The Air', for all 180 pupils, delivered by Alison Rivett. The 60 Year 5 and 6 pupils then took part in some practical workshops investigating different chemical reactions, led by postgraduate chemists Sophie Franklin, Mary Bartlett, Katie Lim and UAS chemistry student Elle Wadsworth.

November

30 November: St John's CoE Primary School, Bristol

This Clifton school, one of the 9 involved in the AZSTT N3 Cluster Project, received their visit from Bristol ChemLabS. The day started off with a bang, literally, with a Fire & Explosions assembly given by Alison Rivett to all 300 pupils. 90 year 5 & 6 pupils then took part in hands-on workshops exploring Slime and Mystery Acids, assisted by STEM Ambassadors Sophie Franklin, Monika Zeleznik and Rachel Wellington. The school's current UAS student, Tom Marriage, a Bristol chemistry undergraduate, also attended for part of the day.

23 November: Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol

Tim Harrison working with Alison Rivett and a team from Bristol ChemLabS delivered a Science Day at this Bristol school with three classes of Year 6 pupils. 84 students expanded their science skills working on a circus of experiments to enhance their testing, measurement and team working skills. Postgraduate chemists Rachel Wellington and Mary Bartlett assisted the pupils with their work.

This visit is part of a project funded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust which involves ChemLabS working closely with nine of the twelve schools in the Bristol Education Authority's 'N3 cluster group' details of which can be found here.

Quote from the day 'Thanks for today - the children loved it'

22 November: Farthinghoe Primary School, Northants

Sophie Franklin presented a whole school assembly on 'Gases in the Air' to all 40 pupils at the her own village school before working with a group of Year 4-6 students on investigational, team work and measuring skills.

17 November: Westbury Park Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett and a team of postgraduate chemists ran a Science Day at this Henleaze school, who are participating in the AZSTT N3 Cluster project. All 400 pupils watched Alison give a demonstration assembly featuring strange Solids, curious Liquids and some explosive Gases! The 60 Year 5 pupils then worked with postgraduate research chemists Cathy Cooper, Maddy Strickland, Raquel Vaz in
practical workshops.

The Year 5 webpages on the schools website shows some photographs of what they did here

16 November: Stoke Bishop Primary School, Bristol

As part of their participation in the AZSTT N3 Cluster Project this Bristol school received a visit from the Bristol ChemLabS team. The 200 junior pupils were enthralled by chemistry assembly delivered by Alison Rivett. The 3 classes of 90 Year 5 & 6 pupils then spent the rest of the day doing science experiments themselves, with the help of postgraduate Science Ambassadors Amy Styring & Mary Bartlett and Bath Uni School Teacher Fellow, Declan Fleming.

You can see some pictures from the day on the school's website here.

11 November: Welford-on-Avon Primary School, Gloucestershire

Bristol ChemLabS travelled to this village school near Chipping Campden to deliver a special Science Day for the pupils. All 120 Key Stage 2 pupils enjoyed the 'Gases In The Air' assembly given by Alison Rivett. Afterwards 90 pupils from Years 4, 5 & 6 took part in hands-on workshops making sticky slime and investigating reactions. Postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Maddy Strickland, Aimee Boyle and Paul Brown led the experiments.

Jackie Flaherty, Specialist Science Outreach Coordinator from Chipping Campden Secondary school, who helped arrange the day, also attended. A report about the day featured in the school's weekly newsletter, which you can read here

02 November: St Bonaventure's RC Primary School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this Bishopston School who are taking part in the AZSTT N3 Project. 300 Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils saw Alison Rivett deliver an assembly about the 'Gases In The Air'. 55 Year 5 pupils then took part in practical chemistry workshops, led by postgraduate chemists Sophie Franklin, Beatrice Cattoz and Ben Cheesman, with Declan Fleming, from Bath University.

One pupil said afterwards "Thank you for coming and helping us in Science. It has really made me want to be a scientist when I am older."

October

21 October: Elmlea Juniors, Westbury on Trym

Bristol ChemLabS visited this local school as part of the AZSTT N3 Project.  All 300 pupils saw Tim Harrison (assisted by Prof Nick Norman) give a lecture demonstration about smell and fragrance.  The three Year 5 classes (85 children) also took part in practical chemistry workshops led by Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemists Sophie Franklin, Amy Styring and Kaizhong Fan. 

19 October: St George's Primary, Bristol

The team from Bristol ChemLabS delivered a Science Day at this central Bristol school as part of the AZSTT N3 Project. The whole school (100 pupils) saw an exciting demonstration assembly given by Alison Rivett. The 25 Year 5 and 6 pupils spent the rest of the day doing practical workshops, including making some sticky slime and modelling some smelly perfume molecules. They were supported by postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Sophie Franklin, Shirin Alexander and Beatrice Cattoz together with the new School Teacher Fellow from the Chemistry Department at Bath University, Declan Fleming.

A blog report by Declan Fleming on his day may be found here.

12 October: Begbrook Primary, Bristol

Alison Rivett and a team from Bristol ChemLabS once again spent the morning at this Bristol school.  The 2 Year 5 classes (60 pupils) enjoyed exploring different aspects of materials as part of their 'George's Marvellous Medicine' themed topic work with postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Sophie Franklin, Gavin Leithall & Monika Zeleznik.  The local section of the Royal Society of Chemistry kindly provided a small grant to assist the school with costs.

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