Primary Schools Outreach Events Spring 2013


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March

21 March: Hannah More Primary School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this local school to run Bubble Workshops for their two Year 1 classes as part of the school's celebrations of National Science & Engineering Week.  Much fun was had by all 60 children exploring the shapes & colours of bubbles, as well as standing inside a giant bubble, with the help of chemists Alison Rivett, Deb Durbin and Matt England.     

19 March: Charborough Road Primary School, Filton

This South Gloucestershire school invited Bristol ChemLabS to help them celebrate National Science and Engineering Week for the second year running.  Alison Rivett gave a Science Assembly entitled 'A Chemical Delight' to the whole school, which all 270 pupils, from Reception to Year 6, received enthusiastically.

18 March: Primary Workshops, Warwick University

Tim Harrison and Sarah Glover guested as demonstrators at a primary workshop being run by the Chemistry Department at Warwick University for 30 Year 5 pupils from a local school's science club.

13 March: ChemLabS Demonstration Workshop, Lavender Primary School, Enfield, North London

Postgraduates Sarah Glover and Sophie Franklin led a full day of events at the north London primary School. The demonstration assembly 'Gases in the Air' was given to 100 pupils in Years 5 and 6. Three hands on workshops engaging 60 pupils in Year 6' were then enjoyed.

"Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the ladies for the ChemLabS demo/workshops today. They were absolutely fantastic and the children (and adults!) had a brilliant day and are now extremely enthusiastic about science!" Gemma Whiteoak organising teacher.

The event was sponsored by Enfield Education as part of their Science Week celebrations.

13 March: The King's School, Gloucester

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Independent school as part of a special Science Day for the Junior pupils.  Alison Rivett delivered a demonstration assembly about 'Gases In The Air' to the 150 Reception to Year 7 pupils. The 61 Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils then took part in workshops with postgraduate Ambassadors Godi Tatolo, Geri Echue & Nick Harker, assisted by Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme student Zahlia Balingi.

Afterwards the teacher, Carey Hadfield, said 'The demonstration assembly was fantastic and completely captivated every single child from the Reception class up to and including the Year 7 pupils, for the whole hour. They all got so much from it at their own level. The Years 4, 5 and 6 then took part in the 3 different workshops during the day and again they were totally engrossed in what they were doing. A lot of the children have commented that they didn’t know science could be such fun and that they want to be scientists! It was good to see the children working in mixed age groups and how they helped each other when working in pairs. All in all it was a great day and our thanks go to Alison and her team'.

Pictures of the pupils and some of their comments can be found on the school's website here.

"Thank you so much for your science experiments.  I really enjoyed the goo experiment.  I found out a lot about acids as well.  The best thing for me was seeing the hydrogen blow up! I now love Science more than I did yesterday." (Isaac)

"I really enjoyed Science Day.  Assembly was way more fun than usual.  My heartbeat went ever so fast when the first balloon burst, my tummy felt all weird when it made that big BANG!  I love chemistry." (Maddy)

"Dear ChemLabS, I enjoyed the assembly and I think it was the best part of the day.  It was my best experience I had in Science and I might want to be a Scientist when I am older." (Leon) 

12 March: 'Gases in the Air', Southgate School, Cockfosters, North London

Sarah Glover and Sophie Franklin gave a demonstration assembly on the topic of 'Gases in the Air' to 50 very excited pupils in Years 5 and 6 and their accompanying teachers and adults from Debohun Primary School. The event was hosted by Southgate school, a local specialist science college.

The event was sponsored by Enfield Education as part of their Science Week celebrations.

12 March: Science Morning Latymer School, Enfield, North London

60 KS2 pupil from West Lea School, (Edmonton) and Starksfield Primary School (Edmonton) saw a presentation of 'Gases in the Air' given by Tim Harrison. The event was hosted by Latymer School. The event was part of Enfield STEM week supported by Enfield Education.

08 March: Haywards Primary School, Crediton, Devon

Bristol ChemLabS delivered a third annual 'Science Day involving pupils in Years 5 and 6. The day started with an hour long whole school science assembly that investigated what is and what is not a chemical change performed by Tim Harrison to 240 pupils. A 'Perfume Chemistry Workshop', where the pupils make their own fragrances was held for 28 Year 6 pupils and 30 Year 5 pupils had a chemistry workshop that supports their practical skills development.

Postgraduate chemist Godiraone Tatolo helped the students with their practical work.

From the school's newsletter: 'We were incredibly privileged this week to be visited by 2 scientists from Bristol University. The children watched a very exciting assembly involving chemical reactions and changes with snow, ice and flames. In workshops with Year 6, they created their own perfume for Mother’s Day; Year 5 then made interesting iodine clocks. This was a fantastic learning opportunity and we would like to thank Professor Smith and Tim for organising the event.'

04 March: Science Day, St Joseph's School, Launceston, Cornwall

Following an assembly for all 80 pupils and 20 parents on 'Perfume Chemistry given' by Tim Harrison, two practical workshops were made available for senior pupils. 30 pupils in Years 4 and 5 enjoyed the making slime, analysing acids and investigating timing via chemical reactions.

A Year 6 session saw 18 pupils using volumetric pipettes and top pan balances and gravimetrically analysing soft drinks for sugar content.

Tim Harrison, Alison Rivet and Grace Cookery assisted the pupils in this workshop.

03 March: Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemists James Miles, Godi Tatolo & Geri Echue spent the morning at this south Bristol School working with their two Year 5 classes.  All 60 children took part in a series of practical experiments related to their curriculum topic of Changing Materials.

03 March: Stoke Bishop Primary School, Bristol

To round off their annual Science Day Alison Rivett visited this local school to give a 'Wow' Science Assembly all about the chemistry of Solids, Liquids & Gases.  The whole school (350 pupils from Reception to Year 6) were thrilled by foaming liquids, freezing flowers sticky slime and some rather large explosions! 

01 March: Perfume Chemistry For Primary pupils, Marling School, Stroud, Gloucs

Tim Harrison, Sarah Glover and Stephanie Flynn aided 30 pupils from 5 local primary schools in a perfume chemistry workshop day. The pupils in Years 5 and 6 started their day with a lecture demonstration before going to the labs where they produced a bottle of fragrance from the several recipes available and made molecular models. The short afternoon session involved packaging and advertising. The day was coordinated through chemistry teacher Andrew Niven of Marling School.

The primary schools attending were Chalford Hill, Uplands, Randwick, Gastrells and Amberley.

"It was a totally brilliant day" "I really enjoyed putting on the safety glasses and lab coats. It made me feel like a real scientist!" "I learnt that hydrogen is the lightest gas and is very explosive. I remember this because I liked it when we blew up the balloon filled with hydrogen!" "I really liked working in a laboratory and using the glass pipettes." " It was great to learn about molecules and atoms. It was quite hard to build the molecular structures but really good fun." quotes from the pupils taking part.

FebruaryImage Credit Ben Attfield

28 Feb: Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this Somerset school as part of the EDF 'Inspire STEM Programme'.  The secondary school hosted a Science Day for 106 Year 5 & 6 pupils from next-door Hamp Primary School. The Year 5 & 6 pupils, plus 3 Year 6 pupils from Elmwood Special School, took part on practical workshops with STEM Ambassadors James Fothergill, James Miles & Godi Tatolo and finished off the day seeing an exciting Assembly from Alison Rivett on the theme of Gases In The Air.
 
Afterwards the Deputy Head of Science at Robert Blake College, Ben Attfield, said 'The ChemLabS team were professional, enthusiastic and really made the day inspirational. These opportunities make all the difference to our students.

An article about the day appeared in the local paper, the Bridgwater Mercuryand can be found here. Photo thanks to Ben Attfield

27 Feb: Somerset Bridge Primary School, Bridgwater

Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this Somerset school as part of their Science Week activities.  The whole school really went for it, with students and teachers dressing up as scientists for the day.  All 250 pupils (including Reception) were amazed and enthralled by the demonstrations Alison Rivett showed in an Assembly about the Gases In The Air.  The 75 Year 5 & 6 pupils then worked with postgraduate chemists  James Fothergill, Laura Totterdell & Grace Cookey in hands-on science workshops, assisted by Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme student Zahlia Balingi.
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The day was funded by EDF as part of their 'Inspire STEM Programme' for Somerset schools.

26 -28 February: Scientific Weaving, Sheffield Hallam University, S.Yorks

Tim Harrison, Dudley Shallcross and Sarah Glover took part in an AZSTT sponsored project with 18 primary school science coordinators at the university's Science Learning Centre. Dr Lynne Bianchi Director of Comino Centre for Personal Capability & Leadership at the Centre for Science Education is organised the 3 days of workshops as part of the bigger project.

21 February: Bishop Road School, Bristol

For the 5th year running, Bristol ChemLabS came to this Bristol school to deliver a full day of hands-on workshops for their Year 6 classes. The 82 pupils worked with STEM Ambassadors from the chemistry department Alison Rivett, Sophie Franklin, Jen Bulpett & Matt England to do a series of practical experiments, looking at the amount of Sugar in fizzy drinks, the Iodine Clock reaction and the Mystery Acid challenge.

19 February: The Red Maids' School Gifted & Talented Day for Bristol South 3 Primary Cluster

For the 3rd year running, The Red Maids' School in Westbury on Trym welcomed Gifted & Talented Year 5 pupils from the South 3 Cluster of Bristol schools for a day of practical chemistry. The 23 pupils from Broomhill Juniors, Burnbush Primary, St Bernadette's Primary, Hillcrest Primary, Holymead Juniors, Waycroft Academy & West Town Lane Academy; along with 70 Year 5 & 6 pupils from Red Maids' Junior school first saw Alison Rivett give an exciting demonstration assembly all about the Gases In The Air.

Afterwards they and 8 of the Red Maid's Year 6 girls moved up to the Senior School Labs where they spent the rest of the day doing practical workshops with postgraduate chemists Sophie Franklin, Jen Bulpett, Matt England & Godi Tatolo. They enjoyed investigating Slime and the Sugar in Fizzy Drinks and finding out about the chemical reactions of Magnesium & Acid and the Iodine Clock. In the afternoon they also got to make their own models of perfume molecules.

Afterwards the cluster's G&T Coordinator said "The children came back buzzing today after the Chemistry event. Thank you for a successful and motivating day!"

08 February: Climate Change Assembly, Pontnewydd Primary and Nursery School, Cwmbran, Gwent

Tim Harrison gave an assembly to 110 Year 5 and 6 pupils on climate change chemistry as part of the school's Green Awareness Science Week.

The visit was sponsored by the University of Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) through NERC funded projects.

07 February: Lecture Demonstrations, Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucs

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 320 Year 5 and 6 pupils from 14 local primary schools at the specialist science college as part of an annual science conference.

05 February: Elmhurst Junior School, Street

Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this Somerset school where the 270 Key Stage 2 pupils saw Alison Rivett deliver an interactive assembly with lots of chemistry demonstrations all about the 'Gases in the Air'. The 62 Year 5 pupils then worked with postgraduate chemists Grace Cookey, Laura Totterdell and Geri Echue in a series of practical workshops.

Afterwards the Science Coordinator said "Thank you ever so much for coming to Elmhurst. The children really enjoyed the visit, it was absolutely fantastic. They got such a lot out of it."

The school were pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol & District RSC towards the event

05 February: Demonstration Assembly, St Malachy's Primary School, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Tim Harrison struggled through the snow and gave a chemistry demonstration assembly to 190 pupils in Years 1-6 during the morning and also spoke to Year 3 about what it is like to be a scientist. Unfortunately the Year 5/6 pupils from St Mary's Primary School (Mullaghbawn) could not attend as they were cut off by the snow!

AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) Primary College member Sinaed McGleenon assisted in the organisation of the visit which was linked to her cluster of local schools.

This event was sponsored by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust AZSTT

04 February: Demonstration Assembly, St Patricks Primary School, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Tim Harrison gave a chemistry demonstration to 170 KS2 pupils from the host school and another 18 Year 6 pupils from St Johns English Primary School (Portadown, CO Armagh).

Bristol ChemLabS thanks the School of Chemistry, Queen's University Belfast and St Particks's Secondary School (Armagh) for providing much of the equipment and chemicals. The event was organised through AZSTT College member Sinaed McGleenon.

This event was sponsored by AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust AZSTT

More photos of the visit are here.

January

30January: Danesfield Middle School, Somerset

A team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this Somerset Middle School as part of the EDF Inspire STEM Programme. The 360 Y5-8 pupils enjoyed a 'Chemical Delight' demonstration assembly by Alison Rivett and then 30 Y5 and 30 Y6 pupils took part in hands-on chemistry workshops in the secondary science labs - making sticky slime, investigating perfumes and particles and measuring the sugar in fizzy drinks with postgraduate chemists Jen Bulpett, Tim Snow & James Miles.

29 January: Minehead Middle School, Somerset

Bristol ChemLabS battled through floods to spend the day at this Somerset Middle School as part of the EDF Inspire STEM Programme. The 60 Year 6 pupils took part in practical chemistry workshops especially hosted in the secondary science laboratories, led by Chemistry postgraduates Jen Bulpett, Tim Snow & James Miles. All 160 Y7 pupils saw Alison Rivett give a demonstration assembly on the theme of Chemical Reactions, which was extremely well-received, with every experiment getting an enthusiastic round of applause!

Afterwards the Science Coordinator said:" I just wanted to express my gratitude to you and your team for Tuesday - you delivered a wonderfully compelling learning experience to our pupils who are still talking about the hydrogen balloons. The year 6 pupils were not only stimulated by the practical work but by the conversations which your postgraduate students were having with them. To hear Tim speaking about his work and then a young pupil not known for his love of science say that he wanted to go to university is a great endorsement of the positive role models your team members provided".

28 January: Demonstrations, St. Mark's CofE School, Larkhall, Bath, NE Somerset

Tim Harrison demonstrated some of the properties of liquid nitrogen and dry ice to 30 Year 5 pupils and 5 KS4 students who were visiting their future secondary school. Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research group sponsored this visit.

22nd January - St Joseph's Primary School, Portishead

For the third year running a team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this school to kick off their work on the curriculum topic of 'Changing Materials'. Postgraduate students Grace Cookey, Godira Tatolo and Jen Bulpett lead the 29 Year 5 pupils in a series of practical experiments. Following that they and 30 Year 6 pupils saw Alison Rivett deliver an interactive assembly with lots of demonstrations on the topic of 'Solids, Liquids & Gases'.

The school were pleased to recieve a small grant from the Bristol & District RSC towards the event.

21 January: Liquid Nitrogen Demonstrations,St. Mark's CoE School, Bath

Sarah Glover worked with 30 Year 5 primary students presenting a talk on liquid nitrogen as part of a science day visit to the pupils local secondary school.

16 January: Scientific Weaving Project, Bradshaw Hall Primary School, Cheadle, Manchester

Bristol ChemLabS provided two chemistry practical workshops at the Tim Harrison and Sarah Glover from Bristol, Atmospheric Physicists Kim Leather and Jenny Muller from the University of Manchester and local Secondary teacher. The 60 pupils involved were a mixture of Year 3 and 5. This was the second Bristol ChemLabS visit to the school in 3 months. This time the visit was part of an AZSTT project organised by Dr Lynne Bianchi, Director of the AZSTT Primary Science Research & Innovation Hub, Sheffield Hallam University.

15 January: Scientific Weaving Project, Yewlands Technology College, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire

Yewlands Technology College played host to Tim Harrison and three local primary schools during the morning where the presentation 'Gases in the Air' was given to 180 pupils in years 4 and 5 and 30 pupils from Yewlands' Year 7. The presentation was part of an AZSTT project organised by Dr Lynne Bianchi, Director of the AZSTT Primary Science Research & Innovation Hub, Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield schools attending: Foxhill Primary School, Grenoside Primary School and Monteney Primary School.

15 January: Scientific Weaving Project, Loxley Primary School, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire

Tim Harrison gave the presentation 'Gases in the Air' to 90 enthusiastic pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 as part of an AZSTT project organised by Dr Lynne Bianchi, Director of the AZSTT Primary Science Research & Innovation Hub, Sheffield Hallam University.

15 January: Bridgwater College Academy, Somerset

Thanks to funding from the EDF 'Inspire STEM' programme, a team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this Somerset school, working with the 78 Year 6 pupils. After enjoying a science assembly all about the Gases In The Air, delivered by Alison Rivett, the children then moved to the school's secondary science laboratories to take part in hands-on chemistry workshops. They discovered some sticky slime, a colour-changing reaction and even made a few mini-explosions with postgraduate research chemists Adam Bunt, Jen Bulpett & Jade Taffs. They were supported by six Year 9 pupils in their role as 'EDF Energy Champions' for the school.

Afterwards the teachers commented "The children had a great day and were enthused by what they learned.", "The atmosphere was really positive."

09 - 10 January: Annual Christmas Lectures St. Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Alison Rivett between them gave a total of 4 performances of 'Gases in the Air' to a total of 497 pupils and their teachers from 9 Bristol primaries. The pupils in years 4 to 6 were guests of St Bede's who have organised these visits for several years.

The schools attending were: St Bernard's, Corpus Christi, St Mary's, St Francis, SS Peter & Paul, Holy Family, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Our Lady of the Rosary and St Teresa's primary schools.

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