Primary Schools Outreach Events Summer 2014


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2014

July

18 July: FIA2014 - Futures Day - UK Space Agency, Farnborough International Airshow, Hants


Tim Harrison and Preeti Kaur assisted the UK Space Agency by each giving short presentations in the Space area of the Farnborough International Airshow to primary pupils in support of appearances by UK NASA Astronaut Tim Peake. Around 30 Year 5 and 6 pupils from Northbury Primary School (E.London) were in attendance.

The event was organised by Heather MacRae ofVenture Thinking

14 July: Headley Park Primary School, Bristol

Alison Rivett started off this local school's 'Big Science Day' with a bang! The 360 Y106 pupils we enthralled by her experiments about the Gases In The Air and all the bubbling, colour changes and explosions... Classes then spent the rest of the day doing lots of different science experiments, including a large selection from the Electricity, Water & Forensics ChemLabS Loan Boxes.

The school was pleased to receive a grant from the local RSC.

08 July: Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this local school for the third time where the day started with an interactive and explosive assembly from Alison Rivett about the Gases In The Air for all 240 Y3-6 pupils. The 61 Y4 students then got hands-on in two 'super science' workshops with postgraduate chemists Chris Sandford, Thomas Farrugia & Iyke Ndukwe investigating sticky slime, colour changing reactions and the squeaky pop test! You can see a gallery of pictures from the day here:

The school was pleased to receive a grant from the local RSC.

04 July: High Littleton Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this north Somerset school as a special end of term treat. The 140 Year 1 to 6 pupils were fascinated by Alison Rivett's experiments in her assembly all about the Gases In The Air.

Postgraduate chemists Pradeep Bhaskar, Alice Charteris & Sewa Abdullah then spent the rest of the day leading the 48 Y4, 5 & 6 pupils in two practical workshops.

The school was pleased to receive a grant from the local RSC. You can see lots of pictures from the workshop and assembly on the school's website here: & here.

02 July: St George's Primary School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this local school to spend the afternoon with the 22 Year 5 & 6 pupils in a hands-on chemistry workshop. Despite the hot weather, Green Dragons class enthusiastically worked with Alison Rivett and postgraduate chemists Layla Behrooz, Risa Nofiani and Iyke Ndukwe on the three different experiments. The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the local RSC.

Afterwards their teacher, Anna Young, said "Thank you for a fantastic afternoon yesterday. The children really enjoyed it and it was fantastic to see them so engaged!" The class wrote postcards afterwards about their experience, one commented "I really enjoyed it and you helped me understand alot more. Thank you for coming to St George and please say thank you to the staff that helped us as well.". Another said "The experiments were a lot of fun and it was relly cool. I especially enjoyed the part when we could colour the slime.".

02-18 July: Science Loan Box Event, Hotwells Primary School, Bristol

The school borrowed the Food & Healthy Eating Box to use with 60 Key Stage 2 pupils. The Science Loan Boxes were created thanks to a grant from the AZSTT, now the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and whose placement and restocking was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS.

June

27 June: The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water

For the 7th year running Bristol ChemLabS was invited to run practical workshops at this Gloucestershire academy's annual Science Day for local Primary schools. In all 50 Year 5 pupils were engaged by postgraduate Chemists Godi Tatolo and Emma Liddle who helped them experiment with acid and magnesium.

"Many thanks to Emma Liddle and Godi Tatolo who delivered the ChemLabsS workshops to some of our visiting Primary Schools last week. The primary students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a great learning experience. All the participating school teachers & students rated the workshops as excellent." (Dr Bernie Major, Science Department, The Cotswold School)

25 June: Christchurch Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this local school to deliver an Assembly and Workshop as part of their Science Week activities. Alison Rivett's demonstrations all about the Gases In The Air went down a treat with a packed hall with the 270 Year 1 to 6 children. For the rest of the morning the 28 Year 6 pupils worked with postgraduate chemists Emma Liddle, Alice Charteris & Jon Bailey in a practical workshop with 3 different chemistry experiments.

The visit was supported by a Widening Participation grant from the University.

Afterwards Fiona Patel (Science Coordinator) said "Your assembly & workshop has been the highlight so far of our science week, all the children and adults thought you were fantastic!"

Class 6BB wrote a short piece about their workshop on the school's website here:said "Our highlight of science week was definitely when Bristol University came in to talk to us about different types of gas. We learnt that when helium is near fire, it bangs but if you place hydrogen near to fire, it will catch alight and make a huge fire ball!" and Class 3CB said "Last week we took part in a fantastic science week. We were spoilt with the amount of visitors that came in to work with us and we all especially enjoyed the assembly with Dr Alison, where she made balloons filled with hydrogen blow up in front of us!" You can see some photos and read more comments from the children on their class pages online here:

19 June: Primary Science Demonstration Assembly, Swindon Academy, Wilts

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover spent the afternoon at this host school delivering the demonstration talk 'Gases in the Air' for a large group of 110 Year 5 pupils from local feeder schools and their parents and teachers. The primary pupils were spending the day on the theme of 'Space'.

19 June 2014 - Chilton Trinity Primary Science Day, Bridgwater

For the 3rd year running Bristol ChemLabS were invited to take part in this Somerset secondary school's annual event for feeder primaries.  65 Year 6 pupils from Wembdon St George, Westover Green, Eastover, Nether Stowey and Westonzoyland Primary Schools and Elmwood & Penrose Special School took part in practical chemistry workshops in the school's science laboratories with postgraduate chemists Sewa Abdullah, Ikenna Ndukwe, & Nick Barron.  In the afternoon they all enjoyed a Demonstration Assembly by Alison Rivett where they discovered more about the exciting and explosive properties of Gases In The Air!

There is a short article on the school's website here:

This year the school were very pleased to receive funding from EDF's Inspire programme to help with the costs of the event.

18 June 2014 - St Mary's Primary School, Bridgwater

Thanks to funding from EDF's Inspire programme a team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this Somerset school.  Following an Assembly for the 150 KS2 pupils by Alison Rivett about 'Solids, Liquids & Gases' 57 of the Year 4 & 5 pupils took part in practical chemistry workshops with postgraduate chemists Sewa Abdullah, Godi Tatolo & Jon Bailey.

You can see some pictures from the day here:

Afterwards the Head Teacher said "It was very well presented and organised at an appropriate level for Y4/5 and in-line with curriculum, as well as being fun!  Children were telling me 'I want to be a scientist'."

14 June -14 July: Science Loan Box Event, Headley Park Primary, Bristol

The school borrowed the Electricity, Forensics and Water & Liquids Boxes to use with 90 Key Stage 2 pupils during this period. The Science Loan Boxes were created thanks to a grant from the AZSTT, now the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and whose placement and restocking was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS.

13 June 2014 - St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Alison Rivett delivered an interactive Assembly all about the Gases In The Air for all 200 Reception to Year 6 pupils at this South Gloucestershire school which certainly finished off their Science Week with a bang!

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

13 June 2014 - Filton Avenue Junior School, Bristol

Alison Rivett returned to this school to enthuse the 300 KS2 pupils about Science with a 'Chemical Delight' Assembly on the theme of chemical reactions.

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

12 June: St Pius Xth Catholic Primary School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS, led by Sarah Glover, spent the morning at this local school to deliver a hands-on science workshop for all 18 pupil s in the Year 6 class.

The students were helped by postgraduate Chemists Godi Tatolo and Sewa Abdullah.

The event was partially sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

11 June: Hamp Academy, Bridgwater

Thanks to funding from EDF's Inspire programme a team from Bristol ChemLabS spent the day at this Somerset junior school.  The day started with a "fun filled assembly full of explosions" by Alison Rivett about Gases In The Air for all 120 KS2 pupils.  Following that the 50 Year 4 pupils, plus 10 children from Hamp's nearby Partner school Lydeard St Lawrence, worked with postgraduate chemists Ikenna Ndukwe, Risa Nofiani & Pradeep Bhaskar in two Bubble Workshops and "enjoyed learning about the complexity of bubbles".

Afterwards the Headteacher commented "This has been a fantastic day for all our children!  Moments of WOW throughout the day has been a pleasure to see.  Thank You."

You can see some photos from the day here.

10 June: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Burnham-on-Sea

Thanks to funding from EDF's Inspire programme a team from Bristol ChemLabS visited this Somerset school to deliver a Science Day.  The whole school (200 Reception to Y6 children) gave Alison Rivett's assembly about The Gases In The Air a very enthusiastic response.  The Year 5 & 6 classes (68 pupils) then worked with postgraduate chemists Emma Liddle, Godi Tatolo & Sewa Abdullah in two practical workshops.

3 June : Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this local school for the 6th year running to deliver hands-on science workshops for the 3 Year 6 classes.  All 84 children had a great time working with postgraduate chemists Alison Rivett, Sarah Glover, Sewa Abdullah & Ikenna Ndukwe on a series of practical experiments.

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

May

29 May-23 June: Science Loan Box Event, Worlebury Primary School, N.Somerset

The school borrowed the Food & Healthy Eating Box to use with 30 Key Stage 2 pupils. The Science Loan Boxes were created thanks to a grant from the AZSTT, now the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and whose placement and restocking was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS.

21 May: Science Workshop Day,  Woodland s Academy Primary School, Gillingham, Kent

Bristol ChemLabS made a return to this Kentish school for the first time in more than 5 years . Tim Harrison performed the science demonstration assembly to all 360 pupils in Years 1-6 and to 16 teachers. Two 2 hour science workshops for all 60 year 6 pupils followed.

The pupils were helped in their work by Chemistry Postgraduates Laura Totterdell, Ikenna Ndukwe, and Mark Lunt

20 May 2014: Meadowbrook Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Alison Rivett was invited back to this South Gloucestershire school to give an Assembly for the whole school as part of their Science Week.  All 420 Reception to Y6 children enjoyed the chemical demonstrations on the theme of Light & Colour and afterwards the Science Coordinator said"Thank you for yet again another fantastic assembly, every one loved it!".

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

19 May: Perfume Chemistry Workshop, Marling School, Stroud, Gloucs

Tim Harrison and Postgraduate Chemist Ben Mills took a perfume chemistry workshop for 24 Year 5 pupils from several primary schools based in the Stroud area. The whole day event, hosted by Marling School, started with a demonstration lecture on ‘Fragrance Science’ before the students spend time making their own fragrance, looking at molecular structures of fragrance components and designing advertising for their packaged products.

 ‘The perfume chemistry day was aimed at stimulating children's the curiosity of the science behind everyday items and providing the opportunity to be involved in some practical science in a chemistry laboratory. The feedback from the children and their teachers was fantastic: 'I love chemistry!'’ Head of Chemistry

The schools involved were: Amberley, Gastrells, Randwick, Eastington and Chalford primary schools.

The event is partially sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

17 May: ‘Gases in the Air’, The Mead Community Primary School, Trowbridge, Wilts

Tim Harrison presented the demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ in one bay of a very large tented science festival in the primary school's grounds. An audience of 50 made up of parents, primary and secondary  school students attended at the school’s Science Day held on this particular Saturday. The event is held ever 4 years.

The demonstration lecture was sponsored jointly by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol and by an EPSRC portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the School of Chemistry.

Another photo here on twitter.

09-28 May: Science Loan Box Event, Meadowbrook Primary School, Bristol

The school borrowed the Electricity & Forensics Boxes to use with 60 Key Stage 2 pupils. The Science Loan Boxes were created thanks to a grant from the AZSTT, now the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and whose placement and restocking was sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS.

April

29 April: St Paul's Primary School, Chippenham

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Wiltshire school to deliver an afternoon of Science.  10 specially chosen Gifted & Talented KS2 pupils took part in a hands-on chemistry workshop led by postgraduate chemist Anna Baker.  Afterwards the whole school (around 220 pupils, including Reception children) gave Alison Rivett's Demonstration Assembly about The Gases In The Air a very excited response.

You can read an article by one of the pupils in the school's weekly newsletter here.


07 April: 2014 National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) Science Expo
Week, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS outreachers Sarah Glover and Preeti Kaur presented two lecture demonstrations to a total of 55 primary pupils as one part of this Maltese Science Festival. The festival was held at The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in  Poala. The event is a week long.

Primary schools attending shows on the first day were St Aloysius Primary (25 Year 3) and Sacred Heart Primary (19).

08 April: 2014 National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) Science Expo
Week, Malta

Bristol ChemLabS outreachers Sarah Glover and Preeti Kaur presented two lecture demonstrations to a total of 51 primary pupils as one part of this Maltese Science Festival. The festival was held at The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in  Poala. The event is a week long.

Primary schools attending shows on the second day were St Aloysius Primary (26 Year 4) and Fgura Primary (25 Year 6).

O4 April: 'Gases in the Air' lecture Demonstrations, Stroud, Gloucs

Marling School played host to 163 pupils and numerous staff from 6 local primary schools. Tim Harrison presented 2 performances of this popular science talk.

The talks were sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

Comments from the pupils at Uplands Primary included:

‘It was an amazing morning and made me want to learn more about science.  It made me more curious!’

‘It made me want to concentrate more on science at school.’

 ‘It was an amazing morning and really made me go WOW!  It has really got me interested and excited about learning more about science at secondary school.’

The schools attending were: Severn View Academy (26), Foxmoor Primary (40), Uplands Primary (31), Stroud Valley Primary (37), Cashes Green Primary (20) and Minchinhampton Primary (15).

01 April: Moorpark Junior School, Stoke, Staffs

Tim Harrison revisited this junior school in the Burslem area of Stoke to give a science assembly to all 220 pupils in Years 3 to 6.

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