Primary Schools Outreach Events Summer 2015


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July

10 July: Thornbury Science Festival, South Gloucestershire

As part of the second Thornbury Science Festival Alison Rivett visited two primary schools in the town to bring the excitement of science to them too. The 180 Year 1-6 pupils at St Mary's Primary and the 120 Year 1-4 pupils at Gillingstool Primary all thoroughly enjoyed the bubbles, bangs and flashes in her demonstration assemblies. "WOW! Bristol ChemLabS just took our Friday assembly and it was incredible." You can see some pictures and read some comments on Gillingstool's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/GillingstoolPrimary/posts/659727604128470 The visits were partly sponsored by a Widening Participation Grant from the University's Science Faculty.

June

30 June: Firs Farm Primary School, Enfield

As part of the annual Enfield Council STEM Week Bristol ChemLabS visited this London school to work with their 70 Year 5 pupils. They took part in hands-on chemistry workshops led by Alison Rivett with postgraduate STEM Ambassadors Katharina Roettger & Ikenna Ndkwe.'Your visit to our school and the work you did with the children was one of the highlights of the school year. Despite the heat all the children were on task and every child was able to engage with the content at his or her level. ' Organising teacher

23 June: Chilton Trinity Technology College, Bridgwater

As part of the EDF Energy's Inspire programme Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Somerset secondary school for the 4th time to support their annual Science & Maths Day for primary feeder schools. The 80 Year 5 pupils from Wembdon St George, Westover Green, Eastover, Puriton & Otterhampton Primary schools took part in two Chemistry workshops with postgrad STEM Ambassadors Harriet Reid, Claudio Greco & Stephanie Flynn. The day finished with a bang with Alison Rivett's explosive assembly about Gases In The Air! EDF tweeted about it here

Chilton Trinity photo

19 June: Science Assembly, Central CofE Primary School, Chichester, Hants

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the primary science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 400 pupils in Years 2-6 and 16 teaching staff at the Hampshire state primary school. The event was coordinated by PSTT regional representative Jeanette Morgan. Lanc Infant School and Rumboldswhyke CofE Infant School were also present with their Year 2 pupils.

The event was jointly sponsored by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol and from a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group also at the University of Bristol.

17 June: STEM Cluster Day for Tewkesbury District Partnership Schools

Alison Rivett gave 3 Chemistry Demonstration Assemblies on the theme of 'Bangs & Smells for the 78 Year 5 pupils from 28 primary schools from this large cluster of Primary Schools in Gloucestershire. Primary Schools Attending: Bishop's Cleeve, Bromesberrow, Carrant Brook, Churcham, Churchdown Parton Juniors, Churchdown Village Juniors, Deerhurst & Apperly, Gotherington, Grangefield, Gretton, Hartpury, Highnam, Huntley, Innsworth Juniors, Isbourne Valley, John Moore, Minsterworth, Mitton Manor, Oakhill, Queen Margaret, Staunton & Corse, St Mary's Catholic, Tibberton, Tirlebrook, Tredington, Twyning.

 The day was hosted at Churchdown Village Junior School and arranged with the help of STEMWorks. It was partly sponsored by a Widening Participation Grant from the University's Science Faculty.

16 June: Hamp Academy, Bridgwater

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Somerset junior school for the second time, with Alison Rivett delivering an Assembly all about Chemical Reactions for the 180 Year 3, 4 & 5 pupils. The two Year 4 classes then enjoyed their Bubble Workshops with Alison and postgraduate chemists Sewa Abdullah & Ikenna Nduwke. Afterwards the Head teacher said "Your visit was one of the highlights of the year". The school was pleased to receive a small grant from the Bristol & District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

10 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, St Michael’s Catholic Secondary School, Camborne, Cornwall

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’’ twice during the morning to 200 KS2 pupils and Year 7 students from the host school. Nine members of staff also saw the lecture. The first performance was to Trevithick Academy (64 Year 5 pupils) and St John's Primary (21 Year 5 pupils). The second was for St Meriadoc's Primary School (90 Y5/6 pupils). This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, Pennoweth Primary School, Redruth, Cornwall

Alison Rivett performed the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 220 Reception to Year 6 pupils at this Cornish primary school. 10 members of staff also saw the talk. This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, St Day & Carharrack Community School, Redruth, Cornwall

Alison Rivett performed the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 130 Year 1 to 6 pupils at this Cornish primary school. 8 members of staff also saw the talk. This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

10 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, Treloweth Primary School, Redruth, Cornwall

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’’ during the afternoon to 200 pupils from Year 3 to Year 6. Eight members of staff also saw the lecture.

This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

09 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, Okehampton Primary School, Okehampton, Devon

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’’ to 360 pupils mainly from Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. 20 members of staff also saw the lecture.

This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

09 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, Kilkhampton Junior & Infant School Kilkhampton, Bude, Cornwall

Tim Harrison performed the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’’ to 75 pupils from Reception to Year 6. All 5 members of staff also saw the lecture.

This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

09 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, St Stephen's Community Academy, Launceston, Cornwall

Alison Rivett performed the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 180 Year 5 & 6 pupils from St Stephen's and 4 neighbouring primary schools - Windmill Hill Academy, North Petherwin, Werrington and St Catherine's. 18 members of staff also saw the talk. Afterwards the Head teacher said "It was such a unique opportunity I invited some local schools to share the experience. All agreed that it was amazing and it was good to see the children being so inspired and wishing to pursue a career in Science."

Some comments from Year 6 pupils: "I really enjoyed your assembly. It was extremely fun and very educational. I am really looking forward to chemistry in the future."

"You inspired me to become a scientist"

"I loved all your experiments, but my favourite one was the liquid nitrogen. When you put the glove, bananas and flowers in there I thought it was incredible! Everybody loved your assembly. Thank you for coming to my school."

 "Your assembly was amazing and really different - I don't think St Stephens have ever had an assembly like that. I can't wait until I do science in secondary school." 

There is a short article in the School's Newsletter here:

This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

09 June: Devon and Cornwall Tour Summer 2015, Wadebridge Primary Academy, Wadebridge, Cornwall

Alison Rivett performed the science demonstration assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 200 Year 1 to 6 pupils at this Cornish primary school. 6 members of staff also saw the talk. There is a short article in the School's Newsletter here:

The assembly which took place for the children about the gases of the air was absolutely fantastic! It was brilliant that the children were allowed to explore something that is all around us and be able to see it working in a totally different way. They were utterly transfixed by the science, which to them was so new and exciting. The explanations given by Dr Alison about what was happening were very clear and in language which the younger children could have a basic understanding of and the older children could gain more information. She gave good, clear explanations about the scientific concept of fair testing and keeping a control, which was filmed so that we can use it again within lessons where fair testing and controls are discussed. It was really great that the delivery was made by a young female scientist to break the stereotype that science is an old man’s trade. The activities that the children were exposed to were varied but Dr Alison linked them together, taking them on a journey through the gases in the air. The children got a real sense of the 3 states of gas, liquid and solid and had a good understanding of gases taking up space in the same way that solids and liquids do.’ Organising teacher.

This event was sponsored by a Small Outreach Grant provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

05 June: Science Assembly, Birdwell School, Long Ashton, Bristol, N. Somerset

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover performed a science assembly for 120 Key Stage 1 pupils at this local school. This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

4 June: Chipping Campden Primary Science Day

Bristol ChemLabS returned to this Gloucestershire secondary school to deliver a Primary Science Day as part of their Ogden Trust Primary Partnership. The 60 Year 5 & 6 pupils first enjoyed an Assembly all about the Gases In The Air given by Alison Rivett. They then spent the rest of the day working with postgraduate chemists Sarah Glover, Emma Liddle, Sewa Abdullah, Claudio Greco & Ikenna Ndkwe on a practical circus of 5 different experiments. The 5 schools attending were: Mickleton, St James & Ebrington, St Catharine's, (Chipping Campden) St David’s (Moreton) and Welford-on-Avon primaries. Afterwards the science coordinator from St David's Primary School said: “I would like to say a huge thank you for running the event. Both the adults and children came back bubbling over with excitement at what they had seen and done, a truly inspirational day.” and a parent from the same school commented "The pupils were unanimous in their positive and enthusiastic response to the event and I think it sowed some seeds that a career in science can be both exciting and rewarding." You can read an article in local paper the Cotswold Journal here:, view some more pictures on the school's website here: and see some tweets here: & here:

3 June: Somerset College, Taunton

As part of EDF Energy's Inspire programme Alison Rivett gave two performances of 'Gases In The Air' in the College's Conference Centre to 206 Year 5 & 6 pupils from local primary schools Cotford St Luke's, North Town, Priorswood, Trull and St George's. The College tweeted about it here: and you can see some pictures from the event on the College's Facebook page here: Afterwards the Head Teacher from St George's said "Thank you very much for the invitation to the interactive science morning today. We all enjoyed the event and I thought that Dr Alison spoke at just the right level for the children. All the experiments were very exciting and held the children’s attention for the full hour."

photo from Somerset College

02 June: Fragrance Chemistry Day for Stroud Primary Schools, Marling School, Gloucs

Tim Harrison, assisted by a postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover, delivered the annual lecture and ‘perfume’ chemistry workshop for 30 Year 6 pupils from primary schools in the Stroud area. The event was hosted by Marling School and was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a portfolio of NERC grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Marling School teachers Judith Cave and Andrew Niven to create this event. The following Stroud schools took part: Brimscombe Primary, Cashes Green Primary, Nailsworth Primary, St Dominic's R C Primary and St Matthew's C of E Primary.

May

20 May 2015: Whitchurch Primary School, Bristol

A team from Bristol ChemLabS returned to this North Somerset school as part of their Science Week activities. The day started with an Assembly for the 200 Reception to Year 6 pupils about Gases In The Air given jointly by Alison Rivett & postgraduate chemist Ash Griffiths. The Year 5 & 6 classes then took part in hands-on workshops with Alison, Ash and STEM Ambassadors Pete Duckworth & Sam Timson. You can read about it in their newsletter here

Ash in action

April

28 April 2015: Woodstock Special School, Bristol

Alison Rivett visited this local school as part of their Science Week activities to deliver a Demo Assembly about Gases In The Air which the 54 Year 1- 6 pupils were very excited to see.

21 April: Annual Science Day, Hayward’s Primary School, Crediton, Devon

Tim Harrison and a team from Bristol ChemLabS made a 5th annual visit to this Devonian school to deliver an assembly for Reception to Year 5 on Chemical Energy to start the day. This was followed by 2, two station practical workshops for a total of 53 Year 5 pupils. In the afternoon a Perfume Chemistry Workshops for all 29 Year 6 saw each pupil produce a bottle of fragrance to take home. Postgraduate Chemists Ikkena Ndukwe and Jonathan Furze were joined by David Smith (Bristol) in helping the students.

15 April: Primary Science Lecture, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 174 pupils and 24 teachers and parents of 8 Wiltshire primary schools in an event hosted by Malmesbury School.

Wiltshire state primary schools attending were (Year group, numbers): Brinkworth (Y5, 26), Crudwell (Y5, 14), Hullavington (Y5 19), Lea and Garsdon (Y5, 14), Luckington (Y5, 14), Malmesbury (Y5, 60), Minety (Y4/5, 28) and Acton Turville (Y5,3). The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

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