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Activities run by the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team for primary schools

Teachers are asked to check back to these pages regularly to see details about these events as they become available. Those members of our Primary Schools network will have the details of events sent to them as soon as they become available. Teachers who are not yet part of this network may join simply by emailing chemart-quiz@bristol.ac.uk.

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For an "at-a-glance" overview of all Bristol ChemLabS Outreach activities please check the general Outreach activies page.

 | 2019 | March | June | July | August | September |

March

01 March: PSTT Science Assembly, Galliard Primary School, Enfield, N. London

Tim Harrison, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Jonny Furze, will visit this N. London state primary school to perform the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with PSTT Cluster lead Stacey Reid. Such visits form part of a series of such assemblies sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) across the UK. There will be several such assemblies in this period in Enfield.

08 March: Science Assemblies, Matravers School, Westbury, Wilts

As part of a 3-lecture visit celebrating National Science Week Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, will be presenting the assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to senior pupils from a cluster of local primary schools. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Teacher Grant Price in the organisation of this event.

15 March: Science Assembly, Ferndown Middle School, Ferndown, Dorset

Bristol ChemLabS will visit this wining school as part of the prize for the 2017/18 CLEAPSS Primary Science Competition. The several assemblies, for 543 pupils in Years 3-8 will be ‘Gases in the Air’. The overall wining school – Ferndown Middle school in Dorset are set to be the recipient of the prize. Bristol ChemLabS are working with Jason Harding of CLEAPSS and headteacher Sophie Owen in the organisation of the visit. The prize is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

May

20 May: Science Assembly, Bromley Heath Junior School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will return to this north Bristol school (for the seventh time) to once again kick off their Science Week with a demonstration assembly on the theme of 'Gases in the Air'. The 240 KS2 children are always excited to see such assemblies. The school is expected to receive a small grant from the Bristol Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to help towards the cost of the event.

June

03-05 June: PSTT Science Assemblies, Southern Scotland

These dates have been set aside for primary science assemblies in the region in advance of the International Primary Science Conference in Edinburgh later this week. Tm Harrison and Jonny Furze will be visiting schools of PSTT College members performing the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’.

04 June: PSTT Science Assemblies, Linlithgow Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland

Tm Harrison and Jonny Furze will be visiting this school performing the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for senior pupils. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Deputy Head teacher and PSTT College member Robbie Taylor in the organisation of this event which is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). The PSTT International Primary Science Conference is in Edinburgh later this week.

05 June: PSTT Science Assemblies, Linlithgow Primary School, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze will be visiting this school performing the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ for senior pupils. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Deputy Head teacher and PSTT College member Robbie Taylor in the organisation of this event which is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). The PSTT International Primary Science Conference is in Edinburgh later this week.

06-09 June 2019: International Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC), Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Scotland

Advance Notice: Please pass on to colleagues interested in Primary Science Teaching The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) are holding their biannual primary conference in 2019. This will be held in Edinburgh at EICC. This world class venue is located close to the city centre, giving delegates the chance to explore the sights. Please see www.primaryscienceconference.org.

07 June: ‘Perfume Chemistry’, PSTT International Science Conference, Edinburgh

Tim Harrison will be presenting this workshop for Primary Science teachers at this international conference. The event is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

08 June: A Pollutant’s Tale, PSTT International Science Conference, Edinburgh

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be presenting this workshop for Primary Science teachers to end the international conference. The event is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

19 June: Science Assembly for Year 4, Holymead Primary School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will deliver the science assembly ‘Gases in the Air’ to 90 Year 4 pupils at this local school. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Nikki Holland in the organisation of the event.

24 June: Primary Assembly and Workshops, Monkton Park Primary School, Chippenham, Wilts

A team of research chemists, led by Jonny Furze, will deliver a science assembly for the whole school and 2 workshops for senior pupils. The event will kick-start the school’s STEM week. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Helen Hughes (Year 6 Teacher) in the organisation of this event.

September

09 September: Primary Schools Open Laboratory Day, Bristol ChemLabS

50 Year 6 pupils from Haywards Primary School (Tiverton, Devon) will make their annual trip to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work and an afternoon tour and lecture demonstration. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Ruth Dixon in the organisation of this event.

10 September: Primary Schools Open Laboratory Day, Bristol ChemLabS

This date has been set aside for working with primary schools in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory with an afternoon lecture demonstration.

11-12 September: Chemistry Camp and Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

The new 2-day chemistry camp for school groups (Y11-13) will be held in this slot The camp comprises extraction of caffeine from tea, an organic synthesis of a drug, a perfume chemistry workshop and spectroscopy tours, talks, tours and demonstrations. A group of Post 16 from Reigate Grammar School, Surrey (Julian Sergeant) will be attending. There are still 20 places available on this camp. Please contact Lauren on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

2020

January

22 January: RSC’s Analytical Chemistry Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

The Schools' Analyst Competition is a competition run by the RSC's Analytical Division for Y12 students studying A level Chemistry or equivalent (i.e. Year 12).  The Analytical Division’s Regions hold heats, in early spring each year, to select a team or teams, to go through to the National Final (held in June). Each team comprises three students (with an accompanying teacher). Sixteen team places are available. Bristol ChemLabS is hosting one of the 3 Western Division of the Analytical Division’s competitions. Only 2 school teams from the 3 heats expected in the region are expected to go through to the national finals.

At the time of writing there will not be a programme for accompanying teachers, but a room will be provided for marking etc. Teachers who have not previously visited the school of chemistry will have the opportunity for a tour if requested in advance.

The date for the commencement of booking places will be 01 July 2019. Please contact Lauren on chem-net@bristol.ac.uk to book or for more information. A waiting list will be employed in case of last minute team withdrawals.


STEM Ambassadors programme

Postgraduates at the School of Chemistry are undertaking Ambassador training to equip them with the information and skills required to go into schools to talk to students.

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