12 November: Scouts Meet Science

On Monday 12 November 2007, over 500 youth members of Avon County Scouts attended an evening of science at the University of Bristol organised in partnership with Bristol ChemLabS. Through the Bristol ChemLabS project, the University seeks to engage with teachers, schools and students of all ages and the wider community to provide excellent teaching and learning opportunities in chemistry.

Tim Harrison, ChemLabS Teaching Fellow, says ‘We are delighted to welcome members of the Scout Association again into the University of Bristol, especially in their centenary year. It is important for Chemistry generally that events such as these are supported by Bristol ChemLabS.  We do not just engage with the formal education sector such as schools and colleges.’

During the evening Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts got the chance to see and hear experiments, explanations and explosions. Two sessions were held; ‘Some Astonishing Reactions’ was given by Dr Chris Wormald to younger members and ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ was performed by the double act of Professor Dudley Shallcross and Mr Tim Harrison. 

Postgraduate Chemist and member of the Scouts Marcus Medley was the organizer of this event. Marcus noted: ‘This will help those present to understand in greater detail the world in which they live and how they can play their part in creating a better world. The evening will also show them that Chemistry can be fun and that they may wish to develop their own involvement with chemistry in the future’.

Neil Salter, County Commissioner for Avon County Scouts commented ‘Through our partnership with Bristol ChemLabS we are helping our young people to engage with Science. Helping them to understand the science of the world they live in is just one of the many ways in which we are able to help them understand the responsibility they have as citizens.'

Throughout 2007 Scouting is celebrating its centenary locally, nationally and internationally. The theme of the centenary celebrations and of the 21st World Scout Jamboree held this summer is ‘One World One Promise’ through which all members of Scout Movement have been challenged to think about how their commitment as a Scout can impact the world in which they live and how they can help to create a better world. For information on Scouting in the Avon area please visit www.avonscouts.org.uk