Wider Community Events 2010

16 December: Outreach Presentation Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

Tim Harrison and Ben Cheesman gave a presentation on Bristol ChemLabS and the outreach programme to members of the Faculty of Science and Technology and Tamhidi Centre at USIM, the Islamic Science University of Malaysia.

14 December: Outreach Presentation Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Tim Harrison gave a presentation on Bristol ChemLabS and the outreach programme to members of the School of Chemical at USM.

29 November: Residential Course for Educators Information Session, Penn State University, USA

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross met with prospective course delegates at the off-campus conference centre for Penn State Abington Campus in preparation for the course running from 25 June to 05 July 2011 in Bristol.

A group of 10 Pennsylvanian teachers or trainee teachers will spend 5 days of their Bristol-based residential course working with members of the School of Chemistry on the course ‘Green Chemistry: New technologies and how to present them in the classroom’. More details are available from here

For a link to a video description of the course click here

29 November: Penn State University, Abington, Pennsylvania, USA

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave a lunchtime performance of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 85 undergraduates and Science and Engineering Faculty members of this campus of Penn State University. Many of the undergraduates attending gained extra credit towards their degrees.

18 November: Monmouth Group Presentation, Kings College Taunton, Somerset

Tim Harrison made a presentation on Bristol ChemLabS Outreach to the Heads of Chemistry of the Monmouth Group of Independent Schools. A discussion on additional or extended outreach activities ensued.

08 November: Chemical Demonstrations for Western Australia Technical Staff, Edith Cowan University, Australia

A total of 40 school technicians from a wide variety of state and independent schools attended two 2 hour 'show and do' session at the Perth based university. The technicians enjoyed using thermochromic paints, doing elephant's toothpaste experiments, whoosh bottles and a wide variety of other demonstrations. Technician Nadia Bordas and chemistry lecturer Magdalena Wajrak organised the session and were on hand to help out.

05 November: Bristol ChemLabS Presentation, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison gave a presentation entitled ‘Bristol ChemLabS: The UK’s Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry’ to the 35 staff members and postgraduate chemists at the Perth-based university. The talk encompassed both outreach activities and the structure of the undergraduate practical course and its e-learning support software the DLM.

05 November: Bristol ChemLabS Presentation, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia

Tim Harrison gave a presentation to 20 members of the School of Natural Sciences and local technicians entitled 'Bristol ChemLabS: The UK’s Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry’ at the university in the suburbs of Perth.

The talk encompassed both outreach activities and the e-learning software support for the undergraduate practical skills development. The session was rounded off with some examples of demonstration used in outreach.

28 October: Quality in Higher University Conference, University of Oviedo, Spain

At a conference on Inquiry-Based Science Education and problem based learning, Tim Harrison gave a presentation and answered questions on the use of the Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) as an aid to supporting practical work at degree level. The meeting was sponsored by the Universities of Oviedo and La Laguna and the Spanish Agency of Quality in Higher Universites. 130 delegates from universities across Spain attended the conference More details of the conference can be found here.

22 October: PASH Teacher Training Event, University of Plymouth

Tim Harrison, working with Prof David Harwood, delivered a full morning of training on climate change chemistry at the University of Plymouth for a group of 4 teachers.

20 October: Bridgewater TSN, Aspiration Raising Day

At the same time as their students were busy in the teaching laboratories, Kay Stephenson delivered a morning session of Continued Professional Development (CPD) to six teachers on the topic of smart materials.

The schools represented were: The Robert Blake Science College, Chilton Trinity Technology College, East Bridgwater Community School and Haygrove School.

This event is sponsored by the Triple Science Network (TSN), funded by the Learning and Skills Network.

 

23 September: Engage Conference, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison presented a short talk to the conference on 'Bristol ChemLabS outreach: 'Taking a National Model International'.

Podcasts from all of the plenary sessions in Engage 2010, with their accompanying presentations may be accessed via this blog page.

Delegate pack materials and resources from the workshop may be found here.

18 September: Chemistry Summer School, Starbienino, Poland

Tim Harrison gave two talks on perfume chemistry and toothpaste to 24 chemistry undergraduates and lecturers from Berlin Technical University, the University of Gdansk and the Technical University of Gdansk.

06 August: School Teacher Fellows, Burlington House, London

Tim Harrison gave the opening presentation entitled Teacher Fellows: why are they useful?' at a meeting to induct the two latest RSC/AZ School Teacher Fellows for Bath and Durham universities.

22 July: HE STEM Programme Meeting, University of Exeter

Tim Harrison ran two sessions on 'Working with primary schools' for 18 postgraduates and academic staff from several Higher Education institutions in the south west on behalf of the Chemistry SW Network.

12 July: Hartcliffe Children's Centre, Bristol

Jane Fletcher spent the morning working with 70 children aged from 2 to 4 at the local children's centre. Working with groups of just 8 at a time, Jane investigated the action of vinegar on bicarbonate of soda and worked with them to increase their thinking skills, vocabulary and their fine motor skills (through pouring and mixing). The children were asked questions to describe what they saw and what would happen when they repeated it. From this they could make predictions how would they make more bubbles and where else have they seen bubbles like this.

05-08 July: The Royal Australian Chemistry Institute's (RACI) National Convention, Melbourne

Tim Harrison was invited to give the two talks at this convention entitled 'Promoting chemistry: the Bristol ChemLabS outreach programme' and 'How to get the most out of undergraduate chemistry practical work: the Bristol ChemLabS experience' at the conference held in Melbourne, Australia.

23 June: Secondary Additional Specialism Programme

Bristol ChemLabS hosted 15 teachers from the Science Learning Centre South West (for their second visit) who were taking part in the Secondary Additional Specialism Programme (SASP) in Chemistry. The course was tutored by Chris Holland and assisted by Steve Croker. The morning was spent in the laboratory investigating the surface waxes of leaves and analysing them using gas chromatography whilst the afternoon was spent investigating the nitration of methylbenzoate. More details about SASP can be found here.

19 June: IMechE Volunteer Ambassador Conference, Keele University

Tim Harrison gave three one hour presentations to STEM Ambassadors from the Institute of Chemical Engineers on the lessons learnt from ChemLabS engagements with schools at this weekend conference.

16 June: MSc SURE Lab Time

Steve Croker spent the day working with teacher Saskia O'Sullivan from Ribstone Hall School, Gloucestershire on her masters degree project on biodiesel synthesis and analysis using GCMS.

02 June: STEM Ambassadors Primary Workshop Training

Alison Rivett led a training session on the experiments used in ChemLabS Primary outreach for a second group of postgraduates at the School of Chemistry. In total 11 chemists attended the sessions.

26 May: Secondary Additional Specialism Programme

Bristol ChemLabS hosted 15 teachers from the Science Learning Centre South West who were taking part in the Secondary Additional Specialism Programme (SASP) in Chemistry. The course was tutored by Chris Holland and assisted by Steve Croker. The morning was spent in the laboratory preparing and analysing aspirin and related compounds whilst the afternoon was spent extracting carvone from spearmint chewing gum and exploring its chiral properties. More details about SASP can be found here.

26 May: Public Lecture, ELTE, Budapest, Hungary

An audience of 15 academics and teachers attended a lecture on Bristol ChemLabS Outreach given by Tim Harrison and translated into Hungarian by Luca Szalay of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE).

An article about Tim Harrison's visit to Hungary to give lectures on outreach, teacher training and innovative undergraduate practical teaching may be found here.

25 May: STEM Ambassadors Primary Workshop Training

Alison Rivett led a training session on the experiments used in ChemLabS Primary outreach for several Postgraduates at the School of Chemistry.

19 May: Active Approaches in A-level Chemistry

Bristol ChemLabS hosted this course for the Science Learning Centre South West. The tutor for the course was Chris Holland.

Four participants from schools in the South West attended a 1-day course exploring ways to present chemistry so students are required to make connections between their existing knowledge and new material during learning.
Activities included:

  1. identifying and exposing misconceptions in students’ prior knowledge through the use of diagnostic tests and concept maps.
  2. challenging students with so-called “rich” questions - questions that require the integration of different areas of knowledge for the generation of answers, and which may well be susceptible of more than one answer.
  3. trying so-called “Fermi” problems - problems requiring quantitative estimations based on the identification and combination of relevant factors and their values.
  4. looking at exercises where concepts such as atom economy, yield and selectivity can be used as a means to talk about “green chemistry”.
  5. practical tasks-looking at a lesson starter for work on acids and alkalis, and at a Transition Metals exercise with accompanying critical analysis of the practical instructions.

Throughout, the emphasis was on getting students to become more aware of the interconnected nature of chemical (and other scientific) concepts and of the ways in which they think about chemistry and tackle chemical problems.

29 April: John Emlsey's 'Molecules of Murder', School of Chemistry

John Emsley presented the lecture on his latest best selling book 'Molecules of Murder' to an audience of school students, chemists and members of the public. The event was cosponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the RSC and Bristol ChemLabS.

10 March: Climate Change Course, St Helier, Jersey

Dudley Shallcross, assisted by postgraduate chemist Ben Cheesman, delivered a 2.5 hour workshop for 15 teachers on the science behind climate change. This evening session was part of the Jersey Science Week 2010 celebrations sponsored by the Jersey Department for Education, Sport and Culture.

15-16 February: Third Meeting of the Hands on Approach to Analytical chemistry for Vocational Schools II Group

Academics from Slovenia and Poland met with Bristol ChemLabS to discuss and plan the next phases of this two year project funded by the EU under the Leonardo da Vinci scheme.

Bristol ChemLabS has been taking part in this project to look at the opportunities for outreach using experiments from the scheme, to develop other experiments and to survey UK school students on their attitudes to chemistry.

08 February: Cub Pack Science Badge, Portishead, N.Somerset

Dudley Shallcross completed working with a local cub pack's science badge by investigating how plants take in water and by measuring the youngsters' heart rate and blood oxygen content before and after exercise. The young scientists were aided in their research through the use of instrumentation on loan from AIMS.

01 February: Cub Pack Science Badge, Portishead, N.Somerset

Working in partnership with the Science Learning Centre Bristol ChemLabS outreach director Dudley Shallcross helped deliver part of this cubs group science badge using the mobile science exhibits from At-Bristol. 25 cubs aged from 7 to 11 worked on the topics of energy, energy storage and energy use.
Bristol ChemLabS working with AIMS will also deliver the second part of the science badge requirements at a later date.

30 January: Bristol ChemLabS Festival of Contemporary Science

'The best science Inset I have had in over 20 years of teaching!' Biology teacher.

Bristol ChemLabS hosted an inaugural Festival of Contemporary Science for 80 science teachers in a number of leading-edge science topics. The aim of such a conference is to give science teachers an opportunity to update in a number of areas that are covered in the triple science GCSEs and many of the Post 16 qualifications. Additionally such opportunities give teachers a real opportunity to see 'how science works' in a number of specific areas. It also provides teachers with the up-to-date facts that enhance discussions. Twenty academics from several disciplines including Chemistry, Medical Sciences, Physics and Engineering gave lectures or assisted with workshops during the day.

The conference was held on a Saturday to make it available to as many science teachers as possible to attend and was cosponsored with the Triple Science Network, the Science Learning Centre South West. A Press release can be found at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2010/6813.html

Full details of the sessions provided can be found at: http://www.chemlabs.bris.ac.uk/outreach/Festival_of_Contemporary_Science.html

Lecture & workshop slides and notes can be found here

28 January: Bristol Children's Hospital

Postgraduate chemists Katie Hanford and Adel Laurain spent the morning at the local hospital engaging some of the patients with a workshop in practical chemistry. The 18 children were treated to some experiments with liquid nitrogen before trying out some experiments with polymers.

27 January: Primary Workshop Training for STEM Ambassadors

Alison Rivett led a short training session for 8 STEM Ambassadors new to the primary workshops. This took place within the School of Chemistry.

26 January: College of School Teacher Fellows Meeting, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS played host to a meeting of School Teacher Fellows past and present from several of England's universities. Wide ranging discussions on the various projects that had been undertaken took place and two guest talks were presented by Alison Rivett (Bristol ChemLabS) 'Appraising and Evaluating Outreach' and the 'National HE STEM Programme' by Philip Robinson (RSC).

21 January: Science Demonstrator Training, Johannesburg, South Africa

Hosted by the Sci Bono Science Centre, Tim Harrison worked with 20 science demonstrators from across South Africa to deliver the ever popular lecture demonstration A Pollutant's Tale as well as primary science workshops in their own centres and in schools local to them. Tim had been working with 20 science centre staff at the Sci Bono Centre earlier in the week.

The centres involved in this project are: Osizeni Science Centre, Delta Environmental Centre, University of Venda, MTN Science Centre Cape Town, Arcelo Mital Science Centre and Witwatersrand University. This activity was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

For further information please see: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2010/6802.html

21 January: Speak2aScientist, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to an audience of some 150 people ranging from 6 to 60 plus years of age. After the lecture demonstration Tim answered numerous questions from the audience. The event was the opening engagement in the Sci-Bono Science Centre's public programme for 2010 where members of the public could engage with scientists

17 January: Science Demonstrator Training, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tim Harrison worked with 20 science demonstrators from the Sci Bono Centre in order to be able to deliver the ever popular lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' and the primary science workshops in their own centre and in schools in the region. This activity was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

For further information please see: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2010/6802.html

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