Wider Community Events 2011

November

29 November: Christmas Family Lecture for IMechE, IET and IEE, School of Chemistry

Tim Harrison performed 'A Pollutant's Tale' in an evening lecture for 330 members of The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE), The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and their children. The lecture was preceded by drinks and mince pies.

The Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry also sponsored this event.

"Just in case you wanted some feedback on last night's family lecture -it was FAB. Something for everyone .... well presented, entertaining, great experiments and even mince pies! My 13 yr old was pretty rude about coming - but came out with a big smile on his face and told me he had learned more in an hour than a year and a bit at secondary school (rather alarming!). My 9 year old was gripped for the whole session and has now added liquid nitrogen to his Christmas list" Anonymous feedback forwarded by event co-sponsor.

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28 November: Explosives, Propellants and Incendiaries Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS Chief Executive, Nick Norman, gave a demonstration lecture entitled 'Explosives, Propellants and Incendiaries' to 250 students, academics and family members from across the University of Bristol. The majority were members of Fusion, Bristol's Chemistry Society.

Nick was ably assisted by postgraduate chemists David Lunn and Nell Townsend and Tony Rogers who also helped in the preparation of some of the more 'interesting' chemicals.

22 November: STEM Ambassador Primary Science Training

Alison Rivett led a session of Bristol ChemLabS primary science workshop training for 11 Bristol STEM Ambassadors; nine chemists, one physicist and an engineer.

18 November: School Teacher Fellows: A Valuable and Versatile Resource Conference, Piccadilly, London

Presentations by a variety of speakers at this one day national conference explored the benefits of having a secondary school teacher within higher education institution. Forty-five educationalists from a wide variety of universities and disciplines were present.

Tim Harrison talked to 'Outreach: what's required to reach 20,000+ students per year?' and David Smith presented a talk entitled 'Inspirational outreach: the impact of the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow on teaching and research.'

15 November: STEM Ambassador Training, University of Bristol

Clare Dimond led a STEM Ambassadors training workshop for 20 postgraduate and postdoctoral chemists and biologists.

02 November Outreach and Widening Participation in Practice: Sharing Activities and Ideas across STEM Disciplines, Bristol

Alison Rivett, the Bristol ChemLabS Primary Consultant, contributed to this conference with a session on 'Outreach Activities for Primary Schools.'

October

19 October: RSC Industrial Advisory Boards Workshop, London

David Smith presented a talk entitled 'The Industrial Advisory Board and its impact on Teaching and Research' which encompassed a discussion on Bristol ChemLabS, at the workshop held at The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London.

September

28 September: Teacher Training Workshop, Triple Science Network Day, Swindon Consortium, Wilts

Seven teachers from the Swindon Triple Science Consortium spent the morning at Bristol ChemLabS working with Kay Stephenson on practical chemistry. The schools represented were: Ridgeway, Dorcan, Kingsdown and Greendown.

22 September: DTC STEM Ambassador Training

14 Postgraduate chemists from the Chemical Synthesis Doctoral Training Centre in the School of Chemistry engaged with Claire Dimond in a morning of training to become STEM Ambassadors in preparation for their outreach work.

15 September: Climate Change Research Talk, Gobebe Desert Research Station, Northern Namibia

Dudley Shallcross presented a talk to researchers and others on Climate Change Stabilisation Wedges to an audience of 35 at the remote desert research station.

This event was an additional part of the Bristol ChemLabS presence at the 7th National Science Technology and Innovation Week (NAMSCI) 2011. The visit was sponsored by Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

A report appeared in the Republikein online newspaper which can been seen here with a translation here.

13-15 September: Teacher Training, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

As part of the Bristol ChemLabS presence at the 7th National Science Technology and Innovation Week (NAMSCI) 2011 Tim Harrison, aided by Sophie Franklin and Dudley Shallcross, delivered two 90 minute workshops on Climate Change Chemistry and one 90 minute workshop on 'moles calculations' to the group of 30 Namibian in-service science teachers.

The visit was sponsored by the Namibian Ministry of Education and Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

07 September: A Pollutant's Tale, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Tim Harrison, assisted by Sunny Sunassee (Rhodes) and Sophie Franklin, performed 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 35 staff and postgraduate students at the Science and Engineering Faculties at CTU. The performance was two-fold: to entertain the staff and to encourage the adoption of the lecture by the postgraduates to present it to students in local schools.

'On behalf of the Chemistry Department at UCT I should like to thank all of you for the excellent presentation of 'A Pollutant's Tale' on Wednesday, 7th September. Not only was it very entertaining, it gave us many ideas of lecture demonstrations to use in our own classrooms.'
Bette Davidowitz, Professor of Chemical Education.

This lecture was given as part of a joint initiative between Systemic Education and Extra-Mural Development and Support (SEEDS) and Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) funded project.

06 September: A Pollutant's Tale, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Tim Harrison, assisted by Sunny Sunassee (Rhodes), performed 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 20 staff and postgraduate students at the chemistry department at Stellenbosch. The performance was two-fold: to entertain the staff and to encourage the adoption of the lecture by the postgraduates to present it to students in local schools.

'Thank you for the brilliant edu-tainment lecture demonstration you put on for us here at Stellenbosch this afternoon. For those of us interested in schools outreach, it was fantastic to see you guys live in action. We'd definitely like to learn more and get involved ourselves.' Katherine de Villiers-Chen. Lecturer in Chemistry, Stellenbosch.

This lecture was given as part of a joint initiative between Systemic Education and Extra-Mural Development and Support (SEEDS) and Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) funded project.

August

30 August: Chemistry Teachers Workshop, Rhodes University, South Africa

Tim Harrison worked with 30 local secondary school chemistry teachers and visiting science teachers from Namibia on the topic of chemical kinetics. The session involved a lecture demonstration and a 'show and do' practical session at the School of Chemistry at Rhodes University. Tim was assisted by Sophie Franklin (Bristol), Sunny Sunawassee (Rhodes) and Joyce Sewry (Rhodes).

03 August: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tim Harrison worked with 18 Demonstrators and Education Officers at South Africa's largest science centre in the development of, and training for, perfume chemistry lecture demonstrations and workshops. The science centre is considering running fragrance chemistry workshops along the lines of the Bristol ChemLabS primary perfume workshops.

Advice was given on all aspects of the running of the chemistry laboratory from storage to health and safety.

The visit was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry South African (North) branch.

July

25 July: Perfume Chemistry Inreach

15 Postgraduate STEM ambassadors and administration staff from the School of Chemistry took part in a two hour perfume workshop. All attendees took away a bottle of fragrance that they had designed for themselves.

06 July: Thornbury Science Festival, South Gloucs

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison performed an extended version the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' as part of the inaugural science festival programme to an a audience of 55. The talk was held at the Old Grammar School Sixth Form Hall at Castle School, Thornbury. A full programme can be found here.

June

22 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 and the afternoon was spent investigating the nitration of methylbenzoate. More details about SASP can be found here.

09 June: Secondary Additional Specialism Programme

Bristol ChemLabS hosted 12 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.

07 June: TSN Sponsored Workshop for Teachers from Somerset LEA

Thirteen teachers from Somerset Schools' enjoyed a hands-on workshop in smart material experiments and other KS4 triple science chemistry experiments given by Kay Stevenson.

Triple Science Network (TSN) sponsored the morning event.

The schools represented were: St Dunstan's School, East Bridgwater Community School, Haygrove School, Stanchester Community School Parkway, The Taunton Academy, Huish Episcopi Academy, Robert Blake Science College, Chilton Trinity Technology College and Kingsmead School.

May

11 May: Women's Institute Talk, Litton Somerset

Russell Cox gave an enjoyable talk on perfume chemistry to 30 members of the WI at the Village Hall Litton.

April

16-19 April: Science on Stage Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

A Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team of Tim Harrison, Alison Rivett, assisted by AZSTT sponsored postgraduate Sophie Franklin, represented UK schools chemistry as part of the UK contingent at the European Science on Stage Festival. This festival features nearly 400 of the best science teachers across Europe and Canada.

Apart from running a stall featuring ChemLabS outreach, primary outreach, secondary outreach, Chemistry LabSkills and Climate Change, Tim Harrison ran a Climate Change Masterclass for 22 teachers. Alison Rivett gave a full stage short presentation of the primary demonstration assembly for 300 teachers and an audience that also include the Danish Minister of Education.

The festival took place at the Ørestad Gymnasium. For further festival information click here

For a video clip of the event featuring Bristol ChemLabS' Alison Rivett please click here.

07 April: Engaging Bioscience Students in Practical Work Event, University of Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS facilities and the DLM were presented to event delegates and their use discussed as part of a whole day conference organised through AIMS and the UK Centre for Bioscience which is one of the Subject Centres of the Higher Education Academy. 15 delegates took part in this event. More details can be found here.

March

10 March: School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison performed a revision version of 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 150 second year chemists at the School of Chemistry.

04 March: TSN Chemistry Workshop, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Tim Harrison spent the 3 hour afternoon session working with 12 Chemistry teachers from a consortium in the Eastbourne area. The 'show and do' session covered a number of areas of practical work that are tricky, or more challenging to teach in the GCSE Triple Science curriculum.

This Triple Science Network (TSN) sponsored event took place at Causeway School, Eastbourne and was organised by the local Secondary Science Consultants.

February

23 February: Pub Chemistry, Easton-in-Gordano, Bristol

Thirty members of the local 41 Club enjoyed an evening talk by Paul Pringle, complete with chemical demonstrations, at The King's Arms public house. The topic of the talk was 'Chemical Catalysis'.

16 February: 'A Pollutant's Tale', University of Plymouth, Devon

Tim Harrison gave the well known lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' at the university's Stonehouse Lecture Theatre to
an audience of 90 mainly undergraduate students. The lecture formed a part of the annual series of talks sponsored by the RSC Analytical Chemistry Western division.

01 February: SASP Celebrations: Science Learning Centre South West, Bristol

Dudley Shallcross gave a lecture on aspects of climate change at the Science Additional Specialism Programme (SASP) celebration evening for the 9 science teachers now qualified to teach up to A-Level in chemistry. Tim Harrison assisted in the lecture.

January

29 January: 2nd Annual Festival of Contemporary Science for Teachers

The Festival of Contemporary Science did exactly what it said on the tin! Bang-up-to-date research and its applications made easy to understand by effective communicators, backed up by interactive workshops showcasing the latest technology and all designed to bring to life the recent additions to examination specifications. Highly recommended - don't miss the next one!” Saskia O’Sullivan, Chemistry Teacher, Gloucestershire.

The second annual Festival of Contemporary Science for Science Teachers saw 60 teachers and technicians from Warwickshire to Cornwall and Wiltshire to South Wales enjoy a packed day of science lectures and workshops at the School of Chemistry. 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.

Such opportunities give teachers a real opportunity to see 'how science works' in all science areas. It also provides teachers with the up-to-date facts that enhance classroom discussions. Eighteen academics from several disciplines in Bristol, including Chemistry, Medical Sciences and Physics, gave lectures or delivered workshops on the day. Additional workshops were given by postgraduates and an outside agency. The schedule for this day may be found here.

The conference was held on a Saturday to make it available to as many science teachers as possible to attend. Details for the next conference will be available from these web pages and will be sent in e-newsletters to CHeMneT members.

Postgraduates Sophie Franklin, Jane Fletcher, Mary Bartlett and Beatrice Cattoz ensured the smooth running of the event.

This event was sponsored by the Bristol Alumni Fund, Science Learning Centre south-west, Learning Science and Bristol ChemLabS.

08 January: RSC: Inspiring Chemistry Demonstrations, ASE Conference, University of Reading

As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's introduction to the International Year of Chemistry 2011 Tim Harrison co-delivered the hour long demonstration lecture to 70 international chemistry teachers at the Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference held at the University of Reading. The former School Teacher Fellow (STF) Penny Bagshaw from the University of Surrey and the current STF at the University of Bath Declan Fleming also presented. Both Penny and Declan are CHeMneT members

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