Recent Outreach Events

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2021

14 December: RSC Scholars Meeting, On-Line

Tim Harrison participated with other scholar mentors in an on-line forum with 11 trainee PGCE chemistry teachers from across England discussing the challenges of teaching post Covid.

03 December: Demonstration Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze delivered a chemistry training exercise for 4 undergraduate chemists.

01 December: Practical Chemistry demonstrations for Cabot Learning Federation (Bristol), On-Line

Under a given title 'Working scientifically: development of scientific thinking' Tim Harrison, assisted by Jonny Furze, provided a guided tour of some of the most common or more exciting chemistry demonstrations in the KS4 curriculum using a selection of the videos ChemLabS has previously recorded. 25 participants took part.

'Many thanks for you session yesterday, I have just been talking to a couple of teachers who very much enjoyed it and found it useful.' Louisa Aldridge

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Louisa Aldridge (Cabot) and Beth Anderson (RSC) in the organisation of this event. The event is to be repeated on 02 February 2022.

23 November: Lecture Demonstrating to Trainee Teachers, Northumbria University, Newcastle, T&W

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze spent the day working with ~35 Year1 undergraduate trainee primary teachers at the university. The two workshops looked at KS2 science vocabulary, misconceptions, and modelling.

' I can't thank you enough for visiting Northumbria and working with our BA1 students. The presentation placed subject knowledge in context for students relating it to their real-llfe, everyday experiences in an engaging way. It was successful in enabling students to activate and apply their prior learning to answer questions. In doing so it brought their own curricular experiences to life. I only wish there was funding to make this an annual event. ' Carl Luke

Bristol ChemLabS worked with PSTT Fellow and university lecturer Carl Luke in the organisation of this visit. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

15 September: Chemistry Demonstration Training For Newly Qualified Teachers, RSC, On-Line

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze put on a twilight hour-long CPD session for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on practical demo for less experienced teachers of chemistry. 17 participants were present.

'Thank you very much for your interesting and informative demonstration training session this afternoon. I have just started my PGCE and it was a very useful session for me. I look forward to making use of the videos available on your YouTube channel and trying some of these demonstrations out - with lots of practice first of course!'

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Beth Anderson (RSC) in the organisation of this event.

16-18 July: Merthyr Science Festival, Merthyr Tydfil, On-Line

Bristol ChemLabS participated in the on-line aspect of this science festival based in south Wales. The recorded version of the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' was part of the programme.The event was organised through the Learned Society of Wales.

12-14 July: Salters' Institute South-West Festival, On-Line

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach participated in the first on-line Salters' Festival making use of the substantial on-line content for students and teachers alike. The content was accessible to all the UK and beyond.

'There is a great range of content there and clearly a lot of time has gone in to creating the resources, we are really pleased that you have collaborated with us on this project.' Samantha Howard (Salters' Institute Programme Manager)

As this was on-line It is unknown how many engaged with the content.

13 July: Chemistry Experiments for New Chemistry Teachers and For Technicians, Salters' Institute Festival South-West, On-Line

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, were joined by 25 mainly technical staff from schools, colleges, and universities from the UK and overseas for two hour-long sessions of on-line training in chemistry demonstrations using the pre-recorded resources. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Samantha Howard from the Salters' Institute in the organisation of this course. A full set of resources can be found on-line.

All feedback was positive. This included:

'Very useful. Great visual tools.'

'What a great hour, great resources, thank you very much for sharing.'

'Super useful thank you!'

'Just wanted to say thank you for the session yesterday, I really enjoyed it.'<

'I really enjoyed the videos thanks for the great work!'

The event was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

09 July: RSC Scholars Training Session on Practical Chemistry, On-Line

Tim Harrison assisted in the delivery of the sessions for a total of 20 trainee chemistry teachers.

08 July: School Teacher Fellow National Conference, On-Line

Tim Harrison chaired this annual meeting of School Teacher Fellows for an afternoon's conference. Reports on joint projects were delivered and other talks centred on outreach lessons during the pandemic.

Representatives from the following chemistry institutions attended: Bristol, Southampton, Swansea, Oxford, Birmingham, Warwick, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Durham and the RSC.

01 July: RSC Mid-Southern Counties/Wessex Group Chemistry Teachers' Conference, University of Southampton, On-Line

Tim Harrison presented on the on-line resources developed to support teachers and teacher training during the pandemic to the conference/ Up to 200 teachers attended the conference or registered to receive the recorded conference.

'Tim - an amazing session - thank you' (participant)

Bristol ChemLabS worked with David Read (Soton) on this event.

22 June: Appearance on the 'Check it Out!' Show - June, On-Line

Jonny Furze was interviewed on the web hosted programme to share information about the demonstration training videos we have on our YouTube channel. See the interview, 42 minutes in on YouTube.

17 June: Demonstration Chemistry Inset for STEM SW, Session 2, On-Line

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, delivered an hour long twilight session for 3 participants on the topic of common practical demonstrations for teachers at KS3 and KS4. The event was coordinated by Kathryn Warr of STEM SW.

15 June: RSC Top of the Bench (TOTB) National Meeting, On-Line

Tim Harrison was asked to speak on the Bristol and Districts virtual heat 2020/21 at this meeting of 23 TOTB facilitators from the UK and Belgium.

11-13 June: ATOM2021 Festival, Abingdon, On-Line

Bristol ChemLabS contributed to a Sci-Cache Challenge based in Abingdon, Oxon. Contestants searched the centre of Abingdon trying to find QR codes that link which took them to a video, after which participants were asked a question. Jonny Furze put up a video of hydrogen and helium balloon chemistry (or lack thereof). 18 groups or individuals of all ages participated.

09 June: Demonstration Chemistry Inset for STEM SW, Session 1, On-Line

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, delivered an hour‐long twilight session for 2 participants on the topic of common practical demonstrations for teachers at KS3 and KS4. The event was coordinated by Kathryn Warr of STEM SW.

01 June: Demonstration Chemistry Training For Leicester PGCEs, On–Line

Tim Harrison delivered a 90 minute training session for 25 PGCE science students from the University of Leicestershire. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jon Heywood (Leicester) in the organisation of the event.

"Many thanks for that Tim – an extremely useful and enjoyable session." Jon Heywood

The session as sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

26 May: Demonstration Chemistry Inset for RSC Scholars Session 2, On–Line

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze delivered an hour–long twilight session for 4 RSC scholars on the topic of common practical demonstrations for teachers.

25 May: Demonstration Chemistry Inset for RSC Scholars Session 1, On–Line

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze delivered an hour-long twilight session for 5 RSC scholars and 3 RSC Scholars mentors on the topic of common practical demonstrations for teachers.

24 May: RSC Bristol and District Section, Evening Lecture, On–Line

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented 'A Pollutant's Tale' lecture demonstration in an online event hosted by Jonny Furze with a live Q&A during and post screening. Eight individuals or families were in attendance.

30 April - 15 May: Virtual Science Festival 2021, Inverness, Scotland

Bristol ChemLabS virtual talks and lecture demonstrations will be added to this virtual science festival organised through the University of the Highlands.

15 April: Virtual Bristol ChemLabS/FEGNe Workshop with Kenya, On-line

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze delivered an on-line 3 hour morning (UK time) session for Kenyan outreach demonstrators and teachers (both Secondary and Primary). Science Communication and chemistry demonstrations were covered. 12 participants attended. Bristol ChemLabS worked with a umber of people in the organisation of this event including Kenneth Monjero, Dan Ndung'u and Antony Jason. The event was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol and the Bristol and District Section of the RSC.

01-31 March: Caithness Virtual Science Festival, On-Line

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach has contributed links to several of its lecture demonstrations in support of this virtual Science Festival. For more information see Festival 2021 - Caithness International Science Festival.

19 March: Teacher Training for RSC Scholars on Misconceptions, On‐line

Tim Harrison was part of the panel on this topic for an audience of trainee chemistry teachers on the topic of misconceptions. The Panel was chaired by Kristy Turner (Manchester) and 20 participants were involved. The event was organised by the RSC.

04 March: Chemistry Demonstration Training for PGCE Science Teachers, via Zoom

Tim Harrison led a 90 minute on-line training session for 13 trainee teachers from the Gloucestershire GITEP group on aspects of chemistry demonstrations. The session was well received.

"Thank you so very much for a superbly engaging and informative session that my trainees thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you again for your invaluable time and incredible willingness to continue inspiring chemistry teachers to be!"

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Emmaline Fletcher-Sykes (Science SL, GITEP Vocational Education Coordinator, Pittville School) in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

19 February: RSC Scholars Microscale Chemistry Meetings for Trainee for Teachers, Via Zoom

Tim Harrison took part in these 3 sessions where 60 PGCE trainee teachers spent an hour discussing job applications and job interviews. The workshops were led by David Paterson and were organised by the RSC.

26 January: Virtual session on Practical Chemistry, On-Line

Tim Harrison aided by Jonny Furze delivered an on-line twilight session for CHeMneT members. 2 technicians from Sir William Romney School (Tetbury Gloucs) attended. 'Please can you let Tim know how enjoyable our CPD was. I have been to one of his Top of the bench days in the past, so I already know how amazing Tim is and how he works to engage students of all ages. I feel very lucky that we had him to ourselves for an hour, a lockdown perk!' The event was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

22 January: RSC Scholars Meeting for Trainee for Teachers, Via Zoom

Tim Harrison led an hours on-line training session for 2 technicians from Sir William Romney School (Tetbury, Gloucs) on aspects of chemistry demonstrations. The session was well received.

"Please can you let Tim know how enjoyable our CPD was. I have been to one of his Top of the bench days in the past, so I already know how amazing Tim is and how he works to engage students of all ages. I feel very lucky that we had him to ourselves for an hour, a lockdown perk!"

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

22 January: Practical Chemistry Demonstrations for Teachers Training, Via Zoom

25 PGCE science teachers from the University of Bristol and a SCITT based in Gloucestershire took part in a teacher training exercise led by Tim Harrison. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jon James from the School of Education in the organisation of this event. This use resource is available from the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach YouTube channel.

16 January: Prince's Trust Teacher Training, Thermodynamics, On-Line

Wuge Briscoe delivered an afternoon session entitled 'Key Concepts in Thermodynamics' for 24 newly qualified teachers. Such lectures have been delivered for several years.

Feedback

Just a note to say once again thank you so much for giving up your time on Saturday and taking part in our New Teacher Subject Day. The event was very well received by participants who really valued hearing you speak. I have been through the evaluations and I just wanted to share with you some typical comments:

"A big thank you to the speakers, their advice and expertise was extremely useful and appreciated."

"All of the speakers were very engaging and had exceptional knowledge of their topics. I picked up so much additional subject knowledge which will inspire me to go on do some additional reading."

"Speakers were amazing, informative and passionate, great to watch."Jane Twine, Events Manager, The PTI

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