* ChemLabS Spring 2010 News


March

Government Agency funds LabSkills for 4000 Schools TDA Logo - 30/03/10

Chemistry LabSkills is being made available free to over 4000 state secondary schools for use in enhancing the teaching of practical chemistry at A-Level. Memory sticks containing the software are being funded in a unique initiative by the Training Development Agency for Schools (TDA) in an effort to support chemistry teachers and enhance ppractical logoractical science in the classroom. The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Association for Science Education's national Getting Practical Programme, will be supporting the roll-out by making a LabSkills memory stick available to every secondary state school in the UK. The new tool meets head-on the call for more practical science in schools by helping students with the skills and knowledge needed to carry out experiments and by building confidence.

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University of Bristol Press Release: Every state secondary school to be offered University of Bristol science teaching tool 1/4/10

RSC Press Release: Practical science teaching software free to all state secondary schools 31/3/10

BBC: 'Too few' practical experiments in science lessons 23/3/10

Bristol Chemist Recognised as one of the UK's 'Unsung Heroes of Science' - 10/03/10

Tim Harrison, Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher FellowSchool Teacher Fellow Tim Harrison has been awarded a prestigious new award from the Royal Society, the national academy of science, for his inspiring engagement work in helping to promote science across the UK. Tim was selected to receive one of the Royal Society’s new ‘Hauksbee Awards’, which have been specially created to recognise and reward the 'unsung heroes of science' for their excellent work and achievements.  The awards will celebrate the contribution made by many individuals who support the discipline such as  laboratory technicians, teachers and teaching assistants working in labs, research institutions and schools.

In his role as the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow, Tim Harrison promotes chemistry through a variety of channels. These include conducting engaging and inspiring workshops across the UK and abroad to school students of all ages, through the organisation of conferences, laboratory workshops, competitions and summer schools.  In addition, Tim Harrison works with postgraduate chemists in all aspects of science communication, including writing articles for school students and teachers, and working with teachers and trainee teachers through the School of Chemistry, the Graduate School of Education and Science Learning Centres.

Professor Tim Gallagher, Head of the School of Chemistry, said: "Tim Harrison’s contribution to schools and to school-age students has been phenomenal and this award recognises the scale and quality of what he has achieved.  It is also important to recognise the major impact he has made within the School of Chemistry, and many undergraduates, postgraduates and staff have benefited as a result of having had Tim as a mentor.”

Professor Dudley Shallcross, Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Director, said: “Tim Harrison richly deserves this most prestigious award. He is passionate about science and is not only a first-class school teacher but also an outstanding science communicator.”

Professor Carol Robinson FRS, who chaired the ‘Hauksbee Awards’ selection committee, said: “Many laboratories and science classrooms could not operate but for the dedication and skill of individuals working behind the scenes. These people are devoted to their fields and inspire all around them. The ‘Hauksbee Awards’ are a way for us to take note of the excellent work being done by these individuals and thank them for their invaluable contribution to the sciences.”

The awards are being made as part of the Royal Society’s 350th Anniversary celebrations this year.  The ten recipients were each presented with a Royal Society engraved bronze medal, scroll and £500 at a special ceremony held at the Society’s headquarters in London.

The awards are named after Francis Hauksbee who was Isaac Newton's laboratory assistant at the Royal Society. During his time as President, Newton appointed Hauksbee as curator and instrument maker, and Hauksbee later became a Fellow in his own right in 1705.

A film of the winners shown at the ceremony can be viewed below

More details of the award

Full University of Bristol Press Release

Bristol Evening Post

January

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Activities shared with African Science Centre - 21/01/10

Thanks to sponsorship from the Royal Society of Chemistry and Bristol ChemLabS, the Sci-Bono Science Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa will be extending Bristol's reach by running daily performances of 'A Pollutant's Tale' and running regular primary science workshops. Tim Harrison worked with a large number of science demonstrators to train them in these activities along with the necessary health and safety considerations. ( For a full report click here)

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