* ChemLabS Spring 2011 News


Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Cosponsors the Big Bang National Chemistry Prize for School Chemists - 15/03/11

AC Chemistry Sophie Franklin Alex Searle-Barnes and John Luckett E101.jpgThe Big Bang Fair, the UK's biggest single celebration of science and engineering for young people was held this year at the International Convention Centre in the ExCel centre, London. The fair, attended by approximately 25,000 visitors from 10th-12th March consisted of exhibitions from organizations across the private, public and voluntary sectors, reaching out to schools and students throughout the country. The Big Bang Fair is also home to the finals of the prestigious National Science & Engineering Competition (NSEC), with judging taking place on the first day of the fair. Along with the NSEC prizes, there are various disciplinary prizes, with this year's Chemistry stream being jointly sponsored by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (Juniors) and Bristol ChemLabS (Seniors).

The competition this year was tough; after all coming first in their regional competitions, 15 projects were short-listed for the junior prize (aged 11-14) and 10 for the senior prize (aged 15-18). Sophie Franklin, the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust sponsored postgraduate, judged the junior competitors while Declan Fleming, School Teacher Fellow at Bath University and a Bristol ChemLabS CHeMneT member, judged the seniors. After being immensely impressed by all the projects involved, Sophie awarded the junior category prize to Alex Searle-Barnes and John Luckett from Malmesbury School, Wilts for their outstanding project on the future of biofuels. Along with an in depth knowledge of the chemistry and key points behind their project, Alex and John showed an enthusiasm and passion for their research, above and beyond what was expected and thoroughly deserved to be crowned winners. Declan Fleming awarded the senior prize to Saranja Sivachelvam of Bancroft's School, Bucks, for her outstanding research on the role of cocrystals in pharmaceutical drug development.

Prizes were awarded at the Annual Awards Ceremony on the second day of the fair, in front of an audience of 1000 parents, competitors, teachers and sponsors. Both Chemistry prizes were awarded by Sophie Franklin, with the help of the ceremony's presenters; Kate Bellingham, president of Young Engineers and Professor Brian Cox.


Charlotte Leslie MP Visits Bristol ChemLabS - 18/02/11

Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West, paid a recent visit to Bristol ChemLabS during which she was given a tour of the ChemLabS facilities by Tim Gallagher and Nick Norman. In addition to seeing the labs and learning about the ChemLabS DLM, Charlotte was also informed about all of the ChemLabS Outreach activities, particularly those with local schools.



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