08 March 2010
Students in Jersey between the ages of 5 and 18 are set to have science lessons that are even more exciting than normal during Jersey Science Week.
University of Bristol Chemical Laboratory Sciences
The University of Bristol School of Chemistry is coming to Jersey again to inspire and enthuse young people about science and chemistry. Their last visit was in 2008. It aims to engage more pupils at critical stages of their school career and raise their aspirations.
The University of Bristol Chemical Laboratory Sciences (Bristol ChemLabS) is the only Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) centre for excellence in teaching and learning in chemistry in England and Wales.
A core activity of Bristol ChemLabS is an innovative outreach programme, designed to engage with students of all ages from outside of the university and inspire them about science and chemistry. The facilities are among the best teaching laboratories in the world and the University of Bristol want to give people outside of the university, particularly school children, access to them.
Work in primary and secodary schools
During the week beginning 8 March, scientists from the University of Bristol team will be working in schools.
Throughout the week teams of chemists will visit primary schools and run assemblies and workshops about ‘The Gases of the Air’ with experiments involving measuring, investigatory and teamwork skills.
A separate team of chemists will be dedicated to secondary schools and will deliver Atmospheric Chemistry demonstration lectures to students from Years 7 to 13. Throughout the lecture there are chemistry demonstrations involving liquid nitrogen, oxygen foam, dry ice and a few explosions.
Raising aspirations and achievement
The Department for Education, Sport and Culture is running this Science Week to inspire, enthuse, excite and educate tomorrow’s potential scientists and raise their aspirations and achievement.