Back in April Dr David Clarke decided to run a cook-off to find the best culinary chemist from various groups around the UK.
Run via Twitter, with votes cast each week to find the most impressive food creations, the contest is now in its final week after a month of fierce competition.
Update 20th May 2020: To date the Scientist Next Door has hosted over 20 sessions and has been contacted by more than 30 families. Some 50 scientists from across the world have signed up to help, allowing the team to reach more households in the UK and abroad.
As of today, COVID-19 lockdowns are implemented in more than 160 countries around the globe, affecting over 90% of the World's student population. This impacts directly on children's education, removing an opportunity to learn through activities and interactions.
The School of Chemistry recently offered teaching lab access to advanced higher students who are undertaking their projects. Recently, a local school requested to use our IR facilities. The pupils were met by members of our public outreach team of Dom Cairns-Gibson, Kieran Nicholson Emily Xu and were given a demonstration on the use of the IR spectrometer. They were then able to run their own samples and collect data for their projects.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, advanced higher pupils at a local high school were unable to complete their project work in school. The pupils were invited to the inorganic and organic teaching labs in the School of Chemistry for a two-day workshop, where they were provided with all of the resources to complete their projects.
The Chemistry on Tour – Inspiring Science programme included a visit to Dunoon Grammar School on the 18th of February 2020.
The Edinburgh Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) team made up of PhD students from the School of Chemistry: Emily Goddard, Daniel Cutler and Katie Grant. Ran a murder mystery workshop at Broughton High School in Edinburgh, on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase program.
The Edinburgh University outreach team visited Rothesay on 21st and 22nd January to run their regular science workshops for S3 and S1 at the school and hold a Science Evening at Rothesay Castle on the 21st, as part of the Baird of Bute Inspiring Science programme. The visit was financed with generous support from Afton Chemicals.
Emily Goddard, Daniel Cutler and Katie Grant went to Baldragon High School in Dundee last Wednesday to run two workshops with the Higher chemistry pupils.
The Public Engagement team had a busy time during the Midlothian Science Festival this year. We devised a chemistry-themed room for the Games Night: Escape Rooms and ran glitter shaker workshops at Gorebridge Library and IKEA. The team were also at the Fun Science Gala Day at Penicuik Library and the Tiny Tots Gala Day! Thanks to the team at Midlothian Science Festival for coordinating such a wonderful community festival.