The School of Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement team consisting of undergraduate (Mohamed Katish), postgraduate students (Dom Cairns-Gibson, Hal Lewis) and staff (Dr Anna-Maria Maciejuk and Prof. Eleanor Campbell) participated in the annual Baird of Bute Festival of Flight on Saturday, 7th of September 2019, at Ettrick Bay.
Four fully-funded Chemistry Undergraduate Vacation Internships sponsored by Afton Chemical offered at the School of Chemistry for eight weeks this summer have been filled.
The Internships were very competitive this year, with a large number of applicants. The awards were offered via application followed by an interview process. Successful students will be working on individual projects within the following research groups:
We recently hosted the STEM Academy 2019 at the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland. The academies aim to increase the opportunity for primary teachers to become more familiar with how sciences are taught and developed in secondary education and gain a greater awareness of career prospects in STEM subjects.
We recently hosted school pupils in our teaching labs as part of The University of Edinburgh Sutton Trust Summer School. The summer school, run by the Widening Participation team, is aimed at pupils in S5 (Scotland), Year 12 (England or Wales) or Year 13 (Northern Ireland), who have always attended a state-funded school or college.
It helps build pupils' knowledge in a subject area they are interested in exploring at university while letting them experience university life and meet like-minded students.
On the 24th of May the School of Chemistry hosted the Salters' Festivals of Chemistry for primary 7 school pupils. The Festival is an initiative of the Salters' Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry, who is working in partnership with us again this year.
Activities included two practical challenges with fun prizes and certificates for all, and a fun lecture run by our PhD students (led by Dom Carins-Gibson).
This year the School of Chemistry aimed to get more schools to attend. We hosted the following schools:
Nikola Zotev and Ellie Tanaka, on behalf of the School of Chemistry, participated in this year's Meadows Festival on 2nd June 2019. Children and adults enjoyed building household molecules with our molecular building kit, and explored the boundary between solids and liquids with non-Newtonian fluids.
Although the morning welcomed our team with stormy winds and clouds, the sun came out in the afternoon and made it a perfect day for outdoor chemistry! Finally, big thanks to Stuart, Melissa and Sarah from the Centre for Open Learning for welcoming our team at the University stall!
As in previous years, the School of Chemistry organised an image competition as part of their drop-in activities “Computer-powered Chemistry” at the Edinburgh International Science Festival from 11th-15th April 2019.
Public Engagement Development Scholars Ellie Tanaka and Nikola Zotev recently ran a drop-in session at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Here they tell us about how the event went.
This year our fantastic team of postgraduate students and staff welcomed more than 2000 visitors to our drop-in activity at the National Museum of Scotland over the course of five days. Our aim was to help the public to discover the synergy between abstract thinking and experimental work and show how computers are helping chemists in many aspects of our research nowadays.
Last week our Public Engagement Scholars Kelly, Dom and Emily visited St Ninian’s RC Primary School as part of the school’s STEM Week. Here, Emily tells us more about the day.
The children were enjoying a packed day of activities including making slime, programming robots and a K’Nex challenge, so we hoped our new playdough workshop was going to fit in well! We visited six classes from P1-P5, running half hour workshops for the younger ones, and hour-long sessions with the older groups.
Dr Caroline Kirk, and PhD students Rebecca Rae and Fiona Maciver-Jones spent an afternoon at Liberton Primary School with the Primary 5 classes “Growing Crystals”. The children were hands-on in this session; carrying out experiments to grow crystals of salt and sugar as well as using a microscopy to watch crystals form from saturated solutions.
Great fun was had by all!