March saw us get involved with STEM week at Prestonfield Primary, with the students enjoying a break from their usual lessons to receive visits from the Holyrood Park Rangers, the RSPB and university researchers from a range of disciplines.
Congratulations to Dr Dave Clarke - a member of the iGEM staff team. The team has been awarded the Head of College Outreach Prize for their innovative multidisciplinary teamwork.
This has inspired and enthused prize-winning Edinburgh undergraduate and postgraduate entries to the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.
One dark and rainy October morning, eleven volunteers from the School of Chemistry ventured into the heart of Midlothian to bring exciting chemistry to the Science Gala Day at the Midlothian Science Festival. Visitors were able to make bags of polymer slime, learn about pollution and UV-visible spectroscopy, and have a go at making their own molecules. It was great to see visitors of all ages joining in, and even some of the other stall holders!
The School of Chemistry once again joined in with the nationwide event of Doors Open Day, opening the doors of the Joseph Black and the Christina Miller Buildings to the public.
The School of Chemistry Public Engagement team headed over to Dunbar on the 5th and 6th March 2016, to take part in the Dunbar SciFest.
An early start was required to travel and get all set up by 10am to welcome the first visitors of the day. Happily, from the very start our slime production line was a hit, with an estimated bag of slime made every two minutes for 14 hours over the two days.
Green Chemistry was the theme of this year's Edinburgh Science Festival drop in sessions for the School of Chemistry, fitting in with the Science Festival's overall theme of Building Better Worlds.
Over the five days, we wanted to showcase research from the department as well as encouraging care for the environment. Our activities included the ever popular slime making, using molymod kits to model pollutants, UV-visible spectroscopy and testing biodegradability.
Congratulations to PhD student Giuditta Perversi for the award of the William Darling Memorial Prize for her work in "enhancing the reputation of the University".
This is in recognition of Giuditta's outstanding contributions to Public Engagement.
The school of chemistry welcomed 130 new Advanced Higher chemistry students from 11 different schools to our labs between the 15th and 30th June 2016. The students (and their teachers) worked on a variety of experiments to get their practical chemistry skills off to a great start.
Well done to all, and good luck when the new school year starts!
What the pupils said:
"I have learnt how to do recrystallization, quick titrations, gravimetric analysis, using the heating apparatus."
On the 13th of June 156 pupils from 11 schools participated in hands-on workshops based on Neil Robertson???s Solar Spark project and the Royal Society of Chemistry???s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase initiative.
To celebrate the International Year of Crystallography the School of Chemistry, at The University of Edinburgh, launched a crystal growing competition for schools. Over 20 schools from all over Scotland have signed up and will be carrying out crystal growing projects to present at our Competition Final Day which will be hosted at the School of Chemistry on the 26th September.