As ever, my grateful thanks go to the demonstrators. The students clearly enjoyed learning about the wide range of activities and potential careers with connections to Chemistry and the demonstrators were impressed with their attitude and interest. Dr Paul Myatt, Head of Science, was pleased with how their “Chemistry at Work” day went and and has already provisionally booked it again for the same time next year.
This year’s event was attended by nearly 350 students aged 12 to 16 . As usual, they came from Special, Comprehensive, Upper and Private Schools in Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, Bedford, Luton and Wing. Here is a letter I received afterwards from Dr Rae FRSCI and Head of Chemistry at Ousedale School who came to the event and sent students on all three days.
I felt that I should write to you to congratulate you on your excellent “Chemistry at Work” again this year.
As usual we brought our Year 8 Gifted and Talented groups on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The students absolutely loved the presentations. I have had great feedback from both students and the teachers that accompanied the other two groups.
One parent said:
“I just wanted to thank you for organising the very successful Chemistry day in Milton Keynes yesterday. [Our son] had a wonderful day out and spent all evening chatting about the activities and presentations. It is so lovely to see him so engaged with his education, and really challenging his thinking about Science. It also opened up discussions about wider issues, for which he is now starting to formulate opinions.
Thank you again for arranging this opportunity and selecting [our son] to take part.”
The chatter amongst the students on the bus on the way back to School indicated to me that the day had achieved the goal of promoting Chemistry and widening their horizons.
There was a sense of excitement throughout the day and in the bus on the way home.
Thank you for your efforts. We will certainly be attending again next year.
Tring School hosted their second Chemistry at Work day and want to book the event again for next year. We had a new young demonstrator Farzan Fassihi-Tash from C B & I who’s demonstration entitled “The Journey of Oil” surprised many of the students by the breadth of his subject and we were grateful to Sarah Douglas who spent the day on stand-by and was able to demonstrate the complications of “Discovering Medicines” when the Fire Service, with their popular exploding fat fryer, were called away.
This was the first time Aylesbury College had hosted Chemistry at Work. The day proved popular and the college would like to host it again next year. The interests of the groups varied, due to the different courses the students were following, so next year we will look at linking specific demonstrations more closely to the courses.