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.
Once again the annual Chemistry at Work event at AGS was a great success and this time we had a new demonstrator Karley Weir who joined our team from TrichoCare and explained the chemistry of hair and the dangers of hair dyes with her demonstration entitled “Lovely Hair – Painful Skin. We had enough demonstrations on the day for most demonstrators to have a break and see their colleagues in action which they often tell me gives them ideas for delivering their own demonstrations.
We already have twelve Chemistry at Work days confirmed this year. They comprise the two annual three-day events at the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (for Secondary Schools, and Junior Schools, demonstrator spaces) and six school-based days at:
Ashton Middle School (full),
Aylesbury Grammar School (full),
Aylesbury College (full),
Tring School (demonstrator spaces),
John Colet School (full) and
Princes Risborough School (demonstrator spaces).
Aylesbury College of FE is our first Post 16 event and we are hoping to have some Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School School students also taking part.
It has been a good start to this year and with about 2000 student expected to take part during the year.
Once again their Chemistry at Work event was a great success. Mr. Row, the Head Teacher, came to see the demonstrations and spoke very positively about this now annual event. This year we had some demonstrators new to Chemistry at Work: Lucy Harman a Chemical Engineer who graduated in July and fascinated them with her subject, and its career opportunities, plus Simon Dudley, from Transport for Bucks, who is familiar with instructing young people and gave them practical opportunities to learn about some of the chemistry behind road construction and winter maintenance. The school have booked the event again for November 2015.