Would you like to work with school students for a day?
The Royal Society of Chemistry established “Chemistry at Work” events in 1991 to raise schools students’ awareness of the importance of the Chemical Sciences and Education Business Associates (EBA) have over eleven year experience of delivering them in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and now Oxfordshire.
Chemistry at Work events give experts the opportunity to work for a day with small groups of Junior or Secondary School students and bring them the “WOW factor” of Chemistry and the related Sciences.
Training is available to help demonstrators deliver an appealing 30-minute demonstration to small groups of students with their teachers. The students see many different scientific principles, and career possibilities, and come to appreciate how chemistry and related science is part of everyday life and work. Consequently the students become more motivated to learn and the demonstrators enhance their teaching skills.
Many organisations provide their staff or sponsor these events because “Chemistry at Work” enhances their image in the community and their future recruitment.
Thanks to the support from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Education Business Associates were able to present these events to over 2,000 students in 2012, just a part of the national total. These events have been so successful that, thanks to funding from the Wolfson Foundation, the RSC began expanding the scheme nationally in 2011. To see their distribution click here.
Would you like school students to see how science is part of your work or hobby?
More schools are requesting these events so we are looking for more people interested in taking part. Organising these events also incurs costs, so if you know of any organisations or individuals willing to support this work with our local schools please let us know.
Teachers interested in hosting or attending an event:
If you are a teacher interested in hosting a school-based Chemistry at Work event, or would like your students to attend a local event, please contact me. I would be happy to help you or refer your request.