2016: a year that…

was filled with conferences. January brought HEA STEM, June was Horizons in STEM Education and August was Variety in Chemistry Education. I presented on my infographics assignment at HEA STEM, and on international group work as poster at ViCE and oral presentation at Horizons.  I also presented a few times at Keele, in January at the […]

Gotta Chem Them All

I recently bought an entry-level smart phone for the main purpose of being able to log into WeChat via a QR code. WeChat is a message app that my Chinese students use but an account requires phone details and the web version uses QR codes to login. On one hand, having a phone for login is […]

Spring Cleaning

Well spring is sprung, the clocks are forward and 6am no longer feels like an unworldly time to get up. I’m back from holiday and spent  (a not inconsiderable amount of) time learning the correct usage of the word ‘offing‘. These are the things you do when getting soaked and wind blown somewhere on the […]

The slippery slope

When we were packing up all of our boxes for a recent outreach activity (the Keele Community Day), we were discussing what the first outreach activity we had ever done was. Unsurprisingly, Richard and I did the same event: a Chemistry Cluedo event as part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Start-Up Science Master Classes. […]

Upcoming Outreach Events

June and July are busy! Now we’ve done the Keele Community Day, we’ve got three more events coming up! June 16th, Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern. http://www.threecounties.co.uk/threecounties/ We’ll be in the discover zone, making slime and elephant’s toothpaste! June 26th, RAF Cosford, Chemistry at Work Day. http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/Cosford/Educational-visits/Chemistry_event2013.pdf We’ll be running an activity on catalysts, linking into our […]

Slime Time!

Sunday 2nd of June was the Keele Community Day and we were on Science is Fun duty! This year we went for a hands-on activity and a demonstration. We did a demonstration of Elephant’s Toothpaste, also known as the catalysed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide with a bit of dish soap for maximum bubble production. It wasn’t the […]

Chemistry At Work in Stoke-on-Trent

In mid-December I was fortunate enough to head to the Potteries Museum in Hanley (Stoke-On-Trent, UK) for a Chemistry at Work day organised as a collaboration between the museum and council folks, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. I was down to do an activity and spent ages wracking my brain for something winter suitable […]

Was it a seance?

“Launch of the Chancellor’s Circle The Circle has been established to recognise the generosity of alumni and friends who have remembered the University of St Andrews in their will. All members of the Circle will receive donor communications and an invitation to special Chancellor’s Circle events. The launch, presided over by Chancellor Sir Menzies Campbell […]