Chamber member Fulneck School in Pudsey, Leeds is running a series of free science workshops on Saturdays in the autumn term for pupils in the local area.
The first of the 3 workshops is a Year 11 A-level taster, taking place on the morning of Saturday, 10 October.
The half-day workshop is aimed at Year 11 students considering taking Biology or Chemistry at A-level. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in two sessions – one on Biology, the other Chemistry. Each session will include a small amount of theory and an accompanying A-level standard practical. The students will have the chance to talk to teachers and discuss any questions they might have.
The teenagers will also have access to NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) and IR (infrared) spectroscopy equipment provided by Bradford University. NMR equipment is commonly used to examine organic molecules and IR spectroscopy can be used in forensic analysis.
For the Chemistry part of the morning, the students will be synthesising and testing Benzocaine, a local anaesthetic.
On Saturday 7 November, “CSI Fulneck” will consist of a full day Forensics Workshop for Year 6 pupils.
A crime has been committed and pupils will work together to piece together the evidence. The young 'CSI's will collect evidence from a mock crime scene and use a variety of forensic science techniques to process the evidence and solve the mystery.
The final Workshop is on the morning of Saturday 14 November. The Science Triathlon (triathlon of experiments - Biology, Chemistry and Physics and based on a story) is a half day workshop for Year 9 pupils.
The pupils are invited to take part in a series of science problem solving experiments, designed to stretch and challenge budding scientists. Each “round” will involve a scenario which students must solve using scientific principles.
Fulneck School Head of Biology Mr Chris Norris said: “Science is a dynamic and engaging discipline and here at Fulneck School we are committed to developing the inquisitive, questioning minds that we need in the scientists of the future.
“We have designed these workshops to enable students to think independently and use their scientific knowledge to solve the problems that they are presented with: a skill that real scientists use every day.”
Mr Norris added: “At the end of last term we held a Heads of Chemistry Day, where the attendees debated self-learning in the digital age and strategies for coping with curriculum changes.
“The aim of that event, together with the forthcoming free science workshops, is to increase the number of students choosing to study science subjects.”
All three workshops on offer are free of charge and open to any student on a first come, first served basis. Refreshments will be provided and there will be lunch provided for the full day Forensics Workshop.
The full day workshop runs from 9.30am - 3.30pm with registration at 9am. Half day workshops run from 9.30am - midday with registration at 9am.
For further information about the workshops, and to book places, please contact Mrs Sue Oliver, Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org