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    Inspiring the next generation of chemists

Outreach and working with schools

We know how fulfilling a career in chemistry can be and we want to use our passion for the subject to inspire the next generation of chemists and support those who teach them.

Our Department runs a number of outreach programmes that are designed to promote, inspire and enrich chemistry topics taught in schools.

Outreach events

We have an active Outreach Team, who provide a range of activities for all ages. Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is a Royal Society of Chemistry scheme that gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. Here are some of the outreach activities we have planned:

Salters' Festival of Science

10 May 2017, 9.30am-3.00pm, Department of Chemistry

Problem solving in the laboratory for Year 7/8 students. Bookings to be made through the Salters' Institute on a first-come, first-served basis through Salters' website: http://www.saltersinstitute.co.uk/festivals/

Spectroscopy Masterclass

28 June 2017, 9.45am-3.30pm, Department of Chemistry

The Spectroscopy Masterclass is specifically for students interested in chemistry or a related science as a degree choice and will include short talks on Infrared and NMR spectroscopy and Mass spectrometry, a workshop session and instrument visits in our Chemical Analysis Facility.

Lectures for Schools

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Reading's Chemistry Department, we are presenting a series of lectures for students in years 11 through 13, which will enrich the topics covered in GCSE and A level chemistry.

Undergraduate Ambassadors

Our undergraduates have an opportunity in their third year to participate in the successful Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme, which gives them an opportunity to explore teaching as a profession while they inspire the next generation of scientists.

Chemistry Teachers' Centre

Since 2000, our Chemistry Teachers' Centre has been supporting teachers to deliver chemistry in a way that will inspire the next generation of chemists. We have an annual programme of outreach activities - from Spectroscopy Masterclasses to Forensic Science murder-mystery investigations - that we have designed in collaboration with our 200+ local members to meet their specific needs. Each term we hold a coffee morning and send out a newsletter.

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