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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.

Here are some of the outreach activities we have planned:

  • AToM Day - Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • Open Days - Saturday 5 October and 12 October 2019, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 June 2020
  • Heroines of Science - Wednesday 4 March 2020
  • Schools Analyst Competition - Wednesday 25 March 2020
  • Spectroscopy Masterclass - Thursday 23 April and Wednesday 24 June 2020
  • Salters' Festival of Chemistry for Year 9 - Wednesday 29 April 2020
  • Salters' Festival of Chemistry for Years 7/8 - Wednesday 6 May 2020

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.

Spectroscopy in a suitcase

The Royal Society of Chemistry Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme is a free outreach activity giving school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience via a workshop run in their school. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, students get to use a portable infrared spectrometer while completing activities with real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the technique. University staff/students deliver the workshops in school (typically 1.5-2 hrs) highlighting the chemistry career opportunities available. The workshop is designed for Year 12 or 13 students.

The equipment may also be available on a short-term loan basis. Teachers can apply to borrow it in schools for 2-3 day periods. Teachers need to arrange to pick up the kit and return it at pre-arranged times with the Department of Chemistry. Training is provided for teachers who have not used the equipment before, please request this when booking.

chemistry for all

Chemistry for All is a longitudinal educational research project sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry. There are three activity-provider universities, Liverpool John Moores University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Reading in partnership with the University of Southampton.  A parallel research project is being conducted by the University of London Institute of Education exploring the impact of the interventions.

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 suitable for KS3-5; from competitions promoting women in science to Spectroscopy Masterclasses.

The Chemistry Teachers' Centre meet once a year, which is a great opportunity to network with other teachers and discuss current issues in chemistry teaching. This year's annual meeting will be on Thursday 27 September 2018 and the focus of our discussion will be technology enhanced learning.

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