An explosive Christmas in store for science pupils
Press release issued: 5 December 2006
The Earth’s atmosphere, pollution, climate and chemical reactions are the theme of a special Christmas lecture featuring some explosive results for science pupils from across Bristol.
The Earth’s atmosphere, pollution, climate and chemical reactions are the theme of a special Christmas lecture featuring some explosive results for science pupils from across Bristol. They are being given the exciting opportunity to learn more about the atmosphere of this planet and many others, thanks to leading Bristol University chemistry expert, Dr Shallcross. He will be presenting the lecture ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ tomorrow on Wednesday, 6 December.
The lecture will explore pollutants such as greenhouse gases, nitrogen dioxide and low level ozone, while also looking at the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. There will be demonstrations throughout including some experiments using liquid nitrogen and dry ice, as well as some dramatic explosions.
Presented by Dr Dudley Shallcross, Bristol University Reader in Physical Chemistry the lecture is aimed at year ten and 11 pupils from secondary schools and colleges across Bristol. The lecture aims to help the pupils, who are studying towards their GCSE science exams, gain access to some of the world-class teaching available on their doorstep, while also giving them an insight into science at university level.
Dr Dudley Shallcross, said: “A Pollutant's Tale is a lecture for all ages, that discusses the impact of pollution on air quality and climate. The lecture includes lots of demonstrations and audience participation. It has been seen by over 2,000 students this year in the UK and most recently by a few hundred students in China.”
Doug Jennings, Outreach and Summer Schools Officer, Widening Participation and Undergraduate Recruitment Office, Bristol University said: “The Christmas lecture is an excellent opportunity for students to gain access to world class lecturers and teaching facilities as well as spending time within the university environment to experience life as a student. The lecture has also been designed to supplement the GCSE science curriculum and should provide students with a head start going into their exams.”
The lecture takes place on Wednesday, 6 December from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm in the Tyndall Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Clifton, Bristol.