Reporter 463, 12 March 2001
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National Science Week (Monday 19th March – Friday 23rd March 2001)

University of Leeds




Monday 19th March




6-7pm Years 8/9 (max. 200)

Chemistry – "The Delight s of Chemistry" Mike Hoyland, Chem LTA

Tuesday 20th March

10-12 Years 9-11 (min 4 – max 16)

Physics and Astronomy – "Be a Rocket Scientist" Contact: Alison Voice ex.6647

12.30 – 3 Any Year Group (min 10 – max 35)

Discovery Trail - Students lead small groups around the main sights of the University including the Sports Centre, Students Union and the Library!

Wednesday 21st March

10.30- 12.30 Years 10/11 (max. 16)

Biochemistry – "A Biochemistry Practical in Separation and Identification" Contact: Dr Mitch Fry ex.3044

11 – 12 Years 12/13 (min 20, max 150)

Mathematics – "The Mathematics of Detonations" Contact Sam Falle ex.5138

2 – 4 years 9/10 Geography Pupils (max.20)

Geography – "Discovering Geography". Location to be confirmed. Contact: Chrissie Tunney ex.6835

Thursday 22nd March

10 – 1 Year 12 (min 10 – max. 20)

Process Environmental and Materials Engineering


Department of Materials laboratory room 112

Tony Bromley ex. 2362

1 – 4 Any Year Group (min 4 – max 25)

Healthcare Studies – "Chill Out, Don’t Stress Out" Baines Wing G22 Contact: Janet Jagger ex.1265

Friday 23rd March







National Science Week

School of Chemistry

The Delights of Chemistry


Monday 19th March 1.45pm – 3pm

Year Group 8-9

Maximum number of pupils: 200

Chemistry Lecture Theatre A



This is an attempt to recapture the enchantment and intrigue of chemistry, and present it as a spectacular and fun subject.


National Science Week

School of Physics and Astronomy

Be a Rocket Scientist


Tuesday 20th March 10am – 12pm

Year Group 9-11

Minimum number of pupils: 4

Maximum number of pupils: 16



Competitive team activity using water-fuelled rockets launched to great heights backed up by discussion of the key principles involved in rocket propulsion



National Science Week

School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Leeds

A Biochemistry Practical in Separation and Identification


Wednesday 21st March 10.30am – 12.30pm

Teaching Lab A, Biochemistry, Garstang Building, Level 9

Year Groups 10-11

Maximum number of pupils: 16



Students will gain individual hands-on experience of two widely used biochemical techniques to separate biological molecules. Additionally we will use micropipettes and spray staining to detect amino acids, including those in your sweat!



National Science Week

School of Mathematics

The Mathematics of Detonations



Wednesday 21st March 11am – 12pm

Year Groups: 12/13

Minimum number of pupils: 20

Maximum number of pupils: 150



Ordinary chemical combustion, such as that in gas cooker, is slow and does not cause any violent disturbances. Similarly, the nuclear reactions in a power station do not usually destroy it. However, it is possible for both chemical and nuclear reactions to occur so fast that they produce a large increase in pressure with devastating consequences.

In this talk I shall discuss the conditions under which this happens

and show that although these are violent events, the resulting

detonation waves can have some surprisingly regular patterns. These patterns are not merely pretty, they are also crucial to the existence of these waves. They can be observed in detonation waves in combustible gases and are also believed to occur in the certain kinds of stellar explosions.



National Science Week

School of Geography


Discovering Geography


Wednesday 21st March 2pm – 4pm

Location: to be confirmed

Year Groups: 9/10

Minimum number of pupils: 8

Maximum number of pupils: 20

An opportunity for budding geographers to undertake a variety of activities.


National Science Week

School of Healthcare Studies

Chill Out, Don't Stress Out


Thursday 22nd March 1pm – 4pm

Baines Wing

Year Groups: Any

Minimum number of pupils: 4

Maximum number of pupils: 25



"How stressed are you?

Modern living puts many of us under pressure, which can affect our physical and mental health and our behaviour. The School of Healthcare Studies offers a half - day session which is interactive and fun, as well as informative - exploring the Psychological concept of Stress. Together we will draw the "Body in Stress", identify stressors in our lives, consider coping strategies and then "chill out" together with a relaxation technique. This will be of interest to those who are considering a career in Healthcare, those who wish to study Psychology and, not least, those students who "feel stressed".