Outreach and Schools
Activities for Schools
Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University (Chemistry@HWU) has over 30 years of history of engaging with schools in Scotland, across the Border Counties of England and more widely with the rest of the UK through a range of internally and externally motivated activities. We feel that interaction with school pupils and teachers is important and provide a number of mechanisms to deliver on this agenda and in support of chemistry in schools.
Any queries? Please email Chemistry-Outreach@hw.ac.uk
Chemistry@HWU is 200 years old on 16th October 2021. For this year only, and to relaunch our activities for schools in the post-COVID world, we are planning two public lectures scheduled for Tuesday 12th October and Tuesday 19th October 2021 at 7.00pm. These will present a historical review of Chemistry@HWU with demonstrations reflecting the 1821 curriculum and look at the current activities in the department through the eyes of our young scientists. The lectures will take place on our Riccarton Campus in one of our large lecture theatres and will be simultaneously available online.
Chemistry Schools’ Lecture Series
Our longest standing and highest profile activity is our schools’ lecture series in which we visit your class to talk about various topics in chemistry; some are of a tutorial nature while others illustrate the frontiers of chemical knowledge. These can be provided locally in your school or delivered online as a webinar.
Meet the Scientist
Would you like your students to meet a scientist? Would you like them to find out what makes a scientist tick and how the scientist got to where they are today? We’re offering you the opportunity to invite a working scientist to engage directly with the pupils in answering these and many other questions that they might have about science as a career. We offer this in either an online, webinar format or in your school.
We invite you and your students to visit Chemistry@HWU to find out about our facilities, our teaching, and to meet our students and staff. You can even arrange for your students to get some practical experience in our laboratories with some simple scientific activities and or listen to one of our lectures in a university lecture space.
Some of the practical activities that are available during Departmental Visit may also be undertake in your school. We are happy to discuss this with you.
Supporting Advanced Higher Chemistry
We are happy to discuss with chemistry teachers supporting Advanced Higher Chemistry student projects their needs for analytical support.
Royal Society of Chemistry Activities
We support the outreach activities of our professional body, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) which operates events at local section (Edinburgh and South East Scotland) and regional (Scotland) level.
Each December, we host the Top of the Bench Competition heat for the local RSC Section.
Salters’ Festival of Chemistry
Aimed at senior pupils (P6 and P7) from primary schools and junior students (S1 and S2) from secondary schools, we strongly encourage schools from across East Central Scotland and the Borders to participate in this activity and welcome them each year on to our campus at Riccarton near Edinburgh and into our laboratories.
For further details on how to enter and participate, see the Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry website.
Other Outreach Activities
As part of the Scottish contribution to International Year of Light in 2015, Chemistry@HWU coordinated the “Bright Light, Big Experiments!” project with local secondary school and with the financial support of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Chemistry@HWU is a long-standing partner in the Stars ‘r’ Us! Public Engagement Consortium. This consortium, originally established for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in 2004, seeks to develop public understanding of the links between astronomy, physics, chemistry, and, to a lesser extent, biology. It focuses on the role of chemistry in the evolution of the modern Universe and its links to the potential for life elsewhere in the Universe. If you’d like to learn more about this and interact directly with the Stars ‘r’ Us! Team then contact the Stars ‘r’ Us! team via their website.
If you have any queries about Chemistry Outreach activities at Heriot-Watt, please email Chemistry-Outreach@hw.ac.uk.