Spectroscopy in a Suitcase carries on
01 February 2012
Students get hands on experience of using cutting edge research equipment
Delivered by postgraduate students and outreach experts, these events have a strong emphasis on encouraging school pupils to consider studying chemistry at university and the possible career opportunities which are available. In addition, the direct contact with postgraduates gives A level students the opportunity to ask questions about life at university.
SIAS events are popular and always attract positive feedback:
- 'Loved the spectroscopy activities, being a smaller group made it easier to participate in activities. Liked printouts:)'
- 'The activity was interesting and fun, students were helpful and fun to talk to'
- 'I liked the fact that we were allowed to use high-spec, university equipment with a very hands on approach'
In July, two sets of equipment were set up in Wales in partnership with the universities of Cardiff and Bangor, and to support this expansion, the accompanying resource packs were also translated into Welsh. The SIAS programme has also now been rolled out in Scotland (University of Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (Queen's University Belfast) thanks to funding from the RSC and the Wolfson Foundation. Now SIAS reaches every part of the UK.
As of January 2012 due to the huge demand for SIAS events, Imperial College London, the University of Plymouth and the University of Bradford have all joined the SIAS programme. It is hoped that these new members will be running SIAS events by the end of February 2012.
As part of the SIAS programme a SpectraSchool website that has been produced. This provides an online database of IR, NMR and mass spectra for a range of organic compounds, and information about spectroscopy in general. This online spectroscopy resource is currently being redeveloped for release in July 2012, when it will include further detail on a multitude of spectroscopic methods and include animations, videos and an interactive spectra tool.
The new SpectraSchool website
Full details of the scheme and the locations of the equipment can be obtained from the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase website. SIAS is supported by the HE STEM programme.
Also of interest
Giving students hands-on experience of cutting-edge spectroscopic techniques
National HE STEM Programme
The official cross-STEM programme website
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