SCPS events for schools

The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences is again offering Outreach educational programmes in Chemistry and Physics for 2018. The programmes will provide your students with opportunities to visit Victoria University and experience the excitement of experimental Chemistry and Physics in a tertiary educational environment. We intend the programme to extend students who have a strong interest in these sciences and who enjoy a challenge.

Chemistry NZIC Quiz 20 June 2018

Chemistry Senior Lab Experience Days 27 – 29 June 2018

Chemistry Scholarship Practical Workshop 4 July 2018 (tentative)

Chemistry Scholarship Theory Workshop October 2018

Physics Scholarship Theory Workshop October 2018

Junior Lab Experience Days, Chemistry and Physics mid November 2018

Wellington Chemistry Teachers’ Day 19 November 2018

Wellington Physics Teachers’ Day 20 November 2018

Auckland Chemistry Teachers' Day 22 November 2018 (tentative)

Auckland Physics Teachers’ Day 23 November 2018 (tentative)

Nelson combined Chemistry/Physics Teachers’ Day late November 2018

NZIC Quiz

It’s time for the annual New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (Wellington Branch) Chemistry Quiz! Hosted in association with Victoria University of Wellington, the quiz is open to teams from all secondary schools in the greater Wellington area. Teams are made up of four students from years 12 or 13. This year, we can accommodate up to two teams per school. The quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, 20 June at Victoria University in the recreation centre gym, but may be subject to change.

Sign in for the quiz will open at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start and the quiz is expected to finish by 9:00 pm. Entertainment will be provided for teachers and parents. This gives them a chance to get together over supper while the students scratch their heads at the diabolical chemistry questions thrown at them by the evening’s hosts! The quiz will challenge student’s chemistry curriculum knowledge, their general chemistry knowledge and their general knowledge, and there are some great prizes to be won for both the students and their schools.

A link to sign up your teams will be available in April. We ask that you complete registration by 1 May, and then advise us of team names and the names of your team members by 14 June via email (joyce.lan@vuw.ac.nz).

More Information

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Senior Lab Experience Days

This year, we will be running full-day (9:00am – 3:00pm) Chemistry Lab Experience Days, June 27th – 29th. We will provide lunch for the students. These programs will be suitable for Year 13 and advanced Year 12 students. The registration link for these days will be available from 14 May.

Chemistry Day:

This day will focus on synthesis and spectroscopy. The morning will involve the synthesis of a esters with techniques for how to monitor reactions. In the afternoon, the students will gain hands-on experience with some of the spectroscopic instruments used in the characterisation of organic molecules, including IR and NMR spectroscopy. This will involve workshops on spectroscopy that will be geared towards the experience level of each school. Due to popularity, the maximum number of students each school can bring is 25. However, please note on your form how many additional places you would like, and if you are flexible as to your preferred day. After the sign-up closing date, we will review these requests and aim to allow as many students as we are safely able to.

These workshops fill up fast so you will need to get in early as bookings will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the costs incurred in running these events, please note that there is a $100 cancellation fee.

In order to ensure that all able students are able to attend our programs, we invite schools to apply for scholarships to aid in the transport costs of attending these events. Please note on your application form if you wish to be considered for this additional funding. For further information and questions about the Senior and Junior Lab Experience Days, please direct your enquiries to Joyce Lan at joyce.lan@vuw.ac.nz.

Register Here

Chemistry Scholarship Practical Workshop

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Chemistry Scholarship Practice Day October 2018

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Physics Scholarship Practice Day October 2018

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Junior Lab Experience Days, Chemistry and Physics
mid-November 2018

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Wellington Chemistry Teachers' Day November 2018

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Wellington Physics Teachers' Day November 2018

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Auckland Chemistry Teachers' Day November 2018

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Auckland Physics Teachers' Day November 2018

Information about this day will be available later in the year.

Nelson combined Chemistry/Physics Teachers' Day

Information about this day will be available later in the year.