'Kroto Science' Workshops - in memory of Sir Harry Kroto
"Thanks very much for a great day! All the kids loved it and I've had several other classes ask me if they were going to get to 'make the balls' today".
Phoebe, Durrington High School, Worthing
"Many thanks for your workshops yesterday. Iíve had lots of positive feedback from children and tutors. Bucky ball mania has broken out at Cumnor!"
Simon, Cumnor School
"Thank you once again for yesterday, it was really great and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the talk and the workshops"
Charlie, Westminster School
"It was great seeing you last week and thank you once again for two inspirational days! As always, your talks and discussions were most interesting, informative and enjoyable."
Cheryl, FSU London
Workshop objectives: to explore the inspiring science of the Nobel Prize winning C60 molecule discovered by Sir Harry Kroto
Key words: discovery, symmetry, structures, nanotechnology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geodesic science
Sir Harry Kroto worked at Sussex for most of his life. He was an inspired and brilliant research scientist working creatively in such diverse areas as chemistry, physics, astronomy, spectroscopy as well as developing multimedia platforms such of the Vega Science Trust and GEOSET. He opened up new areas of nanotechnology and of course is best remembered for the discovery of the football shaped molecule C60, Buckminsterfullerene. In 1996 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the Fullerenes. Dr Jonathan Hare worked closely with Prof. Kroto for 10 years and was part the Nobel prize winning team here at Sussex. Jonathan will be your guide to help you explore Harry's exciting 'Kroto Science'.
About the workshops
In these workshops we will explore the fascinating areas of science, mathematics, engineering and architecture that are part of the story of the discovery of C60. C60 is of course a form of carbon forming the third allotrope in addition to graphite and diamond. There are other structures that have emerged since the discovery of this round world of carbon science including other sized cages (the fullerene family), endohedral fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene (2010 Nobel Prize) as well as many potentially usefull applications.
1 hour workshops: Most of the workshops are for 1 hour exploring some of the fascinating science and then making up a molecular model of C60 (which they can keep to take home). Making the model allows the participants to get a 'hands on' experience for themselves of the excitment of puzzling out the solution to the molecular structure.
Courses: I have also created a longer series of workshops to form a 'Kroto Science' day course for GSCE and multi-day course for the A-level Sussex University Summer School. Here we will look in much more detail at various topics including; Richard Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic dome work, material science & nanotechnology, spectroscopy and as well as the astrophysical and astrochemical implications of the C60 Buckminsterfullerene breakthroughs.
The C60 model kits have been specially made by Cochranes of Oxford and contain enough parts to make up the rugby ball shaped C70 molecule.
(so there are a few extras left over when you make a C60 model)
Numbers and age range
I have workshops suitable for Primary, GCSE and A-levels and can accommodate almost any size audience.
(I have run workshops for as few as two people and up to 800 depending on the size of the venue of course).
The C60 kits and Kroto Family Educational Foundation
I would like to thank Margaret Kroto, family and colleagues from The Kroto Family Educational Foundation (see info. at the end of this article) who have provided the C60 kits for these workshops.
HWK C60 workshops presented so far:
9th Feb 2017 - Sussex Study Experience Physics - Sussex University (small group ca. 10 students)
25th July - Sussex Study Experience Physics - Sussex University (small group ca. 10 students)
28th Sept. - Glenalmond School, C60 primary school workshops (ca. 60 pupils, C60 kits provided by Carol & David Walton )
29th Sept. - Edinburgh University RSC C60 schools workshops (ca. 70 pupils)
24th Oct. - Florida State University, London (small group ca. 2 A-level students)
6th Feb 2018 - Sussex Study Experience Chemistry - Sussex University - small group ca. 10 students
19th Feb - Florida State University (London) - small group ca. 2 A-level students
13th March - Durrington High School - 4 x C60 workshops (ca. 120 pupils)
9th June - Benenden School - Kroto Science Workshop: Geodesic domes and C60 (ca. 60 pupils)
11th June - Kroto Science GCSE day, Sussex University, The Eastbourne Academy - ca. 20
12th June - Kroto Science GCSE day, Sussex University, Oriel High School - ca. 20
13th June - Kroto Science GCSE day, Sussex University, Felpham Community College - ca. 20
24th June - 3 x C60 drop-in workshops Sussex University Open day - ca. 130 C60 kits
24 - 27th July - A-level Kroto Science Summer School, Sussex University - including exploring C60, C70 & C28 (ca. 30 C60 kits)
1st Oct. - Westminster School - ca. 60 C60 kits
8th Oct. - Cumnor House School - ca. 160 C60 kits
30th Oct. - Florida State University, London (16 students)
18th Dec. - Kroto Science GCSE day, Sussex University - ca. 20
29th Jan. 2019 - Sussex Study Experience Chemistry - Sussex University - small group ca. 20 students
1st Feb. - Kroto Science GCSE day, Sussex University, Felpham Community College ca. 15 students
27th Feb. - Sussex Study Experience Chemistry , Sussex University - small group ca. 20 x C60 students
5th March - FSU, London - C60 workshops
12th March - GCSE Kroto Science day, Sussex University, Seaford Head School ca. 28 students
HWK C60 workshops coming up:
26th April - Kroto Science GCSE day, Sussex University, The Eastbourne Academy ca. 20 students
20th May - GCSE Kroto Science day, Sussex University, Hailsham Community College ca. 15 students
23rd May - GCSE Kroto Science day, Sussex University, Oriel High School ca. 20 students
23 - 26th July - Post 16 Summer School (topics TBC)
THE CREATIVE SCIENCE CENTRE
Dr Jonathan Hare, The University of Sussex
Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 9QJ.
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