PPG Chemistry Education Project

PPG LogoThe National Space Academy and PPG Industries partnership is set to continue into 2018, making funding available for schools to access National Space Academy masterclasses linking the science and engineering of PPG with space science and technology to engage pupils with the science curriculum.

Any school can apply to have a National Space Academy PPG masterclass delivered at their school with the full cost of £480 + VAT (and travel) covered by the PPG funding. Schools within 60 miles of the National Space Centre in Leicester can apply to have the entire cost of a visit to the National Space Centre to have masterclasses delivered at the centre's teaching laboratory covered (see conditions below).


Apply for your school to have a PPG Chemistry Education Project Masterclass

 

Check out the video below to see the masterclass in action at the National Space Centre and to hear what students and teachers had to say, then scroll down for more information and how to book.

 

 

About PPG
PPG is a global manufacturer of paints, coatings, and speciality materials with headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA and operations in nearly 70 countries around the world. PPG Architectural Coatings UK Limited has manufacturing plants in Birstall and Morley, West Yorkshire. The Birstall site is one of Europe’s largest manufacturing facilities for Architectural Coatings and is home to leading paint and sundries brands Johnstone's, Leyland and Fat Hog.

PPG has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, for example providing funding, materials and volunteers, as part of its Colourful Communities initiative, to renovate Batley Railway Station in 2016 followed by both Fieldhead Primary and Birstall Primary Academies in 2017. Thanks to this ethos and the enthusiasm of PPG colleagues, the PPG Chemistry Education Project was set up using donations from PPG to create bursaries to enable more schools to access National Space Academy Masterclasses. These classes use space contexts to tackle the curriculum in areas that are key to PPG’s work: colour and materials.


The National Space Academy PPG Chemistry Education Project Masterclass

The National Space Academy's newest masterclass, created especially for schools accessing the PPG Chemistry Education Project bursaries, will get children investigating the science and engineering challenges of getting payloads safely into space. The course, designed by experienced Academy Lead Educators and teachers of Chemistry and Physics Steve Althorpe and Judith Green, can be adapted for delivery to pupils in years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in England and Wales or equivalent ages in Scotland and Northern Ireland (ages 10/11 -13/14) and is designed to be repeated for up to 3 groups of up to 30 pupils in one day.

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Session overview:
Everyone knows what rockets look like, but why are they that distinctive pointy shape? Why are they usually so tall? What do we use rockets for? How are rockets designed to keep payloads - everything from satellites to astronauts - safe when launching them into space? What design problems need to be overcome when launching a rocket through the atmosphere into the vacuum of space? What colour should a rocket be? What should it be made of?

Pupils will discuss these questions, view demonstrations by the National Space Academy Lead Educator leading the session and take part in hands on practical activities to investigate the concepts raised further. All groups will do an investigation into how to protect a thermochromically active surface from a heat source, and older or more able groups may also undertake a follow up investigation on how best to protect a payload from a heat source (subject to ability and time available).

 

Topics covered will include:

  • How to design, carry out, and evaluate a scientific investigation
  • How to interpret data, look for patterns and errors, and explain these in relation to predictions and hypotheses
  • Measurement and SI units
  • Properties of materials
  • Chemical reactions, (exothermic and endothermic - qualitative)
  • Combustion, thermal decomposition
  • An introduction to infrared radiation and the EM spectrum

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If you would like to apply for a bursary towards a PPG Chemistry Education Project Masterclass at your school please fill out the application form below – and please note the following information:

 

  • The masterclass can include up to 3 sessions in one day with up to 30 students in each session.
  • Each session lasts 1.5 hours and links to the curriculum in science with a focus on chemistry.
  • The masterclass is for students from ONE year group at a time (eg year groups cannot be combined for sessions).
  • The school must provide an appropriate classroom or laboratory space for the sessions, if the sessions are being delivered in school
  • The school must ensure that a teacher from the school is present throughout each of the sessions, both for delivery in school and at the National Space Centre.
  • The usual cost for a National Space Academy masterclass comprised of multiple short sessions is £480 + VAT + travel costs for the Lead Educator at secondary level (£560 + VAT + travel costs for the Lead Educator at primary level). The PPG Chemistry Education Project Masterclasses will be charged at £480 + VAT for both primary and secondary level with a full bursary for the costs applied from the funding provided by PPG Industries. This means that the masterclass will be free for the school). A full list of National Space Academy prices is available here.
  • All state-funded schools are eligible to apply for bursary funding towards the cost of a PPG Chemistry Education Project Masterclass.
  • Independent schools may apply but their applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Schools within 60 miles of the National Space Centre in Leicester will be able to apply for funding to cover the full cost of a visit to the National Space Centre and masterclasses delivered at the National Space Centre (maximum of 90 students).
  • PPG Chemistry Education Project Masterclasses are subject to the National Space Academy’s usual terms and conditions which can be seen here.
  • Each school may only apply once for the PPG Chemistry Education Project Masterclass during 2018.

 

Apply for the PPG Chemistry Education Project with the National Space Academy by completing the form below:

Please read our terms and conditions before applying.


 

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Photos courtesy of PPG UK Limited, www.ppg.com

Thanks to sponsorship from PPG we are offering £300 bursaries for schools towards one of our Masterclasses for 10 - 14 year olds - find out more here.