Schools Outreach Events

Outreach School Visit The Department of Materials Science has a very active access and outreach team led by Jayne Shaw.

Each year there are numerous events and activities for a range of students including 

  • Taster days
  • Masterclasses and Workshops
  • School Visits
  • Residential Course
  • and our Making Materials Matter Teachers Conference.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day Thursday October 4th 2018, 9:30am — 4:30pm

Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day Thursday October 4th 2018, 9:30am — 4:30pm

event graphic This event offers an excellent introduction to degree subjects for Yr11s interested in science and maths. Materials Science is a subject that all enthusiastic physical scientists should definitely consider for future study. This year we are delighted to offer a Materials Science session 11:25-12:00

There will also be Materials Science Ambassadors available throughout the day to chat to.

Further information and booking details can be found at http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/LesserSpottedScienceDay/

Admissions Interviews - 10-12 December 2018  TBC

Admissions Interviews - 10-12 December 2018  TBC

Interviews for undergraduate admissions to the Department of Materials are normally held in December and take place in our associated colleges. Most applicants will have interviews at their first choice college and one other. We hope that applicants will find the information below helpful. Interviews for undergraduate admissions are normally spread over three days, Monday - Wednesday, in the third week of December. Interviewees are warmly invited to visit the Department while they are in Oxford for their interviews. Just come to reception in the Hume-Rothery building and a member of the access and outreach team will show you round or just feed you tea and biscuits.

Oxford Interviews 2018 In preparation for admissions interviews we suggest you download and read the booklet, Your guide to Oxford interviews 2018, produced by Oxford University Admissions. Tutors carrying out interviews really want to find out how applicants can cope with questions about stuff they DON'T know. (All the stuff applicants do know is already covered in their personal statement, references and exam grades/predictions.) Important things to get across during an interview are an interest in the subject, academic and mathematical ability and an ability to solve problems. Do not be afraid to ask for help when stuck. See the interview if possible as a mock tutorial where the applicant works with the tutor/interviewer to come to an understanding of a difficult problem. There is lots of advice on the various university websites, and a number of links to a selection of helpful information are given below.

There may be extra information on the college websites as well.

Y12 Physics and Materials Activity Day - 2018 dates to be confirmed

Y12 Physics and Materials Activity Day - 2018 dates to be confirmed

Y12Headstart The Physics and Materials Science Departments collaborate on day workshops aimed at Y12 students. This is a fun-filled yet instructive Activity Day hosted by the Departments of Physics and Materials at Oxford University. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects. If you are studying maths and physics at A level (or equivalent) and interested in Materials Science and Physics come along to Oxford University to find out more! Bookings will be limited to 8 students per school. Priority will be given to schools with little or no history of sending students to Oxford.

Application details for 2018 to be confirmed

Yr10 Materials and Physics Activity Day– 2019 dates to be confirmed

Yr10 Materials and Physics Activity Day– 2019 dates to be confirmed

Testing Chocolate An exciting opportunity for students enjoying physical sciences at GCSE and considering further studies in this area to find out about materials and physics at university. This is an enjoyable yet instructive Activity Day hosted by the Departments of Physics and Materials at Oxford University. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects.

Bookings need to be through the school and will be limited to 8 students per school; students must be accompanied by a teacher.

Priority will be given to schools with little or no history of sending students to Oxford.

The PDF Draft Programme gives an outline of the days activities.

Application details for 2019 to be confirmed

Materials Science Taster Opendays - 2019 dates to be confirmed

Materials Science Taster Opendays - 2019 dates to be confirmed

Transmission Electron Microscope The event is aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12. Places are limited so booking is essential, and we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to six on any one day. However, please contact us if you want to bring more students. As the event normally takes place during term-time for schools, we ask that all bookings are sent by the school to ensure their agreement. The format of the day varies depending upon the commitments of staff but a typical programme would have the following elements:

  • A welcome to the department and a brief introduction to Materials Science as a subject.
  • A talk from a senior lecturer about their work, often relating to cutting-edge research.
  • A tour of the department giving an idea of our facilities and showing the variety of on-going research activities.
  • A brief tour of one of the colleges.
  • A workshop looking at a variety of aspects of materials science that relate to the Science Curriculum.
  • A talk given by a guest speaker from industry.
  • Advice on how to apply to study Materials Science.

Priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

The PDF Draft Programme for 2018 gives an outline of open day activities. The event is aimed at Year 11 and 12 students. Since these events are very popular we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to six on any one day. If you are wanting to bring more students please contact the Schools Liaison Officer

Please book your place using the word registration form.

Travel Instructions are available to help you plan your visit.

Workshops to Schools November – February

Workshops to Schools November – February

The schools liaison team regularly run workshops for schools.
If you are interested in a visit out to your school, please email schools.liaison@materials.ox.ac.uk

TensileTesting3 Tensile Testing
Student number: 20
Yr 11(High ability)-Yr12 Physics
Time; 1-1.5 hours

Students will work in groups of 4 to measure the tensile strength of different materials using a simple tensile tester kit. Each group will plot stress/strain graphs for the material and use these to determine Young’s Modulus. Values for Young’s modulus will be compared to standard values and the experiment evaluated.

Solar Cells WorkshopSolar Cells
Student number: 20 -30
Yr 10-12
Time: 1-1.5hours

Students will work in pairs to construct a dye sensitised solar cell using a range of dye sources. The students will measure the voltage of their cells at different intensities of light and compare results for different dyes. Results will be discussed and the science behind the solar cell explained. Students will be asked to put forward ideas for further research in this field and their ideas will be linked to current research on solar cells in the department and in other HEIs.

Electrifying ExperienceAn Electrifying Experience
Student number: 20 -30
Yr8-10
Time: 1-1.5hours

Students find out about the very invention that marked the birth of a new branch of chemistry, called electrochemistry: the “voltaic pile”. Students will build their own voltaic pile and investigate the effect of the number of cells on the voltage of the battery. Research in this area will be introduced and discussed.

 

ChocolateWorkshopGirlGuides2Investigating Materials using Chocolate
Student number 20
Yr8-10

Students investigate the properties of materials to include hardness, density and fracture energy using different chocolate. Students put forward ideas to make an ultimate chocolate bar and this is related to microstructure of materials and the effect of alloying.

 

Other Regular Events

Past Events

Primary Science Day – 18th June 2018

Primary Science Day – 18th June 2018

Primary Science - Slime! A day of exciting science workshop including hands-on activities for Year5-6 students.

The day will conclude with a Chemistry Demonstration lecture.

More information and a registration form can be found on the Physics website 

https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/events/2018/06/18/primary-school-science-day-2018.

Headstart Residential Course 18-22 June 2018

Headstart Residential Course 18-22 June 2018

A one week residential course to give an insight into the subject of Materials Science, or Materials Engineering.

Materials Science is a vast interdisciplinary subject, which frequently unites researchers from different physical and engineering sciences but can also involve the Life and Medical Sciences. Essentially, Materials Scientists bring together and utilise the science developed by physicists, chemists and engineers, making it possible to improve and develop new materials for everything we use in our lives, from prosthetics to buildings, from transport to communications, from sport to defence."

More information about Headstart "Focus on Materials" Residential Course for Year 12/S5 Students

Further Maths - what next? 20 June 2018

Further Maths - what next? 20 June 2018

Studying Further Maths A-level, but not sure what you want to do at University?

Due to overwhelming demand in March, there will be another "Further Maths — What Next?" event on Wednesday 20 June 2018; details will appear at http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/FurtherMathsWhatNext/ in due course. If you would like to be notified when bookings open for the event on 20 June, please sign up to the ComputerScience mailing list.

Professor Jonathan Yates will be representing the Department of Materials.

Oxford University Open Days 27-28 June 2018

Oxford University Open Days 27-28 June 2018

Materials Science will be open from 09:00-15:00 on 27th and 28th June.

We are delighted to offer the following programme. Booking is not required and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please note department tours are open to prospective students only.Materials Reception

  • 09:10 -09:55 Materials Science Taster Lecture
    Dave Armstrong - 27th June - "Improving Materials for Nuclear Power"
    Pete Nellist – 28th June – Title TBC

  • 10:00 - 11:00 Department tours (~20mins. Last tour at 10:40)
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Materials Science at Oxford Talk
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Refreshments with Tutors and students

Also see Oxford University Open Days

UNIQ "Materials Science" Summer School (1 July - 6 July 2018)

UNIQ "Materials Science" Summer School (1 July - 6 July 2018)

UNIQ began in 2010 as a summer school with the aim of raising the aspirations of students studying at UK state schools and colleges regarding their higher education choices. UNIQ will help almost 2000 students each year from low socio-economic status backgrounds and/or from areas with low progression to higher education, by offering spring and summer schools, residential conferences and digital learning platform.

Find out more about UNIQ "Materials Science" Summer School 

Making Materials Matter Science Teachers Conference - Friday 13th July 2018 (in London)

Making Materials Matter Science Teachers Conference - Friday 13th July 2018 (in London)

Prof Louise Archer An exciting conference with opportunities to network with colleagues and learn more about the subject of Materials Science, where it fits into the current curricular and the importance of science enrichment opportunities. The conference funded by The Company of Ironmongers and held at the Ironmongers Hall in London concludes a 6-month KS3 materials science project run collaboratively by Oxford & Cambridge Universities and Imperial College London. All resources developed from the project will be made freely available to teachers, enabling them to link curriculum content to materials science. Conference speakers include Professor Louise Archer, who will be delivering the education plenary on her important research on science capital.

For further information about the project see Making Materials Matter and to register your interest in the 2018 conference please complete the form on the Teacher Events webpage.

Oxford University Open Day 14 September 2018

Oxford University Open Day 14 September 2018

Materials ReceptionMaterials Science will be open from 09:00-15:00 on 14th September.

We are delighted to offer the following programme. Booking is not required and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please note department tours are open to prospective students only.

  • 09:10 -09:55 Materials Science Taster Lecture
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Department tours (~20mins. Last tour at 10:40)
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Materials Science at Oxford Talk
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Refreshments with Tutors and students

09:10 -09:55 Materials Science Taster Lecture
"Making Superconductors Super" Professor Susie Speller

Superconductors are intriguing materials that carry electrical current with zero resistance and exhibit unusual magnetic behaviour. Exploiting these properties in practical applications, such as high field magnets for nuclear fusion reactors or particle accelerators, requires very sophisticated nano-scale materials engineering. This talk will introduce the Materials Science involved in fabricating superconductors capable of carrying extremely large currents in high magnetic fields, illustrated using examples of current research in the Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity

Also see Oxford University Open Days and these two videos about open days: 

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