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 Courses
  • and our Making Materials Matter Teachers Conference.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Workshops to Schools

Workshops to Schools

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.

Further Maths - what next? June 2019

Further Maths - what next? June 2019

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 in 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 in June, please sign up to the ComputerScience mailing list.

Professor Jonathan Yates will be representing the Department of Materials.

Making Materials Matter Student Conference – 4th June 2019

Making Materials Matter Student Conference – 4th June 2019

Oxford Materials will be welcoming 90 Y8 students from 9 state comprehensive schools across London and Sheffield to the University of Oxford to present their research findings from their extended Materials science project at the 2019 MMM Student Conference.

This project is run in collaboration with the Materials department from the University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield and Imperial College London.

The MMM Student Conference is kindly supported by St John’s College, Oxford, The Ashmolean Museum, St Anne’s College and Mansfield College.

For more information on the MMM project please see http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/admissions/schools/making-materials-matter.html 

Headstart Residential Course 24-28th June 2019

Headstart Residential Course 24-28th June 2019

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

Note that Headstart applications closed on 1st February 2019

Primary Science Day – 27th June 2019

Primary Science Day – 27th June 2019

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.

http://outreach.chem.ox.ac.uk/primary-science-day-2019-06-27.aspx.

Oxford University Open Days 3rd-4th July 2019

Oxford University Open Days 3rd-4th July 2019

Materials Science will be open from 09:00-15:00 on 3rd and 4th July.

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
    Professor Suzie Speller - 3rd July - "Making Superconductors Super"
    Professor Dave Armstrong - 4th July - "Materials for Nuclear Fusion Power"

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

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

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UNIQ "Materials Science" Summer School (7th July - 11th July 2019)

UNIQ "Materials Science" Summer School (7th July - 11th July 2019)

Testing ChocolateUNIQ 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 

Note that UNIQ applications closed on 28th January 2019

Oxford University Open Day 20th September 2019

Oxford University Open Day 20th September 2019

Materials ReceptionMaterials Science will be open from 09:00-15:00 .

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

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

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Other annual events for young people and schools

Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day - October 2019

Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day - October 2019

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 Interviewee hospitality - December 2019

Admissions Interviewee hospitality - December 2019

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 Materials and Physics Day - December 2019

Y12 Materials and Physics Day - December 2019

 

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.

Registration information for 2020 will become available in due course. Please check back again later or contact schools.liaison@materials.ox.ac.uk

 

Y10 Materials and Physics Day - January 2020

Y10 Materials and Physics Day– January 2020

 

Testing Chocolate

You will learn how physicists at Oxford gaze into the far reaches of the cosmos, address pressing questions about the Earth's climate and explore the strange world of quantum mechanics. There will be particular emphasis on ‘What is Material Science?’, showing how the interdisciplinary subject spans the physics and chemistry of matter, and explores the fascinating world of materials and their real world applications.

The day will highlight key ideas in both subjects areas with practical demonstrations including an investigation of materials used in aircraft design and using diffraction glasses which reveal a world of hidden rainbows.

To end the day we give an overview of the course at Oxford and discuss how to apply. We will also touch upon the many career options available to those with a degree in either subject.

Come along to find out more about studying the science of "stuff", both the fundamental and the applied, on scales ranging from the breadth of the universe to the most fundamental particles and everything in between!

Registration information for 2020 will become available in due course. Please check back again later or contact schools.liaison@materials.ox.ac.uk

 

Materials Science Taster Opendays - March 2020

Materials Science Taster Opendays - 20th February and 11th & 12th March 2019

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.
  • 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 Programmes for February 2019 PDF and March 2019 give 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

 

Registration information for 2020 will become available in due course. Please check back again later or contact schools.liaison@materials.ox.ac.uk

Sign up to our Teachers mail list to receive an alert about this, and other events we offer, as details are released.

Travel Instructions are available to help you plan your visit.

Student Conferences - March 2020

Oxford & Cambridge Student Conferences 2020

Last year there were presentations from Materials Science at the following student conferences:

  • Swansea - Monday 18 March 2019
  • Birmingham - Tuesday 19 March 2019
  • Aintree - Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • Newcastle - Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Epsom - Wednesday 27 March 2019

See Student Confences 2019

Further Maths - what next? - March 2020

Further Maths - what next? March 2020

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

The will be a "Further Maths — What Next?" event in March 2020; details will appear at http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/FurtherMathsWhatNext/ in due course. If you would like to be notified when bookings open, please sign up to the ComputerScience mailing list.

Professor Jonathan Yates will be representing the Department of Materials.