Teacher Events

Making Materials Matter Science Teachers Conference

Friday 19th May 2017 10:00-15:45 at The Ironmongers Hall, London EC2Y 8AA

An exciting conference with opportunities to network with colleagues and learn more about the subject of Materials Science. The conference is funded by The Company of Ironmongers and concludes a 3 month KS3 materials science project run collaboratively by Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The day will include talks on Materials Science linked to the curriculum, discussion of the project going forward and mini presentations from students involved in the project.

Resources to use in your secondary science teaching will be developed and discussed.

The PDF programme gives an outline of the day.

Plenary Talk "Stuff Matters" Prof Mark Miodownik

Mark looking at stuff Mark Miodownik is Director of Institute of Making at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996 and since then has published more than 100 research papers. His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing, and sensoaesthetic materials. For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme. Prof Miodownik is a well known author and broadcaster. He regularly presents BBC TV programmes on engineering which have reached millions of viewers in more than 200 countries. In 2013 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal, and he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014. He is author of Stuff Matters, a New York Times Best Selling book, which won the Royal Society Winton Prize in 2014 and the US National Academies Communication Award in 2015. In 2016 he was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Public Engagement with Science.

Research in Schools - Prof Becky Parker

Prof Becky Parker After a physics degree and research at the University of Chicago, Becky taught in a variety of schools. She is now Director of the Institute for Research in Schools. IRIS supports school students and teachers getting involved in authentic research through a wide range of research projects. Becky has received Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Physics and the Kavli Education Medal from the Royal Society.