Workshops for Schools

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

Please note: due to the current pandemic restrictions, we may not be able to offer a face-to-face workshop. Please get in touch with us to discuss the options we currently have available.

See below for details of the workshops we offer:

Tensile Testing

Tensile testing workshop

Tensile Testing 

Who: Y11 (high ability) - Y12 Physics

How many: 20 students

Duration: 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.

Outreach Solar Cells Workshop

Solar cells workshop

Solar Cells

Who: Y10-12

How many: 20-30 students

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

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.

dye sensitized solar cell workshop

Dye sensitized solar cells

Electrifying Experience

Electrifying Experience workshop

An Electrifying Experience

Who: Y8-10

How many: 20-30 students

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

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.

Chocolate Workshop

Chocolate workshop

Investigating Materials Using Chocolate

Who: Y8-10

How many: 20 students

Duration: 1-1.5 hours

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.