Schools and Outreach in the Department
Demand for Materials graduates outstrips the current supply, and it is therefore important that we try and encourage people to consider studying this subject at university. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering interacts with schools in the local and wider area in a number of ways.
- Members of the department (several of whom are registered STEM ambassadors) go out to schools to give talks on their research and a range of materials-related topics.
- Some of our students choose to develop outreach activities with local schools as their final year projects. In the past, these projects have even led to practicals being published in journals for Teachers - L B Parsons & R Goodall, “Testing the fracture behaviour of chocolate” Physics Education, 46 (2011) 50-56. doi: 10.1088/0031-9120/46/1/006.
- We frequently welcome school students to the Department for Open Days. Schools that have visited us recently include Manor School in Mansfield Woodhouse, Newbould Community School, Derbyshire and King Edward VII School.
- We participate with the wider Faculty of Engineering in national programmes such as the Headstart summer schools and the IoM3 Open Days.
For further information about Outreach activities and Schools Liaison, please contact Dr Russell Goodall.
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