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The University of Chester Faculty of Science and Engineering STEM Outreach programme offers school students the opportunity to see what ‘real’ engineers and scientists do, through practical applications and problem solving activities in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

Activities are designed to inspire young people and raise awareness of higher level study and future career opportunities in STEM, whilst also providing curriculum enhancement and enrichment. The aim is to target students early enough to influence subject choices and also to widen access to groups who are under-represented in STEM subjects, to address future skills needs.

This programme will highlight the links between physics, chemistry, biological sciences and engineering with core mathematics and computational sciences. Young people participating in STEM Outreach activities will gain an understanding of the cross-disciplinary and creative skills in STEM that reflect the nature of scientific enquiry and technological innovation in the world of work.

Employers and University undergraduates, as mentors, act as powerful role models for students coming to Outreach activities. Teachers and parents can also become engaged in the learning activities, thereby helping students to make the right choices for successful careers in STEM.

The STEM Outreach programme is FREE to schools and colleges; however, students participating in full-day events will be asked to bring a packed lunch. Further information will be sent out prior to each event giving details of arrangements and times.

Activities

The following activites examples of the types of support we have previously offered to school/college students. During the current implications of COVID-19, we welcome colleagues in schools and colleges to contact us to discuss the various opportunities we can provide online.

Audience Activity
Year 7,8,9
Year 10,11
Year 12,13

University staff visiting schools to raise awareness of Science and Engineering with presentations, demonstrations and interactive sessions including General Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Also available, Chemistry ‘The Magic of Chemistry’, Physics and Materials Science.

Year 10,11 and Year 12/13

A workshop designed to support specialist areas of the STEM curriculum. This can include:

• Enhancement of the curriculum through theory and practical applications – University staff
• Use of the University labs for practical sessions not able to be completed in school – school staff supported by University Technical staff

School/college
Technical Staff

‘Shadowing’ Faculty Technical staff to refresh and update Health and Safety procedures in the lab for school and college Technicians

Work experience students (minimum age 16)

Working on a project in the University labs and in a company based at Thornton Science Park.
Year 10,11
Year 12,13

One-day or half-day workshop to bridge the gap between school and university – introduces students to a diff erent approach to learning and provides extremely useful skills for the future.

Each workshop is designed to reflect the application of taught subjects to industrial needs.

We also offer:

  • Teacher meetings for school and college staff which comprise presentations on  the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and STEM Outreach plus a tour of our facilities.
  • STEM Ambassador training for students and staff. This online training session takes approximately 1 hour.

Events

We organise a variety of popular events throughout the year.

Many of the events outlined below have unfortunately not been able to take place in 2020, however we look forward to scheduling them again in 2021. If you would like to discuss any of these further please contact outreach@chester.ac.uk

A-Level Maths Revision Day 

Tuesday 6th April 2021

A FREE 9 hour course for students currently in Years 12 and 13 studying A-level Maths and considering Maths, Science & Engineering courses at university.

Find out more & apply here

 

A-Level Physics Revision Day

Tuesday 6th April 2021

FREE 6 hour revision day for students currently in Years 12 and 13 studying A-level Physics and considering Maths, Science and Engineering courses at university.

Find out more and apply here

 

A-Level Biology Revision Course

Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th April 2021

FREE 6 hour revision day for students currently in Years 12 and 13 studying A-level Biology and considering Biology, Medicine, Science and Engineering courses at university.

Find out more and apply here

 

A-Level Chemistry Revision Course 

Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th April 2021

A  FREE 9 hour course for students currently in Years 12 and 13 studying A-level Chemistry and considering Science & Engineering courses at university.

Find out more and apply here 

 

DR MAGGIE ADERIN-POCOCK MBE

A one hour lecture for female school students

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience and demonstrating that you ‘don’t need a brain the size of a small planet’ to understand, participate in and enjoy science.  Her BBC 2 programme, “Do We Really Need the Moon?” showed just that.  The programme earned Maggie the talkback Thames new talent award at the prestigious Women in Film and TV Awards in December 2011. She went on to present “Do We Really Need Satellites?” and was one of the main scientists on Channel 4’s Brave New World. She is currently presenting Sky at Night on BBC 4, Mini Stargazing for Cbeebies and is a panellist on Sky One’s successful science quiz show, ‘Ducks Quack Don’t Echo’. 

 

RAF STEM day - Girls Networked

Suitable for Year 8, 9 and 10 students (female only) 

To celebrate International Women's Day we offer a one-day ‘hands-on’ Science and Engineering Challenge based on engineering and scientific principles. Students will work in teams to develop the best strategy to design and construct a working model.

Girls Networked 

A student-led initiative aimed at encouraging girls into the Computer Science industry. The day will comprise of a morning and afternoon session* to give students a fun and informative look into how cybersecurity tools and methods are applied in real life. This will include activities centred around digital forensics, law enforcement and social engineering.

*Lunch not provided

Prizes presented by the RAF will be awarded to the best teams on the day.

 

Science and Engineering Summer School

Suitable for Year 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 students

Held in July, this one-day themed workshops highlighting the links between physics, chemistry, biological sciences and engineering with core mathematics and computational sciences.

 

RAF / University STEM activity days

Suitable for Year 8, 9 and 10 students

One-day ‘hands-on’ Engineering Challenges based on scientific and engineering principles. Students will work in teams to develop the best strategy to design and construct a working model.

Prizes presented by the RAF will be awarded to the best teams on the day.

 

Mechanical Engineering workshop

A three-hour workshop where school students are invited to join in a design, build and learn event involving bridge building. This workshop will help to develop skills including: teamwork, planning, decision making, costing, hands on build skills, experimentation and time management.

 

Christmas Lecture (daytime)

A one hour daytime lecture suitable for Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students

Our annual Christmas lecture combines an illustrated talk with spectacular demonstrations, audience participation is essential!

 

Christmas Lecture (evening)

Evening lecture suitable for everyone: schools, colleges and members of the public.

We also offer our popular Christmas lecture to the public in an evening event to inspire the scientist in all of us.

 

RAF STEM Event Rocket Scientist for a day

The RAF, University of Chester, Faculty of Science and Engineering & Starchaser industries offer Year 8 & 9 students the opportunity to be a Rocket Scientist for a day.

This exciting one day activity gives students the opportunity to take on the role of a rocket scientist, to build and launch flying model rockets that are powered by real rocket fuel.

*Students are requested to bring a packed lunch.