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Uo l l&t sops outreach group
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Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
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Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
Uo l l&t sops outreach group
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Uo l l&t sops outreach group
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  • These events are free to participants and are funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Young Analyst Competition) and the RSC/Salters Institute (Salters Festival)
  • Normally invite large 6th form colleges eg Carmel, Sir John Deane's, Birkenhead 6th FormEvents are effective as recruitment activity: 7 students from 2009 Masterclasses enrolled in Year 1 Chemistry programmes in Sept 2010Use of recent graduates for delivery is very effective – both for the graduates (confidence building, teamwork) and for the Year 12 students (find out first hand about Chemistry degree programmes)
  • 10 students are registered for CHEM390 for 2011-12Picture shows Tina Butler and Jenny Baine who developed a nanotechnology experiment for their Year 3 project in 2008-9
  • Our philosophy is that lab-based events, although very demanding to set up, have a much bigger impact on students than lectures. For safety reasons these events must be delivered in the University.Approx 60-70 schools attend events in Chemistry each year.
  • 10 students are registered for CHEM390 for 2011-12Picture shows Tina Butler and Jenny Baine who developed a nanotechnology experiment for their Year 3 project in 2008-9
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    • 1. SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES OUTREACH GROUP<br />Dr Lynn Moran (Phys) & Chris Marchant (Maths)<br />Dr Helen Aspinall (Chem)<br />Michael Jones (Maths)<br />Dr Paul Sapple (Phys-Chem)<br />
    • 2. School of Physical Sciences<br /><ul><li>SchoolsLab in Chemistry
    • 3. Physics Outreach Group
    • 4. Maths Outreach
    • 5. The Future School of </li></ul>PhysicalSciences<br />
    • 6. Annual events supported by professional Institutes<br /><ul><li>Merseyside Young Analyst Competition
    • 7. Teams of 3 year 12 students representing ca. 28 schools/colleges from Northwest region
    • 8. Salters Festival of Chemistry
    • 9. Teams of 4 Year 7/8 pupils representing ca. 25 schools from Northwest region
    • 10. Numbers will increase when CTL is open</li></li></ul><li>Year 12 Masterclasses<br /><ul><li>Series of 4 full-day events for Year 12 students
    • 11. After AS exams – introduction to A2 course content
    • 12. Delivered by MChem grads
    • 13. Royal Society of Chemistry
    • 14. Small charge for students</li></li></ul><li>Schools Lab<br /><ul><li>A lab for use by groups of up to 20 visiting students
    • 15. show young people the excitement of science by making links with current research topics
    • 16. extend students' experience with challenging experiments and concepts that take them beyond the curriculum
    • 17. to inspire the brightest young people to become the scientists of the future
    • 18. Charges: £100 (half-day); £140 (full-day)
    • 19. “The students enjoyed the opportunity to do practical in a University lab. Great fun was had by all plus it was most worthwhile educationally.”</li></li></ul><li>examples of our events<br />TEM image of a student's sample of magnetite nanoparticles<br />a heavy magnet sticks to a vial of ferrofluid made by a Year 12 student<br />polymer chemistry<br />a very young scientist learning about polymer chemistry during Science Week 2007<br />templated preparation of a porous polymer<br />nanotechnology<br />
    • 20. Undergraduate Involvement: CHEM390 Science Communication<br /><ul><li>Collaboration between Chemistry and Educational Opportunities (new for 2011-12)
    • 21. 15-credit Level 3 module – Year 2 MChem or BSc & to Year 3 BSc
    • 22. 1st semester: generic skills training in working with young people, National Curriculum, widening participation
    • 23. 2nd semester: delivery of practical outreach sessions in CTL</li></li></ul><li>Physics Outreach Group<br />
    • 24. What is the Physics Outreach Group?<br />Group of students & graduates<br />Supported by 1 academic<br />Design & develop workshops & presentations<br />Deliver these in schools & on campus<br />
    • 25. Background<br />BSc projects in schools<br />Requests from schools for follow-up activities<br />Requests from Educational Opportunities<br />Golden Handshake for new Physics Teachers<br />
    • 26. Aims<br />Quality outreach to schools<br />Skills development for students<br />Develop a resource for the department<br />Experienced students<br />Tested materials & workshops<br />Long-term: to increase the uptake of Physics<br />
    • 27. What We Do – On Campus<br />Educational Opportunities <br /> - Taster sessions<br /> - Science Olympics<br />AS-level taster days/work exp/Nuffield students<br />Science Week events in conjunction with the SchoolsLab in the Chemistry Department<br />
    • 28. What We Do – In Schools<br />Yr7-10: Photons in the Classroom<br />AS-level:<br />Festivals: <br />The Electromagnetic Spectrum<br />National Schools Observatory<br />What can you do with a Physics Degree?<br />Why <br />Science?<br />
    • 29. Design & Development<br />Principles of good practice<br />Findings from commissioned research<br />Science is boring<br />Science is difficult<br />Science is irrelevant in their lives<br />No jobs in physics<br />What is Physics?<br />
    • 30. Tackling the Issues<br />Science is stimulating & fun<br /> (props & interactivity)<br />Science is challenging & important<br /> (new technologies & improving the quality of life)<br />Science is all around in every part of their lives<br />There is a huge variety of jobs available to those with a degree in physics<br />
    • 31. Tackling the Image<br />Pairs of students<br />Build a relationship over 3 visits<br />Each design a section of the workshop<br />Slick design of slides<br />Good quality props<br />
    • 32. Evaluation<br />A-level: Increased number of students continuing from AS physics to A2 from 68% to 80%<br />97% of evaluation forms from Electromagnetic Spectrum Workshop gave positive feedback<br />“Most interesting physics lesson ever. Brilliant!”<br />“Really enjoyed the session, changed my view on Physics”<br />“It was made fun and enjoyable. Physics is a fun thing to me now”<br />“It showed us how exciting physics can be”<br />“We couldn’t live without physics!”<br />
    • 33. Undergraduate Involvement:PHYS396 Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme<br /><ul><li>Recognised by accreditation bodies
    • 34. 15-credit Level 3 module
    • 35. 2nd semester: communicating physics, transferable skills
    • 36. Report, presentation, reflective journal</li></li></ul><li>Benefits to the Department<br />Can offer a range of outreach activities<br />Can agree to more requests for University visits<br />Potential recruitment – some evidence<br />Resource <br />
    • 37. Benefits to the Schools<br />Trained students can visit the classes more than once<br />Students are closer in age, particularly relevant for GCSE & AS-level students<br />Teachers better prepared to use National Schools Observatory software<br />More on offer both on and off campus<br />Resources available online<br />
    • 38. Benefits to the Students<br />Increased confidence<br />Experience (for CV/PGCE application)<br />Opportunity to see if they would enjoy teaching<br />More enthusiasm for subject<br />Difficulty: time pressure on students<br />
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    • 40. A Brief History of Maths<br />
    • 41. What We Do<br />FunMaths Roadshow<br />Dragon Quiz<br />Revision Days<br />Workshops<br />Projects<br />
    • 42. Some Numbers<br />Each Year we visit over 80 schools<br />See on average over 15,000 pupils<br />Liaise with dozens of schools for the MEM Challenge competitions and Masterclasses<br />
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    • 53. Student Recruitment<br />Incoming undergraduates are asked which school / college they attended.<br />Out of the schools given as answers, 36% had been reached by 1 or more of the SOPS Outreach teams.<br />Of the top 10% of schools sending students to SOPS, 74% had been reached.<br />
    • 54. One Student’s Perspective<br />“The visit from the Maths Outreach team made me think that the University of Liverpool was a good university because it cared about what was going on in schools in the local area”<br />
    • 55. The Future<br />Increasing Collaboration with Physics and Chemistry Outreach Teams<br />Combined administration whenever practicable<br />Continuing to spread good practice within and beyond the School of Physical Sciences<br />Central Teaching Laboratories<br />
    • 56. Any Questions?<br />

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