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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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    Dr Lynn Moran (Phys) & Chris Marchant (Maths)
    Dr Helen Aspinall (Chem)
    Michael Jones (Maths)
    Dr Paul Sapple (Phys-Chem)
  • School of Physical Sciences
    • SchoolsLab in Chemistry
    • Physics Outreach Group
    • Maths Outreach
    • The Future School of
  • Annual events supported by professional Institutes
    • Merseyside Young Analyst Competition
    • Teams of 3 year 12 students representing ca. 28 schools/colleges from Northwest region
    • Salters Festival of Chemistry
    • Teams of 4 Year 7/8 pupils representing ca. 25 schools from Northwest region
    • Numbers will increase when CTL is open
  • Year 12 Masterclasses
    • Series of 4 full-day events for Year 12 students
    • After AS exams – introduction to A2 course content
    • Delivered by MChem grads
    • Royal Society of Chemistry
    • Small charge for students
  • Schools Lab
    • A lab for use by groups of up to 20 visiting students
    • show young people the excitement of science by making links with current research topics
    • extend students' experience with challenging experiments and concepts that take them beyond the curriculum
    • to inspire the brightest young people to become the scientists of the future
    • Charges: £100 (half-day); £140 (full-day)
    • “The students enjoyed the opportunity to do practical in a University lab. Great fun was had by all plus it was most worthwhile educationally.”
  • examples of our events
    TEM image of a student's sample of magnetite nanoparticles
    a heavy magnet sticks to a vial of ferrofluid made by a Year 12 student
    polymer chemistry
    a very young scientist learning about polymer chemistry during Science Week 2007
    templated preparation of a porous polymer
  • Undergraduate Involvement: CHEM390 Science Communication
    • Collaboration between Chemistry and Educational Opportunities (new for 2011-12)
    • 15-credit Level 3 module – Year 2 MChem or BSc & to Year 3 BSc
    • 1st semester: generic skills training in working with young people, National Curriculum, widening participation
    • 2nd semester: delivery of practical outreach sessions in CTL
  • Physics Outreach Group
  • What is the Physics Outreach Group?
    Group of students & graduates
    Supported by 1 academic
    Design & develop workshops & presentations
    Deliver these in schools & on campus
  • Background
    BSc projects in schools
    Requests from schools for follow-up activities
    Requests from Educational Opportunities
    Golden Handshake for new Physics Teachers
  • Aims
    Quality outreach to schools
    Skills development for students
    Develop a resource for the department
    Experienced students
    Tested materials & workshops
    Long-term: to increase the uptake of Physics
  • What We Do – On Campus
    Educational Opportunities
    - Taster sessions
    - Science Olympics
    AS-level taster days/work exp/Nuffield students
    Science Week events in conjunction with the SchoolsLab in the Chemistry Department
  • What We Do – In Schools
    Yr7-10: Photons in the Classroom
    The Electromagnetic Spectrum
    National Schools Observatory
    What can you do with a Physics Degree?
  • Design & Development
    Principles of good practice
    Findings from commissioned research
    Science is boring
    Science is difficult
    Science is irrelevant in their lives
    No jobs in physics
    What is Physics?
  • Tackling the Issues
    Science is stimulating & fun
    (props & interactivity)
    Science is challenging & important
    (new technologies & improving the quality of life)
    Science is all around in every part of their lives
    There is a huge variety of jobs available to those with a degree in physics
  • Tackling the Image
    Pairs of students
    Build a relationship over 3 visits
    Each design a section of the workshop
    Slick design of slides
    Good quality props
  • Evaluation
    A-level: Increased number of students continuing from AS physics to A2 from 68% to 80%
    97% of evaluation forms from Electromagnetic Spectrum Workshop gave positive feedback
    “Most interesting physics lesson ever. Brilliant!”
    “Really enjoyed the session, changed my view on Physics”
    “It was made fun and enjoyable. Physics is a fun thing to me now”
    “It showed us how exciting physics can be”
    “We couldn’t live without physics!”
  • Undergraduate Involvement:PHYS396 Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme
    • Recognised by accreditation bodies
    • 15-credit Level 3 module
    • 2nd semester: communicating physics, transferable skills
    • Report, presentation, reflective journal
  • Benefits to the Department
    Can offer a range of outreach activities
    Can agree to more requests for University visits
    Potential recruitment – some evidence
  • Benefits to the Schools
    Trained students can visit the classes more than once
    Students are closer in age, particularly relevant for GCSE & AS-level students
    Teachers better prepared to use National Schools Observatory software
    More on offer both on and off campus
    Resources available online
  • Benefits to the Students
    Increased confidence
    Experience (for CV/PGCE application)
    Opportunity to see if they would enjoy teaching
    More enthusiasm for subject
    Difficulty: time pressure on students
  • A Brief History of Maths
  • What We Do
    FunMaths Roadshow
    Dragon Quiz
    Revision Days
  • Some Numbers
    Each Year we visit over 80 schools
    See on average over 15,000 pupils
    Liaise with dozens of schools for the MEM Challenge competitions and Masterclasses
  • Student Recruitment
    Incoming undergraduates are asked which school / college they attended.
    Out of the schools given as answers, 36% had been reached by 1 or more of the SOPS Outreach teams.
    Of the top 10% of schools sending students to SOPS, 74% had been reached.
  • One Student’s Perspective
    “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”
  • The Future
    Increasing Collaboration with Physics and Chemistry Outreach Teams
    Combined administration whenever practicable
    Continuing to spread good practice within and beyond the School of Physical Sciences
    Central Teaching Laboratories
  • Any Questions?