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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
  • Uo l l&t sops outreach group

    1. 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. 2. School of Physical Sciences<br /><ul><li>SchoolsLab in Chemistry
    3. 3. Physics Outreach Group
    4. 4. Maths Outreach
    5. 5. The Future School of </li></ul>PhysicalSciences<br />
    6. 6. Annual events supported by professional Institutes<br /><ul><li>Merseyside Young Analyst Competition
    7. 7. Teams of 3 year 12 students representing ca. 28 schools/colleges from Northwest region
    8. 8. Salters Festival of Chemistry
    9. 9. Teams of 4 Year 7/8 pupils representing ca. 25 schools from Northwest region
    10. 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. 11. After AS exams – introduction to A2 course content
    12. 12. Delivered by MChem grads
    13. 13. Royal Society of Chemistry
    14. 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. 15. show young people the excitement of science by making links with current research topics
    16. 16. extend students' experience with challenging experiments and concepts that take them beyond the curriculum
    17. 17. to inspire the brightest young people to become the scientists of the future
    18. 18. Charges: £100 (half-day); £140 (full-day)
    19. 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. 20. Undergraduate Involvement: CHEM390 Science Communication<br /><ul><li>Collaboration between Chemistry and Educational Opportunities (new for 2011-12)
    21. 21. 15-credit Level 3 module – Year 2 MChem or BSc & to Year 3 BSc
    22. 22. 1st semester: generic skills training in working with young people, National Curriculum, widening participation
    23. 23. 2nd semester: delivery of practical outreach sessions in CTL</li></li></ul><li>Physics Outreach Group<br />
    24. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 33. Undergraduate Involvement:PHYS396 Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme<br /><ul><li>Recognised by accreditation bodies
    34. 34. 15-credit Level 3 module
    35. 35. 2nd semester: communicating physics, transferable skills
    36. 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. 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. 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. 40. A Brief History of Maths<br />
    41. 41. What We Do<br />FunMaths Roadshow<br />Dragon Quiz<br />Revision Days<br />Workshops<br />Projects<br />
    42. 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. 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. 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. 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. 56. Any Questions?<br />

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