Science and Engineering Outreach

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is committed to giving young people the opportunity to experience STEM subjects in a University environment. Researchers, academic staff and students deliver a wide range of hands-on and interactive STEM activities. As well as offering their own outreach programmes, all Departments in the Faculty come together to offer STEM days for Y6, Y9 and Y12, where young people can attend practical workshops in up to three different subject areas.

  • Mathematical Sciences

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    Our outreach team is a group of staff and students committed to providing interactive and fun mathematics events to school pupils from Year 1 up to Year 13. We offer activities aimed at both enrichment and revision, and reach more than 8,000 pupils a year.

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  • Chemistry

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    Hands-on workshops include: Spectroscopy, Nanotechnology, Colloid Chemistry and Organic Synthesis, and we host annual competitions and festivals with RSC and the Salters' Institute. You can meet research chemists over coffee and cakes at one of our Café Scientifique events.

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  • Physics

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    Hands-on workshops include: electromagnetic spectrum, photons in the classroom, radiation protection and nuclear science. We also use the CTL's portable planetarium to bring the stars out in the daytime. We host the Merseyside IOP's teacher conference and enrichment sessions for teachers.

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  • Elecrical Engineering and Electronics

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    We offer a range of themed activities suitable for Year 12 students. Themes include, but are not limited to, communications, power electronics and sensors.

    Each year we run a number of events with the EDT such as the Engineering Education Scheme and the Headstart Summer School.

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  • Computer Science

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    We offer hands-on activities for primary and secondary schools on a wide range of Computing subjects, like: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Programming, Cryptography and Logic.

    Each year we invite several secondary schools to our Department to take part in our Computing Taster Days.

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  • Geography and Planning

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    We provide a range of talks and activities across the whole range of Environmental Sciences. We also organise regular INSET events for teachers, and host an annual Earth Sciences symposium that is open to all.

  • Earth, Oceans and Ecological Sciences

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    We provide a range of talks and activities across the whole range of Environmental Sciences. We also organise regular INSET events for teachers, and host an annual Earth Sciences symposium that is open to all.

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  • Engineering

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    Outreach in Engineering aims to introduce young people to the fun and excitement of 'Professional Engineering'. We aim to dispel commonly held misconceptions and hence promote Engineering as an aspirational profession on a par with medicine, which is suitable for talented, creative people irrespective of gender.

  • Science Outreach for the Community

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    In November, students from across the University deliver science related sessions for large numbers of Beavers, Cubs and Brownies from Merseyside and Cheshire. These sessions allow the young visitors to gain their science-related activity badges.

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