School sessions

The School of Earth and Environmental Science runs a number of activities for students studying for A-levels  in Geography or Geology.

Academics Into Schools

In addition to schools visiting us here in Manchester we also providing Schools and Colleges with the opportunity to have a guest lecture by a senior member of staff from SEES. Please see the list below for the range of topics covered. If you are interested in taking part in this programme, please contact Katherine Harrison katherine.harrison@manchester.ac.uk to discuss further.

Dr Roy Wogelius - Environmental Science and the Lessons of Deep Time: Modern Research and Careers in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Professor Mike Bowman – Oil and gas resources  Professor Ernie Rutter – Earthquakes.

Dr Giles Droop – Continental collision in the Alps.

Professor Dave Polya – Geogenic Arsenic: origins, health risks, policy and remediation.

Professor Kevin Taylor – Becoming a Geologist or an Environmental Scientist: how you could form the energy debate in the UK.

Professor Jamie Gilmour – Origin of the solar system or the exploration of Mars.

Dr Paul Connolly – Atmospheric science, snow aerosols, clouds and thunderstorms.

Professor David Schultz – Why do weather forecasts go bad?

Dr Phil Manning - Hunting dinosaurs in the 21st Century Professor.

Hugh Coe – Climate science including Icelandic ash fall and North Sea gas leak.

Professor Carl Percival – Not all scientist wear white coats: the life of an environmental scientist.

Professor Richard Pattrick – Nuclear waste: where shall we stick it?

Big Waves

Years 12 and 13

An interesting enrichment activity for students studying A-levels in Geography or Geology, "Big Waves" is based around the science of Earthquakes and Tsunami. Students use real seismographic data to locate the epicentre of an earthquake and model the resulting wave, before investigating some of the ways that people can lessen the impact of this natural hazard.

The sessions can accommodate 30 students and are available by arrangement.

Earth Experience

 Year 12

An introductory day for Geology, Geography and Sciences A-levels students considering studying in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. The day combines practical sessions with lectures covering both current issues in the discipline - climate change and groundwater contamination - and traditional topics within Earth Science such as mineralogy, palaeontology and rock deformation. Lunch is provided and the day gives students the opportunity to meet with staff from the School. There will be three sessions in the summer term, with 40 places available each day.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Years 12 and 13

A hands on activity that allows students to manipulate real data, understand how to interpret it and use it to build a 3-D model. The session relates to the theory behind Plate Tectonics focussing on earthquakes and subduction zone plate boundaries. Students can enrich their knowledge of the A-level Geography and Geology syllabuses and have the chance to question experts in their field. The sessions can accommodate 30 students and are available by arrangement.

Moon Rocks for Real

Year 8-11

Addressing the National Curriculum for Science at KS3, and GCSE Science at KS4, the activities aim to dismiss the myths about space travel and find out what has been learnt from space exploration.

Students will see real moon rocks and meteorites and try some hands-on activities.

Plate Tectonics and Big Waves

Year 7-11

This hands-on activity for students studying Science or Geography explores the basic theory of Plate Tectonics and focuses on how plates move and the how seismic waves travel around the globe. Students will look at factors affecting the amount of damage caused by earthquakes. The sessions can accommodate 30 students and are available by arrangement.

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