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School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Secondary schools and colleges

A secondary school student conducting a model volcano experiment at the University
Secondary school pupils can get hands-on with experiments at the University.

Our activities, specially designed for secondary school and college students, will ignite a passion for science and the study of our world.

We offer a range of guest lectures on various topics, each designed to get everyone from those starting life in secondary school, to those gearing up for their GCSEs or A-levels thinking about and understanding the world around them.

Alongside this, we run a series of activities that provide a great opportunity for secondary school and college pupils to connect with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. To organise guest lectures or activities for your school, please get in touch.

Plate Tectonics and Big Explosions

Years 7 to 11

This hands-on activity for students studying science or geography explores the basic theory of plate tectonics and focuses on where and how volcanoes are formed. Students will look at different types of volcanoes and handle different types of volcanic rock from around the world.

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

Plate Tectonics and Big Waves

Years 7 to 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 prior arrangement.

Moon Rocks for Real

Years 8 to 11

Addressing the National Curriculum for Science at KS3, and GCSE Science at KS4, this activity aims to dismiss myths about space travel and find out what has been learned from space exploration.

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

Earth Experience

Year 12

An introductory day for geology and geography A-level students considering studying in the School of Earth 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.

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 tsunamis. Students use real seismographic data to locate the epicentre of an earthquake and model the resulting wave, before investigating how the impact of this natural hazard can be lessened.

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

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 3D model. The session relates to the theory behind plate tectonics, focusing 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.