Earth and Ocean Sciences

Super Science Saturday

Join Scientists from Cardiff University, the National Museum Cardiff and the Society of Biology at the annual Super Science Saturday event. This interactive public event takes place during Biology and Earth Sciences week every October at the National Museum Cardiff. Super Science Saturday is open to all ages and aims to excite, inspire and educate visitors about biology, find at about current research and learn more about the wide range of biosciences topics. On the day visitors are encouraged to engage with as many of the hand-on activities and demonstrations as they wish. By collecting stamps on a postcard (one per demonstration) visitors can earn points and be awarded with a small gift. To find out more or to register to attend this years event please follow the link above or email

Super Science Saturday – Saturday 18th October 2018

Come along on Saturday 18th October to this free event hosted in the National Museum Cardiff and participate in fun and inspiring interactive activities between 10am-4pm. The event will appeal to people of all ages, young and old. Come and meet scientists from Cardiff University, the National Museum and the Society of Biology. Find out about carnivorous plants to fossils to medical dilemma, try your hand at organ transplant using a life-size Operation game, race maggots, work out how big a dinosaur was from its footprint, discover first-hand how fungi get their spots, and learn the importance of reporting road kill with the Splatter Project.

Year 8 STEMLive Mission to Mars Event – 9:15 – 14:20, 28th June 2018 @ Cardiff Museum Wales

Teachers and year 8 students are invited to join researchers from Cardiff University and National Museum to explore the wonder of the science, engineering and maths (STEM) in an inspiring day of activity and curiosity! Students will take part in an immersive Mission to Mars drama to discover how different scientists and engineers work together to tackle real-life challenges. The event will introduce students to a wide range of science careers, giving them the opportunity to experience hands-on activities including programming robots, using thermal imaging camera, building emergency shelters and much more. Priority booking will be given to First Campus and Central South Consortium schools, but once they have been contacted, the event will be open to all. Note each school can bring 12 students and 3 teachers. Also, although this day is based around the STEM subjects, schools are encouraged to bring a group of students interested in a range of subjects. We are particularly keen to reach those who may need an extra push to persevere with maths and science. If you are a mixed school, we ask that your group is roughly 50:50 in gender split. To register interest follow the activity title Eventbrite link or email

Year 8 STEMLive “Mission to Mars” – 18th October 2017

Join Cardiff University researchers on the 18th October for the 3rd annual STEMlive event hosted at the National Museum Cardiff . University researchers working alongside a local theatre have created an immersive "Missions to Mars "themed event , linking real life science to the school curriculum . This hands-on , fun pack day will give Year 8 students the opportunity to experience a wide-range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related activities. Spaces are limited but to register interest to attend this event follow the link below.

Annual Year 8 STEMLive Event – Mission to Mars

STEMLive is Cardiff University's exciting annual year 8 STEM enrichment day, the current theme is 'Mission to Mars'. The hands-on event gives students the opportunity to explore and solve problems of how to reach and colonise Mars. From impact craters, to programming rovers, and building sustainable houses on the red planet, students will by challenged by university researchers from all STEM disciplines to complete their mission. All abilities are encourage to attend. For more information about the event email

Adapting to Climate Change in Wales

This pack has been designed to support activities of teachers and pupils of Key Stage 4 Geography, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Humanities, Personal and Social Education. It explores how changes in the climate change could impact citizens of Wales, and in particular how citizens could adapt to living in a different climate. Although the focus is on Wales, this packs draws on examples from all over the world.

Geophysics demonstration

Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences' seismic demonstration shows how geophysics is used to look at the subsurface structure of the Earth, for example in the search for oil. The demonstration which takes place outdoors, e.g. on the school football pitch, can also be conducted during a visit to the University.

3D Visualisation of Mantle Dynamics

The demonstration is delivered in the Helix visualisation suite in Cardiff University's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Students will see the results of 3D modelling of mantle convection. This is an exciting opportunity to see heat flow patterns inside the Earth, how they influence volcanoes and affect the movement of plates on the surface. It shows students the need for interdisciplinary science (in this case Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Geology) to answer significant questions and is a dramatic example of a 'big' application of 'simple' Physics and Chemistry.