Earth and Ocean Sciences

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.