Earth and Ocean Sciences

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.


An exciting Year 8 STEM enrichment day themed on 'Mission to Mars' held annually with activities from the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering and BioSciences. Exploring activities from different perspectives to help solve the problem of how we reach and colonise Mars. From impact craters, to programming rovers, and building sustainable houses on the red planet, students will become part of the METS agency and tasked to solve various challenges to piece together the answers needed. All abilities are encourage to attend.

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.