KS3

“Girls Into Computing” Visit Days in colloboration with STEM Cymru Engineering Education Scheme Wales

KS3

Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics, in collaboration with STEM Cymru Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW STEM Cymru), has recently hosted a number of "Girls Into Computing" Visit Days to give girls a taste of the numerous careers and opportunities associated with computing. Year 8 and 9 pupils from a number of schools across Cardiff visited the Univeristy for the day, giving them the opportunity to meet with current female undergraduate and research students and take part in a number of hands-on interactive sessions with the aim of encouraging the pupils to choose STEM subjects at GCSE. Activities included an introduction to the Raspberry Pi using Python programming, a workshop using Greenfoot – a development environment to write simple programmes in Java, and decision making sessions using business processes and team building. For more information on the 'Girls into Education Scheme', please visit the above link.

3D Visualisation of Mantle Dynamics

KS3 KS4 KS5

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.

DaviesJH2@cardiff.ac.uk

Agent Exoplanet

KS3 KS4 KS5

Have you ever wondered how astronomers discover planets orbiting stars outside our Solar System? This activity takes you through the steps astronomers use when they study extra-solar planet transits.
The School of Physics offers, Agent Exoplanet, an interactive web project which lets you measure the brightness of a star with a transiting planet. As the planet goes between us and the star, the planet blocks some of the light from the star. We measure this dip in brightness and see a light curve. Properties of this light curve give us information about the planet's size, mass, orbital distance and orbital speed. This is especially useful for non–astronomy-expert teachers who find themselves teaching astronomy in the classroom.
As well as an online web app, we have also created a worksheet for students and a Teacher’s Guide. These resources are designed to help teachers to explore the discovery of planets in our Galaxy.

schools@astro.cf.ac.uk

Anaesthetics Museum Open Day – the operating theatre then and now

KS3 KS4

The Mushin Museum (Museum of Anaesthetics) based in the School of Medicine hosts open days for GCSE students to demonstrate how science has helped the development of medical equipment to make operations safer for patients. It also promotes science as a career choice demonstrating the links between anaesthetics history and sciences learnt at school.

admin@mushinmuseum.org.uk

Annual Year 8 STEMLive Event – Mission to Mars

KS3

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 peengin@cardiff.ac.uk

peengin@cardiff.ac.uk

Bioaccumulation and food chains with the Otter Project

KS3 KS4

Whole lessons created by Cardiff University Otter Project can be found on the TES teaching resources page. These highlight the impacts that contaminants have on the UKs largest carnivore, whilst tying in with WJEC curriculum. Pupils are guided through the concepts of food chains and bioaccumulation in the context of real life and current research examples. The food chain lesson is aimed at a KS2/KS3 level and has differentiation for lower and higher ability incorporated within the lesson through both differentiation by task and support. There are two bioaccumulation lessons, one aimed at a KS3/ lower ability KS4 and the other which is aimed at higher ability KS3/ KS4. Also available are Literacy, Numeracy and thinking short activities for starters and plenaries. Developing vocabulary, Odd One Out, Source Square, Memory Graph and Cloze activity. All themed around otters and how they are at risk from pollution.
All resources have been developed in collaboration with a secondary school biology teacher. The PowerPoints run through the entire lesson, with separate supporting information for teachers.

To find the resources please follow the links below
https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/otter-themed-numeracy-and-literacy-activities-11552146
https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks3-and-ks4-bioaccumulation-featuring-otters-11552108
https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks2-3-food-chains-featuring-otters-11552132

otters@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff Confucius Institute – Chinese in Schools Programme

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Chinese in schools programme is managed by the Cardiff Confucius Institute which is one of 500 Confucius Institutes around the world. The focus of Cardiff Confucius Institute is on language teaching and is built upon the vast breadth of expertise based at the university's School of Modern Languages. To find out about the range of Chinese language courses and programmes offered to primary and secondary schools visit http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/confucius-institute

confucius@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) – Brain Games

KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

Brain Games is one of a number curriculum linked school engagement activities delivered in local schools by researcher. Brain Games is a range of activities specifically designed key stage 2 pupils, but readily adaptable to different levels all the way up to A' level. These sessions deliver taught elements alongside activities to show how the brain is made, how it communicates and some fun illustrations of what the brain can (or can’t) do. Activities include making brain hats, pipe cleaner neurons, the stroop race, the worlds one and only inflatable bouncy brain with information panels built in to learn while you bounce and bespoke brain puzzles to get your own grey matter going. To find out more about Brain Games contact Dr Emma Lane: LaneEL@cardiff.ac.uk

LaneEL@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair – Operation Man

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Operation Man workshop is based on the popular children's game, but much larger. In a race against the clock, 'eyes', 'kidneys', 'bones' and 'tendons' can be transplanted in a 'human body'.

citer@cardiff.ac.uk

Cardiff Racing

KS2 KS3

Every year engineering students from Cardiff design and build a racing car so that we can compete internationally in the Formula Student championships. Our team can bring one of our cars into your school and explain the different aspects of the event and how we design, manufacture and test it. It is an excellent way discuss the creative and critical thinking skills needed in an engineering career and to encourage pupils participating In F1 in schools or other similar initiatives. We can also offer Q&A Skype sessions with the Cardiff Racing team for schools where travel costs are prohibitive.

peengin@cf.ac.uk

Careers Fairs – Cardiff University School of Welsh

KS3 KS4 KS5

Members of the School of Welsh offer to attend careers fairs held at schools to raise awareness of the Welsh language and its career-enhancing prospects.

ThomasCR9@cardiff.ac.uk

Cells, Genes & Mutations

KS3 KS4 KS5

The School of Biosciences offers a day-long set of activities that explore understanding cells and mutations as well as discussions relating to the consequences of different lifestyle choices on generic mutation rates and hence risk of developing cancer. These activities are: a 15-20min activity to visualise your own cheek cells using microscopy (KS2 upward), an hour-long activity using DNA models (Y9 upward), and a 3-hour practical workshop in which pupils learn about the Polymerase Chain Reaction (Y9 upward – ideal for A level pupils). These activities can also be used as individual activities.

wyllie@cardiff.ac.uk

Chemistry Clock Race

KS3

Cardiff School of Chemistry postgraduate students can come to your school and run a workshop on indicators and chemical reaction. The aim of the session is to work out the right ratios to get an iodine clock reaction to change colour at a specified time. The session begins with a short introduction about indicators and finishing with a memorable and interactive demonstration in which students compete in the Clock Race challenge. Pairs of students mix two supplied solutions and watch for a colour change. They then dilute their solutions with the aim of achieving a predictable time delay before the colour change occurs. At the end of the workshop, the whole class takes part in a ‘Mexican wave’ of colour changes.

chemistryengagement@cardiff.ac.uk

Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension

KS3 KS4 KS5

Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension is an immersive 1 hour workshop most suitable for KS4 + KS5 students. An adapted shorter version is also available for KS3 students.
Our workshop begins with an introduction to computational chemistry – using computers to understand and predict chemical reactions, followed by a showcase of the wide variety of research being performed within the Chemistry Department at Cardiff University.
Students then don a pair of 3D glasses which allow them to ‘step inside’ a variety of chemical simulations where 3D is used to describe the properties of these systems.
Our requirements for this workshop are as follows:
1. Use of a darkened room (for example auditorium), and access to a power supply.
2. Use of a standard projector and whiteboard during the introduction talk.
3. A maximum of 100 students per workshop.
Please note the 3D element of this workshop is not suitable for anyone with epilepsy.
To request a workshop or for further information please contact Liam Thomas:
chemistryengagement@cardiff.ac.uk

chemistryengagement@cardiff.ac.uk

Classroom Experience Project

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Classroom Experience Project provides classroom-based work experience opportunities for Cardiff University undergraduate and postgraduate students looking for a career in teaching. The project seeks to match and place Cardiff University students in all types of schools and colleges within Cardiff including Welsh-medium, and special schools. Classroom Experience Project students get involved in day to day classroom activities as well as specific educational projects with the host school. Successful projects to date include; maths support, literacy support, a Forest School project, science-based projects and A-level revision sessions. The students enrich the learning experience for school pupils and are positive role models for higher education, helping to raise the aspirations of pupils. To become a host school or find out more link with us via Twitter: @CEP_CU or emails using the link below.

ClassroomExperienceProject@cardiff.ac.uk

Computer Science is as easy as Pi, Rasperry Pi

KS3 KS4

This workshop offers a hands on introduction to the Raspberry Pi and Python. From 'How do I switch it on' to 'programming your own minecraft world in Python' or 'Having fun with LED's and circuits'. This workshop can take place in your school or you can visit Cardiff University and combine this activity with one of our talks or meet the students events (numbers are limited).

PhillipsHR@Cardiff.ac.uk

Darwin Centre

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine was founded in Cardiff by Professor Tony Campbell in 1993, moving to Pembrokeshire in 1999. It has evolved from a Biological and Medicine engagement platform through a week-long Science Engineering and Technology (SET) Festival, to its current format as a year-round engagement provider in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in its broadest sense.

phrmyengagement@cardiff.ac.uk

Dynamics of Cancer

KS3

The School of Biosciences provides a lesson for teachers that first introduces pupils to the topics of evolution and natural selection, before explaining how DNA mutation can give rise to cancer, and how evolution and natural selection of cancer cells can give rise to drug resistance and relapse in patients. The teaching pack contains the presentation, crib sheet and resources required for the lesson including dressing-up materials!

ReedKR@cardiff.ac.uk

Healthy Hearts and Exercise

KS3 KS4 KS5

This is a 50-minute interactive session looking at the physiology of the heart. There is a variety of sessions that are run by university staff including heart pressure, EEG recording, worksheets and a talk on studying Biosciences at university. There is also a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar activities in the future.

wyllie@cardiff.ac.uk

Inspiring Science Education (ISE)

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Inspiring Science Education project, funded by EU FP7, aims to motivate and stimulate teachers to attract youngsters to the world of scientific discoveries, natural and scientific phenomena and much more by providing them within their classrooms with access to the latest interactive tools and digital resources.

schools@astro.cf.ac.uk

Learning software development skills using the XP Game

KS3

The XP Game is used by developers in industry to learn skills in Agile Development. Students are split into teams and are challenged to plan and estimate the time required to complete a set of tasks to try and earn points. The tasks involve sorting cards, blowing up balloons, making paper hats, throwing dice and complete mathematical challenges. The aim of the game is to develop skills in: team working, problem solving, planning and estimation.

PhillipsHR@cardiff.ac.uk

Maths Apps – Subsidised KS3 Show

KS3

Maths Apps is an interactive schools show for KS3 students, introducing them to the practical applications of maths. From computer games to hairdressing, sports science to breaking world records - where will maths take you?

The show is an hour duration and is ideally aimed at whole school year groups, however we can be flexible to suit your needs.

info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk

Neuroscience

KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The School of Biosciences offers an interactive session designed to introduce pupils to the structure and function of sensory and motor neurones, synapses and neurotransmitters, action potentials and nerve conduction and sensory responses. It consists of a series of activities that are delivered by university staff: these include an introductory powerpoint presentation, make your own neurone, animations, Stroop test, EEG tests. There is a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar sessions afterwards.

wyllie@cardiff.ac.uk

Pharmacy School Visits

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The School of Pharmacy offers school visits all based upon a range of themes and topics. These are suitable for a range of key stages and on a variety of subjects. For example, one was run for primary schools on the theme, 'Science and Medics', and through a series of hands-on experiments, they led the young pupils through concepts such as forces, pH, solubility, and blood circulation, as they pertain to medicines.

phrmyengagement@cardiff.ac.uk

Physics and Astronomy School Talks

KS3 KS4 KS5

Thanks to funding from Cardiff University Innovation and Engagement fund and the support of postgraduate students in the School of Physics and Astronomy, we are now able to offer free presentations suitable for Key Stage 4 and A-level physics students. These presentations aim to show students how their learning relates to contemporary research and to also allow them to meet and chat informally with a young role model in science. We also aim to encourage students to continue studying at university.

Each show is performed by a working research physicist discussing their area of expertise and their career in physics and astronomy with the help of visual media and exciting, interactive on-stage demonstrations. Descriptions of the shows are included at the link above.

This offer is available to all schools and colleges within 40 miles of Cardiff University. Each show is approximately 45 minutes in length, although show durations can be modified to suit your exact needs. We bring all the equipment needed to perform the show; all we ask is that you provide an empty hall or venue, a parking space, and time for us to set up. We will also require travel expenses for the presenter.

schools@astro.cf.ac.uk

Routes into Languages Cymru

KS3 KS4 KS5

Routes into Languages Cymru is a pan-Wales project that aims to improve the uptake of modern languages in schools. Funded by five Welsh universities and other institutions, and with two operational hubs in Cardiff University and Bangor University, Routes Cymru coordinates a number of events for language learners from year 7 to year 13. Routes Cymru’s flagship activities include:

*Student Ambassadors – Routes Cymru Student Ambasadors support outreach events and offer a variety of activities including school careers talks, language taster sessions and support careers fairs/open days.

*Lingomap – LingoMap is the successor to the award-winning ‘Adopt a Class’ scheme, redesigned to make use of new technologies and aim to reach a wider classroom audience across Wales. Follow our Language Ambassadors around the globe as they embark on their third year abroad. Tasked with writing blogs on specific topics from the GCSE exam specification, the students share personal highlights and cultural flavours from across Europe and beyond. LingoMap also provides a visual and interactive platform to show pupils the global opportunities available to them through studying languages. For further details please go to http://bit.ly/2lbTetg.

*Film Masterclasses – Covering films on the A-level curriculum for French, Spanish and German, students have the opportunity to participate in an interactive seminar with a member of our academic staff. This not only benefits the student academically, but it also gives them a real idea about how exciting and interesting it is studying languages at Cardiff University. This film season will take place during the Spring Term.

*National Spelling Bee Competition – This annual event is designed to support students in year 7 who are studying French, German, Spanish and Welsh Second Language. The competition enables pupils to improve their spelling and vocabulary, encourages correct pronunciation and most importantly raises confidence levels. The competition culminated in the Spelling Bee National Final at the end of the summer term.

info@routesintolanguagescymru.co.uk

School of Computer Science & Informatics – Talks for Schools

KS3 KS4 KS5

The School of Computer Science & Informatics offer talks on various topics to local schools and colleges. Talks offered include titles such as: Careers in computing; What Courses are offered by the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University; An introduction and demonstrate of Mobile forensics. Bespoke talks can also sometimes be arranged on request.

Helen.R.Phillips@cs.cardiff.ac.uk

School of Engineering -Engagement with Schools

KS3 KS4 KS5

Each year the School takes part in a number of activities aimed at promoting engineering to young people and the community. To find out about our current engagement activities, please email peengin@cf.ac.uk.

peengin@cf.ac.uk

Schools Health Research Network

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Schools Health Research Network is a group of 212 secondary schools across Wales who have joined forces with researchers and other organisations supporting young people’s health to increase the quality, quantity and relevance of school-based health improvement research in Wales. Visit their website to find out more.

Schools Liaison

KS3 KS4 KS5

Offering tailored talks, one-to-one advice at HE fairs across the UK, information sessions and teachers’ conferences, the Undergraduate Recruitment team provide a range of free activities and resources both on and off campus to support those considering university. The fairs we attend and talks we give are applicable to all subjects and courses across the university and will make a good starting point for many teachers and careers advisers.

schools@cardiff.ac.uk

SHARE with Schools: Life in the Nineteenth Century Workshop

KS3

An introduction to aspects of local industrial, domestic and social history in the South Wales and Valleys area. We use presentations, discussion, images and aerial photography in this workshop, as well as offering guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to interact with genuine domestic and industrial artefacts from the time. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

sharewithschools@gmail.com

SHARE with Schools: Museum Curatorship Workshop

KS3 KS4

A workshop combining the material collections of our Romans and Nineteenth Century workshops, which inspires pupils to create their own museum displays using our artefact collections and guided web research. Requires suitable access to PCs, and is an alternative to running the other activities. Can be used with various or mixed cohorts in KS3. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

sharewithschools@gmail.com

SHARE with Schools: Romans in Wales Workshop

KS3

An introduction to how the Romans came to be in the place we now call Wales and their impact on it. In this workshop we use presentations, creative exercises, and quizzes. We also do guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to handle a mix of replica and genuine two thousand-year old archaeological artefacts.

We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

sharewithschools@gmail.com

SHARE with Schools: Sixth Form Workshop

KS3

A more informal chat and discussion with university students about aspects of university life and finance, as well as group exercises to encourage pupils to think like a researcher. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

sharewithschools@gmail.com

SHARE with Schools: STEM Archaeology Workshop

KS3 KS4

This workshop links the Humanities and Science (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in a fun and interactive way. We want to show that Science is not constrained to the traditional subjects and that Archaeology is more than just artefacts and mud. Features a mix of learning methods, including presentations and object handling. This workshop is aimed at Year 9 pupils in KS3 in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

sharewithschools@gmail.com

Skype an Engineer

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

Engineers are ordinary people doing some extraordinary things that help improve all our lives. At Cardiff University we work on a very diverse range of projects such as developing self-healing concrete, designing non-invasive glucose sensors for diabetics, analysing tidal power generators, studying impact damage in crash helmets, modelling brain movement during surgery. Get in touch if you would like an engineer to take part in a Skype Q&A session with your students, giving them an opportunity to see the curriculum in context and the wide range of careers that are opened up when you study maths and science.

peengin@cf.ac.uk

Snot Shop: the biophysics of boogies

KS2 KS3

Snot Shop is an interactive activity to explain how the human respiratory system works and its key components. It explores how humans get lung infections and the body's defense mechanisms as well as how to recognise different lung diseases and symptoms. These activities also develop lab skills including how to use basic lab equipment and manual skills, analytical skills, following scientific procedures and how to use "controls" in a scientific experiment. It can be adapted to suit all year groups.

berube@cardiff.ac.uk

Student Teaching Scheme

KS3 KS4 KS5

Cardiff University School of Modern Languages is supporting the teaching and learning of foreign languages in schools and colleges. The Student Teaching Scheme engages two sets of inter-linked learners: final year Modern Languages students at Cardiff University and secondary-school pupils learning foreign languages in regional schools. The University students receive practical and theoretical pedagogical training by University staff and external partners, then gain mentored teaching experience in the local schools. They observe teaching by professionals, support classroom activities and lead teaching sessions using new learning resources they generate themselves. Students also organise and run a languages study day in the University for year 9 pupils, to encourage them to continue with languages. If you would like to become involved, please contact Liz Wren-Owens at the email address below:

wren-owensEA@cardiff.ac.uk

The Illustration Archive

Foundation KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Illustration Archive is the world's largest searchable online database of historic book illustrations. The images span the eighteenth to the twentieth century and cover works of literature, history, geography, philosophy and science. The Archive can be searched in multiple ways, and provides full access to the books in which the images appeared. The illustrations are copyright free and can be tagged as well as searched. The 'In the Classroom' part of the site includes a guide for teachers on how these historic illustrations can be used in school projects.

illustrationarchive@cardiff.ac.uk

Trio Sci Cymru

KS3

As part of the Trio Sci Cymru project, Cardiff University will deliver STEM engagement activities to KS3 students throughout the South Wales Valleys. Over a three-year period, pupils will have the opportunity to participate in three different programmes which take our cutting-edge research direct to the classroom. The first programme ‘Apothecary Bees’ will introduce pupils to the award-winning Pharmabees project. The second programme ‘Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension’ will use a portable 3D cinema to give pupils a chance to step inside a variety of chemical systems. The third programme ‘UniverseLab’ uses space to engage students with science, through a combination of 3D shows, virtual and augmented reality, robotic telescopes and hands-on workshops. Through these programmes we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists, and help to build Wales’s future STEM workforce. To find out more information or check eligibility for participating within the programme please email trioscicymru@cardiff.ac.uk
The project is funded by the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy and the European Social Fund.

trioscicymru@cardiff.ac.uk

Welsh School of Architecture – Primary and Secondary School Workshops

Foundation KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Welsh School of Architecture lead workshops in local primary and secondary schools. Since March 2018, members of staff have visit schools to teach workshops which give pupils an overview of architecture as a subject and profession. During the workshop, classes participate in activities such as creating their own model houses. We discuss the different aspects of housing design that architects need to think about (such as materials, adaptability, environment, transparency and function) and encourage pupils to think creatively.

buttkl@cardiff.ac.uk