Visits from Cardiff University

Cancer Awareness Activity

KS4 KS5

This highly interactive and visual outreach activity is run by a team of School of Biosciences undergraduate facilitators . Each facilitator will run a 40-50 minute session with their own individual group of 6-8 pupils. This activity aims to demystify this complex disease, highlighting risk factors, why cancers form and how they can can spread through the body and existing and possible future treatments. This includes showcasing research from our European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute. This activity includes questions directly linked with either the Year 10 or Year 12 biology specification.

Wyllie@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 – Maggot Racing

Foundation KS2

The Maggot Racing workshop aims to outline the clinical application of maggots in wound care and healing using a short poster presentation. Following the presentation students get the opportunity to take part in a fun and interactive maggot race. Each group names a maggot and encourages it towards the finish line. The owner of the winning maggot receives a certificate.

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 – Public Lectures

KS4 KS5

The School of Chemistry offer a range of lectures suitable for students studying Chemistry at key stages 4 and 5. The lectures are delivered by researchers in the field of Chemistry. The current lectures offered include: Shape and Form in the World of Crystals, What Do Chemists Do, and Aren't All Chemicals Bad For You?, Nanotechnology - is it new?, What Drives a Catalytic Converter? and Forensic Science. To find out more about the lectures and to contact a researcher follow the link to the School of Chemistry's Community Engagement pages by clicking on the image or title above.

chemistryengagement@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

Chemistry Potions Workshop for Primary Schools

KS2

OUR POTIONS WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR THE 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR. We will be releasing our presentations and workshops during the Autumn term. Please check back at a later date for further information.

Our ‘Potions’ workshop is most suitable for year 5 and 6 pupils. Our workshop begins by introducing students to chemistry and it’s prevalence in everyday life. Students then conduct their own experiments using an indicator to test acidity of a variety of goods found around the home and kitchen.
Students record their data in a table which is discussed as a class during the results section.
Our workshop is delivered by undergraduate and postgraduate students along with members of staff. The workshop concludes with an “ask a scientist anything” section. The workshop takes approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes.

Our requirements for this workshop are as follows:
1. A teacher be present at all times.
2. Access to the classroom sink during the entirety of the workshop.
3. Use of the projector for the introduction talk.
4. A maximum of 35 students per class.

To request a workshop or for further information please contact Liam Thomas:
chemistryengagement@cardiff.ac.uk

We are happy to deliver multiple classes during a school visit. Ideally a 15 minute gap in between each class would be great as it allows us to reset the activity!

chemistryengagement@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

Discovery Project

KS4 KS5

This project is for young people with ASD between the ages of 14 and 19 who have the potential to go on to university. Pupils on the scheme will be mentored by current university students, who give an insight into university life and help equip pupils who attend with skills needed for university life. This will be done through a combination of activities including workshops, academic taster sessions and social events. There will also be the opportunity for pupils to receive extra support for homework, revision, and making applications to college and university. Together, the young people and their mentors will plan out a calendar for the year ahead, combining events from the program of group sessions with individual activities (such as planning a meal and cooking together, going for a coffee, or attending open days). The project runs fortnightly from October – Easter. Pupils who attend the Discovery Project are also invited to a Summer School, held in July each year. Nicholas Fearn, a pupil who attended the Summer School in July 2014, has written a blog about the decisions he’s had to make regarding university. Follow this link to read the blog: http://www.highereducationroadshow.co.uk/2014/10/uni-life-yay-nay/

McKenzieSD1@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

Free school talks and visits to Cardiff University’s National Software Academy

KS5

Great opportunity for schools and colleges to learn more about Cardiff University's new National Software Academy. The Academy located in Newport is part of the University's School of Computer Science and Informatics and is the base for the BSc Applied Software Engineering degree. On request we can arrange visits to the Academy, or for a member of staff from the University to attend your school or college to give a talk. to book a visit or find out more email JamesJ20@cardiff.ac.uk.

JamesJ20@cardiff.ac.uk

Geophysics demonstration

KS5

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.

Brabham@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

Higher Education Roadshow

KS4

The Higher Education Roadshow is a joint venture between Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC), which aims to engage pupils and encourage them to continue in education. The HE roadshow team offer free year-group interactive assemblies for years 9, 10 and 11 across Wales. A number of sessions are available, including study skills, introduction to university, preparing for 6th form / college and student life. The assemblies provide an introduction to higher education and help to encourage your pupils to work hard and think about their future. For some pupils, university can be a daunting prospect. We aim to demystify the university experience through overcoming common misconceptions about higher education and illustrating the benefits of life at university. Further resources and information on how to book are available on the HE Roadshow website: www.highereducationroadshow.co.uk

HERoadshow@cardiff.ac.uk

Interactive mathematical modelling activities

KS4 KS5

The School of Maths offers Mathematical Modelling events to introduce pupils to modelling approaches such as queueing theory, game theory and epidemiological modelling through role-play games and mathematical insights. They also inform school pupils of the varied and exciting careers that are possible upon graduating with a STEM-based University degree. They are partners in the Monmouth Science Initiative.

harper@cardiff.ac.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

Operational Research Ambassadors in Schools (ORAiS)

KS4 KS5

The School of Maths runs an annual partnership with the Operational Research Society during which Undergraduate students work with secondary schools observing lessons and acting as general Teaching Assistants. Through this partnership a set of teaching materials and student enrichment resources are created which incorporate Operational Research introducing and developing the discipline of Operational Research in schools.

harper@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

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

Shape My Street Key Stage 2 National Competition

KS2

The SHAPE MY STREET competition is a key stage 2 activity that has been designed to introduce young learners to ideas about home, place and community ran by the Cardiff School of Architecture. Within structured, creative learning activities, classmates aged 7-11 will discuss which aspects of ‘home’ and ‘street’ make successful neighbourhoods. The competition activities are intended to develop understanding of the importance of design and quality in the built environment, and raise awareness of careers in design and related creative industries. To find out more or to get involved email shapemystreet@cardiff.ac.uk

shapemystreet@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

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

Step Up to University Programme

KS4 KS5

The Step Up to University Programme aims to raise aspirations, raise attainment and provide support for secondary-aged pupils from disadvantaged areas to continue their studies post 16. The programme is a core part of Cardiff University's Widening Participation Programme. It develops a two-year relationship with pupils in schools from which there have traditionally been low rates of progression to university.

BayfieldH@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 Language Revision Sessions

KS5

The School of Welsh offer revision sessions to pupils studying Welsh in key stage 5 at the University. We also attend sixth form conferences and revision days; and host an annual revision day for students studying Welsh as a second language. Contact us to find out more or to book a session.

NaylorAW@cf.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