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Our aim is to promote STEM subjects in order to encourage students to continue their studies in science and engineering based subjects.

We can offer help with: careers fairs conventions and conferences STEM clubs Option workshops/evenings laboratory access

Expand the subject lists below to see a sampling of the workshops delivered delivered by academic experts within the area and linked to our Degree programmes, providing students with details of what it’s like to study at Wolverhampton.

You can also join our teachers’ networks and tell us how we can tailor workshops to your needs.

Also please remember to check out our  to view a range of additional workshops, activities and public lectures throughout the year. 

To find out more you can contact the Marketing, Recruitment and Outreach Team at STEMOutreach@wlv.ac.uk or call us on 01902 321402

To request any of the following titles, please contact STEMOutreach@wlv.ac.uk with an email confirming your institution, year group and size plus up to 3 suggested dates for your session

 

TitleDurationYear 10Year 11LocationMaximum Group SizeLearning Objectives
Biology: Molecular Biology Masterclass 3 hours   ✓  On Campus 30 

To demonstrate theory and practice of transformation of E.coli with plasmid DNA.

Transformed cells will be plated onto agar containing an antibiotic to observe growth of successfully transformed cells.   

Students will use restriction enzymes to cut DNA which will then be run on an Agarose gel to separate and identify the DNA fragments.

This practical supports taught theory and uses molecular biology techniques that are employed in teaching and research laboratories worldwide. 

Biology: Microscopy Masterclass

3 hours   On Campus 25

Students will have hands on preparation and observation of a blood smear slide.

Using light microscopy, students will observe the prepared slide and using eye piece graticules and slide micrometers will measure the different cell types present.

Several cells will be measured, to determine average size, and biological drawings will be made.

This practical supports and embeds taught theory.

Forensic Science: Fingerprints Hands On Activity 1 hour On Campus 30

To show how unique you are as a person and some of the differences that we can use to solve crimes.

Introduction to Fingerprinting and DNA fingerprinting.

The event will include a discussion about a crime scene and a demonstration of how to lift fingerprints. The students will then get the opportunity to have a go at lifting their own fingerprints and those from a mock crime scene.

Students can take away a fingerprint keyring with their own fingerprint enclosed. 

Forensic Science: Is it blood? Gore and the Law Hands On Activity 50 minutes

On Campus or at School/College

30

Presumptive testing and chemical reactions of Kastle-Meyer and blood.

The event will start with an observation of real blood spatter patterns from real crime scenes followed by an introduction to blood pattern analysis and a discussion around what information can be gained from a crime scene blood pattern?

Students will be introduced to the Kastle-Meyer reaction and then they will have the chance to observe a piece of evidence and decide whether or not it is blood. There will be a final discussion about their hypotheses and results along with the limitations of the test.

Inspirational Talks (Biology) 30 - 60 minutes On Campus or at School/College Variable

We can offer talks on a range of different up to date topics to support the curriculum.  Example topics are included below.  We can also offer talks on career options in the Sciences.

Why study plants?
Enzyme action and properties.
The age of genomics.
“Aquaporins”: the cell’s plumbing system
The implications of antibiotic resistance.
The nitrogen cycle demystified.
The power of the microbes - small bugs, big opportunities.
You are what you eat- the good, the bad and the ugly microbes in your food.

Inspirational Talks (Animal Behaviour)

 

30 - 60 minutes On Campus or at School/College Variable

We can offer talks on a range of different up to date topics to support the curriculum. Example topics are included below. We can also offer talks on career options in the Sciences.

Tracking large carnivores in the Polish Slovakian Tatra Mountains.
Zoo animal behaviour & welfare.
Eutrophication of lakes.
Habitat creation.

Inspirational Talks (Chemistry)

30 - 60 minutes On Campus or at School/College Variable

We can offer talks on a range of different up to date topics to support the curriculum. Example topics are included below. We can also offer talks on career options in the Sciences.

The use of mass spectrometry in tackling bowel diseases – The analysis of poo (And Other Biological Samples)!
Electron Collisions – from cancer therapies to energy from biomass.

Inspirational Talks (Forensic Science)

30 - 60 minutes On Campus or at School/College Variable

We can offer talks on a range of different up to date topics to support the curriculum. Example topics are included below. We can also offer talks on career options in the Sciences.

Forensic anthropology and its use in identifying people- how forensic anthropologists can identify the living and the dead.
Using forensic science to solve crime- how cutting edge forensic science can be applied to help solve crimes from a former practicing Forensic Scientist.
Gore and the Law-using trigonometry to solve a crime.

Inspirational Talks (Physics)

30 - 60 minutes On Campus or at School/College Variable

We can offer talks on a range of different up to date topics to support the curriculum. Example topics are included below. We can also offer talks on career options in the Sciences.

Light, Matter and the rest of the Universe.
Physics of things small and big, fast and slow.
From quarks to galaxies and everything in between.

Inspirational Talks (Biomedical Science & Physiology) 30 - 60 minutes On Campus or at School/College Variable

We can offer talks on a range of different up to date topics to support the curriculum. Example topics are included below. We can also offer talks on career options in the Sciences.

The endocrine system & the nervous system: Stress or Reproduction?
Respiratory diseases
Diabetes
Antimicrobial testing
Antimicrobial Plant Extracts
Cancer Research
Targetted Cancer Therapies
Developing Personalised Medicine for Cancer Patients
DNA Repair and cancer
Aspirin and Bowel Cancer

To request any of the following titles, please contact STEMOutreach@wlv.ac.uk with an email confirming your institution, year group and size plus up to 3 suggested dates for your session

 

TitleDurationYear 10Year 11LocationMaximum Group SizeLearning Objectives
What is a Tablet? A Small Table? 1.5 hours ✓  ✓  On Campus 30 

In this activity students will learn what tablets are made of and why different ingredients are added to help produce them. This is a lab-based activity and students will make a small batch of tablets and will then investigate if they are of good enough quality for patients to use.

This will give students an insight into how tablets are made, their ingredients and why assessing the quality of medicines is important. 

 

To request any of the following titles, please contact STEMOutreach@wlv.ac.uk with an email confirming your institution, year group and size plus up to 3 suggested dates for your session

 

 

TitleDurationYear 10Year 11LocationMaximum Group SizeLearning Objectives
My unique qualities 15-35 mins ✓  ✓  On Campus  

Aim:This is an exploratory exercise that can allow potential students identify and understand the unique qualities that make them specially fit for the Built Environment sector.

Activity Descriptor:This event involves a ‘people like me job analysis’ where students are required to:

·Choose a list of 15 adjectives on the job analysis sheet that best describe their personality. (The adjectives are line up per row and the corresponding reflections in columns).

·Tick all the boxes that apply along the row.

·Total the number of ticks per column and select three highest scoring columns

·Look for the description of the corresponding letter on the ‘people like me’ under personality types ie if highest column is “E” look for the description of “Explorer”

Check how the result matches the profession within the Built Environment

Pop Up City

2 hours  ✓ On Campus 35

The main aim is to provide students with a better understanding of the built environment and how they can influence its design as a community and/or as professionals in the future. An introduction to new vocabulary associated with urban planning and architecture.

Students will learn how monuments shape our urban identity and will be introduced to monuments around the world. Each student will design a landmark for a local urban area; the landmarks will be located adjacent to public spaces. These monuments will be assembled on an urban map.

Create Your Own Fantasy Room 3 hour all ages all ages On Campus 30

Do you love Design and dream of being an architect? Create Your Own Fantasy Room. Students will draw and build a model, or do a collage of their ideal, fantasy bedroom or special room in their house. Discuss why they designed the room that way and what was important for them? What were the limitations to the room? What materials would they use?

Speed Architecture 2 hours all ages all ages

On Campus 

 

How to create concepts quickly/ drawings skills / creating 3-dimenstional spaces.

Many people find limited time a positive constraint that stimulates and enhances their creative energy. Come along and experience this phenomenon building and creating architecture at break-neck speed using LEGO. Fast Architecture is not for everyone but should be experienced at least once.

Memory Mapping 30 - 60 minutes On Campus  30

Using memory learn to map routes and draw buildings from memory

Free-hand drawing, Collage and efforts of understanding scale.

The students will make a memory map of the places between their home and the school. Plot their personal routes in an Urban Centre within the West Midlands and the excitement one experiences; important buildings, landmarks, spaces and attractions are noted.

Property Management   1 – 1.5 hour  ✓  ✓  On Campus  16-20 

Building Property Portfolio 

To demonstrate how Individuals or organisations build wealth through building the property portfolio. Through the activity, the attendees will develop the knowledge and understanding of how a property market works. 

Brick tower challenge 90 minutes – 120 min On Campus 30

Activity Descriptor

.This is an exciting team activity where participants act as small construction companies to plan, design, cost (tender) and construct a tower made from Lego bricks.

.The activity starts with a PowerPoint presentation which provokes discussion on tower building design and usage, as well as exploring construction careers and enterprise skills.

Activity Aims

.To promote team working, problem solving and communication skills through a simulated construction project.

.To explore careers in construction.

.To introduce enterprise skills in the form of costings, tendering and profit.

Jelly Earthquake  45 minutes  ✓  ✓  On Campus  18 

Activity Descriptor

.Students learn how engineers design and construct buildings to withstand earthquake damage by building their own model structures using toothpicks and marshmallows.

.They experiment to see how earthquake-proof their buildings are by testing them in an earthquake simulated in a pan of Jelly.

Activity Aims

.Identify some of the factors that make buildings earthquake-proof, including cross bracing, large "footprints," and tapered geometry.

.Model an earthquake-proof structure using simple materials.

.Compare a model structure with what it represents.

.Understand why engineers need to learn about earthquakes.

 
Strawbridges 60 minutes On Campus 30

Activity Descriptor

.Working as engineering teams, students design and create model beam bridges using plastic drinking straws and tape as their construction materials. Their goal is to build the strongest bridge with a truss pattern of their own design, while meeting the design criteria and constraints. They experiment with different geometric shapes and determine how shapes affect the strength of materials

Activity Aims

Describe and design model truss bridges.

.Identify effective geometric shapes used in bridge design.

.Identify several factors that engineers consider when design bridges

Giant tetrahedron 60-120minutes On Campus 30

Activity Descriptor

.The Giant Tetrahedron is an impactful activity, creating up to a 4 metre x 4 metre structure using only dowels and elastic bands (size varies depending on time and size of group).

.The emphasis is on teamwork and listening to, and following, instructions.

Activity Aims

.To promote a wide range of construction careers and aspects of the construction process, including health and safety, teamwork, engineering problem-solving and working to timescales.

.For participants to use key skills relevant to the construction industry, e.g. co-operation, communication, problem-solving and planning.

Mythbusters 30 minutes On Campus 30

Activity Descriptor

.This is an exciting team activity where participants discuss in teams construction related myths and busters.

.Participants are given two sets of cards – one set labelled ‘myth’ the other ‘buster’. They are tasked with matching the ‘busters’ to the ‘myths’ to create an industry myth buster.

Activity Aims

.The “people like me” quiz aims to find out what roles people with your personality types are doing in their jobs.