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Sixth Form and College

Supporting the post-16 college and sixth form curriculum

 

Our aim is to promote STEM subjects by supporting secondary schools/academies’ Years 12 and 13, providing opportunities to access expertise and equipment which would not otherwise be available to schools, colleges and community groups.

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.

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

Contact us at STEMOutreach@wlv.ac.uk or 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 12Year 13LocationMaximum 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 or onion root tip 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.

Biomedical Science: Cancel Cancer  1 hour  ✓  ✓  On Campus 30 

An interactive activity that examines cancer diagnosis and the increasing use of molecular pathology in diagnosis and treatment.

This activity provides an example of some of the topics that are studied during the biomedical science degree and the wider role of biomedical science within healthcare.
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.

Forensic Science: Crime Scene Techniques Hands on Activity 10 minutes   On Campus 10

Introduction to crime scene investigation techniques. Tests you can do at the scene!

Actual crime scene images, discussion of evidence types and presumptive testing.

Students are taken on a tour of a crime scene where they make notes and observations and decide what evidence requires further investigation.

Items of importance can be taken for analysis in a lab at UoW or in school.

  • Items for dusting of prints
  • Swabbing for DNA
  • Carpet with a talc footprint (ESLA)
  • Toolmark samples
  • Tray of soil/sand for shoeprint casting

Presumptive test for blood/drugs

The event will end with a discussion around what evidence have they found and what information can be gathered from evidence items.

Human Biology : Brains & Evolution 1 hour   On Campus 25

Explore how the brain has evolved and how brains differ between species.

Examine real casts made from fossilized remains of the possible ancestors of modern humans

Look at Human Evolution and the expansion of the brain, particularly the neocortex.

We will end with a debate about what the future human might look like and how our brain might evolve.

Medical Science & Clinical Practice: Dissecting a Body!!!! 45 minutes ✓ (A Level learners only)   On Campus 10

The Anatomage table is a virtual dissection table which allows us to teach students all aspects of Human Anatomy.

The table displays a life size “virtual body” and allows us to peel back tissue layers to expose the underlying structures in order to view them in context.

It also allows us to rotate the virtual body to visualise tissue and organ systems from different viewpoints as well as viewing organs and organ systems in isolation

In this activity, we will demonstrate the use of the Anatomage table and its many capabilities. This session will be applicable for those students studying all aspects of Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Physics: How high can you propel a ping-pong ball?

1 hour On Campus 50

In this hands-on session you will focus on the type of mathematical objects that are required to capture a physical phenomenon using examples from various disciplines such as the motion of projectiles, the interference of waves, the strange behaviour of objects rotating around axes themselves in relative motion, and the transformation of light through successive lenses and polarizers, described by matrices, and how their different ordering can turn a microscope into a telescope.

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 12Year 13LocationMaximum 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. 

Pharmaceutics: Milk of Magnesia

3 hours ✓ (and studying chemistry) ✓ (and studying chemistry) On Campus 40

In this activity students will gain an insight into pharmaceutics (the preparation of pharmaceutical products) where students will produce magnesium hydroxide mixture (more commonly known as milk of magnesia).

This is a reasonably complex lab activity and is aimed at developing a range of laboratory skills whilst increasing student awareness of pharmaceutics.

 

(This session restricted to students studying chemistry at college)

What is Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacology and where can it take me?

2 hours On Campus 40

The session will start with an informal chat followed by a short presentation introducing the area of pharmaceutical science and pharmacology. You will have the chance to ask questions and also be taken around the University on a short tour.

What does a Pharmacist do?

2 hours On Campus 40

In this session, you will explore what it means to be a pharmacist and what the job involves. Do you think you could be a pharmacist?

What is Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacology and where can it take me?

2 hours On Campus 40

The session will start with an informal chat followed by a short presentation introducing the area of pharmaceutical science and pharmacology. You will have the chance to ask questions and also be taken around the University on a short tour.

 

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 12Year 13LocationMaximum Group SizeLearning Objectives
Simple demonstration of 2D digital measurement using CostX software 45mins – 1 hour ✓  ✓  On Campus 40 

Activity Descriptor

- The activity starts with a simple introduction on BIM, the Government Construction Strategy and the benefits with its impact on the changing roles of various professionals particularly the Quantity Surveyors. This is done through a power point presentation

- This will be followed by a brief introduction of the required activity task on digital measurement

- This is then followed by a simple digital take-off task using a 2D drawing where students will individually import an uploaded 2D design in a costing software and perform a simple digital measurement to generate quantities and an extruded 3D design view

- Students will be allowed to share ideas and ask questions based on the digital measurement task undertaken

Benefits of the Activity

- This would allow potential students appreciate the impact of technology in today’s built environment profession particularly in BIM projects  

- Simple digital measurement exercise will activate student’s passion to get engaged in Quantity Surveying profession given the digitised costing process as against the core traditional rule measurement/take off.

- Extruded 3D from 2D drawing will aid their understanding on the measured design elements promoting cost analytical and communication skills, aiding visualisation in costing practices.

Explore Wolverhampton’s Roofscape Zone

1.5 hours On Campus 35

Analysing the Fifth Elevation with Architects & Designers from University of Wolverhampton School of Architecture and the Built Environment.  

Architecture is all around us – the aim of this session is to provide a greater understanding of the city and all of its complexity. Opportunities to observe, understand and enjoy the built environment which, in turn, will open their minds to a more creative way of thinking and become active responsible citizens.

Come and explore the interesting and chaotic juxtaposition of Wolverhampton’s roofscape with a group of diverse architects and designers. With increased pressure on the availability of land in our cities, architects are naturally building upwards and, with this, there are more vantage points available to view the city from and this emerging roofscape is become more visible.

The event will appeal to various students interested in careers in Architecture, Architectural Design Technology and Interior Architecture and Property Development and the session will be a blend of workshop/activity/competition.

Materials will be provided for the event. Just bring your creativity and imagination.

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 by playing a game. (this is monopoly on a grand scale!)

Giant tetrahedron 60-120 minutes 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.

 

People like me quiz 30 - 45 minutes

On Campus 

Any

Activity Descriptor

• The People Like Me quiz helps you learn more about yourself and what your future career could be.

• Participants are given an analysis sheet to fill in for which they need consider their personality type. 

Activity Aims

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

Where in the world can geography take you? 1hour ✓  On Campus Less than 30

Developing greater understanding of the content and opportunities afforded by undertaking a geography degree.

-       Usual content of a geography degree, against which our degree is discussed.

-       Career opportunities, especially in the ‘green economy’.

-       Development of transferable generic skills.

-       Development of knowledge provided by our degree.

-       The route to become a trained geography teacher (secondary level) via our BSC/QTS route is also discussed.

 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 12Year 13LocationMaximum Group SizeLearning Objectives
How does Chemical Engineering save the world? 45mins – 1 hour ✓  ✓  On Campus 30

A brief introduction to Chemical engineering followed by a practical session.

College students will explore how Chemical Engineers can contribute to helping people live a better life by finding cheaper ways of making prolonged release pharmaceutical products.

Pupils will take part in tree short activities. They will formulate a model drug into an emulsion, observe what they make using a microscope and turn a liquid emulsion into solid particles for drug delivery such as prolonged release paracetamol.

Mechanical Engineering

Computer Aided Design (CAD) 

45mins – 1 hour On Campus 20

Nowadays, computers are used in all aspects of mechanical design process from developing the preliminary design till evaluating the performance of the final design under different types of loading. This session aims to show students different sets of computer tools that we use in the school of engineering and to give them an opportunity to use the computer to develop a simple design.

You will learn:

  • Background about CAD 
  • 2D Sketching using SolidWorks
  • Part modelling using SOLIDWORKS
Introduction to Industrial Robotics 45mins – 1 hour ✓  ✓  On Campus 20

Electronics can be found in modern machines of all sizes, from your coffee maker to smart driverless cars to fully automated megafactories. Electronics allow all kinds of tasks to be performed autonomously and with high precision.

On this open day you will get the opportunity to program an industrial robot arm to perform a task in a manufacturing process.

You will learn:

  • How robots are used in thier industry
  • Introduction to how to use the software for programming robots 
  • Running a code on a robot
Race car wheel change 45mins – 1 hour ✓  ✓  On Campus 15

This activity is to offer insight into the world of Automotive & Motorsport engineering, via an engaging & competitive activity with the opportunity to speak to current staff & students regarding careers in the Automotive (road cars) or Motorsport (race cars) sector(s). As part of this activity a tour of the automotive labs can be incorporated as per user’s needs.

Race against our Pro-Driver 45mins – 1 hour ✓  On Campus 15

This activity is to offer insight into the world of Automotive & Motorsport engineering, via an engaging & competitive activity with the opportunity to speak to current staff & students regarding careers in the Automotive (road cars) or Motorsport (race cars) sector(s). As part of this activity a tour of the automotive labs can be incorporated as per user’s needs.

Air-flight simulator 45mins – 1 hour On Campus 20

Aerospace leads in the development and application of innovation in both product and process, and is seen as a core sector in the industrial development strategies of many countries, including the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom (UK) is a leader in providing aircraft systems, although they no longer build complete passenger aircraft. The most common planes that are commercially flown include; Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757-200, Boeing 737-700, Eurofighter Typhoon, Airbus A320-200 (Airbus A380), Airbus A350XWB, Bombardier CRJ200, etc. The overall aim of this session is to show students the developments that have taken place in the air transportation craft system over the years through a taster lecture and to demonstrate how to operate an aircraft through Air-flight simulator.

  • A lecture on the development in air transportation system
  • Air flight simulator demonstration