Science/STEM outreach

We offer an ever-expanding programme of free outreach events in STEM and the broader science/life science disciplines. Designed to inspire the scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists of the future, the activities have been designed in collaboration with our academic colleagues in the Faculties of Science and Life Sciences. Focusing on pure and applied sciences, all events are intended to enthuse your students whilst offering curriculum enhancement and enrichment.  See below for details of forcoming events. 

We're also pleased to be the contract holders for STEMNET in the Surrey and Berkshire region, to find out more about this resource see:

STEM in Surrey and Berkshire

Geography and Environmental Science Summer Masterclass

Suitable for Year 12 students with a particular interest in Geography and Environmental Science
Date & Time: Wednesday 8 July 2015, 09.30 - 16.00

Geography and Environmental Science affects all our lives in ways that range from pressing 21st-century concerns such as climate change, globalisation and international labour markets, to local and national issues of social deprivation, urban regeneration or water pollution.

Masterclass students will have the chance to experience working on computerised mapping or GIS (Geographical Information System) software. This session will also allow students to develop analytical and reasoning skills that will assist them in their A-level (or equivalent) studies using digital map data from a range of sources for solving geographical problems. Students will be able to choose a workshop for the afternoon session, on either Physical Geography, Human Geography or Environmental Science. These workshops will cover topics such as earthquake hazards, climate change or environmental pollution. The day will also give students the chance to visit the beautiful University of Reading campus and facilities, meet current students and hear from admissions tutors within the department.

Applications are welcome from all and in event of over subscription then priority will be given to students with no family experience of HE.

Deadline for applications: Friday 5th June 2015

Geography and Environmental Science Flyer

Summer masterclass application form

Travel Bursary

Architecture Summer Masterclass

Suitable for Year 12 students with a particular passion for Architecture

Date & Time: Wednesday 22 July 2015, 09.30 - 16.00

The University of Reading is pleased to announce that it will be opening a new School of Architecture in 2016. Recruitment for the first intake of students begins later this year and we would encourage all students interested in studying for a degree in Architecture to apply for a place on this summer masterclass.

Students attending the masterclass will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to be successful as a student of Architecture, for instance how to think three-dimensionally and represent buildings, spaces and places through drawing. A workshop session will introduce students to architectural drawing skills, looking at ways to sketch buildings, how to observe architectural details and start to draw the world around us from an architect's perspective. This session will also help students develop material for a portfolio for application to the course. Throughout  the masterclass, students will have the opportunity to meet staff from the department, including the Foundation Professor Lorraine Farrelly, view the campus and teaching buildings, experience the great facilities, and learn more about student life here at the University of Reading.

Applications are welcome from all and in event of over subscription then priority will be given to students with no family experience of HE.

Deadline for applications: Friday 19th  June 2015

.Architecture Summer Masterclass Flyer

Summer masterclass application form

Discover Pharmacy Day

Suitable for Year 12 students with a particular interest in Pharmacy

Date & Time: Tuesday 21 July 2015, 10.00 - 16.30

Student Recruitment and Outreach and the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy will be holding a Pharmacy taster day.

This is an informative and interactive day for Year 12 students interested in finding out more about studying Pharmacy at university.

Students will be able to attend lectures and practical workshops where you will get a taste of some of the different subjects you will cover while working towards a degree in Pharmacy.

You will also get an opportunity to tour the University of Reading, meet current students and get a taste of campus life for the day.

For further details or to book a place, please to complete the application form and return by Friday 19th June 2015.

Taster Day Application Form

Festival of Light

Date & Time: Friday 3rd July, 9am  - 3.30pm

Location:  Whiteknights Campus

Suitable for Year 9 students

The University of Reading invites students from our local secondary schools to attend a one day festival packed with inspirational workshops in English, Art and Sciences around the topic of light.  From light sculptures to photo-flourescentmaterials, and star-gazing stories to emission spectra, there is something for everybody!

This workshop is free of charge and on a first come, first served basis. We welcome groups of Y9 students and their teachers (limited to maximum of 10 students per school).

Please register at:

http://goo.gl/forms/G6v8bvWzBI

Festival of Light

FIRE TechCamp

Date & Time: 10 - 14th August, 10am - 4pm

Location:  School of Systems Engineering

Suitable for students aged 9 - 17 with a passion for games design and computer programming.

Come and join us at the school of Systems Engineering of the University of Reading for an incredible one week tech summer school ! 
Our partner, Fire Tech Camp, will be running exciting workshops inVideo Game DesignandMinecraft Maker. Older students can choose fromPython Programming,Intro to Arduino and Physical Computing,andCoding Games with Java.
Cost is £400 per students. Students from our Widening Participation neighbouring schools may be eligible for a bursary. To apply for a bursary register at: http://goo.gl/forms/czF2KiWpwf, to book a place in the summer school visit: firetechcamp.com
Fire TechCamp

SPOTY- School Physicist of the Year 2015

Date & Time: 14th July, 6.30pm

Location: Deapartment of Metereology

The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading invites local schools to nominated their best Year 9 and Year 12 physics students for a celebratory evening event on campus.
There will be certificates and prizes to celebrate the talent of exceptional students studying physics, as well as, an exciting evening lecture on aurorae and space exploration from the Solar System.
For more information and to nominate your students please visit: http://goo.gl/forms/588yydfpNX
SPOTY 2015 

Please contact Antonio Portas for further information:  a.portas@reading.ac.uk

 

Discover DNA - PCR day

Suitable for Year 12 students with a particular interest in Biology

Date & Time: Tuesday 28 July 2015, 9.30 - 15.30

This is a great opportunity for sixth form students to carry out the important biological technique of polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Students will undertake a practical laboratory session to amplify a fragment of DNA using the technique of Polymerase Chain Reaction.

The day-long event will guide participants through the practical stages of extracting and amplifying DNA. Students will gain experience of undertaking extended experiments in a laboratory environment and will develop the practical skills required for biological lab work.

The session is suitable for Year 12 students studying A-level Biology / Human Biology and will reinforce curriculum knowledge required with respect to DNA and the technique of PCR.

For further details or to book a place, please to complete the application form and return by Friday 26th June 2015.

Taster Day Application Form

 

ATOM Day - Alternatives to Medicine

Suitable for Year 12/13 students studying Chemistry and/or Biology

Date & Time: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 9.30am - 3.45pm

This is a unique opportunity for students to find out more about a range of scientific degree fields and careers. Students will be able to hear from academics teaching a variety of subjects at degree level to find out whether these subjects might be of interest to them. Practical skills will be developed as students will be able to attend laboratory sessions/workshops covering a range of disciplines including genetics, chemistry, pharmacy and nutritional science. This will give an insight into what undergraduate level study in these disciplines might be like. There will also be a careers session for students to meet science graduates allowing them to discover more about the possible range of careers available to them.

To book a place, please to complete the application form and return by Friday 31 July 2015. If you would like further details, please email h.zaher@reading.ac.uk.

Taster Day Application Form

 

Discover Animal Science and Zoology day

Suitable for Year 12/13 students with a particular interest in Biology

Date & Time: Friday 18 September 2015, 9.30am - 3.45pm

On Friday 18th September 2015, we will be holding the Discover Animal Science and Zoology day at the University of Reading.

This is an informative and interactive day for Year 12 and 13 students interested in finding out more about studying Animal Science and Zoology at university.

Students will be able to attend a range of practical workshops where they will get a taste of some of the different areas that Animal Science and Zoology cover. They will also get an opportunity to tour the University of Reading, meet current students and lecturers, and get a taste of campus life for the day.

To book a place, please to complete the application form and return by Friday 14 August 2015. If you would like further details, please email h.zaher@reading.ac.uk.

Taster Day Application Form

 

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