CDT students take Materials Science to Derbyshire

Students from the Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) deliver materials outreach activities to primary school children at Hasland Junior School.

CDT student Charlotte prepares to meet students

Delivering outreach activities to three classes of Year 4 school children, aged 8 years, students Charlotte Boig, Joe Fixter, Jared Kitchen and Michael Kenyon engaged with 92 children over the one day event.

The activities were based around a fairground theme to create a more fun and engaging environment in which to capture the children's imaginations. Activities included electroless copper plating, Materials Top Trumps and Materials Hoopla as well as a mini science fair in the school hall.

All the children absolutely loved the day! They were really engaged in every activity and loved taking part in all three parts of the session. The team that delivered the day were very enthusiastic and delivered all instructions clearly to the children. At every part of the session, children clearly knew what behaviour was expected of them and how they needed to complete each activity. Charlotte also did a fantastic job of splitting classes into groups and getting the children’s attention when needed. All activities were well thought out and appropriate for the age of the children. It was also really nice that children were able to take home a keepsake which they made in the workshop, as it meant that children could then share their learning more easily with parents at home.

Lydia Perry / class teacher

Further information

The Advanced Metallic CDT is a partnership between two internationally recognised Centres of Excellence in metallic materials at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester. The CDT was set up to address the critical shortage of doctoral level metallic material specialists in the UK. Graduates from physical science and engineering disciplines are trained in fundamental metallurgical science and engineering as well as undertaking an industry sponsored, multi-disciplinary cutting-edge doctoral project through our 4 year programme.

As part of the CDT, second year students are required to complete a public engagement project of their own devising with the aim being to increase awareness of materials science and engineering disciplines amongst young children, teaching them the basics of materials science.

An increasingly important part of a researcher’s role is to engage with the public to generate awareness of science and engineering research, communicate important findings and encourage dialogue. It is also important to promote the subject of materials generally and encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers into the field.