AMS CDT Cohorts involve students and the public in STEM research through outreach and public engagement events.

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

To this end, all second-year students undertake a public engagement project of their own devising. Working in small groups, they must plan, deliver, and evaluate an activity to engage the general public with materials science and engineering.

Here's some examples of previous projects:

The payload needed to be lightweight, impact resistant and able to withstand high winds and low temperatures in order to make the journey to the edge of space and back with a range of imaging, data collection, and tracking equipment on board.