Materials Science for beginners

Diagram showing Materials Science bridging Science adn EngineeringEver heard of a virtuous circle?  This is exactly what’s happening in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems based in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  Second year doctoral students, as part of their course, are devising online materials aimed at school pupils and the wider public.

Many young people arrive at university open days not really knowing the full range of subjects available in Higher Education.  These videos, produced as an accredited part of a university course, are geared to filling that gap in relation to Materials Science.  Their producers, students and staff at the universities of Sheffield and Manchester are keen to see the next generation of young people have a really good understanding of the wealth of STEM courses available from which they can then make a clear and informed choice.

The other part of this virtuous circle is the fact that this work is helping to stimulate interest in Materials Science, which will create key engineering and science professionals for the future.

The videos include engaging animated illustrations:

What is Materials Science?

Careers in Materials Science and Engineering

and for younger pupils there are some very endearing stop motion animation characters to bring the subject to life - The Metal Lab, which has featured before in REACH.

The Centre for Doctoral Training YouTube channel hosts a number of videos, both about the work of the centre and the outreach videos produced by CDT students.

For more information about any of the resources and courses above contact Claire Hinchliffe c.e.hinchliffe@sheffield.ac.uk