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STEM@Leeds Team

Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
18 Blenheim Terrace

0113 343 7495

The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Known Cousins

The Platonic solids need no introduction. But what makes these five shapes so special? They are the only polyhedra satisfying the following conditions: every face is a regular polygon, every face is identical to every other, every edge is identical to every other, every corner is identical to every other, and finally the shape is convex (roughly, it contains no holes or spikes). In this session, we will investigate some of the less famous (but no less beautiful!) shapes that arise when we relax or amend these conditions. The session will also showcase three of the speaker’s current favourite things: a children’s construction toy (Magformers), a piece of software (Robert Webb’s Stella 4D), and a rare book (Adventures Among The Toroids by Bonnie Stewart).

This is a Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association event (www.ybma.org.uk). Non-members are welcome, free of charge. 2pm for a 2:30pm start.

Green Lecture – “What’s under a volcano… and how do we know?” given by Prof Kathy Cashman

One of the world’s leading experts on volcanoes, Professor Kathy Cashman FRS, gives a free public lecture on what lies beneath the world’s hottest, most dynamic places, and how scientists find out about them.

Environmental Science Academy 36th Mathematics Teachers and Advisers Conference Chemistry Taster Day Biological Sciences Summer School Maths Celebration Evening 50 Years of Plate Tectonics with Dr Sue Bowler

1967 and 1968 saw the publication of the first papers that explained the movement of rigid plates over the surface of the Earth. The plate tectonics revolution owed much to advances in data collection over the preceding decade and this data-led approach has transformed geophysics. Using the career and on-line archive of Dan McKenzie, the author of one of those first papers, I will examine how the ideas came together in the mid-1960s and how the concepts have evolved in the past half-century, shedding light on fundamental processes within the Earth, but also providing insights into the mitigation of natural hazards and the oil and gas industry.


Free tea, coffee and biscuits from 6:30pm

Experiment in a Box Teachers Event

Come and find out more about the Experiment in a Box project, launched by the University of Leeds in 2017 and funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Try your hand at some of the experiments and gather ideas for new ones to take back to the classroom. We hope you enjoy it as much as the children!

This session is aimed primarily at KS2 teachers (KS1 and 3 are also welcome!)

Refreshments provided. Free of charge but places must be booked in advance using the form found at http://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/chemistry/experiment-in-a-box.

Food Science Taster Day

Would you like to explore the role of science in our understanding of food and nutrition? Would you like to experience life as a university student for the day? You can do just that during this hands-on taster day!

The programme will include a mini lecture, spectroscopy practical, taste testing and the opportunity to meet and speak to current staff and students in the School of Food Science and Nutrition.

Open to individual students from year 10, 11 or 12 with teacher and parental permission and to small school groups of up to 6 students. Free of charge to attend and lunch is provided.

For queries or more information please contact Louise Crabtree l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk