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STEM@Leeds Team

Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
18 Blenheim Terrace

0113 343 7495



Leeds Festival of Science 2018 @ Leeds
Mar 3 – Mar 23 all-day

The annual Leeds Festival of Science – now in its 13th year – offers an exciting programme of events to help enthuse and inspire everyone, with activities for key stages 2-5, and public events open to all. Schools can join us for just one session or make a day of it, and our public events run throughout evenings and weekends. There is always a wide range of topics offered, covering many areas of science, maths, engineering, geology, geography, sports science and careers.

Be sure to check out the schools programme and the public programme to see what’s on offer.

Pop Maths Quiz @ University of Leeds
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pupils from years 7 and 8 compete in teams of six in this pub quiz style maths competition.  For more information visit www.maths.leeds.ac.uk/popmaths.

Experiment in a Box Teachers Event @ University of Leeds
Mar 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm

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.

Enriching the Teaching of A level Mathematics @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enriching the Teaching of A level Mathematics: a Study Day for Teachers


 11:00  Registration and coffee








Teaching mechanics: assumptions, misconceptions and Newton’s Laws

This workshop will cover basic assumptions, misconceptions and Newton’s Laws in the teaching of mechanics. There will be many activities used that can be taken very easily directly into the classroom.

Workshop leader: Dr Tom Roper
Tom taught mathematics in schools and colleges for 17 years, before joining the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Tom has given many talks on mathematics and has led workshops in schools and at conferences.  Currently he is President of the Mathematical Association.

 12:45  Lunch








Using rich tasks for teaching A level Mathematics

We will work together on some rich tasks offered by Underground Mathematics and consider the different ways in which the resources could be used to develop students’ mathematical thinking. We will also discuss how classroom video clips can be used for teacher professional development.

Workshop leader: Dr Lizzie Kimber
Lizzie taught A-level mathematics in schools for seven years. She has worked on curriculum projects as a Nuffield Foundation Education Fellow and has designed resources for NRICH and Underground Mathematics.

 15:00  Tea and departure

Fee: £10 including refreshments and lunch.

This event is organized by the Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association.



Food Science Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Mar 20 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

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

Physics Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Mar 21 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what studying physics at university is like? Join us as an undergraduate student for the day! You’ll attend a lecture, solve challenging problems during a workshop and complete an undergraduate-level lab session in the afternoon!

This is a great opportunity for Year 12 students studying both Maths and Physics to experience university life and see what it’s like to study in higher education. Students must have permission from their teachers to attend the event.

You must apply for a place on the Taster Day.

Deadline to apply will be Friday 3 March 2018.

Are large databases good for your health? (W. P. Milne Lecture for sixth formers) @ University of Leeds
Mar 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The big increase in computing power over recent years has made it possible to routinely record large volumes of information about our daily lives (and especially our health). Statistics is the essential tool for making sense of the huge quantities of data available. There are many exciting challenges – often the data that are missing or poorly recorded are at least as informative as the data that are present. The real strength of such databases comes when they are linked together to see the bigger picture, but how do we do this, and should we worry that our privacy is being invaded? In this talk we look at these issues through examples ranging from goals in world cup football to survival following a heart attack.

Food Science Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

The School of Food Science and Nutrition will be holding a 2 night residential summer school from 27th – 29th June 2018 for Year 12 students. 

The Food Science Summer School aims to give young scientists an idea of how exciting Food Science can really be, opening their eyes to this ever changing multidisciplinary science subject which affects everyone on a daily basis.

The event will give students the chance to:

  • Investigate product design with Marks & Spencer
  • Visit a leading food manufacturer
  • Use analytical techniques to understand the properties of food
  • Explore the campus and experience life at university, including staying in one of our halls of residence
  • Find out more about careers in food
  • Meet current students and graduates
  • Get information and guidance on applying to university

Further details of the programme will be sent to candidates upon receiving an offer of a place.

For more information and to apply please visit the food sciences website.

University Mathematics in Perspective @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

This three-day residential course provides an introduction to student life and mathematics at the University of Leeds. We offer you a sneak preview of university life plus an insight into how mathematics develops at degree level. Our University lecturers will extend and enrich your existing study of mathematics at A-level (or equivalent) through a series of talks.

Physics Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jul 10 @ 11:30 am – Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm

Experience life as an undergraduate physics student at the University of Leeds on this two-night residential summer school.

Physics Work Experience Week @ University of Leeds
Jul 16 @ 9:45 pm – Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm

Experience what it’s like to work in the School of Physics & Astronomy and learning about current research carried out within the School.