The modules

The Armourers and Brasiers Tata Sixth Form Materials Prize is based around four short modules.  Each module has been designed to take about three hours, with scope for the students to do extra work if they should wish, and where possible this has been broken down into one hour chunks.

The first module is compulsory and serves as an introduction to the competition and the subject of materials science and engineering.  It encourages students to investigate the processing, structure and properties of materials and career options in the field.

For the second and third modules the students may choose from a number of different options dependent upon their areas of interest and the expertise available in the school.  These modules focus on a particular application or area of materials.

The final module is compulory and brings together the whole competition with students undertaking an individual research project on a material of their choice.  This culminates with a short presentation on their work.

Once you have registered you will receive all of the support material to help you to guide your students but the module pages will give you an idea of what is required. 

Throughout the project the participants should put together a Portfolio of Experiences based on the experiments and presentations they may done and seen during the sessions and any additional things they may have encountered.  Additional experiences could include a taster course, university visit, magazine article, work experience or television programme.

You are welcome to work through the modules at whatever pace best suits your needs