BCS Supports IOM3 Magic of Materials Summer School 2016
BCS Board Member Sean Cooper and colleague Lucy Woodfine of AGC AeroComposites - Yeovil supported the Magic of Materials Summer School by providing composite materials lectures and assisting with composites manufacturing practical lab sessions.
The event was run in partnership between IOM3 and St Paul’s School, London. The Summer School hosted 28 pupils (14 boys and 14 girls) in KS4 from schools around the country for a three day residential taster course giving those attending the opportunity to explore the material world by attending lectures and practical classes on metals, polymers, ceramics and composites and some of the more fundamental science of materials, such as understanding structure and properties. The pupils also had the chance to network with both industry and academic professionals, talked about career prospects and engaged in relaxed social evenings.
After collecting feedback from the participants some of the event highlights included:
• Meeting new people, making new friends and working with people with the same interests
• Working with professionals having lectures paired with practical sessions
• Being challenged beyond school and being encouraged to do something different in a positive atmosphere
• Working with ‘dangerous substances’, seeing liquid nitrogen and breaking stuff!
The British Composites Society continues to be committed to the development of the next generation of materials engineers and fosters materials science in education by working directly with the IOM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme (SAS) and by endorsing the national STEM Ambassador volunteer programme.