4 March 2021

Magic of Materials summer school is returning in 2021

The Magic of Materials Summer School is a free three-day residential course introducing students aged 14-15 to materials science and engineering. It will be held on 12–14 July 2021 at St Paul’s School, London.

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The summer school has been designed to bring the subject of materials science and engineering to life beyond the confines of the school curriculum, show how materials have made a difference to the way we live our lives and highlight the broad range of exciting careers available in the field.

The course comprises talks, question and answer sessions, and hands-on experiments. The sessions are led by experts from academia, industry and school staff.

Diane Aston, Head of Education and Training at IOM3, said, ‘We are delighted to be working with St Paul’s School again to run the Magic of Materials Summer School again in 2021.  The course gives students a fully immersive materials experience and the chance to learn from experts in their field in a friendly and informal environment. The course is in its sixth year now and we are really pleased that a number of graduates of the course have now gone on to study materials at university.’

All of the teaching is done in small groups so that everyone has an opportunity to get involved and each group has a dedicated mentor, an early-career materials expert, to offer support and guidance throughout the course.

The residential aspect provides the time to absorb the information from the day's sessions, to get to know people from across the country and the opportunity to be part of an academic ‘conference’ environment.  Students stay in the school’s boarding house with a full pastoral care package and all meals and refreshments are included.

Dr Fran Clough, Surmaster and Teacher of Physics at St Paul's School, said, 'We are delighted to be running the Magic of Materials Summer School in partnership with IOM3 again this year. This course brings to life the complex and diverse subject of materials science through a series of workshops and lectures by teachers, academics and industry experts. We look forward to welcoming another group of talented young people this year and would encourage any state school pupils in Year 10 with an interest in this area to apply.’

Deadline for applications is on 29 April 2021 and nomination forms can be found online.

  • 12–14 July 2021

Magic of Materials

A taster course for pupils aged 14-15 that has been designed to bring the subject of materials science and engineering to life beyond the confines of the school curriculum, show how materials have made a difference to the way we live our lives and highlight the broad range of exciting careers available in the field.

London