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SMART materials

Students can learn about materials that change shape, colour or some other factor in response to external effects.

SMART materials

SMART Materials focuses on materials that change shape, colour or some other factor in response to external effects, but revert back to their original form when this external effect is taken away.

The workshop includes an experiment and kit will be sent out to participating classes to complete the experiment. Both the workshop and kit is free of charge, as it is all being sponsored by RAF Youth and STEM.

Capacity

Minimum of 10 participants, maximum of 60 participants.

 

 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Chemistry
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • General Engineering
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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