Earth Sciences Outreach and Widening Participation
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If you are interested in a Key Stage 4 Inspire Roadshow for your school please complete an expression of interest form. If you would like further information please contact the Faculty of Science Outreach mailbox - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Earth Sciences has a wide variety of outreach and WP activities that are currently run, including:
- Volcanology (How volcanoes work; living with the threat of volcanoes; using drones to study volcanic risk)
- Palaeontology and Dinosaurs (Bristol Dinosaur Project; Dinosaur Colour; How prehistoric animals moved/ate/flew; the origin and early evolution of life)
- Geophysics (Does fracking cause earthquakes?; seismic hazards; earthquakes on Mars and the Insight space mission)
- Deep Earth and Planets (How did the Solar System/Earth form; where do our natural resources come from)
- Palaeoclimate and climate change (past and future climate... from ice ages to hothouse climate to future climate and adaptation)
- Environmental (including plastics, how rock becomes soil, where do coral reefs occur and more)
- NASA Insight Mission to Mars (our resident NASA geophysicist gives talks on the Insight mission, including using a seismometer)
- Mars and Meteorites
- The polar regions
The School of Earth Sciences also has many interdisciplinary links:
Maths: Modelling volcanic risk and hazards; the fluid dynamics of ash clouds/lava flows/lahar flows
Physics: The physics of seismic events on Earth and on Mars; the physics of Titan's atmosphere.
Chemistry: Using Chemistry to study the formation of the solar system or past climate or the evolution of life; environmental contamination; the chemical composition of our planet and other planets.
Biology: All things palaeobiology and evolution.
KS3 or 4 Fuego Volcano workshop -an interactive session that includes looking at the Fuego volcano in Guatemala and a DME. A fantastic case study of factors that affect hazard risk, primary and secondary impacts and immediate and long-term responses to this tectonic hazard. It also addresses why people continue to live in areas at risk from a hazard.
Earth Sciences has many cross-curricular links and provides opportunities for students who are currently studying a wide variety of subjects including (but not limited to) Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Biology to develop their scientific understanding.