Taster day with a sparkle
On Wednesday 29th March, five girls attended the taster day at the prestigious Materials Science Department at Oxford University.
The first lecture, presented by Professor Jason Smith, gave an exciting and in-depth insight into the world of diamond as the ultimate quantum material. This was an eye-opening talk on cutting-edge research and set the scene for the importance of Materials Science in our future. The practical workshops gave girls the opportunity to see a university lab in action but also a chance to chat with current undergraduates about their experiences.
Head of Chemistry Dr Emma Regardsoe said: "This was definitely recommended for future years for those with an interest in Chemistry or Physics and it was exceptionally useful to understand what Materials Science actually encompasses and how this can be applied."
Tina, L6, said: "I enjoyed doing the experiments, especially the one that looked into the rebound height of a polythene ball under different temperatures. During this section, we had a group chat and undergraduates shared their experiences, which was very useful to anyone thinking of applying to Oxbridge. In addition, the tour around Mansfield College gave us a brief introduction to university life and the short talk on how to apply Materials Science was very useful to those interested in Materials Science."
Yiming, L6, added: “The Materials Science taster day today gave me a deeper insight of the course. I particularly enjoyed the workshop session in the morning - we used an impact tester to test the energy that is required to break the chocolate bars. In addition, we had a chance to have a look at the atom probe and electroscope which were all very enriching.”