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Creative Science: Wonder Materials

  • £5 per pupil introductory offer (minimum charge £125, maximum 36 students)
  • 10.30am – 12.45pm
  • The Hive, Wonder Materials exhibition, Great Western Warehouse

  • Step-free access throughout. Wheelchair-accessible toilets in Warehouse Restaurant restaurant nearby. Read our facilities guide

Take a giant step into a nanoscale adventure and peel back the layers to find the world’s newest wonder material, graphene.

First isolated by scientists at the University of Manchester in 2004 and made from a single layer of carbon atoms, graphene is one million times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. It is super lightweight, super conductive and super strong.

Spend the morning with an Explainer and enter the world of material science using our new Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond exhibition. Uncover the past, present and future of graphene and find out how floating frogs and a roll of sticky tape changed material science forever.

In our specially created learning environment, students will take part in material science experiments and examine other amazing materials under magnification, before unleashing their creativity to design new material applications and products. Through presentation and peer review, we’ll push our ideas and curiosity further.

Creative Science: Wonder Materials will excite students and create a platform to experience STEM subjects in a different way, removing pressure and limits, promoting independent learning and widening perspectives on careers.

What will they learn?

  • Students will understand that graphene is a recently discovered wonder material with a unique combination of properties that scientists hope will change our lives.
  • Taking part in experiments, students will understand that materials have unique properties, which can be changed through processing or combined with others to create composites.
  • Designing prototype inventions using different materials, students will realise that scientific work needs a creative and playful approach in order to devise new experiments.

Top image credit: Sean Hoyland

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