Derby Year 10 students were given the opportunity to visit the School of Materials, at Manchester University, in an event that opened their eyes to career opportunities in this field.
Dr Ed Pickering gave a succinct overview of materials in an introductory presentation. The students then got fascinating hands on experience regarding Tensile and Impact testing, looking at the difference between how steel and copper behave in these tests.
Electron Microscopes were looked at in the other workshop as the pupils were amazed at the magnification as they viewed a fly, a teabag and other items.
Working in small groups gave them the opportunity to ask questions and get a clear understanding of the demonstrations.