Talks for post-16
These talks have been specifically designed with post-16 students in mind.
We'll continue to add to these resources over time.
Why study presentations
Have you ever felt the sensation of butterflies in your stomach before doing something scary, or told someone you have a “gut feeling” about something? There’s a good reason for these sayings, and the explanation may surprise you.
The gut-brain axis is a term we use to describe how the brain communicates with the gut, and vice versa. This workshop will explore the microbes that live in our guts and the surprising effects they can have on mental health and brain function.
Teachers can access a lesson plan below, and teachers and pupils can view the quiz as well as the answer sheet:
- Download lesson plan (PDF, 488KB)
- Download the quiz (Word, 39KB)
- Download the quiz answers (PDF, 420KB)
This interactive workshop aims to introduce the next generation of environmentalists to green criminology and the concept of environmental harm.
After defining ‘environmental crime’ and introducing a range of criminal and legal environmentally harmful activities, this workshop explores the main industries contributing to environmental harm. With an optimistic twist, this workshop ends by outlining various ways in which individuals can reduce environmental harm, inspiring young people to start thinking about sustainable lifestyle choices.
Teachers can access a lesson plan and everyone can view the worksheets:
Alina McLellan delivers a workshop exploring forensic linguistics and how this process can help solve criminal cases.
- Download supporting lesson plan (PDF, 469KB).
When solid materials are needed to build nuclear reactors, a simple way to assess their suitability is by inspecting the arrangement of atoms within them.
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the holy grail of electricity production, nuclear fusion, the need to develop suitable materials for fusion reactors, and some tricks for testing their viability. In the main activity, we’ll simulate neutron irradiation of different crystal systems (solid materials) by bowling neutrons (balls) at atoms (skittles).
Teachers can access a lesson plan, and teachers and pupils can access the A3 crystal resource sheet:
Medical student Lior Saad delivers a workshop exploring heart disease and the link to emotional trauma. Pupils can do these quizzes while watching the workshop video:
Teachers can download the supporting lesson plan, worksheets, quiz sheets and answer sheets:
- Download the lesson plan (PDF, 496KB)
- Download quiz one (PDF, 494KB)
- Download quiz one answers (PDF, 638KB)
- Download quiz two (PDF, 296KB)
- Download quiz two answers (PDF, 426KB)
Join Matthew Wray Perry for this interesting and challenging workshop exploring the concept and application of human rights; and whether similar rights should be extended to animals and the consequences of such actions. Pupils can complete a workshop during the workshop:
- Download worksheet (Word, 45KB)
Teachers can download the supporting lesson plan and worksheet:
NHS England has recently opened their first high-energy proton therapy centre at the Christie hospital in Manchester. In this workshop, Bethany Rothwell helps pupils find out how we can use radiation to treat cancer, and how the physics behind protons could have the potential to improve outcomes for patients. Pupils can complete a proton activity sheet and x-ray activity sheet. They can also keep score if they're playing with other pupils:
- Download proton activity sheet (PDF, 64KB)
- Download x-ray activity sheet (PDF, 76KB)
- Download scorecard (PDF, 65KB)
Teachers can download the same supporting worksheets, plus workshop instructions and a lesson plan:
Ioana Mosneag, a PhD Student in Neuroscience usually researches drugs for stroke (brain attacks) and the blood vessels in the brain. But, she also has a passion for space medicine and has created a workshop to shar some of the amazing facts about space and research.
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