Further Maths Support Programme Wales (FMSPW)

FMSPW provides a full range of inspiring activities and events throughout the year for students attending state funded schools/colleges, particularly aimed at students interested in pursuing Mathematics-rich degrees (including STEM subjects). The programme delivers a wide variety of enrichment and revision events for students in Years 9 - 13 including interactive conferences, inspiring Maths careers talks, study and revision days, exciting problem solving workshops, advanced Mathematics masterclasses and A/AS level Mathematics and Further Maths support workshops for teachers. FMSPW events are delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers and mathematicians face-to-face across Wales and online. The programme has been funded since 2010 by the Welsh Government and is managed by the Mathematics Department, Swansea University, WIMCS.

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Royal Institution Maths masterclasses

Swansea University Mathematics Department is a host of the Royal Institution Maths masterclasses in South West Wales which is part of a UK wide programme of inspiring workshops exploring a variety of STEM subjects beyond what would usually be seen in the classroom. Through a variety of topics, students are given a taste of the nature of mathematical thinking. Our speakers share their enthusiasm and experience with the students, nurturing their curiosity. Throughout a Masterclass series, students meet a range of speakers and volunteer helpers, giving them insight into possible careers and helping them to see that the STEM subjects are for everyone. Swansea University offers two series of 6 masterclasses each year, aimed at Year 9 students and Year 10 female students.  Classes run January – March each year and are held on Saturday mornings.  Attendance at Masterclasses is via teacher nomination only. 

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SEACAMS2 at BSF 2018 at Waterfront Museum
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SEACAMS2 scientists showcased the variety of state-of-the-art science R&D projects at Swansea University’s Science Festival 2018.  Visitors to the National Waterfront museum during the family weekend were introduced to the world of applied marine and coastal science work that SEACAMS2 carry out. Hands-on and interactive activities on offer demonstrate Swansea University’s commitment to engage and support local industries. Families were able to undertake a marine life quiz, ‘learn to dive’ in a make-shift lagoon (or large tub) and look through microscopes of varying types to look at planktonic creatures up close. A display was produced with the marine-themed pictures and origami produced by visitors and staff, including crafts made from single-use plastic milk bottles.  Photos of fieldwork were also on display including pictures of the new research vessel RV Mary Anning that will be ready for visitors at the next Science Festival.

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Project Seagrass Spotter App

SeagrassSpotter is a global conservation and education citizen tool created and run by a charity set up by staff and students from Swansea University. The webpage and phone app tool is for collecting Open Access information on seagrass meadows around the globe. Help us conserve our coastline by uploading your own seagrass sightings.

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Oriel Science brings science to the community through exhibits, workshops and talks. Our innovative project uses Swansea University’s research to show how important science, technology and innovation are to our everyday lives. We engage and excite school students inspiring them to become the next generation of scientists, technicians and engineers. We make science come alive!!

Each month Oriel Science Cafe invites a leading expert in their field to give a brief introductory talk followed by a friendly informal chat. You can sit back, relax with a drink in your hand and listen or get involved in the discussion and debate.

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Technocamps coding club

Technocamps is a schools outreach programme based in the Computer Science Department at Swansea University.

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Soapbox Science is grass-roots science outreach organisation that brings cutting-edge research onto urban streets whilst also promoting the visibility of women in science. We place inspirational speakers on soapboxes and encourage them to engage in and start conversations with the public about their work.

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University-level Science workshops and experiments

Swansea University Science for School Scheme (S4) is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach project connecting Key Stage 3 pupils in South Wales with university science. S4 is led by research scientists and aims to get young people excited by, and engaged in, science through free, hands-on, curiosity-driven, and research-led workshops. S4 aims to increase access to STEM learning and to improve STEM uptake and attainment in higher education in students from backgrounds with traditionally low participation in higher education and STEM.

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SmartAqua showcased seaweeds, mussels, and fish at Swansea University's Science Festival. Guests got to meet Killifish, Zebrafish and go on a seawater treasure hunt.

We are currently organising the 1st Symposium on Welfare in Aquaculture.  Drawing on contributions from researchers, industry and regulators, this symposium will explore the commonalities and differences in the welfare requirements of different farmed species, and will ask whether some basic welfare metrics exist. It will be followed by a workshop on the welfare requirements of lumpfish, one of the fastest growing farmed fish in Europe. Download the Symposium Program and book online here

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Phone and Pinpoint- Amber Barrier Tracking App

By downloading the AMBER project’s Barrier Tracker App you can help reconnect European rivers, track barriers, and learn about their impacts. Rivers rank among some of the most threatened ecosystems in the world due in part to the fragmentation of habitats caused by tens of thousands of dams and weirs. Some barriers are old and out of use but others provide energy, water, fishing or leisure opportunities. Your help by recording barriers with the Barrier Tracker app is vital to map all barriers in European rivers and help build the first European Barrier Atlas.