is all around us, and you do not have to be a student at UCL to
appreciate the fascination of earth sciences. Through links to our
geology collections, taster courses, loans box, projects and self-guided
walks, we hope to widen access to both children and adults. We are
also represented on the London Geodiversity Partnership, which is working to promote the geological diversity and protect the geological heritage of London.
Examples of activities we have undertaken over the past few years include:
- Mars in the Classroom: The Mars in the Classroom project provides years 9 - 11 (ages 13 - 16 yrs) science pupils in the UK with an engaging programme of extra-curricular activities. Students are asked to plan their own manned mission to Mars, exploring a wide range of relevant subjects both theoretically and experimentally as they progress through various workshops. The project is constructed around several self-contained modules to provide as much flexibility as possible.
- UK School Seismology Project: In partnership with the UK School Seismology Project we
launched a teacher training day. The aim of the project is to help
bring science into the classroom, allowing students to interact with
real data from earthquakes in real time. The project capitalizes on
students' innate fascination with the power of earthquakes by making
seismology a unifying theme in a set of simple classroom activities that
teach a range of basic science concepts. more
- Geology Collections: The
department holds a large collection of rocks, fossils and minerals. At
present, the Rock Room display is not generally open to the public, but
may be viewed if an appointment is made through the collections staff
at email@example.com. Collections information can be viewed at UCL
Museums and Collections.
- UCL Museums and Collections: A range of learning activities are offered by other UCL museums and
collections, including visits to the newly re-opened Grant Museum, and
- Fieldwork in London:
The aim of this project was to provide school teachers with background
information, worksheets and model answers to support the teaching of
geology and geography in secondary school at a range of levels. more
- London Walks:
More for the general public, London walks is a series of geological
walks written by a number of individuals, some of whom are connected
with UCL Earth Sciences, which allow Londoners to see a range of
geological features, and rocks from around the world, all on the
- The Earth Sciences Department regularly runs Taster Courses for sixth form students.