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Schools Affiliate Scheme

What is the Schools Affiliate Scheme?

The Schools Affiliate Scheme was set up in 1999 and has members from all over the United Kingdom and even some in Europe. The aim of the scheme is two fold:

  • To support the teaching of the materials, minerals and mining related topics in the key stage 3, key stage 4 and post 16 curriculum.
  • To raise awareness of and promote careers in the fields of materials, minerals and mining engineering
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has expertise in a vast number of areas covering the complete materials life cycle, from exploration and extraction to processing and manufacture and finally reuse, recycling and disposal.

What are the benefits of SAS membership?

Free Resources
Each year of membership you will receive resources to assist you with the teaching of materials related topics to students aged 11 to 18. These resources have been designed to link in with the science and design technology curricula and reflect the comments and requests from member schools. Previous resources have included booklets on ‘Smart Materials’ and ‘Materials for a Sustainable Society’, the second edition of the popular ‘Tomorrows Materials’ publication, and series of posters and notes for teachers covering a selection of materials applications.

Materials Presentations
In order to bring the materials, minerals and mining areas of the curriculum to life a number of presentations are available to member schools. These can be given to any year group (7 to 13), any size group (a maximum of about 60 usually works best, though larger groups can be catered for), and up to 3 sessions per day. The talks are designed to fit in with the curriculum and include a general overview of how materials have helped to change the world we live in, specific talks on smart materials, composites and communication materials, a presentation on the hazards associated with mining and a look at Earth resources and fossil fuels. If we do not have a presentation to meet your needs, then provided there is a long enough lead time, something can be put together. Access to these excellent resources is at no extra charge.

Materials World
Each month you will receive our in house journal, Materials World. This includes articles on research at the forefront of technology and has an employment section so students can see where potential careers exist.

A scheme specific newsletter is produced each term to keep you and your colleagues up to date with relevant information. Included are dates of university open days, details of courses for students and teachers, careers information, resources reviews and a case study on a particular materials, minerals or mining related topic. Three copies are sent into the school: one each for the science, design technology and careers departments.

Materials Information Service
Do you ever find yourself stumped with a materials question? Do your students have trouble finding relevant information about materials? If so MIS could be the solution. This is a technical helpline that can provide you with the answers to those nagging questions. If a large number of students would like the same information we would request that you arrange one combined enquiry.

Membership of the Institute
The nominated contact teacher will become a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. This entitles you to the use of the facilities at our Head Office, 1 Carlton House Terrace, (which is situated just off The Mall in the heart of London), access to specialists in all areas of materials, minerals and mining and an open invitation to attend the meetings of your nearest local society, where you will be able to meet members from local industry and expand your knowledge through the varied lecture programmes (you will receive details with your membership package).

What does membership cost?

The scheme has an annual membership fee of £30. Membership runs for a full 12 months from the date of application. A visit to the school is at no extra charge on top of this membership fee.
New members will also receive a selection of education resources provided by Corus, who have an education web-site at www.coruseducation.com.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information please contact: Dr Diane Aston, Education Co-ordinator, The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, Danum House, South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DY. Telephone 01302 320486 or e-mail diane.aston@iom3.org.

How do I join the Schools Affiliate Scheme?

Simply complete the SAS application form available here (Word doc).