Nobel prize winner enhances education throughout the world
Internationally renowned Nobel Prize winner and University of Sheffield graduate, Professor Sir Harry Kroto, is revolutionising learning for children throughout the world with an innovative education project.
The Kroto Research Institute (KRI) at the University of Sheffield has joined forces with Sir Harry to lead an international collaboration to develop his pioneering Global Outreach (GEO) initiative, which aims to improve education worldwide.
GEO provides free outstanding teaching material, using a wide range of approaches, helping to ignite a passion for all academic subjects from science and engineering to geography and health and social care.
Leading the international collaboration, the University of Sheffield will work with founding consortium members Florida State University and Universitat Politècnica de València to sustain the pioneering project which gives youngsters the chance to benefit from the extensive knowledge of some of the world's leading experts and educators.
The GEO hub based in Sheffield manages the educational videos and power point presentations which are a valuable and flexible teaching resource that give young learners an insight into both student and research activities that take place within the University.
KRI Marketing and Outreach Officer, Eunice Lawton, who manages the hub said: "We are thrilled to be part of this partnership which will grow as other universities around the world come on board. This initiative will provide a platform to obtain funding to further develop and sustain the global network for the future.
"The research presentations directly link to helping humanity in areas including environmental sustainability and medical advances. Teachers can use these short videos in the classroom to inspire young learners to consider the wide range of subjects available at university that are not covered in schools, such as engineering and psychology."
Sir Harry was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1996 for his discovery of new form of carbon; buckyballs. Shaped like a traditional football, these carbon fullerene molecules are made of pentagons and hexagons. In 2010 the breakthrough was named by fellow academics as one of the ten most important discoveries made by their peers at UK universities in the past 60 years.
Anyone wanting more information or to contribute a suitable recording for the GEO Hub website can contact Eunice Lawton on email@example.com
The Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield - the 2011 Times Higher Education’s University of the Year - is one of the largest in the UK. Its seven departments include over 4,000 students and 900 staff and have research-related income worth more than £50M per annum from government, industry and charity sources. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed that two thirds of the research carried out was either Internationally Excellent or Internationally Leading.
The Faculty of Engineering has a long tradition of working with industry including Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and Siemens. Its industrial successes are exemplified by the award-winning Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the new £25 million Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC).
The Faculty of Engineering is set to ensure students continue to benefit from world-class labs and teaching space through the provision of the University's new Engineering Graduate School. This brand new building, which will become the centre of the faculty´s postgraduate research and postgraduate teaching activities, will be sited on the corner of Broad Lane and Newcastle Street. It will form the first stage in a 15 year plan to improve and extend the existing estate in a bid to provide students with the best possible facilities while improving their student experience.
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