Welcome to the outreach pages for the Quantum Materials group

Here you can find resources to help you learn more about our research, and the work we are doing to promote a wider understanding of what quantum materials are, how we research them and they ways in which new quantum materials can impact on our everyday lives.

Some of our resources are highlighted below, and you can find more options in the menu on the left of this page.


A screenshot of our YouTube channel
There are a range of videos available about our work, from ten-minute introductions to hour-long lectures, and from family-friendly explorations to in-depth teaching. We've also started a new series of interviews with our researchers. You can find all this and more here, or you can head straight over to our YouTube channel, where we have a series on crystals, and a new series on magnetism.

Quantum Materials Colouring Book & Worksheets

the cover of the quantum materials colouring book

The first ever Quantum Materials Colouring Book has been created and printed courtesy of QM Oxford. This introduction to quantum materials will appeal to children of all ages - and adults who want some creative explorations too!
You can download a copy for free here, or come and pick one up at one of our events!

The book is now also available as a set of individual worksheets. Pick out and print the ones you like! You can download the full set here.

Public Lectures

the poster for the 2018 quantum materials public lecture

We run an annual public lecture exploring quantum materials. You can find out more and watch the latest one here.

Workshops for schools

We have developed two workshops for presentation in schools. One of these, called Fantastic Fields, explores the world of magnetic materials and magnetic fields. The other, called Levitate!, introduces the fascinating and strange behaviour of superconductors at low temperatures.

The workshops are a mix of front-of-class presentations, demonstrations and hands-on experiments for the students.

Magnets Fantastic

lecture theatre with lots of children listening to a talk

This is our brand new, hands-on, interactive show all about magnets, everyone's favourite quantum material! More information here!

Schools Poster Competition

poster design about the cave of crystals

This year, we ran a magnetism themed poster competition for students in Y3-Y13. Thank you to everyone who took part! You can find more information about the competition and the winning entries here.

In 2018, we ran a similar competition themed around crystals - you can check out some of our favourite posters here.

Outreach Resources

Find out more about doing quantum materials outreach here, including some explanations of how we do the demonstrations and why things work here.

Contact Us

For more information on the outreach of the Quantum Materials group, contact the Quantum Materials Outreach Officer, Helena Cotterill.