Cambridge Physics Experience: The Cavendish Laboratory
50 Pupils from Years Seven and Eight participated in a Physics Experience last week hosted by the University of Cambridge. The Experience aimed to demonstrate that Physics is more than just magnets and equations; it is a valuable tool for understanding the world around us.
During the Experience, the pupils took part in two workshops, where they received instruction and hands-on experience in making spectroscopes. The Experience culminated on Friday with a live Q&A session with Physicists Jacob Butler and Steve Martin from the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University. The pupils had the opportunity to ask intriguing questions and chat personally with the Physicists. During the Q&A session, the speakers shared information about the Cavendish Laboratory, its association with NASA, and exciting plans for its future. The speakers explained how academics working at different universities frequently visit the Cavendish Laboratory to exchange ideas and learn from one another in order to progress their own research.
The pupils were also given a virtual tour of one of the colleges at the University of Cambridge and were told how to access online university open days. They participated in a practical session where they applied Science curriculum concepts to novel exercises using commonly available resources. Finally, they used iPads to explore university options and gain insight into the university application process.
Cambridge University Physics Experience was a valuable learning opportunity for the Years Seven and Eight pupils and demonstrated the broad scope of Physics as a subject and the opportunities available for pupils in Higher Education.