Cavendish Laboratory Trip
On Thursday, 20 September Mrs McGrath, Mr Waters and Mrs Alizadeh took 30 Year 11 students to Cambridge for a range of Physics workshops at the Cavendish Laboratory. The morning was spent touring the city and viewing a few of the university colleges, notably the spectacular Kings College.
During the afternoon the students were split into three groups and each group participated in six workshops that were led by scientific researchers and employees of various companies. The exhibitions took place at the Cavendish Laboratory where J.J. Thomson notably discovered the electron in 1897. The primary aim of the exhibition was to spread the excitement of modern physics research to students who will soon be making career and examination choices.
Our students took an active part in all of the workshops and were enthusiastic in their responses and questions. Some of the workshops included topics such as Astrophysics, Atomic weapons testing, the Ozone hole and its effects on the Antarctic, Microscopy and Medical Physics. In the superconductors workshop, the students enjoyed spinning levitating magnets at speed, and in the Dominoes exhibition, the students were able to use lasers to personalise pens and pencils that they got to keep.
The students enjoyed seeing how studying Physics beyond GCSE can lead to a variety of job prospects and many of the students that joined us are keen to study Physics at A Level next year.