School of Physical Sciences

Physical Sciences Outreach - Information for Schools

The aim of the physics outreach team at Kent is to engage the wider community with physics and inspire future physicists.

All of our activities are provided for FREE!
Our maximum travel time is 1.5 hours

If you would like to book a school session with our team please fill in a booking form which can be downloaded from here and send it to the email address below.
If you would like to book for a public event please email the same address to discuss the arrangements.

A list of our available school dates until May 2016 can be found here.

Please contact science@kent.ac.uk for more information.

Mobile Planetarium

Requirements: 8m x 8m floor space and 3.7m ceiling clearance.
Maximum capacity: 40 people, including both students and teachers.

45 minute presenter led shows available, including Short films created by NSC Creative – ‘We are Astronomers’, and ‘We are Aliens’; and tours through the visible night sky using the software Stellarium. Stellarium is a free piece of software available to download at http://www.stellarium.org/en_GB/

The Astrodome is suitable for all ages and the content covered can be changed to make it more suitable for the age range. For example:

Primary School: Planets, Moon and Sun

GCSE: Stellar life cycle, Doppler Effect (red/blue shift), Black Holes

A-Level: Stellar life cycle, Galaxies, Cosmology, the Universe

Due to the time and effort required to transport and inflate the dome, the sessions must reach at least 90 students, i.e. 3 shows. We will do a maximum of 6 shows per day. Please remember to timetable breaks.
If we are not able to come to you there are other mobile planetariums available at the universities of Sussex, Southampton and Portsmouth.

mobile planetarium
Photograph courtesy of Discovery Planet

Accelerate!

An interactive Liquid Nitrogen show that will be available throughout March 2016 to coincide with the National Science and Engineering Week (11th - 20th)

The show is all about particle accelerators; it walks the audience through what is required in order for a particle accelerator to work by using multiple demonstrations and interactive experiments. This session is suitable for GCSE/A-level students.

It is recommended that this 45-60 minute session should be shown to 30-60 students at a time but larger groups can be accommodated. Venues need to be ventilated.

Cool Physics:

An interactive Liquid Nitrogen show that will be available throughout March 2016 to coincide with the National Science and Engineering Week (11th - 20th)

The show includes information on extreme cold and living tissue, the liquid to gas expansion and material properties at low-temperature and is suitable for Years 7 - 9, with plenty of opportunities for members of the audience to participate.

It is recommended that this 45-60 minute session should be shown to 30-60 students at a time but larger groups can be accommodated. Venues need to be ventilated.

 

cool-physics photos

Photographs courtesy of Discovery Planet

 

A Walk through the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Suitable for 30 GCSE students for a session between 45-60 minutes.

An opportunity for students to explore parts of the electromagnetic spectrum such as: Ultraviolet, Infrared and Microwaves, whilst getting hands on with the real life applications for which these different types of electromagnetic radiation can be used.

The session can be presented as either an interactive talk or a workshop.

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Spectroscopy

Suitable for 30 GCSE students for a session between 45-60 minutes.

Students will be introduced to the fundamental physical and chemical principles of spectroscopy which they will put into practice by making a spectrometer and using it to identify some unknown gases.

Spectroscopy is used to identify chemical structures, test for the presence of drugs and even work out what distant stars are made out of.


School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 12/01/2016