Marie Curious 2018

30 April 2018

On Sunday 29th April, Oxford Physics welcomed 80 girls to the department to get excited about science! Aged 11 – 14, the girls came from around Oxford and beyond, and spent the day trying their hands at STEM activities, meeting scientists and exploring science.

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The morning was full of workshops and the girls had the chance to experience three different activities, from making slime to understanding radiotherapy. We had support from Oxford Chemistry, Oxford Materials, Oxford Hands-on Science society, the Oncology department, Oxford Computer Science, Abingdon Science Partnership and Oxford Physics.

Making Slime

Chemistry

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The afternoon was hosted by St John's College, who gave the girls tours of the college. The highlight of the afternoon was a Q&A panel discussion, in which we had five amazing women in STEM taking questions from the girls, who wanted to know about their work, the challenges they face, and what they do day-to-day.

Panel

To round off the day, the girls returned to the physics department and were joined by their parents for the grand finale - the 'Magnets Fantastic' show, full of hands-on demonstrations about magnetism.

Magnets Fantastic

Huge thanks to all of the volunteers who gave up their time to make this event a success, and we are particularly grateful to those who were able to provide materials for workshops, as well as to the Department of Physics and St John's College for hosting the event.