Young physicists visit Oxford in the Easter Break

27 April 2018

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Our own students may have gone back home for Easter but the break provided an excellent opportunity to welcome younger students through the doors. The activities began with IntoUniversity, who provide support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, bringing a group of seven students from the East of Oxford to the Department on Thursday 5th April 2018. They took part in a series of hands-on workshops and were keen to ask lots of questions about university life.

On Monday 9th April 24 students in Year 13 arrived for the annual BPhO (British Physics Olympiad) Oxford Training Camp for the selection and training of the teams to represent the UK in the IPhO (International Physics Olympiad) and IOAA (International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics). The students who had excelled in the BPhO competitions leading up the camp, were kept busy for a week with problem solving, tutorials, practical activities and exams.

Tuesday 10th April was a particularly busy day. Alongside the training camp, in the morning we welcomed 30 girls as part of a residential event organised by Somerville College. The group explored the quantum world through demonstrations of atomic spectra, magnetism and other quantum materials. In the afternoon three of our researchers talked about their work with students visiting from Liverpool UTC. They explored topics of topology, exoplanets and particle physics.

Finally, on Saturday 14th April we ran our first Oxford Physics Masterclass for nearly 200 visiting students in Year 12. The day provided the opportunity to find out more about studying Physics at Oxford and we got some excellent feedback from the day including one student who commented, “I massively enjoyed the event and believe it developed my problem solving and physics knowledge to a higher level. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go!”