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CFS visit The Nottingham University for Physics Taster Day

On Thursday 2 July, fifteen Year 10 pupils accompanied by Mr Powell (Head of Science) to the Physics and Astronomy department at Nottingham University. The purpose of the day was to allow students who wished to do A-Level or Degree level Physics a chance of experiencing the type of activities they might do if they choose that course.
The students worked on two separate labs investigating Medical Physics using LED’s, LDR’s and Solar Efficiencies using a solar cell array and the inverse square law. Students experienced a tour of the building with one lucky group visiting the Molecular Beam Epitaxy research centre and found out about the cross collaboration between European nations to advance worldwide Physics. A careers talk explained the pathways to Physics courses and the day was finished with an experience of a Tesla coil & liquid nitrogen Physics. We saw music played by an AC current, fired a cannon using a super-cooled pure slice of aluminium and watched a superconducting train levitate from the tracks. Great fun was had by all pupils and their behaviour was impeccable at all times during the day. Many thanks to the staff at The Nottingham University who put on the day and provided us with transport.

Colonel Frank Seely Academy